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Australia's 'Three Strikes' Piracy Scheme Is Back On Hold (And Rights Holders Are To Blame)

Foxtel and other rights holders have backed away from a proposed scheme that would have seen alleged pirates dragged to court after receiving three warning letters for copyright infringement. Once again, the fly in the ointment was money, with negotiations breaking down over who would foot the bill for the scheme — copyright holders or ISPs. Will the industry ever learn?


How Jake Dyson Plans To Revolutionise Lighting In Your Office

Jake Dyson, son of renowned inventor Sir James Dyson, and an entrepreneur and inventor in his own right, has turned his attention to making a better light — and fixing the way that designers use light in office spaces. We take a look at his grand design.


Use Distractions To Your Advantage During Brainstorming Sessions

Distractions aren’t ideal for most tasks, but they serve a purpose when it comes to brainstorming. 99U suggests a simple rule of thumb: embrace distractions when it comes to generating ideas; embrace focus when it comes to implementing ideas.


Stop Turning Off Your Lock Screen, Use Android Smart Lock Instead

Regularly locking your phone’s screen can be an annoyance. So much so that a third of Android users don’t even lock their phones at all, and those that do choose painfully obvious PINs or patterns. Fortunately, there’s a better way: It’s called Smart Lock for Android.


'Treat Email Like Milk, Not Precious Heirlooms'

With the unlimited storage that Gmail and Outlook offer now, you might be tempted never to delete your emails. But that’s not how you get to Inbox Zero. For that, you need a change in mindset.


Briefly: Wireless Word Record, Warcraft Movie Stinks, Sansa Pregnant

Briefly news items of note for Lifehacker readers: Engineers smashed record for fast wireless data transmission, disappointing Warcraft movie, Game of Thrones‘ Sansa may be pregnant.


Six Steps To Creating A Strong Password [Infographic]

Passwords are a pain in the neck to make up. It’s easy to fall into the trap of using words that are just easy for you to remember. But that, in turn, makes them easy to guess and potentially exploited by cybercriminals. Security firm ESET has released a visual guide to help you with creating a password that is more secure than “123456”.


Ask LH: How Long Should My Laptop Be Covered For Replacement Or Repair If It Fails?

Dear Lifehacker, I remember reading on your site a while ago a great article on the new Australian Consumer Laws, stating that if a device breaks in an ‘unreasonable’ time then a consumer has a right to ask for a repair or replacement. So here’s the issue: I bought a $1700 Asus laptop (the stylish Zenbook) from JB Hi-Fi in March 2012 that has just gone kaput. The screen is white and scrambled. JB won’t help as its out of warranty, and Asus tell me they don’t even make the screens any more so can’t fix it either. Does 4 years for a $1700 laptop fall within the ‘unreasonable’ time frame outlined in the ACL? What would you do?


Five Best Online Backup Services For 2016

Everyone’s got at least one horror data loss story to tell. Computer errors and hard drive crashes can hit at any time — usually when it’s going to be the most inconvenient — so it’s worthwhile to look into an online backup service to keep all your precious memories and valuable information safe.


Identify And Work Around Your Delivery Dates To Manage A Flexible Schedule

More employers are beginning to offer flexible work options to let employees work at a time that fits them best, rather than a strict nine-to-five job. This is nice, but it can turn your schedule into chaos. Before that happens, build your schedule around your delivery dates.


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