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Video Briefly: Next-Gen Lighting, Chess: The Sequel, Flexible Smartwatch

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Battle of Endor recut, meet the guy who’s making a sequel to chess, the concept smartwatch that will blow your mind. Kick off your Friday night with the best online videos of the week!


Freebie Friday! 100% Free Apps For iOS, Android And Windows Phone

At the end of each week, we bring you a list of the latest free mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. Deals this week include Pixel Road on Windows Phone, Easy Battery Doctor on Android and RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 on iOS. Download them all without spending a cent!


What We're Spending Our IT Security Budgets On

Australian businesses will spend on $1.9 billion on information security in 2014, according to Gartner. The areas where that’s growing fastest? Privacy protection and cloud.


The Science Of Napping Explained [Infographic]

A quick power nap can determine the difference between staying productive and coasting through the day like a brain-dead zombie. But how much rest do you actually need to boost your energy levels? Is it possible to nap for too little or for too long? And how does REM fit into it all this? This information-packed infographic from Patio Productions explains all.


How To Make The Most Of Airline Food

Airline food is the butt of endless bad comedy routines, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t maximise the experiencing of dining on a plane. With Qantas upgrading its in-flight meals this week, here’s what’s on offer and how you can get the best from it.


Ask LH: How Can I Stay Dry Without An Umbrella?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently started working in an office building quite close to where I live. It’s a half hour walk through some lovely suburban streets, across a freeway overpass and into an industrial area. This is the first time in my life I haven’t been driving or public transporting to work and I enjoy it. However, the recent inclement weather, while a boon to struggling farmers, is causing me problems.


Takeaway Truth: McDonald's McMate Burgers

Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald’s McMate Burgers. (Plus: Taste Test!)


How To Identity Workaholism (And Why It's Bad)

The term “workaholism” has been around since the 1971 publication of Wayne Oates’ book Confessions of a Workaholic. But, despite increasing research into the idea, there is still no single concept of this phenomenon. This is problematic for tackling the issue which, if classified as an addiction, should be treated as such.


Lifehacker's $13,000 Dell Workstation PC Giveaway: Tell Us How You Work To Win!

Do you use a high-performance PC for work? Tell us how you use it, and thanks to Dell and Intel, Lifehacker has almost $13,000 of Precision workstations up for grabs. You could win a Precision M3800 performance laptop with Core i7 quad-core processor (valued at $4,000) or a Precision T3610 workstation PC. With six-core Intel Xeon CPU and Nvidia Quadro graphics, this desktop is worth $8872. Ready to boost your computational power and maximise work efficiency? Enter to win here.


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

Today’s best deals include Swype Keyboard on Android, Awesome Lists on iPad and Translator With Speech on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!