You wanted birthday freebies, tooth brushing hacks and advice for having sex on the beach. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- How Much Money Does Bringing Your Lunch To Work Save In A Year?
You’ve heard that bringing your own lunch to work can save you money, but how much does it really save? According to personal finance site Money Crashers, it’s a lot..
- How To Have Sex On The Beach
Let’s be honest – for most people, wanting to have sex on the beach is more about crossing an item off of your sexual bucket list than having a genuinely pleasurable experience. If you’re hell bent on doing it anyway, we can help..
- 10 Android Tips And Tricks For A Better, Smarter Phone
Nearly half of all smartphones sold in Australia last year used the Android operating system. Chances are you have an Android device yourself or have owned one in the past. It’s easy to learn the basics of using the operating system but there are some features you may not be aware of that could improve the performance and functionality of your Android smartphone.
- How To (Legally) Circumvent Metadata Retention Laws
Australia’s data retention laws kick in today, which will force telcos and internet service providers to retain their customers’ metadata for two years. This is supposed to assist law enforcement agencies in their war against homegrown terrorists and other criminals — but it arguably comes at the expense of normal Australians’ privacy. Attempting to avoid these laws and send messages “off the gird” isn’t easy, but it remains possible. Dr Philip Branch from the Swinburne University of Technology explains what you need to know.
- The Best Tooth Brushing Method You Were Never Taught
Scrubbing back-and-forth or in circles probably aren’t the best ways to brush — but those are the most popular methods taught to kids and endorsed by toothpaste companies. Dentists, on the other hand, tend to prefer something called the Modified Bass technique.
- Ask LH: What Should I Be Watching On Netflix?
Dear Lifehacker, Last week, I finally bit the bullet and signed up to Netflix which is my first streaming service. (Finally no more ads or scheduled programming!) However, as a Netflix newbie, I’m feeling a bit lost — there’s too much stuff and I find it difficult to navigate the menus. Is there any way to simplify the interface? If not, what titles do you personally recommend I search for? Thanks, Boob Tube Confused
- Every Phone That's Getting Updated To Android Marshmallow
Android Marshmallow is arriving. Of course, some phones may still take months or years to get an update. We’ve collected all the information we can on which devices will get updates and when.
- Which Soft Drink Contains The Most Sugar? [Infographic]
Soft drinks are regularly cited as one of the top causes of obesity and tooth decay in Australia: yet we still quaff them by the gallon. This infographic breaks down the sugar content in five popular drinks; from Coke to Powerade. The ranking might actually surprise you. (Who would have thought a certain iced tea would be worse than Red Bull?)
- The Things That Cost More When You're Poor And What You Can Do About It Some think that being poor is simple. Just buy less stuff and you’re fine, right? Except that’s not really how it works. When you’re broke, you can’t do all the little things that will improve your budget over the long run. It costs more to be poor.
- Dealhacker: 21 Awesome Freebies You Can Score On Your Birthday
My birthday is coming up soon, and as per usual I’ve been scouring the internet for ways I can take advantage of that fact. Free meals, free ice cream, free drinks — and not just the ones bought by friends. You’d be amazed how many cafes and stores and their loyalty programs are willing to give you free things for your birthday, so I’ve rounded up the best birthday freebies for you right here. (If your birthday is still ages away, just bookmark this page for future reference!)