Why You Can't 'Prepare' Kids For NAPLAN

The national testing season begins on Tuesday May 12 as children in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 around the country sit the writing, spelling and grammar tests of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Reading and numeracy will follow on Wednesday and Thursday. So, what can you do to improve your child’s performance in NAPLAN between now and then?


Make Cut Flowers Last Longer With Hairspray

Sure, hairspray does a fine job of keeping hair in place. But did you know hairspray can also preserve fresh flowers and keep them from wilting?


How Video Games Taught Me Personal Accountability

Blame, procrastination, self-victimisation — this terrible trifecta can sink your career and limit your levels of personal success. We often find ourselves resorting to bad patterns, especially in the workplace. I have noticed one place in my own life where these traits are nowhere to be seen. While I play video games.


Australian Police: Expect Fines If You Use Your Smartwatch While Driving

While it likely won’t get to the extreme point of having to remove one’s smartwatch to drive, state police plan to classify such devices as potential distractions, in the same league as your mobile phone or GPS, with all the associated fines and penalties.


Create Multiple Libraries In Photos With A Keyboard Shortcut

Setting up and using Apple’s new Photos app is easy enough, but one thing you might not notice immediately is the ability to keep multiple libraries on your computer. Cult of Mac points to a keyboard shortcut that makes it easy to swap between libraries.


Raspberry Pi Owners, Check Your TV Supports CEC Before You Spend

If you’re new to the world of compact media centres such as the Raspberry Pi, it’s easy to get caught up in all the bits and bobs you need to get it set up. Of course, having the required cables — power, HDMI, USB, etc — is mandatory, but before you splurge on a custom remote and infrared receiver, make sure your TV doesn’t provide this functionality already.


Freeze Kale Cubes To Make Super-Fast Green Smoothies

Homemade green smoothies are a fast, easy and inexpensive way to get fibre, folate, vitamins and antioxidants in your diet. One trick that will make whipping them up not just easier but also more convenient is to freeze some kale cubes ahead of time.


Tool School: The Absolutely Essential Drill/Driver

No matter what project your’e doing, you’ll need to drill some holes and drive some screws once in a while. A lightweight drill/driver should be the first power tool that anyone owns. Here’s why.


Type 'Send Directions' Into Google To Navigate On Your Phone

Headed somewhere? Instead of opening up your phone and searching for a location, you can now just type “Send Directions” into Google on your computer, and send those directions right to your Android device.


The Real Cost Of Free Mobile Apps: 79% More Data Use, 16% Battery Hit

If you have an option to choose between a free, ad-supported mobile app or pony up a dollar or whatever the apps costs, you might be better off buying the app.