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Telstra is slugging customers with higher international roaming rates in the lead-up to the holiday season. From this week, the telco’s International Casual Traveller Data Packs will be replaced with costlier Travel Passes. Meanwhile Telstra’s excess data fees have more than tripled. Let’s take a look at the damage.
If you really want to find out how smart you are, try taking the Mensa IQ test. (Anything over 109 is considered above average, while less than 90 means you probably don’t read Lifehacker.) In the meantime, here are eight behaviours and attributes that are often found in highly intelligent people. How many boxes did you tick?
Android 4.1+: Doze is one of the best new features in Android Marshmallow, which stops apps from using the network when your phone is idle. But if your phone still doesn’t have Marhsmallow, this app will bring the feature to older phones.
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.
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.
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?