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Here's How You Purge The DNS Cache In OS X Yosemite

Sometimes operating system updates change the way you go about things, particularly certain maintenance tasks. OS X is no exception, with the most recent build of the platform, Yosemite, making the task of clearing DNS caches different to previous versions.


Cmder, A Beautiful, Functional And Portable Windows Console

Despite increasingly fancy GUIs, the humble Windows command line remains available when other options fail. If you’re still a frequent user of the old console, Cmder is a more powerful and better-looking alternative that’s well worth a try.


Why You Can't 'Prepare' Kids For NAPLAN

The national testing season begins on Tuesday May 12 as children in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 around the country sit the writing, spelling and grammar tests of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Reading and numeracy will follow on Wednesday and Thursday. So, what can you do to improve your child’s performance in NAPLAN between now and then?


Australian Police: Expect Fines If You Use Your Smartwatch While Driving

While it likely won’t get to the extreme point of having to remove one’s smartwatch to drive, state police plan to classify such devices as potential distractions, in the same league as your mobile phone or GPS, with all the associated fines and penalties.


Raspberry Pi Owners, Check Your TV Supports CEC Before You Spend

If you’re new to the world of compact media centres such as the Raspberry Pi, it’s easy to get caught up in all the bits and bobs you need to get it set up. Of course, having the required cables — power, HDMI, USB, etc — is mandatory, but before you splurge on a custom remote and infrared receiver, make sure your TV doesn’t provide this functionality already.


Free Games Friday: BANG!, Townsmen, EA Sports UFC

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: Solitaire In Windows 10, Telstra And Netflix, New NBN Logo

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including the return of Solitaire to Windows 10 and Telstra contemplating a Netflix partnership.


Killer Interview Question: Which Public Figure Embodies Your Personal Values?

Another addition to the killer interview questions collection: which public figure embodies your personal values?


I'm Katrina Barry, MD Of Contiki Australia, And This Is How I Work

Katrina Barry is the head honcho at youth travel brand Contiki Australia. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day running of the company and spearheading new digital strategies, Barry has also gone on Contiki tours undercover to learn more about the experience of customers. We caught up with Katrina to learn about the tools of her trade and her productivity habits.


Free Apps Friday: Synthtronica, MeTweet

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.