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Optus Prepaid Customers Can Now Stream Music Quota-Free

If you’re an Optus prepaid customer, there’s no reason to download your Spotify playlists to your phone any more. New and existing prepaid customers on Australia’s second largest mobile network will have uncapped, quota-free streaming of half a dozen different music services including Spotify and Google Play Music.


Australians Should Be Allowed To Circumvent Geoblocking: Productivity Commission

Australian consumers should be allowed to use technologies like VPNs and proxies to defeat the efforts of companies like Netflix and HBO that stop them from accessing digital content libraries from other countries. That’s the thrust of a Productivity Commission draft report into overhauling Australia’s existing copyright laws that has just been released.


The Google Play Store Will Now Let You Know If An App Shows Ads

For a while now, Google’s Play Store has shown if an app contains in-app purchases, so you can better decide if you want to use it. Now, the store will also let you know if an app contains ads.


Avoid Self-Censoring To Keep Your Ideas Flowing

The greatest enemy your ideas have is you. If you’ve ever shown off an idea only to have it shot down, you can easily slip into the habit of self-censoring. Avoid this trap if you want your ideas to flourish.


Video Briefly: Snowden's Latest Leak, The Killing Joke, Puppet Drummer

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Whistleblower Edward Snowden now has a music video, trailer for the highly anticipated animated movie The Killing Joke and a puppet rocks out on a canned soup drum kit.


Why Windows Phone Might Not Be The Best Choice For Your Business

For many Australian businesses, Windows Phone is the employee device of choice due to OS familiarity, sophisticated security and attractive pricing. However, if you’re in the market for a new fleet of handsets, Microsoft could be a riskier option than you think. As this chart shows, overall sales of Windows Phone devices has shrunk every quarter since 2015.


Brain Tester: Can You Solve These 21 Fiendish Puzzles?

Puzzles of logic are one of the best ways to measure your intelligence, quick wits and ability to think outside the box. The following selection of riddles, brain-teasers and numeric sequences are designed to separate the deep thinkers from the dunces. They start off easy and get progressively harder — best grab a pen and paper!


How I Succeeded: Digital Jungle's Dr Matthew McDougall

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Dr Matthew McDougall from Digital Jungle.


You Should Take Better Care Of Your Phone

Opinion: The 24-month phone contract is dead, writes News.com.au. Phone plans go out of date quickly, leaving their buyers stuck with small data quotas. But there’s also the fact that new smartphones, bundled with these plans, are apparently a Bad Idea — because they can be lost, or damaged, or stolen. It’s that last point that is particularly galling.


Deals: Save 89% on The Complete Computer Science Bundle

Want to learn a new set of skills but don’t have the time for a costly college education? Then look no further than The Complete Computer Science Bundle, offered for a limited time only to Lifehacker Australia readers for just $51 AUD [$39 USD], a savings of 89% off the RRP.


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