Free For All: Google Earth Pro Dumps $US400 Subscription Fee

It’s always nice when a company transitions a product from paid to free, with Google today removing the price tag from Google Earth Pro. This means features including high-resolution images, movie creation and map making are now available to anyone who downloads the application.


Ask LH: Can I Be Fined For Driving On A Just-Expired Driver's Licence?

Hey Lifehacker, I just got booked while driving with an expired licence — it expired on the 13th and I was fined on the 18th. If I’m only five days over, couldn’t they just give out a warning instead? And shouldn’t they send a reminder notice?


How To Save Money When Travelling To Any Destination

Spending a lot of money on holidays doesn’t mean you will have a better time than someone who spends less. I’ve been travelling the world for close to a decade on a budget and found that following a few simple tips makes it easy to travel on a budget and still have an amazing trip.


HotelTonight Adds Two New Ways To Get Discounted Rooms

iOS/Android/Windows: Whether you’re stranded during your travels or just want to plan your next road trip, HotelTonight is an app we’ve recommended as a good last-minute option. As of today, you can access discounts on HotelTonight’s inventory in two ways: Rate Drop and Bonus Rate.


Flush Toilet Finder Quickly Locates A Public Toilet Wherever You Are

When you’re travelling or out running errands, sometimes you suddenly realise you have to take care of business. The Flush Toilet Finder app on iOS and Android makes it easier to find free public toilets and shows you how to get to them.


Alongways Mobile Finds Interesting Spots To Stop On Your Road Trip

Android/iOS: Alongways, the service that finds interesting and useful places to stop along your road trip route, just released new mobile apps for iOS and Android that will guide you to interesting sights, places to eat and historic landmarks while you’re already on the road — perfect if you’d like a little adventure.


Prices For Uber In Australia Are Getting Cheaper

Uber’s low-cost car hiring service UberX is one of cheapest ways to get around the country’s major CBDs — but how much do you actually save compared to a regular taxi? Personal finances tracker Pocketbook has released a new, in-depth study that provides some interesting answers. According to its figures, the average spend per Uber journey has dropped significantly since 2014 and continues to fall over time. Taxi fares, meanwhile, remain unchanged. No wonder they want to ban the service.


Google Maps For iOS Adds Weather Info, Better Restaurant Search

iOS: Google has pushed out an update to Google Maps that adds a couple of handy new features, including a way to filter restaurant searches and a new weather information section for cities you search for.


Tripnary Tracks Your Travel Bucket List, Helps You Decide Where To Go

iOS: If you’d like to see the world, Tripnary is an awesome iPhone app that can help you fulfil your wanderlust on a budget. The app lets you save cities and attractions you want to visit as well as discover new ones with a simple swipe through travel photos.


Ask LH: Should I Contest A Fine For Driving An Unregistered Vehicle?

Hi Lifehacker, Do you think I should contest a fine for driving an unregistered vehicle? I recently moved into a new house and never received a renewal notice (we don’t have the sticker system in South Australia). I paid my rego once I realised, but by then a fine for $404 for driving an unregistered vehicle had already been imposed.