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Cloud Patches: Azure Preview Portal, AWS WorkMail

The latest updates and additions for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.


BattleHack 2015 Comes To An End In Melbourne

24 hours of programming with a chance to win $US100,000. Doesn’t sound too bad if you think you have the skills to compete. This is the core of BattleHack, a global marathon coding competition run by PayPal where teams or individuals come up with interesting uses for the payment provider’s various online services.


Has Oracle Put VirtualBox Into Maintenance Mode?

I’ve jumped between various virtual machines over the years — Virtual PC was my go-to choice until Microsoft stopped supporting it and my needs grew beyond Windows emulation. These days VirtualBox and VMWare Player do the job, but a lack of major updates to the former could see the Oracle-owned VM left on the sidelines.


When To See Meteor Showers In Australia In 2015

Watching meteors in the night sky can be fun, although typically you only see a few flashes an hour. But there are certain times of the year when you can see many more — events known as meteor showers.


Free For All: Google Earth Pro Dumps $US400 Subscription Fee

It’s always nice when a company transitions a product from paid to free, with Google today removing the price tag from Google Earth Pro. This means features including high-resolution images, movie creation and map making are now available to anyone who downloads the application.


Edit Or Delete Individual Cookies Using Chrome's Developer Tools

In Chrome, the most precise cookie deletion you can perform is everything from the last hour, with no ability to select certain sites or even particular cookies. Sometimes you need a finer tool to modify or remove cookies and fortunately, Chrome’s developer functionality has this kind of granularity.


Video Briefly: Unicorns On Film, New N.E.R.D Clip, Kim K 'Selfie' Satire

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: the disappearance of unicorns explained, Kim Kardashian T-Mobile ad, Mars-capable drones explained.


Poetweet Turns Your Tweets Into Chin-Stroking Sonnets

Have you ever wished that your tweets were a bit deeper, a bit more lyrical, a bit artsy-fartsy? Poetweet is the beret-friendly solution you’re looking for. With a single mouse click, this online filter will transform your 140-character missives into rhyming poetry — complete with a pretentious title. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds!


The Real Bletchley Park, Where Alan Turing Worked [Gallery]

Interest in cryptographic pioneer Alan Turing has seen a resurgence via the movie The Imitation Game about his life. To mark its recent release, here are some pictures of Bletchley Park, where Turing worked as part of the UK Government Code & Cypher School team.


Free Games Friday: Puzzle Pets, Ghost Blitz, Warhammer 40k Space Wolf

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.