Win! The Feature-Packed HTC One Phone From Optus And Lifehacker

The HTC One is a beast in a shiny, silver jacket. Underneath its bright, 4.7-inch, 1080×1920 (469ppi) Super IPS display hides a monstrous 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, 2GB RAM, a 4MP camera with Ultrapixel technology and up to 32GB storage juiced by a 2300mAh lithium-polymer battery. Want to win one? Simply answer this one easy question in the comments...

How To Enter:

In the comments, submit a question for our regular Ask Lifehacker series. You know the deal. Maybe you need info on dealing with an ant problem in your home. Or maybe you need help choosing a new piece of hardware. Should you win, the HTC One will answer all your Android prayers while we answer your other question!
Lifehacker only has one to give away — so the most interesting question will win the phone, valued at $760 outright!

Now available on pre-order plans from Optus, the HTC One arrives on April 23. It also ships with Android 4.1.2 and HTC's Sense 5 user experience, now featuring 'BlinkFeed' — a baked-in scrolling grid of news headlines and social network updates. See Gizmodo's Australian review for more.

Competition closes 10am AEST Monday April 22nd. Full terms and conditions.


    Id love to see an article about

    "Pneumatic Power, and Why you must know it"

    I think its a topic that quite often is under estimated and can often be harness.

    Dear Lifehacker,

    My husband and I live in an inner-city suburb and - frustratingly - can't seem to get ADSL because we're on pair gain. A friend mentioned it might be possible to circumvent the pair gain - is this true? If not, what's the fastest, cheapest internet option available to us?

    - No Net

    Ok I'll take a shot, Dear Lifehacker
    I'm thinking of upgrading my intel mini wifi card on my Sony laptop due to disconnect issues but I'm wondering if it's possible to enhance the internal antenna? I have an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 installed but it also has Bluetooth which I have no use for, so I'm considering updating to the intel 6300 which is more powerful and just wifi. So... again, the question is, can I update the antenna instead? Because the latest/oldest drivers just aren't cutting it! :)

    Last edited 16/04/13 2:41 pm

    Dear LifeHacker, Home Automation seems to be one of those things always seen in the movies, what steps would be involved in getting it set up in my home? Something to be left to professional installers or can anyone do it?

    Dear Lifehacker i have a cat that tends to get really dirty and im living with a person who does not like smelly things my cat is verry stubborn she always knows when i want to bathe her and she goes in places where no one can get her out so my queston is
    how do you bathe a stubbern cat?

    Dear lifehacker, for years I have lusted after a MacBook Pro or an iMac without the financial capabilities to afford one. Now having the finances to be able to get one I have hit a dilemma. After years of iPhones I am finding them incredibly restricted in customizability and function, and though I’ve used apple computers before I’ve not used one for long enough to know if their computers are the same. I have searched a fair amount and cannot find a huge amount of information, but is there a comparable PC laptop that, for a similar cost achieves something similar to retina display, battery lasting power, and high performance while still being sleek in design?

      You want a Chromebook Pixel:

      You can get them from Mobicity:

      If you don't like Chrome OS, you can always install Windows 8 on it.

        Wait wait, are you guys trying to hijack this competition by helping people? ;)
        That. is. so. devilishly. awesome.

      buy the hardware then put linux or windows on it. OSX is horrid.

    Hey Lifehacker, the room where I have my computer set up is definitely cramped for space. How would I go about setting up a standing desk, maybe one where bits can fold away as well?

      Covered on lifehacker before, specifically:

      More articles on the subject here:

    I was thinking of converting an old computer that isn't used anymore into a personal server. Firstly, would a setup with only 2 gigs of ram suffice? Next, is windows seven ok or do I need a certain OS? Finally, is this even useful for me? With just a one unit server, can I even utilize it correctly, or to its optimum capacity?

    Dear Lifehacker, I am constantly entering competitions online but I never ever win. What tips can you give me to grab the attention of judges?

    Dear LifeHacker,

    What are the key points to consider (besides price) when choosing hospital insurance? And are insurance brokers such as Choosi or iSelect reliable or am I better off shopping on my own.

    My partner doesn't like to have mobile phones in the bedroom while we sleep - I can understand this from a "not wanting to be woken up by irritating text message" point, but there is also the issue of the radiation that emanates from the little suckers as they sit there recharging. Is this a genuine health concern, a hippy fallacy, or is the truth somewhere in the middle (or the jury still out?)

