Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Game Of Thrones now easier to stream in Australia thanks to Quickflix, get a Polaroid camera from Dick Smith for $8.98, YouTube celebrates 57th birthday of the VHS video recorder with retro videos.
- iiNet has added Samsung's Galaxy Note II and Windows Phone-based Ativ S to its range of mobile phone plans. The Note II will be available for $33 a month over 24 months on a mobile voice plan, while the Ativ S will cost $25 per month on the same plan. Both phones will also be available to purchase outright for $600 and $792, respectively. You can find out more about iiNet's mobile phone plans here.
- The online movie streaming service Quickflix has entered into an agreement with HBO which will allow Australians to stream or download the latest episodes of hit shows like Game Of Thrones. Customers will be able to purchase HBO content either by the season or on a per episode basis and then watch it on almost any device. There's no word on what kind of delay Aussies will face, but it will certainly beat waiting for the DVD. More details here.
- Dick Smith is currently selling the Polaroid DC210 digital camera for just $8.98. The camera comes with a 1.8in LCD screen and a maximum resolution of 12MP (via digital interpolation). As you'd expect, the DC210's imaging capabilities are likely to be pretty woeful, but at this price we reckon it'd make a great introductory camera for the kids. [Via Ozbargain]
- Today marks the 57th anniversary of the Ampex VRX-1000, which was the first commercial video cassette recorder. To honor this historic occasion, YouTube has added a 'VHS' mode to its website. The new mode allows you to "relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes" which translates to a fuzzy filter. Try it out for yourself here.
- A US military Black Hawk helicopter has crashed near the North Korean border with 12 military personnel on board. The reason for the crash is not currently clear, although it's a pretty safe bet that the incident will increase tensions between both nations. The helicopter was engaged in South Korea-US joint military exercises which the North Korea government publicly condemned prior to the crash.