Australian Stories

CSIRO Trialling App To Remotely Control And Monitor Home Power Usage

Smart meters have taken us a step closer to “digitising” our power usage and making it easier to monitor just how much electricity we’re using. CSIRO however is taking the concept further and in conjunction with app developer HabiDapt, is trialling software that will allow you to see the current power consumption of individual household appliances, along with a breakdown of usage costs, with the ability to turn them on and off remotely.

Samsung Issues Second Warning, Recall For Its Fire-Prone Top Loaders

An “unsatisfactory” response to a national recall of various models of Samsung top loader washing machines has prompted the company to redouble its efforts to raise awareness of the issue. Some six models are affected — according to Samsung, they can pose a fire risk if left unattended.

Free Games Friday: Plucky Rush, Absolon, Hyper Rift

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.

Briefly: New Scrabble Words, Aussie Movie Frenzy

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including new words for Scrabble and the best Aussie movies to watch this weekend.

How I Succeeded: Vinomofo's Andre Eikmeier

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business owners for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Andre Eikmeier from Vinomofo.

Free Apps Friday: Periscope, Fleksy, Blur It Up

Are you looking to make your smartphone or tablet more useful? Each week, we collect the latest productivity apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone; all of which are 100 per cent free! Here are this week’s highlights.

Ask LH: Am I Safe From Being Busted For Piracy If I Download With Usenet?

Hey Lifehacker, after all the buzz about Dallas Buyers Club and the related court decision it would seem to me that the infringement would be for distributing copies. If this is the case would Usenet users be somewhat in the clear since it’s purely downloads?

Beard Maintenance Tips From Someone Who Isn't A Hipster

From no beard, to full hobo beard and back again, I have done it all. I’m no rugged lumberjack or style-conscious hipster, but this is my bearded experience.

Tech Deals: 15% Off HP Computers Over $500, 20% Off Navman GPS, TVs Under $500 And More!

There are big savings to be had this week! Up to 20 per cent off Panasonic and Sony DVD & Blu-Ray players, 15 per cent off Canon cameras, 20 per cent off Navman GPS units, 15 per cent Off HP computers over $500 and a stack of great TVs for under $500. Read on to find out more.

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

Today’s best deals include Galaxy Trucker on Android, Geometry Wars 3 on iOS and MeeDJ on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!