20 Cliches To Avoid (At All Costs)

20 Cliches To Avoid (At All Costs)

The BBC News Magazine rounds up 20 loathsome cliches — a good blacklist to keep handy when you’re trying to tighten up your own writing. Actually, to be fair, I’m not being funny but you know by the end of play today you could touch base with the team and,…

Liberate Yourself From Old Email Addresses

Liberate Yourself From Old Email Addresses

If you’ve been on the internet for any substantial amount of time you’ve likely accumulated your fair share of email addresses. Old school addresses, an assortment of free web-based addresses from Hotmail and Yahoo, and so on all contribute to you having too many addresses and little desire to keep…

ABC classic/amp Streams Rare Classical Recordings

ABC classic/amp Streams Rare Classical Recordings

ABC Classic FM’s classic/amp site gathers together rare classical recordings of Australian works from the station’s archives, offers background on their composition and recording, and lets you listen to the recordings themselves on-demand. There are currently around 40 works on offer, but regular updates are promised. For an example of…

Google Profiles Adds No-Email Contact

Google Profiles Adds No-Email Contact

Want to let people find and contact with you without having to offer up your actual email address? Your Google Profile, which already exists if you share Google Reader items or edit Knols or Maps, can make it so. Hitting this link should allow you to enable the checkbox and…

19 SMS Tracks Down Costly SMS Services

19 SMS Tracks Down Costly SMS Services

Got a bill for a pricey premium SMS service on your mobile phone but not sure what it is, or how to get it stopped? The newly-launched 19 SMS service can help you out. Enter the number and the date from your bill, and the site will identify who provided…

ABC’s Sydney Sidetracks Puts History On A Map

ABC’s Sydney Sidetracks Puts History On A Map

The new Sydney Sidetracks project from the ABC puts an intriguing twist on the Google Maps mash-up genre, linking historic video, audio and pictures to their locations online. Content on offer includes early images from Port Jackson in 1821, as well as more recent events such as the Hilton Hotel…

Over-The-Air Podcasts Coming To iPhone

Over-The-Air Podcasts Coming To iPhone

Leaked screenshots of the upcoming iPhone 2.2 firmware update show a cleaned-up interface for the App Store, but, more importantly, the ability to download podcasts directly to your device over Wi-Fi or 3G. Direct downloads will be limited, however, to 10MB or less, so jailbreak-required apps like Podcaster still have…

Kids Encounter Fewer Ads Online

Minors experience significantly fewer ads online than the elderly in a measure of web page “clutter,” according to a recent report from Nielsen Online. Web surfers under 17 saw the least screen real estate given over to advertising, while those over 65 saw the most. And the more “niche” a…

Archive Your Texts With iPhone Backup SMS Extractor

Archive Your Texts With iPhone Backup SMS Extractor

If you don’t like the idea of your iPhone’s SMS logs getting trapped in iTunes, or you just want have a plain-text copy to play around with, you can upload iTunes’ binary archive to the iPhone backup SMS extractor webapp and get back the text. It’s particularly useful for iPhone…

Lean Back To Watch Videos With RADUS

Lean Back To Watch Videos With RADUS

With lofty rhetoric claiming it’s a next-generation multimedia browser, the RADUS webapp (pronounced “Ray-DEE-us” apparently) leaves much to be desired. But the Flash-based site does have one standout feature: You can create video playlists on-the-fly, watching videos in a panel on the left while searching thumbnails on the right and…

3 Joins 3G Wireless Router Market

Most 3G broadband options we discuss here at Lifehacker are designed to be used on a single PC and on the road, but at current prices 3G can also make sense as your main broadband connection, presuming you have a strong 3G signal in your home or office. 3 wants…

Will You Miss Print Newspapers When They’re Gone?

Will You Miss Print Newspapers When They’re Gone?

The Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer-winning daily newspaper, announced yesterday that it will stop printing daily editions and focus on its online edition, as well as use the savings to keep foreign bureaus open. Media pundits have been claiming the End of Print for decades, but the CSM is the…

New Software Analyses Conversation

MIT professor Alex Pentland is developing software that analyses the tone, turn-taking behaviour and other qualities of a conversation, so you can find out if you’re an interrupter, a dominater, or appear to be inattentive when others are talking.

