You wanted Telstra outage news, free VR headsets and smartphone buying advice. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- This Aussie VPN Has Found A Fix For The US Netflix Problem
There’s a new Australian VPN provider in town that claims to have solved the geo-blocking issue with Netflix and other US streaming sites. We’ve tested the service and the workaround appears to be on the level. Better yet, it boasts unlimited data and is one of the cheapest offerings on the market — prices start at $2.99 per month. Here’s what you need to know.
- Massive Telstra Outage: NBN And ADSL Services Are Down Across Australia
Telstra has once again been knocked out of action with widespread network outages affecting broadband customers across the country. NBN and ADSL voice and data services in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and a number of regional centres haven’t been working properly since midnight.
- Smartphone Showdown: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Vs HTC 10 Vs LG G5
LG, Samsung and HTC have released their new flagship smartphones for the first half of 2016. They’re all pretty great — but which one is best? That largely depends on what you look for in a smartphone. We compare the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10 and LG G5 to help indecisive Android fans make the right decision.
- Ask LH: Should I Bust My Mate For Doing Illegal DIY?
Dear Lifehacker, I need advice about a friend who likes to do dangerous DIY work around his house. He recently did major plumbing work without having a licence (the main water line from the street to his house). He’s now installing an electric stove in his kitchen also without a licence. Should I dob him in? I’m afraid that something terrible may happen in the future from a botched job.
- iiNet Is Having A Massive Network Outage
Problems on iiNet’s network that started this morning at around 4am still haven’t been resolved, and a subsequent crash of the company’s contact centre has only added to customers’ frustrations. Ten hours on, iNet’s website suggests that a fix may be as many as three hours away.
- Ready Your Routers: Telstra Is Giving Away More Free Data
On Friday, Telstra was hit with another massive network outage that affected hundreds of thousands of customers. It was the fourth service failure from the telco in as many months. As has become par for the course, Telstra will once again offer customers free data as an apology.
- Dealhacker: Get A Free Virtual-Reality Headset From eBay And Myer
Myer has built the world’s first virtual reality department store and it’s giving away free VR headsets to get customers plugged in. There are 15,000 “shoptical” headsets up for grabs. Here’s how to snag your own.
- Eight Things You Can Get For Free On A Flight
Airlines don’t come with many perks these days — in fact, they charge you extra for the basics. However, there are still some things you can indeed get for free.
- Why Aren't More Customers Flocking To The NBN?
The NBN has become an election issue in Australia with claims being made that the Australian public doesn’t want to pay for the higher speed options. Just 15% of consumers have so far opted for speeds of 100 Mbps (Mega bits per second), with the bulk (47%) using the 25 Mbps service and the remaining 33% on the slowest speed of 12 Mbps. In short, customers aren’t buying fast broadband — because that isn’t what they are being sold.
- YouTube Red Just Launched In Australia: Here's Everything You Need To Know
YouTube Red is a premium ad-free subscription service with original platform-funded content and offline access. Available in the US since November 2015, it finally launched in Australia today. Here’s what you need to know.