You wanted Chromecast down under, cheap breakfasts at Maccas, DSLR tips and the truth about FBT. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Google's Australian Plans For The Chromecast And Nexus 7
Google unveiled two new pieces of hardware today: an update to its Nexus 7 tablet and the Chromecast, an HDMI device which plugs into your television to enable video streaming from a wide range of services, supported by a software development kit (SDK) that allow new apps to take advantage of the service. Unfortunately — and as is often the case with new Google hardware — Australian users won't see them right away.
- How To Trick Your Brain To Create A New Healthy Habit
Have you ever started a diet or exercise program but didn't stick with it? If you're like millions of other people, you've set out with the best intentions but failed to keep the momentum going. Here's why relying on motivation and willpower doesn't work (and what works instead).
- Dealhacker: McDonalds Free Breakfast Deal
Over the next month, McDonald's Australia is offering free breakfast items each Monday morning. That's tempting for fast food junkies, but there are a fair few strings attached.
- The Awesome DSLR Features You (Probably) Never Knew Existed
When compared to point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs come with the promise of superior image quality and increased shooting flexibility. It's much more than that though; many people upgrade and completely miss major benefits of using a high-end camera. If you have a DSLR, make sure you know about these features before you take another photograph.
- Ask LH: How Can I Track Who Uses Our Home Wi-Fi?
Dear Lifehacker, My girlfriend is moving into a house with five people, and she's asked me to setup her network and ISP. At her last house there was one person always hogging the bandwidth though everyone paid an equal share; is there any way I can monitor which computers are using the bandwidth each month?
- How The New Car FBT Rules Actually Work
Proposed changes to FBT rules for cars have provoked considerable discussion, but are those rules really so unfair? Dale Boccabella, associate professor of taxation law at the Australian School of Business at University of New South Wales, explains how the new rules work and argues that the reaction to the changes shows we're far more concerned with self-interest than fairness when it comes to tax.
- Why You Still Have To Switch Your Mobile Phone Off On Planes
It's a fact of life for anyone boarding a plane: all electronic devices need to be turned off during take-off and landing. Most airlines have had this rule in place for more than a decade now, even though there has been no definitive documented instance in which passengers leaving their devices on caused a plane crash. So why are we forced to stop listening to music or reading a Kindle during take-off and landing?
- How Much Should You Weigh?
There's a huge amount of attention given to the health issues associated with obesity. However, we're big believers in the saying "coincidence is not causality". Visit any fitness-related website and you'll see that it's not enough to be thin – you also need to be fit. Nonetheless, the fact remains that body weight and composition remain significant indicators for health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. So, how do we know what our optimal body weight should be?
- Lifehacker Pack For Chrome 2013: Our List Of The Best Extensions
Google's Chrome browser is supported by an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It's tough to sift through the Chrome Store to find which ones are most useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of the best Chrome extensions.
- 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting A Long-Distance Relationship
For most of human history, long-distance relationships have been impossible to sustain due to travel reasons alone. The internet age has made it much more feasible, but as I found out with my girlfriend, romance and relationships are a different beast when thousands of kilometres separate you.
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