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The finer policy details of the of the proposed National Energy Guarantee have begun to leak onto newspaper front pages and websites, ahead of Friday’s crucial meeting of federal and state energy ministers.

The good news is that the leaked information suggests solid progress has been made over the past couple of months on both the emissions and reliability components of the policy.

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Austrian-based startup, Rebeat, has received funding to start manufacturing records. HD vinyl promises higher audio fidelity, louder volume, and longer playing times - all on your regular record player. And we could have it as soon as next year.

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When iOS 11 launched late last year, Apple created a gargantuan AR platform in one fell swoop. But while it was nice that the AR install base had grown exponentially overnight, the biggest winners were developers.

Instead of having to build the tech themselves, ala Pokemon GO, Apple's ARKit made it vastly easier for AR games to exist. Several months down the line, the amount of AR games on iOS has ballooned. But while the streamlining of the tech is impressive, there's still one major problem: the games aren't quite there yet.

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Can you remember the last time you cleaned your desktop PC? I don't mean wiping some guacamole off the the side of the case during a burrito binge. I'm talking about going in there and really getting all the accumulated dust out of your expensive parts (and fans). Spring cleaning your system isn't hard to do, but it's critical to your system's longevity -- and helps your computer look a lot less gross.

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North Korea's totalitarian nature means that video games aren't as advanced as the rest of the world. But the country's proletariat and citizenry are just as partial to virtual distractions as anyone else, and they've even developed some games of their own.

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Earlier this week, Chasm, the years-in-development action-adventure platformer inspired by games like Super Castlevania IV, finally got a release window of summer 2018. Below got similar news last month when its developers announced that the long-awaited roguelike would be out before the end of the year.

It's been a long road for both games, but one their designers say was worth taking.

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In the first years of my career as a games writer, I got used to a certain reaction from my parents' friends when they were told about what I was doing for a living. It was usually along the lines of "what a waste". I imagined them shaking their heads as if they'd just been quietly informed that I was shooting heroin. I was a smart kid, gregarious, academically inclined. Why would I devote myself to these violent, mindless things?

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Smartphone hunting season is upon us, with some of the year's best phones already in store, or soon to be released. The Galaxy S9 is awesome, and the Huawei P20 Pro, HTC U12 and the Sony XZ2 are all shaping up as worthy upgrades. But of course, a new phone is pretty useless without a SIM card inside.

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Over the weekend, the premiere award in science fiction and fantasy writing - the Hugo Awards - announced their six finalists for Best Novel. There are some familiar names up for this year's award, which is set to be announced later in the year, and a fresh new face, too.

If you want to dive in to some of the best science fiction and fantasy writing from the last year - these are the six books the Hugos suggest you read!

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If you are one of 2.2 billion Facebook users worldwide, you have probably been alarmed by the recent coverage of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a story that began when The Guardian revealed 50 million (now thought to be 87 million) user profiles had been retrieved and shared without the consent of users.

Though the #deletefacebook campaign has gained momentum on Twitter, it is simply not practical for most of us to delete our accounts. It is technically difficult to do, and given that one quarter of the human population is on the platform, there is an undeniable social cost for being absent.

Electrolux has been a trusted name in floor care for longer than most of us have been alive. Now, they want to take floor care out of your hands and put it all in the brush-hands of a robot: The Pure i9. It zips, it zooms, it cleans, it glides... but does it suck well, or just plain suck?