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Back To School Must-Haves: 15% Off Asus Laptops, Canon Printer Half Price And More!

This week’s deals are all about saving big bucks on the basics — snap up a Canon printer for only $65, an Acer tablet for $198 and save 15% on Asus laptops over $500. These are the affordable back to school bargains you won’t want to miss.


Taste Test: The DIY KFC Double Down Dog

Over the past few days, you may have seen the above monstrosity pop up on your social media feed. It’s known as the KFC Double Down Dog: a cheese-smothered hot dog stuffed inside a deep-fried chicken patty. Like moths to a flame, we were irresistibly drawn to this greasy portent of mankind’s destruction: it was something we just had to try ourselves. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available in the Philippines. Time for a little DIY innovation, methinks…


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

Today’s best deals include Baldur’s Gate II on Android, Tomb Raider II on iOS and Puzzle Pets on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Will Rural Subsidies Make The NBN Affordable?

The rules around the NBN have moved rapidly over Christmas. On December 14, the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, released new rules requiring all providers of high-speed broadband services to be vertically separated. These rules were aimed at TPG, which was rolling out fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) in urban apartment buildings. FTTB would compete against the NBN and potentially undermine the ability of the NBN to use high city prices to subsidise the bush.


VMware vCloud Air Adds Google Cloud Platform

VMware is due to launch its vCloud Air platform in Australia sometime in the first half of this year. One potentially intriguing addition to the platform: rival service Google Cloud Platform.


Kogan Pantry Wants To Be Your New Supermarket

Not content with flogging you cheap TVs and Android phones, online retailer Kogan is pushing into the supermarket space. Its new Kogan Pantry store sells a broad range of food and home supplies, with a capped delivery fee of $9.99 anywhere in Australia.


Briefly: 105 Free Ebooks, Jaw-Dropping Archery, Expert Slow-Cooking Tips

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: get 105 Kindle ebooks for free, the best trick shots from master bowman Lars Andersen, how to slow cook to perfection according to a Michelin-star chef.


How Your Fitness Band Can Help You Lose Weight

The makers of the fitness band Jawbone UP have released news customer data that reveales the habits of the UP community’s biggest weight losers. If you’re trying to tame your summer paunch, the following behaviours and activities might be worth pursuing — whether you own a fitness band or not.


How Hard Would It Be To Document Your Job?

Efficient management relies on well-understood and well-documented processes, but the reality in many workplaces is that crucial tasks are often only fully understood by a single employee. If you were to quit your job tomorrow, how many processes would have to be documented so that someone else could take over your role?


Reminder: You Need To Show ID To Vote In This Weekend's Queensland Election

This Saturday, Queensland will decide whether or not to give the Newman government another stab in office. Interestingly, it will also be the first time that Australians are required to show proof-of-identity to cast an ordinary vote. If you live in Queensland, you will need to produce one of the following types of ID to quickly cast your ballot.