Gmail Puts A Smile On Your Face, Adds Emoticons

Gmail Puts A Smile On Your Face, Adds Emoticons

In another step toward the inevitable devolution of the written word that is the internet, Gmail has finally added support for emoticons in Gmail. No longer must you say with words what you can more accurately convey with an animated smiley-face cartoon. Gmail Chat lovers will be glad to know…

Gmail Mobile Hits 2.0, Adds Offline Access

Gmail Mobile Hits 2.0, Adds Offline Access

Gmail Mobile 2.0 adds basic offline email capability, performance improvements, and improved keyboard shortcuts for BlackBerry and J2ME-supported mobile phones. This is a huge update, especially considering offline access is something that everyone is waiting for from a Google-built Gmail client (your IMAP or POP email client doesn’t count). The…

Australia’s Most Complained-About ISPs

Dan Warne at APC runs down the most complained about Internet service providers, according to industry regulator the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. Telstra and Optus top the list (no surprise given they have the most customers), followed by AAPT, Virgin Mobile and Soul. As APC points out, Dodo’s high ranking is…

NICTA Preps P2P Engine For Game Developers

NICTA Preps P2P Engine For Game Developers

Australian research institute NICTA is working on the development of Badumna, a peer-to-peer system specifically designed to make it easier to players in massively multiplayer environments to communicate. NICTA has released a beta version of the technology to games developers, who typically have to spend millions building reliable infrastructure for…

A Hands-On First Look At Google Android

A Hands-On First Look At Google Android

As an open source advocate and developer with a serious love/hate relationship with my iPhone, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on a device running Google’s brand spankin’ new open-source mobile phone operating system, Android—and I haven’t been disappointed. I’ve spent the last four days using an HTC G1…

On Plane Phone Calls And Internet Get One Step Closer

Suzanne Tindal at ZDNet reports that the Australian Communications and Media Authority has approved the use of specific mobile phone jammers on planes, which makes it possible for airlines to offer onboard mobile phone call, SMS and data services. The prohibition on using phones on flights is because a phone…

Virgin Mobile Broadband Offers Shaping Options

Virgin Mobile Broadband Offers Shaping Options

When I wrote up an overview of Primus) also offers shaping rather than excess data charges, dropping speeds to 64Kbps if you reach the limit. The only potential fly in the ointment is Virgin’s P2P policy — any file sharing connections are reduced to just 32Kbps, which is painfully slow….

Finding The Best 3G Mobile Broadband Deal

Finding The Best 3G Mobile Broadband Deal

Mobile broadband services — using 3G spectrum to deliver the Internet to your PC or notebook — are getting more popular, with even in a train, there’s a wide range of plans to choose from, and recent price changes from Telstra, Vodafone have further muddied the waters. Read on for…

Writing Tips From An Economist

Writing Tips From An Economist

The Stepcase Lifehack blog pulls out a trusted tome, Deirdre McCloskey’s Economical Writing, and extracts some wisdom from an accomplished economics professor on writing tight sentences that are thrifty with words (unlike, say, this sentence). Here’s one bit especially relevant for online writers: Always ask “So what?” … Your reader’s…

Rickroll Rick Astley To Best Artist Ever

Rickroll Rick Astley To Best Artist Ever

Rickrolling — tricking an Internet user into watching a clip of Rick Astley’s classic 80s hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ — has become an established part of Internet culture. Reflecting that, the RickVoter tool automatically votes repeatedly for Astley as Best Act Ever in the MTV Europe awards. No…

Vodafone Cuts Mobile Broadband Prices

Vodafone Cuts Mobile Broadband Prices

Vodafone has dropped the price of its entry-level mobile broadband plan, cutting its 1G a month offering from $34.95 to $24.95. (It advertises the service as $19.95 a month, but you have to pay $5 a month for the most prepaid mobile broadband plans. Vodafone