Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: TomTom Releases New Zealand movie maps, chat to Google contacts in Outlook, get Metro 2033 for $0.99.
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- The latest New Zeland map release from GPS manufacturer TomTom includes the locations of iconic movie landscapes with directions on how to get there. The new map release provides 93 scene locations from movies such as Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Wolverine and The Piano. Meet the Feebles and Brain-Dead are conspicuously absent.
- Outlook.com now lets you chat with Google contacts. “When you open the Messaging pane in Outlook.com or SkyDrive, you’ll see a message that helps you set up chat with your Google contacts,” explains the official Microsoft Office blog. “Clicking “Allow access” will allow Microsoft’s chat and contacts services to connect to Google and set up chat.”
- The hotly-anticipated video game Metro: Last Light finally hit stores this week — you can read Kotaku’s review here. If you’re waiting for the price to come down, why not play its predecessor Metro 2033 in the meantime? You can currently snap up this great action adventure game on PC for just 99 cents. We highly recommend checking it out. [Via OzBargain]
- Earlier in the day we explained the major changes ushered in by the 2013-14 Australian Budget. If you don’t have the time or wherewithal to read through our recap, this three-minute video does a good job of explaining why various cuts were made. (Note: it was commissioned by Labor so keep your skeptic hat on.)
- Should mass murderers be allowed to have luxury items like PlayStation consoles in their cell? Julian Knight (AKA the Hoddle Street killer) is a convicted Australian mass murderer who is currently serving seven consecutive life sentences for the slaying of seven people and the injuring of 19 others during a shooting rampage at Clifton Hill in 1987. Knight is currently locked in a struggle to get access to a few technological amenities in his Victorian prison cell, including access to a computer and a PlayStation gaming console. You can read more about the legal stoush over at Gizmodo.