Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Sizzler pulls out of Australia, Uber fined $1.7 million in Queensland, the sad slow death of Aibo the robot dog.
- The decline of bistro restaurant franchise Sizzler has been a long time coming, but the final nail was just delivered courtesy of owner Collins Foods. “We no longer consider Sizzler to be a strategic growth prospect in Australia and therefore we will not be investing further capital,” said CEO Graham Maxwell. Business Insider has the story.
- In other sad news, Sony has ceased offering repairs on its Aibo robotic dog range. Owners of the discontinued toy must face a hard truth: slowly but surely, their beloved pets are dying.
- Telstra has announced it will be building 429 new 3G/4G towers over the next three years through the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The new towers will bolster network coverage in select regional areas across all states and territories. Click here for a full list.
- Big W is selling the Xbox One controller bundled with the Halo Master Chief Collection
and Forza Horizon 2 for $74. Bargain! [Via OzBargain]
- A man who has eaten McDonald’s in more than 30 countries has revealed who does it best. Surprisingly, it’s Thailand.
- Uberin’ ain’t easy. Over the past 12 months, drivers for the popular ride-sharing service have been fined more than $1.7 million for providing a taxi service without an appropriate licence. Click here for the full story.
- Amazon has 21 free Android apps up for grabs — check out the full list here.