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Ask LH: Does My Home Media Centre Need A Separate Network?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m considering using a iPad mini as a dedicated media ‘hub’, using Airplay to send Plex, YouTube and other content to a gen 3 Apple TV. Currently I’m using an Airport Extreme for Wi-Fi, along with a separate NetComm modem for internet connectivity. Is there any advantage to creating a second dedicated Wi-Fi network just for my media needs, or can I stay with the one network?


Briefly: Game of Thrones Meets Amazon, goCatch Two-Up Discount

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including Amazon Prime’s HBO shenanigans and a goCatch ANZAC discount.


Dealhacker: iTunes, PlayStation Network and Skype Cards On Sale

With another long weekend looming it’s a good time to kick back and enjoy a new movie or some new music. Fortunately, there are lots of gift cards on sale this week so that you can get your hands on some discounted tunes or movies -– and even some cheap calls to loved ones.


Archived Data: Lessons Learned from NASA

With the amount of data we store increasing at an exponential rate, many of us turn to archiving technologies as a way of protecting the most important information. I have a pile of CDs and DVDs with photos on them but none of my computers have an optical drive. NASA found itself in the same situation.


Ask LH: Can I Upgrade My Pirate Software To A Legitimate Copy?

Dear Lifehacker, I am really interested in converting my pirate Adobe CS6 installation into a legitimate Creative Cloud subscription. Is there an easy way to do this or do I need to rebuild my computer (iMac) entirely?


Will NAPLAN Online Crash IT In Schools?

The Australian Government plans to conduct the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) online from 2016. This presents a significant challenge for Australia’s 9,500 schools.


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

Today’s deals include Contra: Evolution on Android, Microtrip on iOS, and Absolon on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


How To Set Up MAME On A Mac

Earlier in the week, we responded to an Ask Lifehacker question about some possible uses for an unused Mac Mini. A few comments wanted to know how to set up MAME on a Mac.


Microsoft Forefront Is Getting A New Name

Last December, Microsoft said that the next version of its Forefront enterprise security products would be released in early 2015. There’s now a more detailed roadmap for how that will happen, and a name change is in the offing.


Five New Ways To Improve Your Life

Improving your life isn’t always a matter of making big complex changes: often it’s the small incremental steps that add up. Here are five new techniques that you can apply to make life better.