Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, Microsoft has Cortana and Google has Google Assistant. One of those names is not like the other but the functionality of Google Assistant is still up there with the other personal assistant apps. Here are a few things you can do with it.
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Whether it's a series of blinking ellipsis or an explicit notification that "someone's typing", the messaging feature known as a typing indicator is both a useful tool and a source of anxiety for many people. But knowing more about how it works can at least limit the guessing games that cause us stress.
Australia has nearly five million dogs, with nearly 40% of Australian households owning one. But it seems that 40% of Australian dogs are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese. With colleagues at the University of Sydney, we are interested in collecting more recent data on these trends.
So why do we need to walk our dogs? And how much is enough?
Browser developer tools are super-handy, allowing you to do all sorts of wonderful things to the sites you visit. All good things, of course. But, through social engineering, these tools can be used for evil. Turns out this was enough of problem for Facebook to stick a very visible warning in the website's source code.
Browser extensions are fantastic but, as superheroes have taught us, with great power comes great responsibility. Malicious developers can hide bad behaviour inside useful extensions and when they slip through the screening process, the only option left to the likes of Mozilla and Google is to ban them. Mozilla has updated its blocked add-on list and it includes an extension the company itself gave the thumbs-up just this week.
Woolworths’ and Coles’ bans on plastic bags have been applauded by environmental groups, but were reportedly met with abuse and assault and claims of profiteering. This reaction is due to supermarkets breaching their “psychological contract” with customers - and when both major supermarkets appeared to back flip in the face of irate customers it only compounded the problem".
Australia is notorious for its menagerie of venomous and man-eating animals. While most foreigners are aware of the saltwater croc, brown snake, white pointer and funnel-web spider, there are countless other critters lurking in the Aussie wilderness that are equally unpleasant and/or deadly. Here's a handy bestiary to show annoying overseas relatives so they don't come visiting.
How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Amy Riddell, Director at digital bookkeeping agency BlueRock Books.
Most men are pretty useless when it comes to grooming products. We'll maybe muss some gel through our hair on special occasions, but that's about it. As it turns out, men's hair products are almost as varied as their female counterparts. This lavishly illustrated infographic will help you to distinguish a clay from a wax and a mousse from a pomades. (Have no fear: it also includes plenty of styling and application tips.)
This week the ACCC released its second report on real-world NBN speeds, and the results are good. Well, pretty good; and it's clear that some providers are doing a better job of maintaining average speeds than others.