Briefly: Destiny Laid Bare, HTC One A9, Aussie Bliss

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: the making of Destiny, hands-on with the HTC One A9, Australia tops list of countries with the highest quality of life.

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  • The 500GB PlayStation 4 has received an official price drop: down from $549.95 to $479.95. The new price should be available from all national retailers. For more online bargains, head to our Hump Day deals page.
  • The HTC One A9 is essentially an iPhone for people who prefer Android. Head to Gizmodo for the details.
  • VTech has launched a new home phone that monitors your house remotely. It sends alerts to your mobile when a sensor is triggered and allows you to talk to intruders. You can check out more details at VTech's website.
  • Australia has once again topped the Economic Cooperation and Development‘s Better Life Index, which looks at the quality of life in member countries. Business Insider has the story.
  • In the summer of 2013, months before they were supposed to ship their next video game, the game developers at Bungie went into panic mode. The studio had spent the previous three years working on something they hoped would be revolutionary — but something went wrong.

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