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Ask LH: Which Laptops Are Good Choices For School?

Hi Lifehacker, Next year the school my sons attend is introducing a BYOD policy, so I have to buy laptops or tablets for each of them. They both have desktops at home.


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

Today’s best deals include Magnet Balls on Windows Phone, Slender Man Origins on iOS and Perfect Produce on Android. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Ask LH: Why Can't I Claim HECS-HELP Fees As A Tax Deduction?

Hi Lifehacker, I’ve just discovered that I cannot claim HECS-HELP repayments as a tax deduction. This makes no sense to me. If I pay my course fees up front I can claim them as a self-education expense, but if I repay them to the government I can’t? What gives?


Briefly: 40 AA Batteries For $10, Top 20 TED Talks, Police Eye Pirates' Metadata

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Get 40 AA Fujitsu Alkaline batteries from Dick Smith for $9.98, the 20 most popular TED talks of all time, Australian Federal Police Commissioner admits metadata could be used to prosecute movie pirates.


Ask LH: How Can I Limit The Time My Kids Spend On Facebook?

Hey Lifehacker, How can I limit the time my teenagers spend on sites like Facebook? Most solutions I’ve found online require software to be installed on individual PCs (which is not ideal at all). The only router-based solution I can find requires me to buy a specific model. Is there any other way to do it?


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

Today’s best deals include SmartKid Maths on Windows Phone, In Fear I Trust on iOS and My Backup Pro on Android. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Ask LH: How Can I Set Up My Own Hosting Service?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a student who just started doing some work on the side building websites for local businesses in my spare time — thanks for introducing me to Codecademy and making that possible). I’ve decided to look into hosting the websites myself as another form of income. How do I go about setting up a server to host websites? Are there student discounts for buying servers?


Briefly: Wolfram Alpha Tricks, Top 10 'Scary' Songs, Inside KFC

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: 32 tricks you can do with Wolfram Alpha, how KFC makes its fried chicken, Spotify’s Halloween party list.


Ask LH: How Can I Deal With Flies, Moths And Other Bugs?

Hi Lifehacker, Bug season is coming again — yesterday I was invaded by two friendly massive flies. I’m living in a share house so my time out of the room is limited. How can I avoid/limit bugs coming into my room? It would be nice to be able to work without the bugs saying hi every four seconds in front of my face.


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

Today’s best deals include Gobliiins trilogy on Android, GPS: Car Video Recorder on iOS and SuperPhoto on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!