It was a time for iPhone shortages and cheap Windows tablets, grand final outrage and sex toy intrigue. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Ask LH: How Can I Find Out Which Carriers Have iPhone 6 Stock?
Hey Lifehacker, Is there an easy way to check iPhone 6 availability by carrier?
- How To Check If Your Mac Or Linux Machine Is Vulnerable To Shellshock
Shellshock, the newly-discovered vulnerability that allows attackers to inject code into your computer, puts your Mac or Linux machine at a serious risk for malicious attacks. Here's how to test if your machine is vulnerable.
- The $199 Windows 8.1 Tablet
At its Build developer conference earlier this year, Microsoft said it would be offering $0 copies of Windows 8.1 to hardware manufacturers to encourage them to build ultra-cheap Windows tablets. The first of those we've encountered has an Australian release date scheduled, and a bargain price: $199.
- This Phrase Will Help You Negotiate Better Discounts
It's beneficial to embrace the art of negotiation. Skilled negotiators often earn higher salaries and get bigger discounts. But if you're insecure about your haggling skills, it might help to follow a script. Next time you're looking for a better offer, consider the following phrase: "I'm sorry, you'll have to do better than that."
- Why You Still Can't Watch The Grand Final In HD
The AFL grand final is this weekend; the NRL follows the weekend after. That means for two weeks in a row Australians will be forced to watch key sporting events in standard definition (SD) broadcasts, despite every free-to-air network having an HD channel. Digital TV is universal now, so why aren't these major events available in HD?
- Ask LH: Why Doesn't Everyone Sell Phones Outright?
Dear Lifehacker, I had to buy an iPhone 6 for work the other day, but I kept running into brick and mortar stores that refused to sell me an iPhone 6 unless I bought one on a plan. Are they allowed to restrict the sales of a hardware device unless they strong-arm me into a contract?
- How To Run Android Apps Inside Chrome On Any Operating System
Recently, Google made the first batch of Android apps available for Chrome. It was only a matter of time before some clever users gave that power to everyone. Now that time has come. Here's how to install (nearly) any Android app on any operating system.
- Ask LH: What's The Point Of Messaging Apps Like WhatsApp And Viber?
Dear Lifehacker, Let me admit upfront: I'm an old fuddy duddy, not great at keeping up with the times. But I still wonder: what's the value in mobile messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Viber or Hangouts?
- Learn The Wild And Naughty History Of Sex Toys [NSFW]
Did you know that archaeologists found a polished, penis-shaped stone in a cave that's thought to be around 28,000 years old? Or that "hysteria" was actually a made-up "illness", regularly treated with the first patented vibrators? Boost your knowledge of sex toy history with this video from the folks at Anyhoo.
- Who Is Signing Up NBN Customers The Fastest?
It's not clear for many of us when (if ever) the National Broadband Network (NBN) will ever arrive. But for people who can already connect to the high-speed fibre network, which providers are they actually choosing?
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