Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

The iPhone 5 arrived on Friday and shifted our focus towards hidden features in iOS 6 and Passbook functionality in Australia. We also looked at IT salaries, the most common numeric passwords and the social stigma of facial hair. Kick off your Monday by checking out the 10 most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week.

  1. Silence Your iPhone With Do Not Disturb And iOS 6′s New Phone Features iOS 6 brings a few handy new features to help you manage your notifications. For anyone who has received a text message in the middle of the night or accidentally received a dumb phone call during a meeting, the new Do Not Disturb feature is a lifesaver. Here’s how to manage it right.
  2. How To Manage Tickets And Vouchers With Passbook In iOS 6 Passbook is a brand new app in iOS 6 designed to manage movie tickets, vouchers and loyalty cards. Its usefulness in Australia will be limited at first, but the fact that it’s available here at all should mean that we’ll starting seeing local businesses making the most of it. Here’s how to get it working for you.
  3. Top 10 Secret Features Of iOS 6 Apple released iOS 6 this week, bringing a handful of new features to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. While they defined many of the flagship features, several were left unsaid. These are our 10 favourite secret features in iOS 6.
  4. Planhacker: Australian iPhone 5 Contract Plans The iPhone 5 goes on sale this Friday, and for many people buying on contract to avoid pay $800+ up front will be the most popular choice. But which carrier and which contract should you choose? Our Planhacker table lists every iPhone 5 offer in Australia so you can decide for yourself.
  5. Clear Your Sinuses In 20 Seconds With Your Tongue And Your Thumb Blocked sinuses are no fun, especially when the problem frequently requires taking a pill. Redditor gymfork points to a clever acupressure method that can solve the problem in just 20 seconds.
  6. Five Things You Can Throw Out Right Now The challenge with spring cleaning is often throwing stuff out. Get started with this no-brainer list of items that have no place in your life.
  7. What I Learned From Growing A Beard When I decided on a whim to start growing a beard for the first time in more than 20 years, I figured that I’d learn how to tolerate itchy skin and heighten my resemblance to Benny from ABBA. Instead, I discovered that some people are intolerant, unimaginative and scared of facial hair for stupid reasons.
  8. How Are You Finding iOS 6 In Australia? iOS 6 is officially released today, and iDevice owners are busy downloading and installing it. Many of its new features work in Australia, but not all of them. What’s working well for you?
  9. Average Salary For An IT Contractor: $129,071 With an average annual salary for Australian IT contractors of $129,071 and an average hourly rate of $83.46, working in technology sure beats flipping burgers. However, as with most average figures, the devil is in the detail: some career paths and locations pay much better, and there’s an apparent shift towards longer-term contracts.
  10. Is Your PIN In This List Of The Most Common Numeric Passwords? Tech consultancy company DataGenetics has analysed the popularity of numeric passwords. What they found confirms previous research that most of our four-digit PINs are way too predictable. Check if yours is one of those mentioned in the report.


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