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These Are The Most Congested Days For Commuting In Australia

Being stuck in traffic always sucks, and some days are worse than others. Data from GPS manufacturer TomTom highlights which cities in Australia have the biggest congestion problems, and which days are the worst to travel on.


Ask LH: What Should I Do When Goods I Ordered Online Never Got Delivered?

Hey Lifehacker, I recently bought a GoPro 4 from an online retailer (BecexTech). It never arrived and I have been stuck in a seemingly endless loop of emails with BecexTech customer support blaming Australia Post and refusing to refund the purchase. Australia Post tell me they never received the item in the first place, BecexTech tell me Australia Post have lost it. Someone is obviously wrong (or lying). How can I force BecexTech to refund my purchase?


How Particle Accelerator Maths Helped Me Fix My Wi-Fi

Electromagnetic radiation — it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of various kinds underpin our senses and how we interact with the world — from the light emissions through which your eyes perceive these words, to the microwaves that carry the Wi-Fi signal to your laptop or phone on which you’re reading it.


Kill Garden Slugs With A Beer Bath

Slugs can be pretty damaging to a vegetable or herb garden. You can buy products designed to get rid of them, but you can also use something you probably already have around the house: beer.


Woo-Hoo! Do Not Call Registrations Now Run Forever

This is great news: if you’ve signed up for the Do Not Call register, you no longer have to renew your registration. Once you’re on there, you’re on there for good.


How To Access Netflix US Using Your Netflix Australia Account

As many people feared, the range of content on Netflix Australia is much weaker than on US Netflix. Fortunately, it’s ridiculously easy to switch from one to the other and access whatever shows and movies you like on your computer. Here’s how.


Those Phone Scammers Are Now Trying To Work Out If You're Faking It

Here at Lifehacker we’ve long maintained that scammers pretending to be from Microsoft/Telstra/Optus/Apple are pond scum, and that it’s a public service to keep them on the phone as long as possible to stop them from actually getting through to someone who might fall for their malware-installing ways. Annoyingly, it seems some of those charlatans are now alive to that tactic.


Ask LH: Can I Be Refused A Refund For Accommodation?

Hey Lifehacker, We have paid a non-refundable deposit for some accommodation for 10 people for a weekend away in July. But now we need room for 18, which they can’t accommodate, but they want to keep our $500 deposit. Is this fair? Is this legal?


What Does The Future Hold For Internet Explorer?

There are claims that Microsoft is to retire its Internet Explorer web browser and replace it with an all-new browser called Spartan with the upcoming release of Windows 10.


Disable YouTube's New AutoPlay Feature With This Button

YouTube has quietly been rolling out a new feature that will automatically play the next suggested video when the current one you’re watching is done. Here’s how to disable it.