You wanted death to five cent pieces, air-fried chips and video chat. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Why It’s Time To Kill The Five Cent Coin
It’s near-impossible to use, it takes up space in your wallet, and it might soon cost more to manufacture than its actual face value. It’s time for Australia to get rid of the five cent coin.
- Can The Philips Airfryer Actually Fry Stuff?
Deep-fried food tastes so good, but involves way more oil than is likely to be good for you, not to mention the always-looming possibility of a major fat fire. The much-promoted-recently Philips Airfryer claims to offer “great tasting food with 80% less fat”. But what does food from an airfyer actually taste like? Over the past week, Lifehacker has been testing it to find out.
- Holding An Orgy Isn’t The Ideal Way To Thank Your Employees
Showing appreciation to hard-working staff is a great idea, and parties aren’t an uncommon way to do that. But we can’t imagine that the HR department at reinsurance firm Munich Re ever officially signed off on a plan which saw executives and salesmen rewarded with an orgy featuring 100 guests and 20 prostitutes at a sauna in Budapest.
- The Compudesk: An Epic, Custom-Built All-In-One Desk
Today’s featured workspace actually has a computer built into a desk with a glass top, for some pretty incredible illumination.
- Five Best Apps For Real-Time Video Chat
Thanks to video chat, staying in touch with friends, loved ones, and colleagues anywhere in the world has never been easier. Here’s a look at five of the most popular applications that allow you to get a little face-time with your boss while you work from home, or say hello to a loved one who’s away on a business trip.
- How Many Hours Sleep Do You Really Need?
The general rule of thumb for what counts as a full night’s sleep has been eight hours for as long as anyone can remember, but it’s not an arbitrary number at all. Two studies, one at the University of Pennsylvania and the other at the Walter Reed Research Institute, tested dozens of sleepers and found that sleeping even seven hours a night will slowly add up to a costly sleep debt.
- MacBook Migrant: Switching Strategies For Windows Power Users Moving To Mac
Superficially, Windows and Mac environments offer a similar graphical interface, but if you’re an experienced Windows user, there’s more to learn than just that the Control key is mostly now the Command key. Throughout this week, MacBook Migrant will look at the tips and strategies Windows users moving to Mac can use to make the shift easier.
- Amaysim’s Spacious Office Has A Slot Car Track
In line with its fairly minimalist approach to pricing, mobile phone provider Amaysim has a clean, modern-looking office environment. But lurking amongst the communal meeting areas and natural light is a pleasant distraction: a slot car track.
- Science Reveals What You Need To Do To Talk People Into Anything
When you’re persuading someone to do something, what you say isn’t necessarily as important as how you say it. If you want to sound convincing, it’s all about sounding as natural as possible…or at least learning how to fake it.
- Qantas’ Frequent Flyer Updates: The Good And The Bad
Qantas announced a large number of adjustments to its Frequent Flyer scheme today. This is Lifehacker’s take on the changes that will give you more options — and those that won’t.