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Video Briefly: Unicorns On Film, New N.E.R.D Clip, Kim K 'Selfie' Satire

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: the disappearance of unicorns explained, Kim Kardashian T-Mobile ad, Mars-capable drones explained.


Poetweet Turns Your Tweets Into Chin-Stroking Sonnets

Have you ever wished that your tweets were a bit deeper, a bit more lyrical, a bit artsy-fartsy? Poetweet is the beret-friendly solution you’re looking for. With a single mouse click, this online filter will transform your 140-character missives into rhyming poetry — complete with a pretentious title. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds!


The Real Bletchley Park, Where Alan Turing Worked [Gallery]

Interest in cryptographic pioneer Alan Turing has seen a resurgence via the movie The Imitation Game about his life. To mark its recent release, here are some pictures of Bletchley Park, where Turing worked as part of the UK Government Code & Cypher School team.


Free Games Friday: Puzzle Pets, Ghost Blitz, Warhammer 40k Space Wolf

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.


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?


Back To School Must-Haves: 15% Off Asus Laptops, Canon Printer Half Price And More!

This week’s deals are all about saving big bucks on the basics — snap up a Canon printer for only $65, an Acer tablet for $198 and save 15% on Asus laptops over $500. These are the affordable back to school bargains you won’t want to miss.


Taste Test: The DIY KFC Double Down Dog

Over the past few days, you may have seen the above monstrosity pop up on your social media feed. It’s known as the KFC Double Down Dog: a cheese-smothered hot dog stuffed inside a deep-fried chicken patty. Like moths to a flame, we were irresistibly drawn to this greasy portent of mankind’s destruction: it was something we just had to try ourselves. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available in the Philippines. Time for a little DIY innovation, methinks…


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

Today’s best deals include Baldur’s Gate II on Android, Tomb Raider II on iOS and Puzzle Pets on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Will Rural Subsidies Make The NBN Affordable?

The rules around the NBN have moved rapidly over Christmas. On December 14, the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, released new rules requiring all providers of high-speed broadband services to be vertically separated. These rules were aimed at TPG, which was rolling out fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) in urban apartment buildings. FTTB would compete against the NBN and potentially undermine the ability of the NBN to use high city prices to subsidise the bush.


VMware vCloud Air Adds Google Cloud Platform

VMware is due to launch its vCloud Air platform in Australia sometime in the first half of this year. One potentially intriguing addition to the platform: rival service Google Cloud Platform.