You wanted McDiet updates, NBN news and tips on parenthood; you didn't want contract phones or ugly burgers. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Australians Have Worked Out Contract Phones Are Bad Value
Here at Lifehacker, we've long advocated the view that buying a phone on a contract is a bad idea — an outright buy and a prepaid or month-to-month contract is better value and gives you more flexibility. That approach is becoming more common: new statistics from Telsyste suggest that less than half the phones sold in Australia in 2013 were purchased as part of a long-term contract.
- Malcolm Turnbull's Facebook Q&A: What He Said About The NBN
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull took part in a 15-minute Q&A on Facebook this morning, hosted at Facebook's Californian HQ. Predictably, the National Broadband Network (NBN) was one of the main issues raised in the 300-odd questions posted by users. Here's what he said on technology and related topics.
- The Results Are In: Here Is Australia's Worst-Looking Burger
Last week, we invited readers to vote for the worst-looking fast food item from Takeaway Truth; an ongoing series where we compare takeaway advertising images to what you actually get served. In all, the poll received over 750 votes with the majority of nominations going to one specific offender. And the "winner" is…
- Why Australia's Cities Struggle During Heatwaves
Australia's south east is currently sweltering under an intense heatwave, one that is likely to become the second longest heatwave on record in the region. So what have we learnt from the heatwave of 2009, also responsible for the Black Saturday fires, and how will our cities hold up after days of extreme heat?
- The 5 Things I've Learned In One Year Of Parenthood
On 31 December 2012 I became a father for the first time. This morning I woke up to a snot-covered one-year-old running in tight concentric circles screaming 'DADA DADA DADA', hitting me over the head with whatever object was within grasping range of his saliva-coated paws. Between those two concrete points, I've learned a few things.
- McDiet Day 2: I'm Not Hungry, But I Am Poorer
Despite an apparent widespread belief that there's no way I could possibly feel full while eating nothing but a calorie-controlled diet of food entirely from McDonald's, hunger has not been an issue. At no point has my stomach felt unacceptably empty. My wallet? That's another story.
- McDiet Day 1: Proving People Rarely Check Calorie Counts
Day 1: When you tell people that you're going on a McDonald's-only diet, they're more than willing to offer advice, suggesting which items you should skip and which foods are a good choice. The problem is that a lot of it is misinformed.
- McDiet Australia: Can I Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald's?
A US man has been making headlines by losing weight while eating nothing but McDonald's. Would that be possible with the different menu options offered by Maccas in Australia? I'm going to find out by subjecting myself to the same diet.
- McDiet Day 3: No-One Needs To Pass The Salt
With less (often much less) than 2000 calories a day, my McDonald's-only diet definitely hits the mark in terms of energy requirements. But how does it stack up on other nutritional measures: protein, fat and sodium? As you might well expect, it's salt that's the biggest problem.
- What Are Australian Men Hiding On Their Phones? [Infographic]
The 'Connected Man' survey from AVG Technologies attempts to shed light on the impact of connected devices on the lifestyles of Australian males. Interestingly, among the findings was the revelation that men are nearly three times more likely than women to have content on their phones that they wouldn't show their children. We wonder what they're hiding?