Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted to know how VPN providers are responding to the Netflix clampdown, Telstra's free data day and retailer schemes to make you spend you more money. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

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  1. What Are Popular VPN Services Doing About Netflix Blocks?
    While Netflix’s plan to block VPNs may prove to be a futile struggle, its efforts so far have been successful in making it difficult for many VPN subscribers to get around their geoblocking — and though it’s highly unlikely that Netflix could prevent all access to overseas content, making it difficult to access could end up meaning the very same thing.
  2. Reminder: Telstra Is Giving Away Unlimited Free Data Today
    On March 18, Telstra suffered from another massive network outage which left thousands of customers without access to phone coverage or data. In an attempt to make amends, the sheepish telco is offering customers a day of free, unlimited data (again) on April 3.
  3. How To Get Maximum Unlimited Free Data With Telstra Today
    Today, Telstra is giving away unlimited free data to all mobile customers to make up for March’s first network outage (there was another, smaller outage later in the same month.) Here’s what you need to know about getting — and maximising — your free data.
  4. Everything You Need To Master Microsoft Office
    Last week, we walked you through how to get started quickly with, make the most of, and master every app in Microsoft Office. Maybe you missed one, or want a quick guide to all of them. Well, here you go.
  5. Xamarin Goes Free, Mono Is Now MIT Licensed... Is This Real Life?
    In February, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Xamarin, the company best known for its cross-platform SDKs and its role as Mono custodian. Now, just over a month later, Microsoft has made an even bigger declaration — it’s making Xamarin’s products free and its MIT licensing the Mono framework.
  6. How Much Can You Save From Giving Up Small Luxuries? [Infographic]
    It’s nice to start your day with a cup of coffee but would you give it up to add a huge chunk of cash into your retirement fund? Your gut instinct may be “no”, but perhaps you’ll change your mind when you see just how much you can save. Here’s an infographic that breaks down the amount of money you can put into your superannuation if you cut down on small vices.
  7. The Secret To Holding Your Breath For 20 Minutes
    Illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini was famously capable of holding his breath for over three minutes. But today, competitive breath-hold divers can squeeze ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes out of a single lungful of air. How do these divers do it — and how can you train to hold your breath for longer?
  8. A Hotel Safety Checklist For World Travellers From A Former CIA Operative
    No matter where you travel, you want your hotel room to be a place you can take a load off and relax. It’s hard to do that, however, if you don’t feel comfortable and safe. This hotel safety checklist from a former CIA operative can help.
  9. How To Make Your Willpower Stronger, According To Science
    You can have all the good intentions in the world, but they’re only as good as your self-control. Here’s what you need to know about the neuroscience of willpower — and what you can do to make your will even stronger.
  10. 10 Sneaky Ways Retailers Fool You Into Spending More
    Each day, stores are trying to convince us to put more in our carts and rack up a bigger bill at checkout. From strategic displays to all those tasty freebies, stores try to make a fool (and year-round over spender) out of customers. So in the spirit of the season, let’s take a look at how shops convince us to open our wallets — which might help us spend just a bit less.


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