You wanted Facebook-driven discounts, thoughts on Qantas' strategy, networking advice and a way to remove security tags from clothing. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Australian Discounts For Facebook Check-Ins
We often hear about the idea that using check-in options on social networking services should let businesses offer you discounts, but wide-scale examples in Australia have been hard to find. However, Facebook appears to have lined up a bunch of local deals for its Places servicein the past week, with Westfield, 7-Eleven, KFC and the Commonwealth Bank all offering discounts.
- How To Remove Security Tags From Clothing
As an anti-theft measure, clothing stores tag certain items with security tags so you’ll set off an alarm when you leave with the tag still on the garment or ruin it by spilling ink from the tag if you try to remove it yourself. This isn’t a problem so long as the tag gets removed before you leave the store, but sometimes a tag will get missed at the checkout. If that’s happened to you, here’s what you can do about it.
- Five Things I Like About Qantas’ Reboot
Qantas has announced massive changes to its international route structure, altering some key destinations and revamping its aircraft. While all the details aren’t clear yet and there’s some major issues to be resolved, here are Road Worrier’s initial thoughts on the changes.
- Know Your Network, Lesson 3: Maximise Your Speed, Performance And Wireless Signal
You’ve picked your router and set up all the basics, so now it’s time to optimise your network. In this lesson, we’re going to look at how to improve your network’s speed and wireless signal so it’s operating at full capacity.
- The Next 12 Things FetchTV Is Adding
This week, IPTV service FetchTV is adding the YouTube on TV interface, making it simpler to browse YouTube videos via your TV set. That’s just one of a host of new options FetchTV is planning over the next year, including a full HD channel, access to iView, iPhone and Android apps and lots of other goodies.
- Firefox 6 Now Available
Firefox 6 officially releases on August 16th, but technology blog TechnoBolt discovered last night that the Firefox 6 final version is already available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux on Mozilla’s FTP servers.
- Kogan Ez-Press Coffee Machine Uses Nespresso Pods
My best mate has a Nespresso machine and it’s a great way to make coffee if you don’t want to do a lot of measuring and tapping, but the entry-level model is $369 and the price jumps fast after that. Kogan has spotted an opportunity here, launching a coffee maker that can make use of Nespresso pods but sells for a lower price.
- What Australians Hate About The Mobile Web Experience
As smartphones become more common, we’re doing more and more of our net browsing on smaller screens, but that doesn’t mean we’re enjoying it. A new survey highlights some of our biggest annoyances with the mobile web, and the relatively slow speed of accessing sites tops the list.
- Free Whereis iPhone App Offers Turn-By-Turn Navigation
iOS: There’s no shortage of GPS apps for the iPhone, but most come with hefty price tags attached. Telstra’s Whereis app is an unusual exception: it offers turn-by-turn directions for Australians, and it’s completely free.
- Ask LH: What Can I Do With An Old Server?
Dear Lifehacker, I have an old enterprise-class server that I’ve inherited from my office. It’s been replaced with a shiny new one, and it’s a little too powerful to just donate to charity. What can I do with it? Signed, Dumpster Diving IT Admin