Our Favourite Free Apps For Android, iOS and Windows

Image credit: William Hook/Flickr The Lifehacker staff sifts through a ton of apps on a regular basis, but a few have stuck with us over the years. Some apps are simply nice to have, while others have become essential in our daily lives. From dealing with irate dragons to counting…

The History Of WD-40 Is Stranger Than You Think

The History Of WD-40 Is Stranger Than You Think

First off, let me be clear that while, yes, I am talking about WD-40, a commercially available product, I in no way care if you buy it or not. This is not sponsored content, and I have no dog in this pond. I don’t care if you never, ever buy…

Send Us All Your Questions On Habits

Send Us All Your Questions On Habits

Hello, Upgrade listeners! We’re speaking next week with behaviour change expert BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, for an upcoming episode. So we want to know: what are some habits that you are trying to make or break? What advice can our expert give…

A Beginner’s Guide To Shibari (AKA Rope Sex)

A Beginner’s Guide To Shibari (AKA Rope Sex)

The origin of Shibari is thought to lie in Hojo-jutsu, a martial art used by Samurai in Japan in 1400 to restrain prisoners. To show their prisoners respect, they used rope, different tying techniques and patterns to symbolise the social status of their prisoner, as well as the type and…

How To Handle Valentine’s Day When You’re In A New Relationship

When you’ve just started dating someone, Valentine’s Day is more awkward than romantic. You don’t know if you should plan a lavish night on the town, buy them a gift or simply ignore the day altogether. Here’s what two dating and relationship experts recommend.

How To Start Meditating With Your Child

How To Start Meditating With Your Child

If it seems like our kids are more scheduled, more anxious and more pressured than ever before, it’s because they probably are. It can be challenging for them (and us!) to find ways to unplug and relax. But for kids as young as preschool age, a few minutes of meditation…

The Two-Step Path To Financial Independence

The Two-Step Path To Financial Independence

If you’re interested in financial independence, whether you want to see if you can accumulate enough capital to retire early or just want the kind of financial stability that lets you live your life as you choose, there’s a two-step path to getting there.

How To Stop Twitter Trolls And Clean Up Your Feed

Twitter can be a cesspool full of bots, trolls, and Reply Guys. Luckily, there are some built-in privacy and security tools you can use to minimise the amount of garbage in your feed. In the video above, I show you how.

The 50 Best Mobile Apps Everyone Should Own

The 50 Best Mobile Apps Everyone Should Own

There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you’ll find plenty of excellent…

PSA: Spermicidal Condoms Are No Good

PSA: Spermicidal Condoms Are No Good

A condom that can actually kill sperm sounds like a pretty good deal when it comes to birth control, right? But it turns out they aren’t any more effective than regular condoms, and they can actually increase your risk of STDs.

The Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Plan In Australia

The Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Plan In Australia

Samsung has just unleashed the S20 series on the world, and goddamn, phones got expensive. As impressive as the Galaxy S20 range seems, it sure isn’t affordable, with outright prices starting at $1349. What you need is an affordable plan with enough data to get you through each month.

Watch The Oscar-Winning ‘Hair Love’ With Your Kids

Watch The Oscar-Winning ‘Hair Love’ With Your Kids

You can now watch the Oscar-winning animated short film Hair Love on YouTube—and you should. With your kids. Because ignorance and/or racism about the hair and hairstyles of people of colour still abounds and this sweet film is the perspective we need.

The Six Styles Of Love

The Six Styles Of Love

Love is a complex and powerful force, one that plays out in a number of emotional, cognitive and social ways. According to the late psychologist John Alan Lee, there are six broad styles of love: Agape, Ludus, Storge, Eros, Mania and Pragma. We look at each in turn to help…

Dining Alone Is The Best

Dining Alone Is The Best

I enjoy sharing food with other people in an extreme way, but I’m also an enthusiastic and unapologetic solo diner. If the many articles written about the subject are to be believed, the main challenge facing the solo diner is social anxiety, embarrassment, and shame. As someone who has never…

How To Break Up With Your Family

How To Break Up With Your Family

In 2012, April Siese, now 29, ended her relationship with her mother after suffering what she describes as years of emotional and verbal abuse in a household with undiagnosed mental health issues and substance use disorders.

What Cat Vision Looks Like

What Cat Vision Looks Like

Despite their insatiable appetite for endangered native wildlife, cats these animals still have plenty of fans in Australia. If you’ve ever wondered what your pet cat sees when it stares at you (apart from thinly veiled contempt), here is the answer.

Reddit’s Best Tips For Treating Yourself Frugally

Reddit’s Best Tips For Treating Yourself Frugally

When you’re working toward a major financial goal, like paying off debt or saving a hefty sum, the general advice is to break that big milestone up into smaller goals. And each time you hit a smaller goal, you celebrate with a small reward, to keep you motivated to work…

The Best TV Shows You Might Have Missed Last Year

The Best TV Shows You Might Have Missed Last Year

2019 was arguably the best year of TV we’ve ever had – especially when it comes to genre fare. On the downside, it was virtually impossible to watch everything the year dished out. While you probably caught most of the big releases, we’re willing to bet there were a few…

Trips To Barcelona Are Pretty Cheap Right Now

Trips To Barcelona Are Pretty Cheap Right Now

The world’s largest phone expo was due to be held in Barcelona this year but it’s just been cancelled amid coronavirus, or COVID-19 as its now known, concerns. While it’s an unfortunate circumstance, it’s good news for bargain hunters looking for cheap flights for an impromptu holiday. Treat yourself.

How To Have A Sensory-Friendly Movie Theatre Experience

How To Have A Sensory-Friendly Movie Theatre Experience

Movie theatres can be an overstimulating experience for just about anyone. There’s the larger-than-life action, the permeating smell of buttery popcorn and the volume cranked up to a ridiculous level. But for a child who has sensory processing disorder—or who is sensory-sensitive for other reasons—it can be such an overwhelming…

Five Communication Mistakes Almost Every Couple Makes

No matter how in tune you are with your partner, misunderstandings and communication gaffes are always possible. Here are five of the most common yet avoidable communication mistakes that could harm a relationship.

What Travellers Should Know About The Coronavirus

What Travellers Should Know About The Coronavirus

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (as we’re calling it now) is still mainly circulating in China, with only about 2 per cent of its cases in other countries. Still, if you’re travelling you may be nervous about the possibility of coming in contact with the virus. Here are the World…

Improve Your Balance During Your Lunch Break 

Video: Ever wish you had better balance? Today’s workout gives you a chance to work on that skill. It won’t leave you sore or sweaty, though! These exercises are all about neuromuscular training: Getting your nerves and muscles to work together so you can control your body precisely.