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How Facebook Is Used To Market Junk Food

We all know obesity is a common, serious, and costly health issue. But while government action has stalled and the debate rages on about how best to combat this growing public health disaster, junk food manufacturers continue to aggressively market and sell vast amounts of energy-dense, nutrition-poor food and drinks.


How Much Cheaper Is An 'Old' iPad Now?

Apple has announced new iPad and iPad mini models today — but if you’re not fussed about having the absolutely latest tech, older iPad models have also become much cheaper. Here’s how much prices have been cut, plus the models that are being phased out altogether.


ALDI Is Coming To South Australia And Western Australia

Discount supermarket chain ALDI has become a popular choice for frugal shoppers, but so far has only operated in the Eastern states of Australia, where it has over 300 stores. That’s going to change in the (relatively) near future, with ALDI firming up plans for distribution centres in South Australia and Western Australia to service supermarkets in those states.


The Features That Matter On Your Next Router (And The Ones That Don't)

Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand heaps of technical terms, from “beamforming” to “MIMO” and “dual band”. Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let’s dive in and separate the useful from the rest.


How Apple's 'Complete My Bundle' Actually Works

Apple recently introduced App Bundles that allow you to snag a group of apps at a discounted price. There’s also a “Complete My Bundle” option that can be confusing at first. The developers over at Panic figured out how it works.


Ask LH: Should I Contribute To Crowdfunding Campaigns (Like Kickstarter?)

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve seen a lot of Kickstarter campaigns lately that promise great rewards and have awesome ideas. Some of them are already fully funded, others need a little help. Is it safe to give them my money if they’re already funded? How can I tell if the end result is going to be as awesome as they promised?


Thermomix 'TM5 Scandal' Tops 2014 Shonky Awards

The CHOICE “Shonky Awards” have named and shamed the dodgiest consumer products of 2014, with Thermomix “winning” the consumer vote by a landslide. The once-loved kitchen appliance received more nominations than any product in the award’s nine-year history. Hell hath no fury like a Thermo fan scorned.


Ask LH: When Does It Make Sense To Buy Bleeding Edge Gadgets And Upgrades?

Dear Lifehacker, There have been a lot of great new updates recently. I’m shopping for a new phone, a new video card for my computer, even some new headphones — but a lot of these new products are just hitting the market now. Does it make sense to jump on them right away? When does it make sense to buy versus hold off?


Who Will Win The Supermarket Price Wars?

On January 26, 2011, grocery retailer Coles fired the first salvo in what would soon be dubbed the “supermarket price wars” by reducing the price of its own-brand milk to $1 per litre. Woolworths immediately responded.


Why You May Be More Likely To Buy Food After Trying Free Samples

Free samples may have a bigger psychological effect on you than you think, according to behavioural economist Dan Ariely. The Atlantic studied the underlying psychological factors in comparing customer’s taking samples and purchasing patterns.