Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

We checked out all the features in the new Outlook, saw how banks screw up their mobile apps, discussed hiring people with poor grammar and looked at strategies for losing 50kg. Kick off your Monday by checking out the 10 most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week.

  1. How I Lost 50 Kilograms I’ve struggled with my weight for nearly my entire life. I went from being chubby in primary school to overweight in high school to obese in university. At my biggest, I weighed almost 127kg (I’m 168cm tall). Finally, around five years ago, I got a spark of inspiration that ultimately led to me dropping a total of 50kg and counting. Here’s how I did it.
  2. Outlook Versus Gmail: A Feature Comparison Microsoft announced its Outlook webmail service this week, and it’s a suprisingly robust new webmail client. But can it hold a torch to the current king of webmail, Gmail? To give you a better idea of how they stack up, here’s a feature-by-feature comparison of Outlook vs. Gmail.
  3. Optus 4G: Everything You Need To Know After completing its Hunter Valley trial, Optus officially launched its own 4G network in Sydney and Perth today for business customers. When will it hit your area? What will it cost? What gear does it support? And what exactly is ’3G Plus’? We have all the answers.
  4. Top 10 Ways To Boost Your Home Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is one of the most useful and important parts of using a computer, and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the Wi-Fi in your home.
  5. Is Microsoft’s Hotmail Reimagined (And You’ll Actually Want To Use It) Microsoft has reimagined and rebranded its existing Hotmail/Windows Live webmail service as, and the result — a Metro-inspired, stripped-back client that’s much more like the Outlook desktop client — is impressive. We’ve long thought Hotmail was a solid email service, and certainly the best alternative to Gmail, but Microsoft steps its game up to a whole new level with
  6. Five Ways Banks Screw Up Their Mobile Apps Australia’s major banks all agree that mobile phones and tablets will account for an ever-increasing share of customer activity. Given that, why do they continue to make such a dog’s breakfast of actually developing decent apps?
  7. Why Everyone Is Deluded About The Australian IT Pricing Inquiry Discussions about tech pricing make everyone angry, but rarely solve anything. Software and hardware vendors are kidding themselves if they think their flimsy justifications for gouging Australian consumers will stand up to in-depth scrutiny. Consumers are kidding themselves if they think that this is a universal phenomenon. And we’re all kidding ourselves if we think that the current parliamentary inquiry will have any real effect on the issue.
  8. Unleash The Power Of Android With These Automated Apps Have you ever wished that your phone would automatically text your significant other whenever you leave work, or silence your phone when you walk into a cinema, or turn on your ringer when you wake up in the morning? Tasker is an automation app for Android that makes it possible to do all of these things and much more.
  9. Why I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar If you misuse a comma or mix up “your and you’re”, don’t expect to get hired by iFixit’s Kyle Wiens. He’s not the only stickler — a growing number of employers are adopting a zero-tolerance approach to grammar. That means one mistake could cost you the job, even if you’re otherwise qualified.
  10. Making An Alias For Your Account Is Ridiculously Easy Need to create a more (or less) professional alias to use your new Outlook email account? It’s incredibly easy.


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