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Streaming special: CBS Aussie plans, Shudder launches, Quibi goes free and more: Vertical Hold ep 291

BS has big plans for Australia, so why is it dragging its heels on bringing us the new Star Trek? Why are Aussies getting Quibi for free? Why is Netflix showing a broadway play nobody’s seen yet? Will Shudder give the streaming world a scare? What’s happening to the new Bill & Ted movie down under (and can we borrow their time machine?) All this and more in our streaming state of play special! Guest TV Blackbox viewer advocate Steve Molk

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Buds Live And Galaxy Watch 3 Hands-On Impressions

Samsung’s got a lot of new shiny tech to show off — but does it impress? I go hands-on with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch 3.

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Telstra Essential Smart 2 (AKA ZTE Blade A3) Quick Review

The Telstra Essential Smart 2 is certainly inexpensive, costing less to buy outright than many of the carrier’s plans. But are the compromises involved with…

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Google Pixel 4a v Samsung Note 20 v Huawei P40 Pro, Australia’s cybersecurity overhaul: Vertical Hold ep 290

Is there much substance to the Australian Government’s new cybersecurity strategy? Meanwhile, Samsung goes premium with the Note 20, Google goes mid-range with the Pixel…

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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing [Video]

Google’s Pixel 4a has finally broken cover — and one has just turned up on my doorstep.

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ACCC takes on Google, How hard did COVID-19 hit Aussie telcos: Vertical Hold ep 289

Why is Australia’s consumer watchdog back at war with Google? How has the coronavirus pandemic taken its toll on Aussie telcos? Are NBN connections really…

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Twitter bans QAnon, free VPN data breach: Vertical Hold ep 288

Is it really “free” if your data is online for everyone to see? And why do so many folks engage with ridiculous QAnon conspiracy theories?

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Digital Familes Gaming Together Podcast: How to game as a family for maximum fun

This week, I was the guest on the Digital Families vodcast, talking about how to understand gaming as a family — what games to play,…

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Was the Twitter hack an inside job? Was Google Play Pass worth the wait? Vertical Hold ep 287

Twitter went down — but why, and what can consumers do to keep themselves safe? Meanwhile, Google Play Pass finally lands on our shores, but…

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Can TikTok be trusted? Can Canon’s 8K mirrorless DSLRs tempt consumers? Vertical Hold ep 286

To TikTok… or not to TikTok? That is the dance.

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