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Taste Test: McDonald's UK Crisscut Fries

It has become something of a Lifehacker tradition to sample unique McDonald’s food items whenever we travel abroad. From the “McLobster” in Canada to the Parmigiano cheese bar in Italy, there’s certainly been a lot of weird stuff to choose from. As you’d expect, McDonald’s in the UK serves more traditional fare — with the exception of a bizarre alternative to fries called Crisscuts. Here’s what they tasted like.


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

Today’s best deals include Multiponk on iOS, Ships ‘n Battles HD on Android, and Alien Rain on Windows Phone. end without warning, so be quick!


Briefly: Google's Resume Hacks, Studi Ghibli Wallpapers, Cheap Pebble Smartwatch

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: National Security legislation passed into law, 100 Studi Ghibli wallpapers, the rise and fall of the Dead Space video game series.


Hump Day Deals: 33% Off Pebble Smartwatch, Cheap Toolbox, 50% Off Rosé Wine

Hump day (AKA Wednesday) is arguably the most boring day of the week. So why not liven things up by grabbing one of these nifty online bargains? Deals that caught our eye this week include 50% off 201-piece Stanley mechanics tool set, get a free PlayStation 4 with Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, 15% off Lite n’ Easy food orders. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain.


ACMA Tackles iiNet And Dodo For Direct Debit Violations

Internet service providers iiNet and Dodo have both come under fire from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for consumer protection law breaches relating to direct debits. The companies were warned for not complying with customers’ authorisation for direct debit payments and failing to cancel a direct debit authorisation within three working days upon request. Read on for the full list of charges.


Ask LH: Can I Warm Up Before I Reach The Gym?

Dear Lifehacker I enjoy going to the gym, and recently I’ve been trying to upgrade my warm up. But I’m wondering: how close to the workout does the warm up have to be? Am I OK spending some time warming up at home and then heading to the gym, or will the effect wear off?


Taste Test: What Does 'Green' Coke Made From Stevia Leaves Taste Like?

Coca-Cola Life is a new “mid calorie” soft drink for health-conscious cola fans who don’t like the taste of Diet Coke. It’s hero ingredient is Steviol Glycosides, a natural sweetener extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant and mixed with sugar. In addition to containing fewer kilojoules, the end product also has a unique flavour that’s quite unlike any artificial sweetener I’ve tasted. Read on for the full Lifehacker verdict.


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

Today’s best deals include Quick Control Panel on Android, Art History Interactive on iOS and Tab Player on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Briefly: Batman Vs. Superman, Cheap Business Shoes

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Foxtel Play comes to Xbox One, three must-have Android apps, get a free PS4 with Sony Xperia Z3 pre-orders from Virgin Mobile.


How To Perfect Work/Life Balance (Without Quitting Your Job)

This week, the CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) made headlines around the world for quitting his $100 million job to spend more time with his family. Mohamed El-Erian made the decision after his 10-year old daughter presented him with 22-point list outlining all the events he had missed during the past year. Here are ten life/work hacks you need to try before your own kids guilt-trip you out of a job.