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Looking for a TV upgrade so you can better enjoy this month's college basketball tournaments (aka March Madness)? Smart move: Bigger is always better, especially when it comes to sports. And here's good news: Amazon is still heavily discounting its Fire TV Omni Series, with savings of up to 40 percent on four models ranging from 50 to 75 inches. These prices are actually better than Black Friday!
I should note that the 43-inch model is on sale for $300, but that's not the lowest price on record — and it's definitely worth $40 more to step up to the 50-inch.
The Omni Series is notable for a few reasons, not the least of which is the integrated hands-free Alexa voice assistant. That means you can say things like, "Alexa, turn on the TV," or "Alexa, go to Netflix," without having to touch anything. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but trust me when I say it quickly starts to become indispensable.
What's more, you can plug in a compatible webcam to enjoy big-screen Zoom calls. (Find out what happened when I tried out this feature.)
The 65- and 75-inch models add Dolby Vision to the mix, a technology that promises a more "cinematic" experience. (That's code for "even better picture.")
My take: If your budget allows, definitely choose one of the two larger screens. Bigger is always better, whether you're settling in for March Madness basketball or the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
President Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony in the Kremlin to add four territories of Ukraine into Russia, his spokesman says.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a signing ceremony would take place at 3pm Moscow time on Friday "on agreements on the accession of new territories into the Russian Federation.
Tata Motors has launched India's lowest priced electric car at a little under $A16,000 as the country's only electric vehicle maker looks to draw in more buyers.Tata leads India's EV market, helped by government subsidies and high tariffs on imports.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong has backed a "prompt, independent investigation" into the death of a young Iranian woman in custody.Mahsa Amini's death two weeks ago has sparked anti-government demonstrations across Iran, with protesters calling for the end of the Islamic clerical establishment.
The death toll from Iranian attacks on opposition groups in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq has risen to nine, the region's Health Minister Saman Barzinji says.The attacks by explosives-laden drones and rockets targeted the opposition Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) and Komala in the provinces of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, Kurdish media reported.
Diamonds Coach Stacey Marinkovich isn't expecting any problems with post-gold medal complacency ahead of netball's Constellation Cup against New Zealand next month.The arch-rivals will meet in a four-game series, opening in Auckland on Wednesday, October 12.
Supporters of Iraq's influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have attempted to storm Baghdad's Green Zone government area as the Iraqi parliament held session on the resignation of its Speaker.Associated Press journalists saw those supporting al-Sadr waving flags as security forces gathered around them.
The United States has begun a first-of-its-kind summit with Pacific island leaders, saying they had agreed a partnership for the future and holding out the prospect of "big dollar" help to a region where it hopes to stem China's expanding influence.Leaders from 12 Pacific island states were expected to take part in a two-day summit in Washington DC, with two more sending representatives, and Australia and New Zealand attending as observers.
Romelda Aiken-George has sealed a move to the NSW Swifts less than two months after giving birth, creating a spicy Super Netball rivalry after she was cut loose by the Queensland Firebirds.The 33-year-old, who didn't play what would have been her 15th season at the Firebirds this year, claimed in July that the club had deemed it "too risky" to re-sign the attacker for the 2023 season.
The private operator of Australia's largest prison is trying to attract workers while its officers take industrial action to protest staffing levels and wages.Prison officers at the Serco-run Clarence Correctional Centre, in the NSW Northern Rivers region, walked off what they say is a poorly paid job at an understaffed facility on Friday.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong says her government "completely" rejects the charges laid against Australian Professor Sean Turnell who's been jailed in Myanmar.The 58-year-old Sydney economist was sentenced to three years' jail earlier this week, accused of violating Myanmar's official state secrets act.
A prison officer has been stabbed at a maximum security jail in Melbourne.The man was taken to hospital with wounds to his upper body after the incident in the Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhall on Thursday.
People in rural and regional communities must receive better support when banks shut down branches, a major review has found.The regional banking task force released its final report late on Friday afternoon after working through more than 400 submissions.
World Bank President David Malpass has warned that it could take years for global energy production to diversify away from Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, prolonging the risk of stagflation, or a period of low growth and high inflation.In a speech at Stanford University, Malpass said there was an increased likelihood of recession in Europe, while China's growth was slowing sharply and US economic output had contracted in the first half of the year.
The theft court case involving the woman who was embroiled in a texting saga with former Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine has been further delayed by issues around information disclosure.Renee Ferguson is accused of stealing thousands of dollars and memberships from former employer Cricket Tasmania, where she worked as a receptionist from 2015-17.
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A bushwalking tourist and his dog have discovered a human skull and other skeletal remains while hiking through thick bush on Darwin's outskirts.Northern Territory police have established a crime scene near Lee Point Beach, about 20km north of the CBD.
A child watched in horror as her mother was choked by her partner and then called triple zero when her mum became unconscious, a Victorian court has heard.When the woman eventually regained consciousness she ran outside and screamed for help, but her partner followed her, grabbed her and choked her again.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss says she will stick to her controversial plan to reignite economic growth as she broke her silence following nearly a week of chaos in financial markets triggered by her huge tax cuts.A day after the Bank of England resumed its bond-buying in an emergency move to protect pension funds from partial collapse, Truss blamed the upheaval on Russia's invasion of Ukraine that has caused inflation to spike around the world.