Australian Stories

Briefly: iPhone 6 Plus Reviewed, Warner Bros Game Sale

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including Gizmodo Australia getting hands-on with the iPhone 6, cheap Warner Brothers Games and the tell-tale signs of Bachelor addiction.

Telstra's Cisco Cloud For Aussies Is Now In Pilot

Busy times if you’re an enterprise testing new cloud infrastructure. Not only is Microsoft letting a handful companies trial its Australian Azure sites, Telstra has begun a limited pilot of its Cisco-powered “InterCloud” offering for Australian companies.

I'm Confident Your Confidant Isn't My Confidante

In The Sound Of Music, Maria has confidence in sunshine. I have rather less confidence that everyone is clear on the difference between confident, confidant and confidante.

Ask LH: Why Doesn't Everyone Sell Phones Outright?

Dear Lifehacker, I had to buy an iPhone 6 for work the other day, but I kept running into brick and mortar stores that refused to sell me an iPhone 6 unless I bought one on a plan. Are they allowed to restrict the sales of a hardware device unless they strong-arm me into a contract?

Vodafone's New Prepaid Plans: Everything You Need To Know

Vodafone Australia is revamping its prepaid plans, expanding its data inclusions and maintaining its focus on international calls with a temporary offer of unlimited calls to 10 international destinations one one plan. Here’s what you need to know.

When Does Google Hand Over Your Data To Governments?

Governments around the world want to know a lot about who we are and what we’re doing online and they want communications companies to help them find it. We don’t know a lot about when companies hand over this data, but we do know that it’s becoming increasingly common.

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

Today’s best deals include Instapaper on Android, Out There on Android and iOS, and Make A Cake on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

Optus Carrier Aggregation Means Faster 4G In Capital Cities, Eventually

Optus has switched on LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation for 4G customers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. That means potentially faster data speeds — but only if you have a phone that can take advantage of it.

How University Makes A Difference To IT Pro Salaries

How much more will you earn in IT if you finish a postgraduate university qualification? A report from Graduate Careers Australia suggests you’ll end up earning more by doing a postgraduate course, but that going as far as a masters or PhD might not make a significant difference.

Supermarket Wars: The 85 Cent Loaf Of Bread

For many years, Australia’s supermarkets tacitly agreed that the cheapest loaf of bread for sale would be a 650 gram white loaf for $1. Now Woolworths and Coles have decided that’s apparently too expensive, and are selling that same white loaf for 85 cents.