The start of the new year is as great a time as any to take a quick tour through your iPhone’s settings and make sure you’ve customised its Emergency SOS feature to your liking. Heck, you should really take a few minutes and memorise—really memorise—how this feature works. I hope you don’t ever need it in 2020, but you’ll be glad you took some time to learn how it works if you ever do.
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In case you hadn't noticed already, we have passed another tax year, which is great if you have a nice pot of tax return money patiently waiting for to collect. Unfortunately, it also means a bunch of unexpected changes that may hit your hip pocket.
One of these reforms is every graduate's worst nightmare: the overhaul of the HELP loan repayment system (previously known as HECS).
In this week’s tech-support column, I’m taking on an uncomfortable issue: How to regain control of your accounts from a not-so-kind ex. I’m hoping your former loved one isn’t a complete psychopath — or, at least, isn’t a psychopath that has access to your accounts — but it’s an all-too-familiar story. You live with someone, you share your hopes and your dreams, and they find a way to get into your accounts. (That, or you share login credentials, which is a pretty bad idea, too.)
Reddit, crazy as it can be at times, is a great time-waster - no argument there. And while it's fun to browse /r/videos and /r/aww during occasional bits of downtime (that turn into extended cute-animal breaks), I find the site even more captivating when I can entertain myself and feel like I'm learning something.
Dear Lifehacker, I have a question that has been an issue for the last 3 years. So, I'll be honest, my boyfriend and I watch porn each separately on our phones. We each have gone through each others' phone activity through Google, and when he looks at mine, there are items in there that I never Googled, like live cams chat room stuff. I have never in my life entered this into my Google search but I have a suspicion that they are pop ups from the porn sites. I want to know how and why they come up as my searches. And there are other things that show up that I supposedly googled but I know for a fact I didn't. Can you help me, please?
Awareness events such as World Mental Health Day and RUOK Day are important for initiating conversations about mental health in the community. Anything to promote discussion in the media about what "mental health" means and how to seek help if you need it is certainly a positive thing.
However, reducing stigma is only one component of tackling this issue. With new research showing that Australia’s suicide rate is the highest it’s been for over ten years, it is clear that action must follow awareness. Clearly, a little more conversation and a little more action is needed. Here are some tips that might help.
The government's plan to charge up to 6% interest on HELP loans has been widely attacked as unfair. Many critics, including Shadow Education Minister Kim Carr, the Group of Eight universities, Universities Australia and HECS architect Bruce Chapman, have come out against pegging HELP loans to the bond rate, rather than CPI as it is now.
Hey Lifehacker, As a recent university graduate I was a bit miffed by the Federal Government's proposed Budget changes to the indexation of HELP fees from CPI (around 2% per annum) to the Treasury Bond Rate (around 5.5% per annum) from 2016.