Australian Stories

Briefly: Cheap Wine, Weird Veges, Sex Tape Kill Switch

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Get a case of Malindi Clare Valley Shiraz 2011 for $52 ($163 off), 10 strange looking vegetables to eat this winter, how to get your sex tape off the internet.


Eat An Egg Before Bed To Help You Sleep Better

The next time you have trouble falling sleep, skip the warm milk and head for the egg carton instead. Eggs contain tryptophan; an amino acid that acts as a natural sedative. They also encourage the production of insulin, which helps neural pathways get tryptophan to the brain.


Australia's Top 10 Most Expensive Suburbs For Rental Properties

Think your rent is too high? Be grateful you’re not trying to find a place in ^. These are the 10 most expensive suburbs in Australia right now.


Ask LH: How Can I Access iView Overseas?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m wondering if there is a simple way to get my IP re-routed to be recognised as an Australian address? I’m going to be travelling through Europe for several months for business and am hoping not to miss out on ABC iView! My current VPN doesn’t have any servers for Australia, and Hola Unblocker doesn’t seem to be much help either. Any ideas?


How ECC Memory Improves Workstation Reliability

For high-performance computing, error-correcting code (ECC) memory is an essential requirement. Here’s how it works and why it helps.


Taste Test: Can A $39.95 Coke Glass Really Improve The Taste?

The Coca-Cola + Riedel Glass is a piece of fancy glassware specifically designed to improve the flavour of Coke. The glass is now available in Australia for a recommended retail price of $39.95. If Riedel is to be believed, the glass has been optimised to improve every facet of the Coca-Cola drinking experience, including taste and sound. To put these dubious claims to the test, we compared it to an aluminum Coke can and regular glass. The result was pretty surprising.


Use Symantec Security Intelligence Insights To Protect Your Business Online

A recent Gartner study reminds us that with more companies harnessing data for a competitive edge, there are increased challenges to secure information and protect against data breaches or targeted attacks. So how are security vendors responding? In Symantec’s case, by going far beyond anti-virus. As one of the largest civilian threat intelligence platform in the world, Symantec has deployed a range of tools to help organisations improve IT security. Here’s what you need to know.


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

Today’s best deals include Bloons on the Amazon Appstore, Table Tennis Touch on iOS and IQ Safe on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


How Dick Smith Will Ditch Its AS/400 For An Amazon Cloud Solution

IBM’s AS/400 was first introduced way back in 1988, but a quarter of a century later, the midrange platform still plays a crucial role in IT for electronics retailer Dick Smith. Here’s how it plans to eventually get rid of the aging system and replace it with a cloud-centred platform using different best-of-breed components.


Ask LH: Are Vaya's Plans Worth It?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve seen a lot of advertising for Vaya recently. The plans seem good value, but from what I’ve read the company has rubbish customer service. Do you think they’re any good?