You wanted refund advice, fast flights, app deals and fast-dissolving rodents. We're not here to judge. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Could Australian Mountain Dew Dissolve A Mouse?
One of the more disgusting news stories doing the rounds at the moment concerns a lawsuit against Pepsi claiming that a dead mouse was found in a can of Mountain Dew. Pepsi’s defence? The mouse would have dissolved and turned into jelly, apparently. That’s a disgusting thought and a weird legal strategy, but what’s less clear is whether it would happen in Australia.
- Ask LH: Who Decides If I Get A Repair, A Replacement Or A Refund?
Dear Lifehacker, I’m an Australian Apple customer who owns many Mac machines and I love them all. I’ve always bought AppleCare for them, except for a Mac Pro of mine that’s about to be out of warranty in around a month. One of the RAM slots of the logic board has failed and isn’t recognising any sticks of memory.
- Why Hypersonic Flights To Europe Might Not Work
I’ve flown Sydney-London so often I pretend the 24-hour flight time doesn’t matter, but it does. European researchers are working on hypersonic jet projects that could potentially cut that time down to four hours, but even if the scientific challenges get solved, there might not be a viable business in speedier flights.
- App Deals: iPhone, iPad, Android, WP7
We round up the best free and discounted iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps.
- Why iOS Multitasking Isn’t Killing Your Battery
We’ve explained before that task killers rarely improve performance on Android phones, and the same is equally true of iOS devices. Blogger and education consultant Fraser Speirs offers a well-explained summary of why shrinking the number of apps on your multitasking bar won’t help extend iPhone battery life
- How To Find Out If Someone’s Secretly Been Using Your Computer
If you have a snoopy roommate or a curious sibling, there are ways to find out if they’ve been using your computer when you’re not around. Here are a few tricks to get you started.
- Ask LH: How Do I Get Out Of An Argument With An Irrational Person?
Dear Lifehacker, How do I deal with someone who’s completely irrational? Every time we disagree on a topic, I try to present evidence and information to support my position, and he dismisses them and gets really angry, as if I’m attacking him personally.
- The Best Jailbreak Apps For iOS 5
It took a good while before iOS 5 received its first jailbreak, but now that you’ve jailbroken your compatible iDevice you need to know all the great apps and hacks it can handle. Here’s a look at some of our favourites available in Cydia for iOS 5.
- Olive Toil: Why I’m Forcing Myself To Eat Something I Loathe
It’s soft. My molars don’t feel much resistance as I chew. My first thought is: “this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be”. But that’s just the garlic, and the hint of chilli it was doused in. That subsides quickly . . . Now I’m left with the overwhelming, unfamiliar, unavoidable taste of the olive I’ve just forced myself to eat.
- Ask LH: How Can I Beat The Heat?
Dear Lifehacker, Since it is scorching hot here in Melbourne, I need some tips on how we can keep ourselves cool — particularly if you are currently renting and you are not allowed to install any air conditioning!