    Dear LifeHacker,
    I currently use a cheap prepaid "dumbphone". While it serves to call and text, I'm getting jealous of my friends and their feature-rich smartphones. Are their any user-friendly, reasonably cheap (sub $250), unlocked smartphones for those of us who don't want to lock ourselves into expensive locked plans?

      Nokia Lumia 520

    Dear Lifehacker.

    I'm currently in a job I hate that pays quite well (for a role which doesn't require a degree). I'm almost 30, don't have any qualifications beyond a completely irrelevant certificate 3, and have a baby on the way, which my wife will be looking after for a year, severely reducing our income. I want out of my incredibly unsatisfying job, but given the current job market and my very specific skill set, I'm concerned about my ability to find another job that I hopefully won't hate so much, and that will allow me to continue to earn enough to support my family. How do I inject some much needed job satisfaction into my life?

    Dear Lifehacker

    I've asked this question twice before directly, but how does one get your wifi-enabled phones and media appliances to benefit from a VPN or web-proxy on your home network?

    - Stillwantingtoknow

      Do you mean connecting your whole home network to an external VPN provider (say, so you can watch netflix and hulu),do you mean a VPN that will let you dial into your home network from outside and access your stuff, or do you plan to do something unusual like running a completely internal VPN for added security on a network you don't trust?

        The first scenario is my primary need, but others may come into play down the line.

          Check if your current VPN provider sells pre-configured routers already. Several do and ship worldwide, but if they don't, is a good place to start - you select a model, tell it which VPN provider you're with, and they will pre-configure it and ship it out to you.

          You can then put your VPN username and password into the router yourself when it arrives. Routers use very little electricity, so you could have 2 connected to your ADSL2+ modem's ethernet ports, so you have memeweaver as your main LAN and wifi connection, memeweaver US for netflix and memeweaver NL for torrenting. :)

          Last edited 16/04/13 5:05 pm

          assuming you want everything to be connected centrally, the best way is probably connecting your router to the VPN directly. a fair few routers support this, but your best bet might be getting one that supports DD-WRT/openWRT/tomato and installing that on it.

          the tricky part: By default, your router will send all your data over the vpn connection. you might not mind that, but it could slow you down a lot accessing local sites. If you're okay with that, that's it! you're done! If not, there's a few ways to work around it:

          -The right way: static routing. DD-WRT lets you specify certain data to run over different VPNs. if netflix/hulu use static IP addresses, you can set the vpn to only carry data intended for those sites. This also allows you to connect to multiple VPNS at once, if you wanted to have access to hulu AND bbc iplayer. This can take a lot of effort to get working, but when done right it should be a flawless experience.

          -The ghetto way: multiple routers. leave your existing router in place, install DD-WRT on a second one, plug it into your first router, and hook it up to the VPN. Now you have two wireless networks at home: one that will always go over the VPN, one will always be local traffic.

          of course, I could just wait for lifehacker to write an article on the topic and put it much more elegantly than I can.

            I appreciate the input from both of you. I've twice made the request to Lifehacker to do an article on this, but I think articles on washing old toothpicks have higher priority.

    Dear LifeHacker,

    I bought an apartment a few months ago and I'm looking at/being nagged about new light fittings as the current ones are mismatched and some of the 12V drivers for the spot/down lights have busted. I know LED's are the way to go and are worth the initial higher cost in the long run compared to halogens/flurous, but there are so many options (different fittings, heat sink issues, actual light emitted etc) and I have read that not all LED's are created equal... Please help me out with some advice,



      Good question. In the event they don't use it, I'd like to suggest you check out Lifx. They're LED lights that work in screw cap, bayonet and downlight fittings, use about 6W per globe and are rated for about 25 years. But the bonus is they're multi-colour capable, wifi enabled and you can control them completely from a smartphone app.

      They're expensive for a light globe (though they're cheap for what they are), but if they're lasting for 20+ years then you're really only paying a few bucks a year per globe. Compared to the last generation of light globes, that's a pretty good deal for what you get.

      Last edited 16/04/13 3:21 pm

    Dear LifeHacker,

    I'd like to know about the steps needs to start up a company. a lot of companies like Apple and Facebook have had small beginnings and I was just wondering if it really was as easy as they sounded.

