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Ask LH: Why Aren't Our Main Channels HD Yet?

Hey Lifehacker, When will Australian free-to-air channels start using their HD channels as their main channel? I am really sick of watching major sporting events on the main networks channels on SD when they are showing Seinfeld (for example) on the HD channel. It just does not make sense. Any insights? More »      

Optus Now Has iPhone 6 Plus Pricing

It was late to the party, but Optus has finally released its iPhone 6 Plus pricing (though you can’t pre-order the bigger handset). We’ve added all the details to our full Planhacker guide. More »      

The Crucial Skills Developers Need

There’s more to being an effective developer than simply learning to code. A recent Gartner report highlights some of the other skills you’ll need. More »      

How The Super Guarantee Delay Will Hit The Typical Australian

The Abbott government’s deal with the Palmer United Party to freeze the minimum superannuation contribution rate at 9.5% until 2021 will not only cost retirees, it will also see future governments forced to bear the brunt of an increased reliance on the Age Pension. Show More Summary

App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include Stealth on iOS, Color Splash Effect Pro on Android and Plight Of The Zombie on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick! More »      

Ask This Single Question To Improve Your IT Planning

Effectively rolling out and managing IT involves juggling numerous competing priorities. That said, one simple question can help clarify many issues: What can I do to help people do their best work? More »      

The Cheapest Way To Buy An iPhone 6 Or iPhone 6 Plus In Australia

Buying on contract means you won’t have to pay up-front for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — but you could actually end up paying more for the same phone, calls and data than you need to. Here’s how much you can save by buying up-front and choosing the right prepaid plan — up to $450 compared to a 24-month contract. More »      

Automatically Delete Incoming Emails for the Ultimate Out-of-Office Reply

The next time you're on vacation, you'll probably set up an out of office reply. When you get back to work, you'll face a mountain of emails to deal with. One company is allowing employees to delete messages when they go on vacation—which isn't a bad idea. Read more...

Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

The week was dominated by the announcement of the iPhone 6; check our Planhacker guide for a comprehensive roundup of your options. Beyond that, we looked into why house prices are so high, travel scams and the cheapest places to buy Destiny. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week: More »      

Ask LH: How Can I Get The Smoke Smell Out Of Things?

Dear Lifehacker, We recently moved my father into a long-term care facility. There are a number of wonderful things he wanted my sister and I to have and to share with our children. The trouble is that he was a lifelong smoker and everything reeks from years of smoke. We want to keep these things, but the smell is just awful. What can we do? More »      

Appreciate Your Spouse More With Specific Praise

When we're dating, we're often very detailed in our observations of our partner. We're specific in our appreciation of the person's appearance or deeds. As we get used to the relationship, we'll forget that specific praise. You might take them for granted, so you might consider going back to those old ways. Read more...

Cloud Patches: Extended Azure Backups, AWS T2 Bursts Onto Elasticache

Last week in cloud computing: Azure Backup extends its retention period, while AWS extends T2 instances to ElastiCache. More »      

Deep Habits: Jumpstart Your Concentration with a Depth Ritual

In Search of Depth Aaron is a PhD student. This requires him to spend a significant fraction of his time thinking about hard things. To accommodate the necessity of depth in his working life, Aaron developed a ritual he uses to quickly shift his brain into a state of concentration. Here’s how it works: Aaron […]

Encourage Job Offers By Putting an Email Address In Your LinkedIn Summary

Some of us are currently employed, but seeking new employment. In those situations, you need to be careful and avoid letting your employer know you're looking. Putting an email address in your LinkedIn summary encourages more networking opportunities. Read more...

Make Beans in a Slow Cooker Instead of Boiling Them

Beans are an inexpensive ingredient, but often need soaking and boiling. Throw them in the slow cooker in the morning and by the time you get home they'll be ready to eat. Read more...

The Best Cities for Working Parents

For those of us with kids, the needs of our careers and our families aren't always in sync. This chart lists the top cities for working parents. Read more...

A Life That Matters

A lot of personal development writers use the phrase “a life that matters,” as in “Here’s how you live a life that matters.” But this phrase is problematic, because everyone’s life has value and “matters” regardless of what they do with it. A better way to think of it is how to live a life…

Five Best Language Translation Tools

When you need to translate one language to another, either just to communicate or because you're trying to read something, you have tons of options—they're just not all that great at capturing what the original language really meant without sounding silly. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. Read more...

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Nail Perfect This gigantic doodad is to help you avoid painting your finger as part of the fingernail-painting process. But, you still have to clean the machine, it slows down the process, and it DOESN’T WORK ON … Continued Post written by PJ Doland Let Unclutterer help you get your home or office organized. Show More Summary

Clean Speakers With a Lint Roller

The mesh grille on speakers can be a dust magnet. Instead of cleaning them with a rag, try using a lint roller. Read more...

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