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While trick-or-treating with my children this year, a sad fact became abundantly clear: most of the treats I loved as a kid are no longer available. Sure, we might not have ever eaten them as adults, but their disappearance from store shelves is no less crushing. It's like a small piece of our childhood has been brutally snuffed out.

With that in mind, here are the discontinued Australian snacks we miss most - from Sunnyboy ice blocks to Toobs chips.

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We all know Facebook tracks what you do while using its apps and website, but the social media monolith also collects data from third-party apps, services, and websites, even when you’re not using Facebook. It’s one of the ways Facebook’s targeted ads become eerily specific and seem to know what you’ve been looking up on other websites.

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iOS: All you need to create interesting, high-quality video content these days is a smartphone. With the right apps, what used to require extra gear and software can mostly all be done on a single iPhone—including recording multiple shots simultaneously. That’s all thanks to DoubleTake, a free iOS app that can record from two of your iPhone’s many cameras simultaneously. It is currently available for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS (and XS Max), and the iPhone XR. Your iPhone will also need to be running iOS 13.

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If something is free—especially if it’s a complicated something, or something you’d probably have to pay for otherwise—the familiar saying is often true: You’re the product. It’s one of the reasons you’re always being advertised to across the web. Search engines, email services, messaging platforms, or other apps and services you fancy cost money, and companies have to recoup that somehow (and profit).

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Windows 10 is a great operating system. It's well suited to the needs of users and has a bunch of great features that make it a truly 21st century-ready OS for the masses. But that suitability really depends on whether you've got the Home or Pro version. Here's why you don't want Windows 10 Home (and how to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.)

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When talking about cornstarch, a lot of emphasis is place on the importance of creating a slurry. Swirling and suspending the starch in water or milk (or some other liquid) keeps it from clumping up in your sauce and ensures everything thickens up all nice and even like. Slurries are important, but they are only part of the equation when it comes to maximizing cornstarch’s thickening properties—one must also pay attention to heat.

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Smoke and salt go very well together—just ask any dad with a Big Green Egg. Though you’ll usually find the flavour combination in some sort of barbecued meat, it’s equally stellar in a martini.

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I assume my son must have had a least a couple of rattles or shaky noise makers during his baby and toddler years. I don’t really remember them, though. What I do remember is the thing we created for him that quickly became his all-time favourite noise-maker. It was a pill bottle (with a child-proof lid) partially filled with dry, uncooked couscous.

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Zippers haven’t changed much since they were first invented, and neither have the problems we all have with them. From stuck zippers to teeth that just won’t clinch, here’s how to fix all the problems you’ll run into with anything that zips.

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I saw this open tin of stuffed vine leaves in our office fridge and immediately freaked out. I'd always been told that leaving food in an opened tin risked food poisoning, and I believed that. But then I realised I'd never bothered to question why this rule applied. Time to investigate.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk reminds us of Marvin from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. In addition to being a perpetually miserable robot from outer space (citation needed), he also has a brain the size of a planet. But how did he get so gosh-darned smart?

DNA and upbringing probably had a lot to do with it - but so did reading the right books at the right age. Here are five books that Musk reckons everybody should read; from weighty science-fiction to breezy business tomes. Best of all, they're all mentally accessible to the average person.