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Video Briefly: Apple Vs Spotify, Steampunk Lamp, Best Of Top Gear

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The Top 10 episodes of Top Gear, amazing solar eclicpse compilation, CSIRO RV Investigator. More »      

Now With Fewer Tourists

Even the best photos of crowded destinations tend to have people blocking some of the snapshot’s intended target. The video above shows how one of the most useful (and simple) features in Photoshop can banish them. Once you take the photos, here’s the path: Photoshop > File > Scripts > Statistics. Show More Summary

The Basic Recipe For Machine Learning Explained In A Single PowerPoint Slide

Deep structured learning is one of computer science’s most intriguing disciplines. Essentially, it involves the creation of computer systems that can make reasoned decisions based on prior experience with learning data sets — in short, a computer that can “think” for itself. Show More Summary

Free Apps Friday: Golden Bricks, The Cleaner, SkySafari 4

Are you looking to make your smartphone or tablet more useful? Each week, we collect the latest productivity apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone; all of which are 100 per cent free! Here are this week’s highlights. More »      

Google Will Use Pointer Events In Chromium

If you’re a Google Chrome user on a Windows tablet, you may have noticed that scrolling can be a little quirky with just touch inputs. Google’s plan to fix this involves borrowing a feature already in Internet Explorer. More »      

The Easiest Way to Open a Knot

The simple method to loosen a knot in the video above—particularly effective on a plastic bag—is the sort of trick you see once and know forever. Enjoy.

Ask LH: What's The Cheapest Way To Buy An iPhone On Telstra?

Hi Lifehacker, I want to change back from an Android to an iPhone 6. I am a Telstra fan and have no intention of going with another network. I am also a fan of finding the best possible price or deal. Is there anywhere that offers Telstra iPhone plans with any kind of discount or added incentive? More »      

Taste Test: KFC 'Supercharged' And 'Chilli Charged' Zinger Burgers

KFC has decided to inject some serious heat into its Zinger burger range. For a limited time, the Original Zinger will be joined by two spicy variations: the Supercharged Zinger and the ultra-hot Chilli Charged Zinger. We just put our taste buds on the line and tried ‘em both in one sitting. Read on for our verdict! More »      

Meet Max, Your New Best Friend (Who Is Also A Printer)

This is a call out to small business owners: how often do you think about your office printer? How would you like to think about it even less? You should meet Max – the speedy inkjet designed for small business. More »      

Isaac Asimov’s Advice for Being Creative (Hint: Don’t Brainstorm)

Asimov’s Lost Essay In the late 1950’s, Arthur Obermayer worked for Allied Research Associates, a cold war-era science lab. During this period, his employer received a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency to “elicit the most creative approaches possible for a ballistic missile defense system.” Obermayer was a longtime friend of the famed science […]

How To Maintain Your Privacy In The New Australian Age Of Surveillance

The controversial data retention scheme made its way through the Senate last night, meaning that the levels of surveillance of Australian citizens are about to increase. If you’re privacy minded, what can you do? More »      

The Ocean Waves Home Screen

It may still be chilly in most parts of the country, but if you long for the summer days of ocean fun, this home screen will get you in the mood. Read more...

Candy Canes, Solved

Candy canes easily summon a Christmas state of mind, but actually consuming even a small package by Dec. 26 can be a challenge. In the video above, the Shortcut offers a loud but pleasingly festive way to get rid of the season’s excess peppermint treats.

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

Today’s best deals include Periscope on iOS, Syberia on Android and BRIEFR on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick! More »      

The Best Dried Herbs to Substitute for Fresh

When it comes to cooking, fresh herbs will almost always provide better flavor for your dish, but dried herbs are cheaper and more convenient. These are the dried herbs you can get by substituting for fresh herbs, as well as the herbs you should only use fresh. Read more...

Boost Mobile Dumps Its Entry Level Plans

Boost Mobile is dumping its short duration $10 and $20 plans in favour of a longer duration $20 plan with call limitations. More »      

Windows 10 Apps Will Be 'Windows Apps' Or 'Windows Desktop Apps'

Microsoft has laid down its guidelines for the naming of Windows 10 apps, although it’s likely that confusion will still reign. More »      

Netflix's Game Of Thrones Alternatives Are Downright Weird

As every single one of you is doubtlessly aware, Netflix officially launched in Australia this week with pricing starting at a very reasonable $8.99 per month. There are currently 1100 titles to choose from, which should be enough to...Show More Summary

Pistats.io Tracks Your Uber and Lyft Spending, Miles, and Travel Time

Uber and Lyft are pretty convenient when it comes to driving services. So convenient that you might not realize how much you're actually spending on rides. Pistats.io collects your Uber and Lyft receipts to give you a visualization of how much you're really spending, along with how far you've traveled and for how long. Read more...

"Leave Yourself Wanting More"

You might like to push yourself in different aspects of your life, but sometimes less really is more. Whether it's exercise, work, or just a nice place to eat, you might be a much happier person if you always leave yourself wanting to come back to things later. Read more...

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