Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The sad news of Ursula K Le Guin's passing, the Australian Federal Court probably don't play a lot of video games, bogus life hacks and more!
With a ban on overtime for Sydney Trains staff beginning from January 25, the flailing network will be under a lot pressure to provide services to the Sydney metropolitan area this Australia Day long weekend. An announcement late yesterday afternoon confirms that, from Thursday, train services will see major disruptions and run to a reduced timetable.
Your to-do management system says a lot, maybe everything, about you. We've organised the major systems according to their Dungeons and Dragons alignments, making value judgments with which no sane person could ever disagree.
Australia cleaned the floor with England in the Ashes Test series but now, it's all about the One Day International series. Can Australia continue to embarrass the English or will the mighty Poms bring the Aussies back to Earth?
If you're looking to tune in to catch the cricket while you're stuck at work or just want to stream online, we've got you covered. Here's how you can catch the One Day International series live, online and free.
"We need to refocus the system," is how Mark Zuckerberg explained the dramatic changes he plans to make to Facebook's News Feed in an interview with The New York Times. "We want to make sure that our products are not just fun, but are good for people."
It's as close to an admission as we're likely to get from Zuckerberg about the negative effects his company has had on humanity. Of course, refocusing on "meaningful interaction" (that is, high impact posts from close friends) can only come at the cost of massively reducing the reach of publishers. A small price to pay, perhaps. But I think my own overhaul of Facebook might have Mark's beat.
Gmail and Google Calendar integration is an embarrassment. Gmail can never recognise all the crucial event info, and to fix it you have to open up Google Calendar in a new tab, defeating the purpose. Thankfully there are third-party fixes, such as Pod for Gmail, which recognises event info and loads it into a full calendar event right inside your Gmail window.
From today, same-sex couples are allowed to be married in Australia. That means congratulations are in order, first of all, and second of all, it requires a really solid welcome. So here it is: Welcome to the crazy world of wedding planning, same-sex couples.
We've got all of our best guides to planning a wedding right here.