Ask LH: Are Grey Import Smartphones Safe To Buy?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been waiting for the LG G4 since the early teasers and have just seen that it won’t be in Australia until mid-July. Or I can order a grey import today for about $200 cheaper. Assuming I buy from a reputable vendor and do my research to get the model that supports Australian LTE bands, what are the disadvantages of a grey import phone? Or are they basically the same?

Huge Pushbullet Update Adds Instant Messaging, Chat Heads And More

Pushbullet, the force that binds your devices together, has gotten a huge update today. Now, you can chat with friends (or send messages to yourself) when you push a file. It’s also easier to send multiple files and the Windows app has even added Facebook-style chat heads.

Blow Into A Straw To Exercise (And Avoid Losing) Your Voice

The next time someone tells you to stop blowing bubbles in your drink, tell them you’re working on your singing career. As it turns out, blowing into a straw can help exercise your vocal cords and prevent losing your voice.

Facebook Now Tracks If You Prefer HD Video

Facebook is now doing some rather subtle tracking of your selection preferences when it comes to video, even if you don’t explicitly “like” it.

Make Better Conversation With The 50/50 Rule For Listening And Talking

Maybe you talk too much in conversation, or maybe you clam up. Either way, communication skills don’t come naturally for everyone. For a better conversational flow, use the 50/50 ratio for talking and listening.

iOS 8.4 Will Launch Early Wednesday Morning

The next update for iOS will hit Australian shores at 1am on Wednesday morning, just before the “official” launch of Apple Music.

Make Better Guest Introductions With A Positive Fact About Them

When you’re introducing two people at a party, you can make things easier for both of them and break the ice before they even start talking. Introductions can be awkward. When someone just gestures toward you and says your name, it feels like the ball has been thrown into your court whether you’re ready to play or not.

Why Are Universities Still Using PowerPoint?

It was recently argued that universities should ban PowerPoint because it makes students stupid and professors boring. I agree entirely. However, most universities will ignore this good advice because rather than measuring success by how much their students learn, universities measure success with student satisfaction surveys.

These Are The Best Times To Tweet For Maximum Engagement

If you’re looking to expand your follower base and get more retweets, favourites and clicks, it all comes down to timing. According to a massive four-year study, these time windows are the best times to get more engagement with your tweets.

Display Avatars In Messages For Mac With This Toggle

iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) users get a handy little avatar in Messages so they always know who they’re talking with. Finer Things in Tech points out you can add that same avatar in Messages for Mac with a single toggle.