In 2017, Lifehacker readers clamoured for information about Amazon’s arrival in Australia, wanted to hear all about the same-sex marriage survey and absolutely loved streaming all of the years big events. It was a huge year for sports, especially, with the Australian Open, Mayweather v McGregor and the Ashes. Of course, Lifehacker readers still wanted to know how to get around those pesky ISP blocks and which VPN to use too.
These were our most popular posts in 2017.
One of our most popular stories was about how to stream the Oscars down under. Awards shows can sometimes end in huge drama and… Well, what a debacle the Oscars turned out to be, with the incorrect naming of the Best Picture Winner. Originally, La La Land was announced as the victor, but shortly after it was made clear that the real winner was Moonlight. Hilarious.
The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was an absolute clusterf*** in the early days. Our extensive guide explained everything – how to vote, where to vote, what to vote, how to send a letter. We had it all covered. In the end, Australians voted YES to same-sex marriage and the law officially comes into effect on January 9.
The 105th Australian Open, played in Victoria’s Melbourne Park, was the highest ever attended Grand Slam on the Pro Tour. And it was telling that Lifehacker readers were looking for ways to watch the tournament from home – because they couldn’t get into the place!
Though an article from the previous year, you guys really wanted to know how to bypass the ISP blocks of the Pirate Bay and other torrenting sites. A lot of people are still not using VPNs online, but in 2018 it will be crucial to have one. Sort it out.
Facebook Messenger games are great. You want to play them. You want to know how to play them no matter where you are. It makes sense that this is up here.
Amazon came, Amazon saw, Amazon… conquered? Not quite. There are still some lingering questions about the behemoth’s arrival Down Under and we made sure we covered those questions as best we could. Will 2018 be the year of Amazon Australia? We’ll wait and see.
Black Friday is slowly gaining traction over here in Australia. Originally an American holiday, the online fire sale is one of the busiest days of the year for online shoppers. We brought you all the best deals as they were happening and had already happened. With Amazon in Australia now – expect 2018 to be even bigger. Lifehacker will be right there, for you.
VPNs are critical in this age of the internet. If you aren’t using one, this is a good place to start. Alternatively, we’ve updated this again this year and you can see what we think of VPNs, right now!
Another sporting event that readers just wanted to be able to stream. It says a lot that so many of you are looking for content to be streamed, rather than going to free-to-air TV. That could be because you’re not at home when the events are on – but it also shows a major shift that the FTA channels haven’t quite cottoned onto yet.
The Aussies have already wrapped up the famous series against the Poms, with three wins from their first 3 Test matches. You guys wanted to know how you could stream it – presumably because it would help you get through that dreary December period at work. The final test takes place from January 4 – so jump in if you want to watch that from whatever screen you choose.
Yes. Editor Chris came through with the goods so everyone could enjoy the latest season of Game of Thrones. Fact: This guide is still relevant now, if you want to catch up on any seasons.
A clever guide that shows it’s much better to buy a phone outright and then purchase a prepaid plan than it is to go onto a post paid plan with one of the major telcos. We also did similar guides for the Pixel 2, iPhone 8, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The most divisive Star Wars film in recent memory absolutely set the comments ablaze. It seemed people were more than happy to dive into spoilers instead of keeping things nice and fresh. Strange to me, but with the reviews The Last Jedi was receiving, perhaps you thought it was better to spend your money elsewhere?
Turns out we were out by a month or so, with Amazon Australia officially opening its doors in December 2017. Not everyone was happy about it, mind you.
One of the biggest boxing matches in the history of the sport put ‘Money’ Mayweather in one corner and MMA firestarter ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor in the other. The match was… O.K. in the end – but the groundswell of hype and attention it received was something else entirely.