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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?


Briefly: New Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer, Mir Mine Gallery, Cheap Games

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Watch an extended five-minute trailer to Guardians Of The Galaxy, inside the biggest man-made hole on Earth, get six Square Enix video games for $1.


Which Cheap Smartphone Should You Buy?

A flagship smartphone usually costs somewhere in the region of $800, with some models creeping closer to one grand. That’s just silly money! If you’re willing to forgo the latest wizz-bang features — most of which are useless gimmicks — it’s possible to snag a cutting-edge phone for well under $400. Here are five of the best cheapskate-friendly models on the market.


Cloud Providers Won't Be Cutting Prices To Reflect A Lack Of Carbon Tax

Australia’s recently-repealed “carbon tax” had a direct impact on power prices, and power is one of the biggest components of data centre operating costs. But if you think that means cloud computing prices are about to fall, think again.


Ask LH: How Can I Make Sure Packages Actually Get Delivered?

Hey Lifehacker, How can I stop couriers and Australia Post from falsely marking packages as “Attempted Delivery” and leaving a card to collect from the Post Office, even though someone was available to receive the delivery? It seems like the delivery drivers aren’t even bothering to ring a doorbell because it takes longer than just leaving the card, but their actions then waste my time and the post-office staff time too. How can I prevent this selfish behaviour?


Personalising Email Is Too Hard For Marketers

In an idealised world, electronic marketing was supposed to be able to draw on detailed information about individual customers, sending you a message which exactly matched your interests. In reality, it’s apparently all that most companies can manage to correctly attach your name to a bog-standard email template.


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

Today’s best deals include Bamboo Paper on Android, Actions for iPad and Turret Commander on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


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How can you take advantage of the benefits mobile technology offers while minimising the security risks? Our new free ebook Making Mobility Real has the answers.


Kogan Now Has A Fitness Brand Called Fortis

I guess this was inevitable: with fitness the focus of so many gadgets these days, it was unlikely that bargain retailer Kogan would stay off the bandwagon. It has just launched its own fitness brand, Fortis, including a fitness-tracking wristband, exercise gear and yoga mats.