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Why The Masters Hardware Business Failed

This week, Woolworths sold off its Masters home improvement division, and now 7700 jobs are on the line. The Masters business has been losing about $200 million a year, unlike main competitor Bunnings which is a major contributor to profits at its owner Wesfarmers. Here’s what went wrong according to Winning Appliances CEO John Winning.


Would You Use A Phone Without A 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

Rumours have been flying that some upcoming smartphones won’t include the now-standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Intel even thinks consumers will eventually prefer USB-C to the normal jack. Would you?


The Kanex MultiSync Keyboard Looks Great, Connects To Multiple Devices Easily Over Bluetooth

Most of us have more than one device in our lives, whether it’s multiple computers, or just a laptop and a tablet or phone. Kanex’s MultiSync Aluminium Keyboard can connect to all of them, switch between them seamlessly, and still rid your desk of wires and excess clutter.


Keep Your Networking Gear Organised With A Wall-Mounted Velcro Board

Video: Even basic networking gear gets messy really quickly, if the pile of unorganised cables under my desk right now is any indication. Mounting your hardware to a simple wall or desk-mounted board can keep it much cleaner.


Why We've Stopped Buying Brand-Name Servers

In an era where cloud computing is the new normal, (storm-driven outages aside), it’s no surprise that sales of traditional server hardware are declining. But it’s still slightly shocking to see how tough it is to turn a dollar in the server market these days.


Make A Magnetic Parts Tray Out Of The Remains Of Your Old Hard Drive

Video: When you’re taking your gadgets apart, a magnetic tray for all your screws could come in handy. Fortunately, you can make one by taking more gadgets apart.


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade The Processor In My Tablet?

Dear Lifehacker, My phone’s screen and battery are still great, but the dual-core processor is getting long in the tooth. Is there any way I can either upgrade the processor, or get it to draw on the much more powerful processor in my phone?


Opt For The Larger SSD Capacity To Also Get A Speed Boost

If you’re weighing your option between SSDs and you can’t quite justify buying the bigger version, this might tip you over the edge: Generally, larger SSDs are also faster.


Build A Solid VR-Ready PC For Less Than $1700

We’ve seen a few different builds for VR-ready gaming rigs, but if you’re curious what some pros are planning on using, Tested partnered with Loyd Case to put together their VR testing PC for about $1700.


This Video Helps You Pick The Best Motherboard For Your Build

I have built every computer I’ve used since I was eight. Motherboards are still my least favourite component to buy. This video helps break down what to look for in a main board.


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