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Briefly: Dual-Screen Smart Watch, BRW Rich List

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including Lenovo’s dual-screen smart watch and Australia’s richest people.


Tony Abbott Is Still Dodging Questions About Teaching Coding To Everyone

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a very odd comment in Parliament, effectively suggesting that teaching coding to all kids was tantamount to child labour. Today, he avoided that analogy, but he still wasn’t ready to commit to basic coding skills being taught to every student.


Australia's 100 Best Lattes On A Map

Fussy about your coffee? Yelp has crunched its reviews data for Australia to identify the 100 best lattes, and we’ve popped them on a searchable map for you.


Is Netflix Australia Showing Censored Versions Of Movies?

Dear Lifehacker, Movies and TV shows broadcast in Australia often have subtle (or not-so-subtle) cuts when compared to the overseas versions, mainly due to censorship. With Netflix now in Australia, I was wondering whether they’re streaming Australian edits, or the original version?


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

Today’s best deals include Periscope on Android, Battle of Gods: Ascension on iOS and Hyper Rift on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Woolworths Is Planning A New Mobile Service, This Time With Telstra

Woolworths’ initial attempts at selling its own branded mobile plans using the Optus network ended with a quiet withdrawal from the market back in September 2013. Now it’s planning to try again — this time with Telstra.


Australian Juice Company Busted For Fake 'Australian Made' Claims

Few things rile the Aussie consumer regulator as much as unsubstantiated claims that a product is “Australian made” when it isn’t. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just fined a manufacturer $20,400 for making fake origin and nutrition claims about a house brand juice it produced for a supermarket chain.


Microsoft Is Cracking Down On All Those Crappy Windows Store Apps

Microsoft ranks a distant third in smartphone market share, so it needs to do everything it can to encourage developers to build for Windows Phone. However, it also needs to ensure that its app selection isn’t filled with low-value crud — and starting from today, it’s apparently going to be a lot pickier about which apps are allowed in the Windows Store.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thinks Teaching Coding To Kids Means Sending Them To Work At Age 11

There’s a shortage of skilled developers in Australia. But when Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked in Parliament yesterday if the government would commit to teaching coding at primary level, his response was nonsensical and unhelpful.


Briefly: Uber Wars In Queensland, Witcher 3 Sex Scenes, Best Drives In Australia

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including Uber’s battle with Queensland regulators and all the Witcher 3 sex scenes.