You wanted Opal fare hike news, HBO's war on Game Of Thrones pirates, the best VPNs in Australia. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- HBO Is Coming After Australian Game Of Thrones Pirates
HBO is finally beginning to mobilise against Game Of Thrones pirates with thousands of copyright infringement warnings sent to people suspected of illegally downloading the show. They have also been supplying internet service providers with the IP-addresses of BitTorrent users. Here’s what you need to know.
- Here's How Long Your Common Household Appliances Should Last
All of us want our washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances to last as long as possible, but how long they’re made to last is another story. Consumer Reports put together a list of average lifespans for common household appliances, and some are shorter than you might think.
- Top Five VPN Service Providers For 2016
We last updated our list of best VPN providers in 2014, but a lot has changed since then. With Netflix blocking VPNs and privacy becoming more of a concern than ever, the parameters of a good VPN for Aussie users have shifted. Some popular choices have fallen out of favour of late, so we’ve had a look at what VPN users in Australia are recommending.
- Report: Apple Is Killing Off iTunes Music
We don’t normally report on tech rumours at Lifehacker, but we felt this one needed to be brought to your attention. According to a report on Digital Music News, the Cupertino juggernaut will be killing off iTunes music downloads entirely within two to four years. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
- Opal Fare Hikes: How Much More Will You Pay?
Public transport in NSW is about to get a whole lot more expensive thanks to sweeping changes proposed by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). From July 1, there will likely be no more free weekly travel after eight journeys. In addition, fares will be going up 4.2 per cent each year for the next three years. Here’s how much more you’ll be paying after the price hikes.
- Is It Legal To Block Your Own Driveway?
As everyone knows, it is illegal to block a residential driveway with your vehicle — but what if it’s your driveway? There are numerous circumstances where parking across your driveway is more convenient than pulling inside it; from quickly popping inside the house to dropping off other family members. If the driveway belongs to you and nobody else is blocked in, it should be legal. Right?
- How Much Protein You Really Need In Your Diet
Getting enough protein is important, regardless of whether you want healthy skin and nails, to lose weight, or get bulging biceps. But “enough” could be the difference between eating a few extra eggs and washing down your steak with protein shakes. Here’s how to find out.
- Can You Tell The Difference Between A $150 Camera Lens And A $15,000 One?
As any person with a bit of DSLR experience knows, the lens you use is as important as the camera, if not more so. But just how much does the average shutterfly have to spend to get “good enough” results? Can a $150 Canon EF Primes compete with a $15,000 top-shelf Zeiss? Compare the photos in this video and judge for yourself.
- Five Raspberry Pi B+ Projects To Try This Weekend
There’s little doubt that the Raspberry Pi has transformed classrooms, bedrooms and hobbyist workbenches throughout the world. While it’s not the newest or most powerful model of Raspberry Pi available, the B+ is one of the most widely used. Having replaced the original Model B in July 2014, this single board micro computer is behind some truly ins’Pi’ring projects. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) Here are five to try this weekend; from augmented-reality Pi glasses to a treasure safe controlled by your face.
- Would You Buy A Chromebook If It Ran Android Apps?
Last month, we got a very strong indication that Google is bringing its Android-based Google Play Store to Chromebooks. This could be a game changer. Would it affect your decision to buy one?