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Lifehacker's Static Podcast With Gizmodo & Kotaku: Episode Two

Australian eSports, gendered toys, Star Wars: Battlefront, the best movie gadgets, tipping wait staff and artisanal salami made from celebrities. Yes, really.

How To Find Alien Life On Distant Exoplanets

How do you go about hunting for life on another planet elsewhere in our galaxy? A useful starting point is to imagine looking from afar for signs of life on Earth. In a telescope like those we have on Earth, those aliens would likely just see the Earth and sun merged together into a single pale yellow dot.

The Hollywood Starlet Who Pioneered Wireless Technology: Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr’s story is not an uncommon one in the glamourous and tumultuous world of Hollywood’s golden age. Called “the most beautiful woman in Europe”, the Austrian woman filmed a controversial sex scene in Germany in 1933, ran away from her husband to move to Paris, and signed a contract with MGM head Louis B. Mayer himself. Alongside her acting career, Hedy Lamarr alleviated her growing boredom as an inventor. In 1942 she patented something called a ‘frequency-hopping spread spectrum’ — the precursor to modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

Can You Solve This Children's Maths Puzzle?

School quizzes occasionally contain a puzzle so fiendish that it even stumps intelligent adults. (Teachers have to get their kicks somehow, y’know.) The above brain-teaser recently appeared on an elementary school entrance exam in Hong Kong and quickly went viral. How long will it take you to solve it?

Dealhacker: Telstra's $40 BYO Plan Now Comes With 7GB Data Per Month

Telstra has never been the most generous telco when it comes to mobile data allowances — which is why its latest Go Mobile BYO plan is so surprising. For a limited time, new customers can get a massive 7GB of data on a 12-month contract for just $40 per month. This is one of the best deals we’ve seen, on Australia’s most reliable network. What’s not to like?

Enable This Setting To Silence Siri With The Mute Switch

iOS: Siri can be loud no matter what your iPhone’s settings are, but OS X Daily points out that you can control Siri’s voice feedback setting with a toggle in the Settings.

The Aussiest Things You Can Ask Cortana In Windows 10

Last week, Microsoft released an official Australian version of Cortana on Windows 10. In addition to having a genuine accent, the Australian version of Cortana will give Aussie-centric response to a range of questions and commands. Does it do a decent job? Read our Q&A session and decide for yourself…

If You Want Your Praise To Have Any Effect, Make Sure It's Honest

It sounds like something that should go without saying, but if you’re trying to offer praise and support to someone, an honest compliment will almost always work better than a feigned one.

What To Do When You Have 30 Minutes To Put A Presentation Together

Ideally you’d spend hours, even days putting together a speech or presentation, but life and work doesn’t always afford us the time we need. However, you can approach the problem as a structured, step-by-step process, rather than a frantic race to the finish line.

Top 10 Tips To Work A Room Like A Champ

Whether you’re headed to your office’s Christmas party or attending your neighbour’s BBQ — both of which should be fun — also come with all sorts of awkward moments and stressful situations attached. Here are 10 ways to work those parties like a champ.

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