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Why You Can't 'Prepare' Kids For NAPLAN

The national testing season begins on Tuesday May 12 as children in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 around the country sit the writing, spelling and grammar tests of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Reading and numeracy will follow on Wednesday and Thursday. So, what can you do to improve your child’s performance in NAPLAN between now and then?


Australian Police: Expect Fines If You Use Your Smartwatch While Driving

While it likely won’t get to the extreme point of having to remove one’s smartwatch to drive, state police plan to classify such devices as potential distractions, in the same league as your mobile phone or GPS, with all the associated fines and penalties.


Raspberry Pi Owners, Check Your TV Supports CEC Before You Spend

If you’re new to the world of compact media centres such as the Raspberry Pi, it’s easy to get caught up in all the bits and bobs you need to get it set up. Of course, having the required cables — power, HDMI, USB, etc — is mandatory, but before you splurge on a custom remote and infrared receiver, make sure your TV doesn’t provide this functionality already.


Free Games Friday: BANG!, Townsmen, EA Sports UFC

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.


Briefly: Solitaire In Windows 10, Telstra And Netflix, New NBN Logo

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including the return of Solitaire to Windows 10 and Telstra contemplating a Netflix partnership.



I'm Katrina Barry, MD Of Contiki Australia, And This Is How I Work

Katrina Barry is the head honcho at youth travel brand Contiki Australia. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day running of the company and spearheading new digital strategies, Barry has also gone on Contiki tours undercover to learn more about the experience of customers. We caught up with Katrina to learn about the tools of her trade and her productivity habits.


Free Apps Friday: Synthtronica, MeTweet

Are you looking to make your smartphone or tablet more useful? Each week, we collect the latest productivity apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone; all of which are 100 per cent free! Here are this week’s highlights.


How To Survive Being Stranded Overnight In An Airport Terminal

As I write this from Heathrow Airport, the time is currently 5am. I have been stuck in airports since 8am the previous morning. Here are a few survival tips I’ve learned over the past 21 hours of terminal gate haunting. [Warning: Slightly unhinged writing may ensue.]


Ask LH: Am I Breaking The Law By Viewing Streaming Fileshare Sites?

Hey Lifehacker, What’s the legal status of viewing movies and TV shows that link to either streaming versions of torrents or content that wasn’t uploaded by the creator? Will I be busted for doing that?