    Dear Lifehacker,
    I'm a book collector in a small house and I'm trying to find the best (and cheapest) way to store all my books while leaving them still somewhat accessible. At the moment I have about seven bookcases of them in a retail storage unit down the road stored in plastic tubs with lids. My collection is a variety of different formats - graphic novels, paperbacks, hardcovers and textbooks. My biggest problem is these boxes keep piling up and I'm unlikely to access the ones at the back anymore. Any tips?

    Dead Lifehacker, i live in an apartment and love to watch TV and Movies. I have a 5.1 system but i am unable to alter the premises so i cant wire the rear speakers up without running wires across my living room. What is my best option for getting a 5.1 system working in my apartments without creating a huge mess of cables?

    Dear LifeHacker.

    Is it ever ok to buy replica/bootleg products?

    I’ll likely never spend $200 on sunglasses, $500 on headphones, $1,500 on a handbag (or manbag), or $5,000 on a watch. While I admire the aesthetics, I simply can’t justify the expense.

    Is this largely a victimless crime? After all, these companies aren't losing me as a potential customer.

      I learnt the hard way that cheap sunglasses (especially those found on footpath stands) can damage your eyes because they are usually not proper UV blockers. Your eyes may open wider and let more damaging UV rays in than if you had not worn anything.

      I'd argue it's never worth buying fake branded products - even though they're not genuine, you're still paying a price based off a brand. A manufacturer/merchant who's ripped off someone's brand will also have loose morals regarding quality control.

      instead, I'd seek cheaper alternatives. Good quality sunnies can be bought from any chemist for about $30 - and they will almost always be UV rated, and likely be endorsed by the Cancer Council of Australia.

      As for the headphones, hand/man-bag and watch; all of these can be bought manufactured by reputable brands for significantly less than the prices you've mentioned, so I think your point here is kind of moot.

    Dear Lifehacker,

    I've been using the internet since the mid 90s and I've seen different fads and phases of the net come and go. I resisted the urge to use social media sites for the longest time but now I find myself needing to sign up to all these things in order to use the internet and keep in touch with my friends.

    Is there a guide or system out there that can explain and show me the easiest ways to set up and effectively use the actual social media accounts I will need or will want to use in the future without it being written for complete computer illiterates or by/for teenagers.

    Did a quick search but it doesn't look like has run an answer to this yet:

    I'd like to start monitoring my electricity usage so I can check for devices that draw a lot of power when in use, and to find out how much power is drawn by my devices in standby. I know there are several solutions available, but I've also seen reviews saying a lot of devices are inaccurate or can't properly measure energy draw below a certain level. What are some options for accurately measuring electricity usage, and what kind of fine-grain options (eg. per device, per wall-socket) are available?

    Dear Lifehacker,

    How do I go about making a 'bucket-list'?

    I know it should have all the things I want to do/see/experience. But what about the things I'm not aware of? I don't know what I don't know, after all. Should it be 50 things? 100? 1000? Should I focus on doing things for myself or for others? What's a good mix? Should it be a dynamic list or something I set in stone until it's finished? I want to make a well rounded list so I feel like I've really lived, before I kick it (hopefully in many years time!).

    Dear Lifehacker,
    I recently bought a Nexus 4 and soon after buying it discovered the headphone port wasnt working. Before I could send off for a repair/replacement under the warranty I dropped it and cracked the screen.
    Is the separate fault still covered? Will they just exchange the port and leave the cracked screen or are they more likely to replace the phone.

      I work at Sprint and deal with this type of issue all the time. Sorry to say this, but the reality is that the carrier/insurance company will see the headphone port damage as a direct result from the same drop that cracked your screen. :-(

    Dear LifeHacker,

    I know I love my daily morning coffees, lord knows I can down anywhere bewtween 1-6 coffees per day. I want to reduce my consumption of coffee/caffine but tiredness/headaches etc somedays interfere with my plans to do so.

    What I want to ask is;
    Is it really me not wanting to give it up or is the caffine addiction real?.. is it a psuedo effect I'm facing? Is there an alternative to "slowly" taper off the caffine? I find I get really tired when I don't have my coffees.. but is it just a mental thing or is the effect real?

    Caffine Addict

    Dear Lifehacker,
    I am a zombie fan. With World War Z coming out in theatres this June, I would like Lifehacker to do a piece on survivalist during the zombie apocalypse. I foresee a lot of opinionated responses from the comments.
    When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
    -Dawn of the dead (1978)

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