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Nothing on the Internet delivers guaranteed hilarity and adorableness like animal videos. Whether it’s lovable dogs breaking the rules, funny cats conquering cardboard boxes or baby foxes taking their first steps, animal videos remain the gold standard for quality, free entertainment on the world wide web. Let’s look at this week’s most popular viral web . . .

cute animal videos...

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When your life justifiably revolves around NFL football, you need to know how to watch live football games somewhere other than just your living room. If you’ve cut the cable cord, it’s especially important to know how to watch live football free. After all, we’re not savages. Even without a satellite dish, a nearby sports . . .

where to watch live football online...

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If spectacle is what you’re after, the MTV Video Music Awards didn’t disappoint. The performances, the controversies, the fact that it was in Brooklyn — you couldn’t avoid footage of this event if you tried. It doesn’t even matter that MTV hasn’t played music videos regularly since the Clinton administration. Video highlights from the show . . .

the top 2013 MTV Video Music Award Videos...

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If you’re getting your game face on for college football season, you may also want to catch your games online. There are so many sites streaming live college football online, though, that finding a specific game is harder than cramming for midterms. Two major television networks and one well-known cable network are all streaming college . . .

how to watch college football live...

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The renowned Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation is underway this weekend, so we’ll draw our attention to the wild, weird and dazzling world of animated web videos. Some are complex computer-generated graphics created by big animation studios, others are simple stop-motion videos shot by one person goofing off with an iPhone. Either way, the . . .

animated videos...

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Add to your list of issues with the new Windows 8 operating system the curious fact that it does not come with DVD playback software. So how do you play a DVD on Windows 8? Sure, there may be a DVD drive built into the side of your new or upgraded Windows 8 machine – . . .

Windows 8 compatible DVD players...

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UPDATED AUGUST 21, 2013 – WATCH 2013 U.S. OPEN LIVE The world’s longest-running tennis tournament returns again this year with the 2013 U.S. Open. From Monday, August 29 to Monday, September 9, the biggest names in international tennis will lob it out on the hardcourt at the prestigious Grand Slam tennis tournament in Queens, NY. . . .

the U.S. Open live online

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YouTube is a great place to find music. Whether it’s the latest summer hit or a classic jazz tune, odds are you’ll find it on YouTube. However playing one song at a time isn’t the most efficient way to hear a bunch of songs. Fortunately, you can create YouTube playlists of your favorite tunes to . . .

creating YouTube music playlists...

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Last summer we announced the RealPlayer’s Video Visionary Award – Education. The award recognizes those who are using video to create world-class educational content for the masses. We’re happy to announce the next recipient of the award is Smarter Every Day. Smarter Every Day has been creating educational science videos since 2007. Currently, educating via his YouTube . . .

Smarter Every Day...

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The Madden NFL video game flexed its muscles in the top sports videos rankings this week, with a “Madden 25” preview that’s a playable sneak peek at the Madden NFL 25th Anniversary Edition video game. Game publisher EA Sports released the Madden 25 trailer for the new upgrade to their hyper-realistic NFL game play series . . .

top football videos this week...

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