Technology 

Vive Tracker review – CNET

In VR, anything can be anything. Your game controller can turn into a gun, an arm or a bubble-blowing space machine. So, what’s the point of wielding a realistic-looking gun or ping-pong paddle in real life? I’m not sure I have a good answer to that question. Nevertheless, HTC’s Vive Tracker, a little trackable set of wireless pucks for VR if you already own an HTC Vive, aim to do exactly that. Vive Tracker costs $99 (£100, AU$169) or it comes in a few US bundles with an accessory (a…

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Sport 

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray schedules ahead of Australian Open – who plays when?

Nadal is set to kick off his season at the Mubadala invitational tournament in Abu Dhabi alongside Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic. The Spanish ace is also due to appear at the ATP 250 event in Brisbane before heading to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year, starting in late January. Andy Murray will also be in Brisbane while Roger Federer is pencilled in to take part in the mixed doubles Hopman Cup in Perth before beginning his title defence. Take a look through the gallery above to…

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Sport 

Tiger Woods: Jack Nicklaus ‘not interested’ in golf legend’s return to sport

Woods ended 10 months on the sidelines with a share of ninth place on the Albany course in the Bahamas. But while the 18-time Major winning Nicklaus indicated the TV was on in his Florida house, golf’s ‘Golden Bear’ could not be forced into sitting through coverage of Woods seemingly successful return. “I wish Tiger well but I am not going to be watching TV coverage of him competing,” said Nicklaus. “I have watched him play golf for 20-somthing years, so why would I want to watch more. I really…

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Sport 

Roger Federer and Mirka Federer both share THIS in common – can you guess it?

Their surname, for one, while they are both from Switzerland and they have twins with one another. But there is now a new thing that the pair can toast – and you are unlikely to be able to guess it. For it has emerged this week that both Mirka and Roger feature in the top five names searched on Google in Switzerland! Top of the pile is the 19-time Grand Slam champion, who has been the most searched Swiss personality in his country in 2017. That follows a dream year…

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Sport 

Roger Federer breaks record after being named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year

The 36-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2017 in which he returned to the top of the game, winning two Grand Slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. His triumph at SW19 was his eighth title at Wimbledon, becoming the first man to lift the famous trophy aloft. He was unable to beat Rafael Nadal in the world rankings, finishing just behind the Spaniard. But Federer’s achievements at his age, having dealt with multiple back issues over the last couple of years, shocked the world of tennis and he has been rewarded…

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Gaming 

ESPN 72″ Air Hockey Table w/ Table Tennis Top for $72 + pickup at Walmart – CNET

Walmart offers the ESPN 72″ Air-Powered Hockey Table with Table Tennis Top for $72.19. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $9.99 shipping charge. That’s $17 under last week’s mention and the lowest price we could find by about $42. It features an electronic scoreboard and two pucks and paddles for air hockey, and an in-rail scorer, two paddles, and two balls for table tennis.

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2017

Phil Taylor The retiring Taylor’s last year on the PDC circuit has not been without incident. There has of course been sporting success, including a 16th World Matchplay title, but also controversy, much of it centred on the Grand Slam of Darts, where he lost in the semi-finals to Michael van Gerwen. During that match the players were seen in heated discussion as they left the stage for a break. Later the victor was asked what had happened, and recounted a frankly not enormously interesting conversation. “He came to me:…

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Entertainment 

PUBG Xbox One UPDATE: Battlegrounds makes big impact but missing this preview feature

PUBG on Xbox One appears to have caught the eye of quite a few gamers, if the latest data is to believed. While not foolproof, leaderboard data from the game on console revealed around 500,000 players posted. Now while some of these could be from players with multiple accounts, it does suggests that a lot of players are already checking out the Battle Royale title. This bodes well for the title, which has so far come in for some flack due to its gameplay performance. However, as PUBG Battlegrounds is…

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Top Stories World 

What did we all search Google for this year? Hint: Not Trump

Weather, gadgets and celebrities behaving badly riveted the people of the Earth in 2017, according to Google’s annual list of the most-searched-for terms of the year. Not a single political topic made the list of the top 10 searches around the world in 2017, Google said — not even Donald Trump. Instead, more searches were launched for the phrase “Hurricane Irma” than for any other subject. “iPhone 8” and “iPhone X” were Nos. 2 and 3, followed by the former “Today” host Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle, the fiancée of…

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Top Stories World 

Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens was known for such hits as “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You,” has died at age 62. The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced. DiNizio posted several days ago that he was hopeful of getting back on tour as he continued physical therapy for neck and back injuries at the Victorian farmhouse he was restoring in Scotch Plains. The Smithereens…

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