Tagged With gift guides 2013

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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You've done all the Christmas shopping weeks in advance -- then the neighbour shows up and hands over an unexpected present. Avoid social embarrassment and eventual shunning by making sure you keep an emergency stash of gifts. Here's what we recommend.

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Once upon a time, the only way to bestow a Doctor Who gift at Christmas was to hand-knit a multicolored scarf. But all that changed when geeks inherited the Earth. These days, you can find ridiculously cool loot for practically every geeky franchise imaginable -- from H.R. Giger plush toys to DeLorean time machines made out of Lego. Here's our shortlist for the geekiest goodies to buy this Christmas (for yourself, natch.)

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Hey Lifehacker, Like many people, I planned to do my Christmas shopping early, which means more time between buying the item and opening it Christmas day. According to some stores (Apple's online store in particular), items have a 14-day return window. What happens if I buy the item on 1 December and sit it under the tree until 25 December, but then discover that it's faulty, not the right type of item or some other circumstance that would mean I'd have to send it back? Can the store refuse to exchange the item or refund the cost?

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Christmas is fast approaching, and this year is set to be the biggest ever for online shopping. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by Australians alone. And every year, the flurry of online activity prompts warnings about the dangers of internet shopping. While this has become less problematic over time as advanced online security technology becomes stronger at both ends of transactions, there is another, lesser-known (and easy) way to fall foul of hackers: malicious advertising.

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Put simply: there are too many Android phones out there. The only way to know which ones are worth your time is to follow tech news every day. For those that have other things to do, here's what matters when buying a new device.

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Are you still finalising your presents for friends and family this Christmas? If so, it pays to do more digging than simply picking the best price on eBay or Google Shopping. Here's a simple online search hack that could see you save up to 70 per cent in a few mouse clicks.

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If you're planning some online Christmas shopping this weekend, you're not alone. eBay predicts that Sunday 8 December will be the busiest web shopping day of the season, with 2.3 million Australians shopping on its site alone. Whoever your preferred retailer, follow these tips to make the experience as pleasurable (and affordable) as possible.

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Keeping Christmas presents hidden from your children can be surprisingly tricky. Even if your kids aren't cheeky enough to actively hunt for their pressies, there's always a chance they'll stumble across them during explorative play. Here are ten sneaky solutions that will ensure their gift haul remains hidden until Christmas morning.

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They say it's the thought that counts -- but if you can't be bothered learning how to wrap gifts properly, you're not being very thoughtful, are you? With that in mind, we've assembled ten gift wrapping tutorials, ranging from wine bottles and gift cards to bicycles and live cats!