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2016 is the year that VR is actually getting good. You can click a few buttons on the internet and a Vive or a Rift will appear on your doorstep a few days later — although you'll have to pay through the nose — for your gaming PC, which is more powerful than ever. Or you can buy a PlayStation VR instead.

Or, down at PAX Aus in Melbourne in November, you can try all three — in a dedicated 'VR Freeplay' area, with three-directional treadmills that let you walk around in virtual reality.

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With CPU and GPU vendors laser-focused on power consumption, modern gadgets such as notebooks and smartphones are getting cooler by the year. Mobiles in particular are still near-doubling in performance with each generation, without a matching leap in heat output. But how do today's popular phones stack up against each other in pure numbers? Pass over that heat gun, would you?

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Hot on the heels of the HTC 10, Taiwan's favourite rival to Apple, Samsung, Sony and LG has a new mid-range handset for Australia. The Desire 825 is a big 5.5-inch-screened Android phone with HTC's signature BoomSound audio, but it's almost half of the price of 2016's current flagships.

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Opinion: The 24-month phone contract is dead, writes News.com.au. Phone plans go out of date quickly, leaving their buyers stuck with small data quotas. But there's also the fact that new smartphones, bundled with these plans, are apparently a Bad Idea — because they can be lost, or damaged, or stolen.

It's that last point that is particularly galling.

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HTC'S newest phone, the HTC 10, is about the come-back. While remnants of its old design clings to the familiar shiny and chrome exterior, almost everything inside this phone is a complete reinvention: from the speakers, to the software, to the camera.

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The time has come for HTC to finally announce its latest, best smartphone — its newest salvo in the ongoing war against Samsung, LG and its other top-tier Android competitors. HTC's new phone is called the 10, and it's by far the most refined and carefully thought out handset that the Taiwanese company has ever created. The 10 builds on the strengths of the M8 and M9, marks a return to form for HTC's UltraPixel camera, and cuts out the software bloat that held previous phones back. We're impressed.

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HTC has seen better days. Ever since launching the much-loved One M7 in 2013, the Taiwanese company's been unable to create a phone with equal charm. The One M8 and M9 leaned too heavily on past successes, and HTC's own version of Android, HTC Sense, still lags behind.

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Pre-orders are now open for the HTC Vive, the major virtual reality competitor to the Oculus Rift. As well as being slugged with a price of around $1400 Australian dollars, we're also disadvantaged by about a month over our international compatriots when it comes to shipping.

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We've wrapped up the Mobile World Congress, the annual mobile technology conference in Barcelona. We've seen smartphones, VR headsets, 2 in 1 laptops, 3D cameras and some batshit crazy stuff (see photos) — and almost all of it has been awesome. Here are some of our favourites.

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We finally got the details on HTC's virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, and its availability. You'll be able to pre-order it later this month starting February 29th and it will hit the shelves early April, though we still don't know the exact date yet. How much will it cost you? A whopping $US799 ($1,118) dollars, even more than the high-priced Oculus Rift, which starts at $US600 ($839).

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Video: Gabe Newell is a nice guy. We already know that from reading Portal 2: The Final Hours, a story in which described Newell's response to a chronically sick employee offering to resign: "Your job is to get better. That is your job description at Valve." The company, too, is infamous for the freedom it gives its employees to work on special projects. GabeN has completed his metamorphosis from good boss to Santa, though, giving out HTC Vive VR headsets to developers like they're Christmas presents.