annoyances

Briefly: Hot Mobile Games, Tinder Con, iPhone Faceoff

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Five games you need to play when you get a new phone, Tony Abbott saves the universe, iPhone 6 Versus iPhone 6 Plus.


Enable Chrome's 'Mute This Tab' Shortcut In The Dev Channel

Ever have a tab start playing audio without your permission? The latest version of Chrome’s dev channel lets you mute the tab with a simple click.


ACMA Tackles iiNet And Dodo For Direct Debit Violations

Internet service providers iiNet and Dodo have both come under fire from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for consumer protection law breaches relating to direct debits. The companies were warned for not complying with customers’ authorisation for direct debit payments and failing to cancel a direct debit authorisation within three working days upon request. Read on for the full list of charges.


Ask LH: How Can I Persuade My Employer To Let Me Use Dropbox?

Hi Lifehacker, My workplace won’t let me use Dropbox anymore — I’ve been told I can only access it via the browser. How do I go about persuading them that I should be allowed access?


Mute Inactive Tabs Automatically Mutes Background Tabs

Chrome: Chrome recently added a handy volume indicator that shows you which inactive tab is making noise, but you still have to open that tab to actually silence it. Mute Inactive Tabs is an extension that does it automatically.


Why You Still Can't Watch The Grand Final In HD

The AFL grand final is this weekend; the NRL follows the weekend after. That means for two weeks in a row Australians will be forced to watch key sporting events in standard definition (SD) broadcasts, despite every free-to-air network having an HD channel. Digital TV is universal now, so why aren’t these major events available in HD?


Telstra Has Killed CAPTCHA, Now Everyone Else Must Follow

Last December, Telstra promised to get rid of all CAPTCHA verification from its site by 30 September, 2014. Today, it announced it had reached that goal. This is a worthy achievement which every other CAPTCHA-deploying site must emulate.


Denied Automatically Skips Music You Don't Like In Spotify

Mac: Music streaming service Spotify is awesome, but it has one problem. When you’re listening to compilations or radio, you sometimes come across artists you hate. Denied fixes that by creating simple rules.


How To Fix iOS 8's Biggest Annoyances

Every operating system has its share of annoyances, and iOS 8 is no different. From an obnoxious U2 album to recent contacts appearing where you don’t want them, here’s how to fix some of the worst annoyances.


Ask LH: Is There Any Way To Get Lounge Access At Sydney Airport?

Dear Lifehacker, I am about to embark on two overseas trips by the end of the year with my mother and significant other. On both trips, we will have significant waits (roughly 6 hours) in airports in Sydney late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. I’m not flying business class, nor do I have lounge access for Virgin or Qantas. I was wondering if there was a way to gain access to any lounges in Sydney for a one-off fee like you used to be able to do with Virgin, or if we will have to just suck it up out in the terminal?