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Ask LH: Could My Farts Explode An Overheating Laptop?

Dear Lifehacker, If I have an overheating laptop on my lap and I do a big fart, would an explosion be possible? I find myself lifting the laptop away just in case.


Pro Tablet Showdown: Surface Pro 4 Vs 12.9-Inch iPad Pro

Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 look a lot alike. Both are big tablets, both connect to slim keyboard covers and both offer a stylus for drawing and note-taking. But after spending some time with these potential laptop replacements, I found that they’re really quite different, particularly when it comes to productivity.


This Interactive Chromebook Comparison Tool Helps You Find The Best Model For You

If you’re in the market for a Chromebook (and why shouldn’t you be?) the sheer number of models and types can be a little daunting. The folks at Starry Hope have put together a tool that will help you quickly compare and get details on the specs that matter to you.


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade To Windows 10?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m trying to toss up whether it’s worth upgrading my laptop from windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I’ve heard mixed reviews and don’t want to make the wrong decision! Should I take the plunge? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Ask LH: Should I Buy An Apple MacBook Pro Or Microsoft Surface Pro 4?

Dear Lifehacker, I am looking for a new laptop. After pricing up a few different options I’ve settled on either a MacBook Pro or a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (i5, 256gb). They are similar specs for a similar price. As much as I prefer OSX, I’m leaning towards the Surface because it doubles as a tablet. Am I making the right decision or should I stick with Apple?


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?


Chromebooks Are Now Outselling Macs

According to the latest figures from IDC, Chromebooks sales overtook Macs for the first time ever last quarter, with over two million Google-powered laptops sold in the US alone. (Apple “only” sold 1.76 million laptops in the same period.) The sales boost could not have come at a better time for Google, which is finally arming Chrome OS with a treasure-trove of apps from its Google Play store. In other words, we can expect the sales gap to widen as Chromebooks become fully-fledged computers — particularly in the business sector.


Dealhacker: Get 20% Off At The Good Guys And Bing Lee Via Ebay

eBay is throwing another “Click & Collect” sale, with 20% off a wide range of products from The Good Guys, Bing Lee, Rays Outdoors, BCF and others. Products on offer include smartphones, laptops, HD TVs, whitegoods, lawnmowers, DIY gadgets and hi-fi gear. Here are the details.


Opera's Power Saving Mode Cuts Battery Drain For Longer Laptop Browsing

Windows/Mac/Linux: Opera has rolled out another update to its browser, this time introducing a power saver mode that supposedly gives you a 50 per cent boost in battery run time.


Extend The Life Of Any Laptop With These Four Tweaks

If you’re shelling out hard-earned cash on a laptop, then you want to make sure you get years of service out of it. Some wear and tear (both physical and digital) is inevitable along the way, but if you take good care of your machine you can keep it running smoothly for longer — just like a well-maintained car or bicycle. Here are four tips and tweaks that will extend the life of any laptop.


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