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Australia's 'Three Strikes' Piracy Scheme Is Back On Hold (And Rights Holders Are To Blame)

Foxtel and other rights holders have backed away from a proposed scheme that would have seen alleged pirates dragged to court after receiving three warning letters for copyright infringement. Once again, the fly in the ointment was money, with negotiations breaking down over who would foot the bill for the scheme — copyright holders or ISPs. Will the industry ever learn?


HP Enterprise' Services Division Is Merging With CSC: What Now?

HP Enterprise (HPE) has decided to spin-off its enterprise services division and merge it with IT services firm CSC to become a US$26 billion company. But what will all this mean for both organisations? Let’s find out.


How Jake Dyson Plans To Revolutionise Lighting In Your Office

Jake Dyson, son of renowned inventor Sir James Dyson, and an entrepreneur and inventor in his own right, has turned his attention to making a better light — and fixing the way that designers use light in office spaces. We take a look at his grand design.


Microsoft Just Blitzkrieged Its Own Phone Business

Microsoft has announced it will gut 1850 more jobs from its smartphone hardware business this year, with the bulk of job losses coming from Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland. The $950 million business write-off (or “streamlining”, as Microsoft calls it) comes a week after the company sold off its feature phone division to Foxconn in a $350 million fire sale. It was nice knowing you, Nokia.


How To Cope With An Existential Crisis

Despite the weirdness of existence, most of us are able to get on with our lives and avoid debilitating feelings of despair, personal failure and cosmic meaninglessness. But every once in a while we’re tugged out of our complacency and forced to re-evaluate our lives. Here’s what you need to know about existential crises, and how to cope with them.


Briefly: Wireless Word Record, Warcraft Movie Stinks, Sansa Pregnant

Briefly news items of note for Lifehacker readers: Engineers smashed record for fast wireless data transmission, disappointing Warcraft movie, Game of Thrones‘ Sansa may be pregnant.


Hump Day Deals: Discounted Xbox One Bundle, Cheap MicroSDXC Cards, Half-Price New Balance Shoes

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: big discounts on games like The Witcher 3, cheap Udemy online courses and 128GB MicroSDXC cards for under $30.


Shutterstock's New iOS App Matches Images To Your iPhone Photos

Stock photos provider Shutterstock has used machine-learning to give iPhone users an easier way to find the images they want without trawling through every single picture in the company’s catalogue. iOS users can now simply take a photo and use that instead of keywords to look for images on Shutterstock. Considering the company has around 80 million pictures on file, the new feature will definitely come in handy for mobile users.


Six Steps To Creating A Strong Password [Infographic]

Passwords are a pain in the neck to make up. It’s easy to fall into the trap of using words that are just easy for you to remember. But that, in turn, makes them easy to guess and potentially exploited by cybercriminals. Security firm ESET has released a visual guide to help you with creating a password that is more secure than “123456”.


Ask LH: How Long Should My Laptop Be Covered For Replacement Or Repair If It Fails?

Dear Lifehacker, I remember reading on your site a while ago a great article on the new Australian Consumer Laws, stating that if a device breaks in an ‘unreasonable’ time then a consumer has a right to ask for a repair or replacement. So here’s the issue: I bought a $1700 Asus laptop (the stylish Zenbook) from JB Hi-Fi in March 2012 that has just gone kaput. The screen is white and scrambled. JB won’t help as its out of warranty, and Asus tell me they don’t even make the screens any more so can’t fix it either. Does 4 years for a $1700 laptop fall within the ‘unreasonable’ time frame outlined in the ACL? What would you do?


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