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How To Get Better Quality Out Of Your Video Chats

So you’re all excited to hop on a video chat with grandma, but the quality is less than desirable. The video is choppy, the audio echoes and cuts out, and you can barely see the person on the other end. Before you flip that table, here are a few things you can tweak to make sure you’re getting the best quality possible.


Mojibar Is A Keyboard-Driven Emoji Search Engine For Mac

The emoji search in OS X is just fine, but if you’re looking for something a little smoother, Mojibar is a menubar based emoji app that makes typing in an emoji quick and easy.


Optus Lifts Restrictions On Mobile Data Pooling

At Lifehacker, we’ve delved into data sharing plans in the past as it is something telcos are increasingly getting involved with. Previously, Optus only allowed customers to share data across its mobile MyPlan service so pure mobile data plan users were deprived of this privilege. But the telco is now allowing users to share data across tablets, dongles and mobile phones on its Data Pool feature.


Telstra Doubles Data Caps For Netflix-Binging Customers

Good news for video streaming addicts: Telstra has quietly increased data allowances for existing ADSL, ADSL2+, NBN and Cable customers to meet an increase in demand. So how much extra data will customers be getting? That all depends on your plan — with some lucky customers receiving an additional 500GB per month.


Ask LH: Can I Bill My ISP For A Broken Internet Connection?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m currently having internet problems with Optus and the technician is only able to come later next week. As such, I’ll be out of service for around nine days, if not more. (Yeah, yeah: first world problems.) So my question is: am I entitled to get some kind of credit for the time I have “lost” on my contract? Also, if I’m on Optus for my mobile and use it for tethering, should I be able to credit the data usage over this time?


Killer Interview Question: What Is Your Spirit Animal?

Not all interview questions need to be super serious — in past KIQ articles we’ve looked at dealing with time bombs, surviving the zombie apocalypse and the best way to unload a jumbo jet full of jellybeans. Here’s a question in a similarly fun vein from HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes.


Reset Siri's Training Data To Force It To Relearn Your Voice

Siri does a pretty good job of learning your voice and dialect so it understands you. However, if you’ve found that it’s not doing a its job, Mac Observer points out that it’s easy to reset and start anew.


Hack A Kindle Into A Fridge Messageboard

If you’ve got an otherwise unused Kindle and a Raspberry Pi, it’s actually quite simple to turn it into an easy fridge messageboard.


Facebook Wants You To Do A Quick Checkup Of Your Security (Again)

Keeping your data private on Facebook can be a tricky balancing act of logins, app permissions and the tiny changes Facebook itself makes to its UI. Facebook’s announced a new “Security Checkup” tool to simplify the process.


MeU Takes A Social Approach To Phone Plans

MeU uses Telstra’s 3G-network and a social network approach to differentiate itself amongst the MVNO crowd. Here’s a look at how its data plans stack up.


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