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Ask LH: Which Laptop Should I Buy For University?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m going to university next year, and I was wondering if you have any recommendations for what sort of laptop/hard drive/specs combo I should get? I currently have a school-issue HP ProBook 4230, and I am very keen to get rid of it.


Ask LH: Should I Get A Smartphone With A Large Screen?

Dear Lifehacker, I can’t decide between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What are the actual benefits of that large screen on the Plus? It almost looks too big to use with one hand.


Ask LH: Is The Nexus 5's Camera A Deal-Breaker?

Hey Lifehacker, My sister needs a new smartphone. I think the Nexus 5 is the best spec phone for a very reasonable price, but she wants a phone that has a really good camera for taking impromptu photos or videos when she does not have her actual camera with her. How much has the Nexus 5 camera improved since the initial problems and updates? Or should she just switch to the dark side and be ripped off by Apple for the sake of a decent camera? Any thoughts?


Ask LH: What's The Cheapest Way To Hold Onto My Phone Number?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m heading overseas for 12-18 months and I’d like to keep my mobile phone number active as it’s the failsafe/reset for several online services I use (Gmail, LastPass and so on). I won’t be using it for outbound calls, just to be able to receive the occasional SMS or incoming call for verification.


Ask LH: Why Aren't Our Main Channels HD Yet?

Hey Lifehacker, When will Australian free-to-air channels start using their HD channels as their main channel? I am really sick of watching major sporting events on the main networks channels on SD when they are showing Seinfeld (for example) on the HD channel. It just does not make sense. Any insights?


Ask LH: How Can I Get The Smoke Smell Out Of Things?

Dear Lifehacker, We recently moved my father into a long-term care facility. There are a number of wonderful things he wanted my sister and I to have and to share with our children. The trouble is that he was a lifelong smoker and everything reeks from years of smoke. We want to keep these things, but the smell is just awful. What can we do?


Ask LH: What's The Best Dropbox-Friendly Office Suite For An Android Tablet?

Hey Lifehacker, I have recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and want to use it for study. I currently have all my study documents (Word, Excel and PDF mainly) on my Dropbox account. What is the best app for editing those Office documents on my Android tablet?


Ask LH: Where Should I Sell My Old Phone?

Dear Lifehacker, With the iPhone 6 coming out next week, where is the best place to sell my old iPhone and other tech gear?


Ask LH: What Can I Do With My Spare Hard Drives?

Hi Lifehacker, I have over 10 external hard drives I’ve collected over the years which are currently lying around collecting dust. Do you guys have any ideas how I could take advantage of these extra hard drives?


Ask LH: Is Android Wear Actually Useful?

Dear Lifehacker, Is Android Wear any good? I haven’t been sold on other smartwatches, but Android Wear seems pretty cool. Can you actually do anything useful with it, though? I think they look nice, but I’m not sure what the killer new functionality is.