So It's Cut And Dried That Cut And Dry Is Wrong

Cut and dried is a useful expression for conveying that something is fixed and (for most purposes) unarguable. If you get it wrong and write cut and dry, an argument will undoubtedly happen.


Optus Is Now Selling The BlackBerry Passport In Australia

BlackBerry’s unconventional new smartphone — the keyboard-equipped, square-screened Passport — has just launched on the Optus network in Australia. The device is available on a range of 24-month plans and can also be purchased outright. Here’s a look at the pricing and specifications.


Ask LH: How Can I Learn To Plot Before NaNoWriMo?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a budding (not yet blossoming) fiction writer. By that, I mean I have really cool ideas whizzing around my noggin but am yet to put pen to paper or text to screen. To motivate myself I have registered for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble formulating a plot structure and having it accessible and presented clearly.


Put 'Congratulations' In Your Facebook Post So More People See It

Facebook is constantly changing its algorithms for which of your posts are shown to your friends. A recent article suggests putting “congratulations” in the update might cause more people to see it.


Control Your Public Persona With Carefully Selected Information

You probably know how handy a personal website can be, but it’s even more important if you’re the kind of person who likes to keep your social media private. By carefully crafting your public persona, you can control people’s first impressions (and keep the rest more private).


Eight Ways To Help Improve Your Child's Vocabulary

The basis of a lifelong love and talent for learning may very well be a solid vocabulary. A strong vocabulary helps foster understanding, communication, and reading ability. That’s why parents should do what they can to help kids learn new words.


Facebook Safety Check Confirms You're OK During A Natural Disaster

Facebook announced a new feature today that allows users that are in an area affected by a natural disaster to check in and let friends and family know they’re safe. The feature uses whatever location information you’ve given Facebook.


IFTTT's New Twitter Triggers Automate Monitoring Twitter

If This Then That added some new Twitter triggers to its automation service that make monitoring Twitter a little easier. The new triggers include a new tweet from search, new tweet from specific user, new mention and a new tweet by anyone in the area.


Unsticker.me Removes Annoying Facebook Stickers From Comments

Chrome/Firefox: People either love or hate Facebook’s new stickers. Unsticker.me is an open source extension for Firefox and Chrome that removes the stickers on comments if you don’t want to see them.


Planhacker: Every Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Contract Plan

Samsung’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, won’t go on sale until 5 November, but you can pre-order it now. We’ve rounded up every contract plan it’s offered on so you can choose the best option for you.