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Kogan Now Has A Fitness Brand Called Fortis

I guess this was inevitable: with fitness the focus of so many gadgets these days, it was unlikely that bargain retailer Kogan would stay off the bandwagon. It has just launched its own fitness brand, Fortis, including a fitness-tracking wristband, exercise gear and yoga mats.


Ask LH: Is There Really A Benefit To Special Exercise Clothing?

Dear Lifehacker, I exercise a few times a week and sometimes when I’m at the gym I see people all tricked out in crazy-looking clothing. Is there really a benefit to wearing anything beyond some shorts and a cotton t-shirt?


Ask LH: When Should I Trust Online Reviews?

Dear Lifehacker, I know a lot of online reviews can be fake, and others are just written by angry people. How can I separate useful reviews from crappy ones? I don’t want to avoid something good because someone lied, but I don’t want to throw my money away either.


Check Your Shoe Size Once A Year To Avoid Discomfort

Chances are that you think you know your shoe size and you buy the same size all the time. But according to The Wall Street Journal, it’s actually worth measuring your foot once a year.


Shorten Your Shopping Trip By Blocking Out Slow Tempo Music

There are lots of ways stores try to manipulate shoppers, from placing more expensive items at eye level to encouraging interaction with goods. A study published in the Journal of Marketing shows that the tempo of music you hear whilst shopping can also have an influence.


Coles Launches Mobile Wallet For iPhone And Android

Supermarket giant Coles made its Mobile Wallet available to the public today, allowing customers to buy groceries at the register with a tap of their mobile phones. Here’s what you need to make it work.


Woolworths Has Made Its Home Brand Prices More Competitive Again

When we rounded up all the store brand goods you could buy in a supermarket for less than a dollar earlier this week, I noted that Woolworths was charging more than Coles or ALDI for quite a few staple items and didn’t seem as committed to price-matching as it once was. It seems Woolworths has also belatedly noticed this trend — some of those items have now dropped back to the same price as its rivals.


Every Supermarket House Brand Product That Costs Less Than $1

How much will a dollar get you? To find out, we decided to find every single house brand product you could buy in a major supermarket in Australia that sells for less than $1. The list did not turn out to be particularly long.


Ask LH: Are High-End Headphones Really Worth The Money?

Dear Lifehacker, You guys often talk about headphones, and some of them are really expensive, costing $200 or more. I have a pair of $20 headphones that I love, and I’ve always wondered: are those high-end ones really worth it? What’s so special about expensive headphones that makes them better?


How Much Does IKEA Overcharge Australians?

There’s no shortage of coverage about how Australians pay more for the exact same product compared to their US counterparts. We know, for example, that tech giants (like Apple and Microsoft) overcharge Australians for hardware. We also pay more for downloads. And if you look outside of tech, Australians pay more than Americans for just about anything — everything from fashion to watching a movie in a theatre. This article is about another area in which we pay more: decorating our homes.