Australian Stories

At Christmas Time, Check Your Power Boards And Double Adaptors

With Christmas lights and glowing decorations already up in houses across the country, this is the time of year that we bring out those rarely-used extra power boards and overload them with double adaptors on top of other adaptors. The ACCC wants you to check those boards for defects, though, with over 200,000 unsafe power boards and double adaptors sold across Australia within the last few months.

How To Avoid Food Poisoning At Summer Picnics

Warmer temperatures and eating outside go hand-in-hand, but picnics can sometimes lead to nasty surprises. Food poisoning is unsurprisingly more common in summer months.

Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted Top 10 lists, workplace happiness, 2 in 1 laptop/tablets and dubious burgers. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

Top 10 Reasons To Choose A 2 In 1 Laptop/Tablet

2 in 1 laptops that flip into tablet mode aren’t just a novelty — they offer a flexibility that standalone devices can’t match. Here are 10 useful things you can do with a 2 in 1.

Ethical Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

Right about now is when I start going my Christmas shopping. Because somehow, right about now is when I look up and say something like “Oh, wow, it’s Christmas this week.” But I’ve been moving in different circles lately, and in these new circles it’s rather important that gifts are ethically sourced. Do you know someone similar? It might make all the difference to them if you use one of these outlets.

How (Not) To Defuse An Argument

The art of arguing is something surprisingly few of us choose to master, despite it being a skill that 100% of us could use in our lifetime. It’s not taught in school, and popular media seems to promote one-upping each other in an argument, rather than an ‘everyone wins’ approach. The School of Life’s Youtube channel goes through a few different ways an argument can play out in a relationship, and a few things to watch out for.

Most Popular Travel Posts Of 2014

Whether for commuting, interstate business trips or overseas pleasure jaunts, a little organisational savvy (and the right tech) go a long way towards making travel more enjoyable. These are the 10 most popular travel posts from Lifehacker in 2014.

Most Popular Health Posts Of 2014

Staying healthy requires a combination of knowledge, determination, planning and the occasional helpful gadget. These are the 10 most popular health posts from Lifehacker in 2014.

For A Good, Free Work Communication Tool, Pick Up The Slack

There are a few team communication tools out there, as decentralised work becomes more common. Slack is a new one from the co-founder of Flickr, Stewart Butterfield, and has already become quite popular without needing the advertising budget of Hipchat.

Is It Legal For Australian Pilots To Take Selfies In The Cockpit?

Last week, Quartz published an article showcasing photographs pilots have taken from the cockpit of aircraft to post on Instagram. As explained in the story, by taking these photos — many of which appear to have been snapped during flight, take-off, or landing — pilots are violating the rules of the air. This is certainly the case in the United States and the European Union, for example, but what about elsewhere?