Australian Stories

Briefly: Best Contact-Storing Apps, Aussie Robot Wars, 360-Degree Oculus Rift

Brief news items for Lifehacker readers, including: The best apps for storing all your contacts, download the original Syndicate strategy game for free.

Hump Day Deals: Free Online Courses, Cheap Wine, 50% Off Power Tools

Hump day (AKA Wednesday) is arguably the most boring day of the week. So why not liven things up by grabbing one of these nifty online bargains? Deals that caught our eye this week include: Get 50 per cent off Black & Decker gear at Super Cheap Auto, save up to $500 on free online Udemy courses, get a free trial of Australian Netflix for three months. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain.

Smartphone OS Share: Android Tops, iOS Surging

The success of iPhone 6 led to a healthy chunk of market share for Apple’s iOS in 2014, but in terms of total phones shipped, it’s still very much an Android world.

Ask LH: What Bonuses Should I Ask For When Buying A New Car?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m planning on buying a car soon and am wondering what sort of extras I should try and squeeze out of my dealer? Should I aim for accessories such as a GPS and car-backing camera, or just try for a discount?

Which Tech Jobs Are Seeing The Fastest Growth?

If you’re hunting for a job in tech, it helps to know which areas are experiencing demand (as well as what you’ll get paid). New data from job search site Indeed highlights the job titles in Australia which have seen the biggest increase in vacancies posted over the last year.

App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include Facetune on Android, Toca Lab on iOS and Servings and Weight Tracker on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

Tableau 9.0 Will Be Released By April

Windows: Tableau is a nifty tool for converting data from Excel and other sources into visualisations. Version 9.0 has been in beta testing since late last year, and the release version is about to arrive.

How Your Phone Became A Secret Tracking Device

Mobile phones have become central to our lives. In the US, 90% of adults have one. Although we think of mobile phones for their primary role in communication, they have quietly become a global identification device.

IT Salaries: Look For A Rise Later In 2015

The latest salary figures from recruitment firm Peoplebank suggest that IT salaries are still largely constant in Australia — but there is hope on the horizon.

Briefly: Quaint Quantum Computing, Arp Odyssey Synth Riffs

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: $30 Australian airfares from Tigerair, take a tour of Bristol’s Quantum Photonics lab, 50% off Black & Decker tools.