Lookback Options: Our Nine Favourite Posts From Last Week

We post a lot of articles here at Lifehacker. Even if you visit the site on a daily basis, there are bound to be a few stories that slip by your radar. Lookback Options collects nine highlights from the week that was. Click on the headlines to see the stories you missed out on!

Each week, we bring together nine of our favourite posts from the Life, Work and IT Pro categories. Some of these stories proved exceedingly popular with readers while others simply contain good, useful content. If you missed them first time around, we guarantee they are worth reading.


How Netflix Uses Metadata To Assess TV Addiction

Netflix knows what you are watching. It knows every TV show you’ve ever clicked on. As such, the company can predict which series you’ll become a fan of before you even realise yourself. Here is a breakdown of how Australian Netflix users become hopelessly addicted in the space of a few episodes.

Do Medals Matter: Deciphering Wine Awards

There are two types of people in the wine-buying world. There’s the “it wouldn’t have won this many awards if it wasn’t a good wine” camp, and then the “wine awards can tell you nothing aside from the size of a winery’s budget” camp. Which one are you? Are those shiny medals useless, or a handy shortcut when looking for a quality wine? Welcome to Part 3 of Lifehacker’s wine guide, where we decipher what — if anything — a wine’s medal collection can teach you.

Takeaway Truth: McDonald’s Mighty McMuffin

Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald’s Mighty McMuffin.


From Murphy To Godwin: Ten Life ‘Laws’ They Don’t Teach In Law School

These aren’t the sort of laws that a police officer will pull you over for breaking, or that will ever be debated in a courtroom. Nevertheless, common adages that for one reason or another masquerade as ‘laws’ can pop up in everyday conversation — particularly on the internet. In case you’re looking to expand your online vocabulary, we’ve tracked down ten ‘laws’ that govern your life in ways you might not expect.

Ask These Two Questions To Stop Relationship Bickering In Its Tracks

After a few years together, it’s easy to bicker with your partner over mundane stuff. Nitpicking each other about the minute details of daily life can feel involuntary — you know you’re being unreasonable and crabby, but it’s just so hard to stop yourself in the moment. Here’s one simple technique to stop bickering dead in its tracks.

Five Magpie Myths Debunked

Magpie season is currently in full swing (or should that be swoop?) with dozens of parks and playgrounds descending into avian war zones. But just because something is scary doesn’t mean you should believe everything you hear. Here are five bogus magpie myths that the nation needs to debunk.

IT Pro

iOS 9 For Business: Nine New iPhone And iPad Features Power Users Will Love

For people who own an iPhone and (insert any number of Apple products here), iOS 9, watchOS 2, OS X El Capitan and now even tvOS will deliver a number of improvements to your daily life and the tasks you carry out. With iOS 9 now out in the wild, here are nine of the best new ways you can use Apple’s ecosystem to improve your workflow and productivity.

Learn HTML5 Basics With This Epic Cheat Sheet

HTML5 is a markup language that is now at the heart of the development process of most websites and web applications. Here’s a HTML5 cheat sheet that will certainly come in handy for beginners as well as seasoned veterans.

Three SMB Security Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Australian small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have become a preferred target for cybercriminals and this is evident as cases of cryptolocker attacks on this market segment have grown rapidly in recent years. The reason? Because it’s easier. Unlike enterprises, SMBs often don’t have robust security measures leaving multiple entry points for attackers to come in and wreak some havoc. Here are some of the biggest security mistakes SMBS makes and how to remedy them.

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

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