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Ask LH: Does Bad Broadband Make My Computer Run More Slowly?

Dear Lifehacker, To what extent does a “slow” internet connection affect operating system and application response times? My work connection is much faster than my home connection, and it often feels like the same machine is slower at home. I suspect that operating systems and applications often “phone home” and that waiting for responses over slow links slows things down. Does this actually happen?


Apple Is Taking Its First Steps Towards A More Comprehensive Post-PC world

Hands up if you’ve heard of Swift Playgrounds? No, it’s not some new start-up providing quick playdates for bedraggled parents, although that might be interesting. Swift Playgrounds is the new programming tool, introduced by Apple in June at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, based on the Swift programming language the company introduced a few years ago. What makes Swift Playgrounds interesting is that it provides a first-party computer programming platform that can be run entirely on an iPad, no computer required. It is also a milestone for Apple as it adapts to a world where personal computers are on a decline.


Is Lightning Broadband's 100 Mbps Non-NBN Internet Too Good To Be True?

As millions of Australian homes wait for the NBN to reach their door, Lightning Broadband is deploying a wireless network promising fibre-like download speeds to suburban users.

Starting in Melbourne’s inner suburbs with plans to extend to other state capitals, Lightning Broadband is connecting homes and businesses via 5.8 GHz microwave links capable of delivering 100 Mbps download speeds. The links also support 100 Mbps upload speeds, outpacing uploads on the National Broadband Network’s fibre connections. Here’s what you need to know.


App Deals: Take Notes Anywhere, Easily

Today’s best deals include EZ Notes for Android and WikiGraph for iOS. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Could Blocking VPNs Eventually Be Netflix's Downfall?

Netflix’s stock has dropped 13 per cent, inspiring speculations about the reasons of the sudden dive. A recent price hike for the service has been quoted as the main reason for the drop, resulting in a much slower client acquisition than has been predicted (only 1.7 million last quarter instead of 2.5 million expected subscribers).

VPN (Virtual Private Network) provider NordVPN has another theory, though.


Benefits Can Be Just As Attractive To Employees As A Pay Rise

With the end of financial year just past us, many Aussie businesses use this time of year to look at promotions and salary reviews. While many of your employees may be gunning for a pay rise, it could be a good time to look at what benefits you could offer aside from cold, hard cash.


The 2016 Census Will Keep Your Name And Address

Opinion: In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Census will not be anonymous. When you fill out the 2016 Australian Census questionnaire — if you don’t somehow avoid it or refuse to take part — your name and address will be linked for the first time to other, previously anonymised data like your status of employment, education and personal health. The Census on the night of August 9th will be conducted almost entirely online, too — so get used to your personal data being transferred around the ‘net.


Why 'Stop Caring About What Other People Think' Is Terrible Advice

Have you ever tried hard to stop caring what other people think about you? Hoped that doing so would free you from social pain and self-doubt once-and-for-all? It rarely works and here’s why.


Briefly: Pokemon GO Vs Rhodes, VPN Users Bloody Netflix, Dashcam Crashes

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Pokemon GO players are still making a mess of Rhodes, the best/worst of Dash Cam Owners Australia, could blocking VPNs lead to Netflix’s downfall?


Is It Legal For Police To Search Your Phone?

Consider the following scenarios: A police officer stops you on the street and asks you to empty your pockets. A police officer stops you in your car and asks to search you and the vehicle. Regardless of nearly all factors, one of the items recovered will inevitably be a mobile phone. But in what circumstances can police search your phone? Must they obtain a search warrant? And what will happen if you refuse to provide your passcode or fingerprint required to access your phone? Let’s find out.


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