You wanted sleep hacks, coding website recommendations and a review of the Microsoft Band 2. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Ten Electronic Hacks That Will Improve The Things Around You
Rule #1 of DIY: Never settle for what you’re given. You can upgrade and improve just about anything with knowledge and elbow grease, especially if you know a little about electronics. Here are 10 things in your home that you can beef up with a little DIY know-how.
- 'Deeply Sorry' Telstra To Give Away Unlimited Mobile Data This Sunday
Yesterday afternoon, Telstra suffered a massive outage across its 3G and 4G networks which left thousands of people without mobile phone coverage. The telco has since issued an apology along with a promise of “free data” for all Telstra Mobile customers. Here are the details.
- Why Chasing Aussie Pirates Backfired For Dallas Buyers Club
For Voltage Pictures, producers of the movie Dallas Buyers Club, extracting substantial fines from a large number of Australians who downloaded their movie illegally should have been relatively straightforward. They had used the model in other countries successfully and Australia had politicians and a legal framework that supported the protection of intellectual property. So what went wrong?
Five Proven Ways To Get A Better Night's SleepWe know that not getting adequate sleep means we do a disservice to our brain and our physical and metabolic health. Unfortunately, trying to fall asleep can be a tricky, especially when we try too hard. Here are five secrets to a good night’s rest from the University of Sydney’s associate professor of sleep and wellbeing, Chin Moi Chow.
- Teach Yourself To Code With These 6 Inspiring Websites
If you’ve always had a desire to build your own apps or create your own websites, then you can begin your coding education with nothing more than a browser, an internet connection, and some spare time. Here we’ve picked out six of the best resources currently available online.
- The Best Times To Book Flights In Australia [Infographic]
When booking flights, it’s imperative to get the timing right: with a little planning and foresight it’s possible to save hundreds of dollars. This infographic from travel search engine Skyscanner looks at the best times to book in each Australian state: from the cheapest months to the amount of advance planning you need to secure the best deals.
- How To Get 2GB Of Free Google Drive Storage
It’s Safer Internet Day today and Google is encouraging users of its online services to do a security check on their accounts by offering up a bonus 2GB of storage on Google Drive as a reward. Here’s how you can claim the extra storage.
- Dealhacker: Kogan Is Now Selling The Chromecast 2 In Australia
The Google Chromecast 2 is finally coming to Australia, some five months after its international release date. (Tch.) The first retailer off the rank is Kogan, which is selling the streaming wonder-gizmo for $59. Compared to the US price of US$35 ($49.37) — plus tax — this is a pretty good price.
- Five Things I Learned From Being A Pickpocket Victim
Yesterday afternoon, while boarding a train at Circular Quay station, a stranger plucked my wallet straight out of my back pocket. I never felt a thing. Within ten minutes, they had already used my credit card to make a fraudulent transaction. Here are five hard lessons that the experience taught me.
- The Acorns App Turns Your Loose Change Into Financial Investments
The popular US finance app Acorns is now available in Australia. Like the nut it is named after, the app takes something small — your leftover change — and attempts to grow it into something much bigger. This is achieved by automatically investing the money into a diversified portfolio of exchange traded funds (ETFs) whenever you make an online purchase. Here’s how it works.
- Microsoft Band 2 Review: A No-Nonsense Wearable For Fitness Geeks
The Microsoft Band 2 is a Window-flavoured fitness wearable designed to work with Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. It provides all the tracking options of a high-end fitness band and some of the functionality of a smartwatch. We’ve been using the product for the past two weeks and have since promoted it to our fitness band of choice — despite some foibles.