Hot topics this week: how FreeviewPlus works, the best ways to sleep, and the consumer rights we don't have in Australia. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- FreeviewPlus: Everything You Need To Know
After numerous delays and a lot of confusion, FreeviewPlus finally launches officially in Australia today. Is this Internet-enhanced catch-up service the future of TV viewing, or is it a case of too little too late?
- The Perfect Sleeping Positions To Fix Common Body Problems
The amount of sleep you get every night is important, but what's even more important is that the sleep you're getting is good sleep. If you have aches, pains, indigestion or tend to snore, these are the positions that can help cure what ails you.
- The Consumer Rights You Don't Have In Australia
The ACCC's recent decision to take Valve to court highlighted that we have well-defined consumer rights in Australia which big businesses ignore at their peril. It's worth knowing what those rights are — but it's also helpful to know what you can't do. Here's a refresher on some of the most common misconceptions.
- Foxtel Slashes Subscription Prices By Up To 50%
Foxtel has announced an aggressive new pricing strategy that will see subscription prices drop by as much as 50 per cent in November. The major pricing revamp coincides with a new IQ3 video recorder and the announcement of a "triple play" bundle that will combine television, broadband and home phone services into a single package. Here's an overview of the new packages and services.
- This Chart Demystifies Which Cooking Oils Are Best For What
You have a lot of options when it comes to cooking oils. Some are better at certain temperatures, others are best with certain types of food. The folks over at MyFitnessPal have created a chart that helps you pick which oils are best for what kind of cooking you want to do.
- Some Extra Techniques To String Along Scam Callers
When a scammer phones you pretending to have found "a problem with your PC", it's a social service to string them along for as long as possible. We recently rounded up techniques for wasting their time; here are some extra additions.
- Top 10 Unusual McDonald's Burgers From Around The World
McDonald's operates in all around the world, so it's hard to escape — but if Maccas looks like the only food choice, that doesn't mean you have to settle for a Big Mac. Here are ten Maccas oddities you can pick up from around the world.
- Jetstar Is Now Checking If You Exceed Carry-On Baggage Limits At The Gate
We've often warned readers that trying to exceed the cabin baggage limits for bargain airlines can be a risky and costly business. Looks like it's about to become a lot trickier on Jetstar, which is testing out "cabin baggage officers" on major routes.
- This Comic Explains When It's OK To Share Private Sexy Pictures
With the controversy over celebrity nudes this week, we figured it's time for a basic reminder on the topic of sharing nude pictures. This panel from one of Erika Moen's recent Oh Joy Sex Toy comics explains perfectly.
- Get Around Hotel Wi-Fi Blocks And Use Your Chromecast When Travelling
Chromecast and other similar streaming devices are great and portable, but if you can't get access to the hotel's network it's completely useless when you're travelling. The How-To Geek explains a few ways to get your device working on hotel Wi-Fi.