entertainment

Xbox One SmartGlass's Data Centre Latency Trick

Network latency is a major concern for many cloud-based apps, and that problem doesn’t just apply to productivity tools. Challenges with latency have led to a major design change in the Xbox One version of the SmartGlass mobile companion application.


Ask LH: I've Been Busted For My Housemate's Torrents, What Can I Do?

Hi LH. I recently received an email from my ISP on behalf of ip-echelon.com with the subject: ‘Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture’, claiming I’d been responsible for an illicit download. I live in a share house of four, with the internet in my name. The date of this alleged incident happened on a week when I was away interstate.


Quickflix Launches Stream To Own Service

Quickflix has started selling TV episodes and Season passes for playback on PCs, Macs and a variety of Samsung Smart Devices.


After Hours: Best Restaurant Review Apps

You’re standing on a street with five different restaurants: which one do you choose? Here are a few apps that will help you sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to grabbing a feed.


Ask LH: Should I Use Plex Or XBMC For My Home Theatre PC?

Dear Lifehacker, I want to make the perfect home media centre but I’ve come across a very tough decision: should I use Plex or XBMC? I’ve heard great things about both platforms, and don’t know the main differences. Can you help me decide?


iiNet Fetch TV Upgrade Brings Mixed Blessings

iiNet has upgraded its IPTV options. The new FetchTV boxes are slimmer and faster, but the news isn’t entirely good if you’re an existing FetchTV customer.


The Five Biggest Media Centre Annoyances (And How To Fix Them)

The best thing about owning a media centre is that you’re in control and can watch whatever you want at a time that suits you. Unfortunately, you also end up with the hassle of troubleshooting your system when plug-ins break, files won’t play, and nothing seems to work properly. Here’s how to take an home theatre PC (HTPC) that’s driving you crazy and whip it back into shape so you can enjoy the show.


How To Create Successful Independent Games

It might be iPhone 5 release day, but not every game developer wants to build for Apple’s small screens and restrictive rules. If you’re a budding game mogul, how can you choose the right platform, and how can you ensure your game actually gets noticed?


Aussies Apparently Get $24 Billion In Value From New Media (And Not Just From Stealing Torrents)

There’s so many “new” media options out there — YouTube, blogs, podcasting, torrents — that it would be a brave soul who tried to calculate what the “new media” industry is worth. But the Boston Consulting Group has had a bash, calculating that Australians get $24 billion of “value” from new media, over and above what they actually pay for it.


Qantas Still Speeding Through The Latest Movies

A month ago, we reported on how in-flight entertainment on some Qantas planes is now ludicrously up-to-date. I’m pleased to report that the title list is continuing to be updated, with The Descendants, My Week With Marilyn, The Arist and many others all in evidence on a flight I took yesterday.