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Mariah Carey or Marie Curie? A not-so-common mix-up, but one that saw quite the birthday blunder. In a tweet, author Harriet Alida Lye explained that her cousin, Siobhan, told her colleagues in England she wanted a cake with singer Mariah Carey's face on it — a perfectly reasonable request for one's birthday.  You'd think one of the world's most recognisable pop stars would be a piece of, uh, cake for most people to organise, but in this case, Lye's cousin received a cake featuring Noble...

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Categories: culture, mariah carey, culture, web culture

Twenty years ago The Matrix was released. It was a game changer for action films and special effects back in 1999. And it made a generation of teenagers including yours truly) beg their parents for floor-length leather jackets. One could explain the Matrix itself simplistically as a form of augmented reality, where humans are plugged into a faux world - most of whom are unaware that that the real world is well and truly fucked. Two decades later augmented reality is becoming increasingly...

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Here is your Netflix binge-list for the week, fresh from the Australian servers! This week's highlights include new episodes of Dark, season 2 of The Casketeers, the Brazilian political documentary The Edge of Democracy and a bunch of third-party movies. Read on for everything coming to the service for the week of June 17 to June 23. More »

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Telstra and Optus might not be the cheapest mobile providers around, but their plans come with a surprising number of perks and bonuses that the telcos don't always do a great job of highlighting. After all, huge data allowances tend to sound far sexier than cheap movie tickets. At least as far as phone plans are concerned. So if you've got a plan with Telstra or Optus, or if you're considering a new one with one of these two, here's a look at the freebies you're entitled to. More »

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India's broadening spaceflight ambitions now include a longer-term presence in Earth's orbit. Indian Space Research Organization chief K Sivan (above) recently revealed plans to launch a space station around 2030. It will be a relatively small stat...

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Categories: gaganyaan, gear, india, isro, space, space station, spaceflight

Cooking a burger to perfection requires more attention to detail than you might think. From shopping for the right meat to practicing a little patience, here's what professional chefs recommend. More »

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The Craigslist ad was for a mint-condition 1997 Honda ST1100, with an aftermarket seat, a tall windscreen, and new tires. I saw from the background in the photos that the bike was parked in front of a house just around the corner from me. More »

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Cellbrite made a name for itself in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack and other incidents where law enforcement agencies have wanted to break into locked and encrypted smartphones. The company, which is obviously popular with law enforcement agencies, found itself in a game of 'whack-a-mole' as phone makers upped the ante and added security features that rendered the devices useless on newer hardware and software. But Cellbrite now says they can bypass all versions of iOS as...

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Apple and CEO Tim Cook have always branded the company as fundamentally different than its competitors on privacy. iOS devices collect and use less data on their users than companies like Google and are generally considered more secure than their Android equivalents, and the company has been loudly tooting its own horn on the matter as it introduces competing services like Apple sign-in for third-party sites. Apple and Cook have also been more aggressive fighting hate speech and...

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Google Assistant is everywhere. From Android handsets, to hundreds of smart home accessories including Google Home, it's becoming embedded in our workplaces and abodes. But how do you get the most from Google Assistant? Here are our top ten 10 tips, hacks and tricks for a better experience with Google Assistant. More »

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Now that the 3.5mm headphone jack is being relegated to technology's history books, wireless headphones are where it's at. And there is a lot of competition for our ears so it takes some thing pretty special to win over our eardrums - particularly when you're looking at the $380 price range. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT wireless headphones are a solid set of headphones that will satisfy most listeners. More »

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Once you've mastered hygge, the Danish concept of coziness, there are plenty more northern European ideas to explore. Swedish lagom can help you balance your life; Niksen is a Dutch relative of mindfulness. But these countries have some ideas that are even more life-changing, and perhaps they should get their turn as international trends. More »

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If you're relying on American Airlines for a summer trip, there's a good chance you'll have internet access most of the way. The company has finished deploying satellite-based internet access to the fleet of 700-plus narrowbody aircraft that mainly...

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Categories: aircraft, airline, american airlines, gear, gogo, gogo 2ku, internet, ka band, ku band, networking, satellite, satellite internet, transportation, viasat, viasat ka, wi-fi, wifi

G'day! Here are some cracking online deals for Lifehacker readers, including: $200 off Samsung Galaxy S10e, EB Games' massive EOFY sale, 20% off at The Good Guys, and more! More »

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We're over four months out from when Google will most likely unveil the Google Pixel 4. The leaks and rumours have already begun, so Google took control of the narrative and released their own image in a baller power move. Here's everything we know so far. More »

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SIM-swapping attacks are becoming increasingly common. In these attacks, someone tricks your mobile carrier into porting your number so that you lose control of your phone number. The bad guys can then intercept your calls and text messages in order to capture two-factor authentication requests and then take over your online accounts. It's a tactic used by identity thieves and those trying to steal valuable online handles. And, it turns out, that it's pretty easy to do. More »

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Scientists studying the vast, remote waters encircling Antarctica frequently enlist the help of elephant seals, sticking sensors on their heads that collect data on temperature and salinity. Now, these flippered field assistants, along with robotic floats that collect similar intel, have been conscripted to help solve an icy mystery. More »

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It's not just multi-platform gaming giants suing cheaters. Niantic has sued members of Global++ for allegedly offering "unauthorized derivative" (read: hacked) versions of Pokémon Go, Ingress and even the still-in-beta Harry Potter: Wizards U...

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Categories: augmented reality, cheating, games, gaming, global++, harry potter, harry potter: wizards unite, lawsuit, mobile, niantic, pokemon, pokemon go, video games

Every Tax Time, the ATO focusses on certain hotspots where taxpayers are prone – either accidentally or deliberately – to make errors. These are the areas it will concentrate its audit firepower on and for those who have made claims in areas which the ATO will be targeting, they can be a wake-up call both to ensure that you get it right this year and that you go back and check that you did it right last year. More »

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Whisper it quietly, but a few holes are starting to appear in Apple’s walled garden: AirPlay on TVs. Apple Music on Android. iCloud on the web. And now, a revamped, updated iCloud app for Windows. As Apple shows hints of being more cross-platform-friendly than it has been in the past, is its iCloud suite now usable across Windows and Android? More »

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You wanted: Australia's best NBN 50 plan, Google Pixel 4 images, obscure websites you need to know about. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from last week. More »

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Almost the entirety of the nations of Argentina and Uruguay, were “completely without power” following a “massive failure” in an electrical system on Sunday, Bloomberg and CNN reported, with parts of Paraguay, Chile and southern Brazil seeing outages as well. The Associated Press estimated over 44 million people lost power. More »

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Next time you go to book a flight you might want to look at the early-morning options first. Getting out of bed to make that 6am might be a struggle, but Travel and Leisure suggests that you should exclusively fly in the early morning. The reason? You'll have a much better chance of getting to your destination. More »

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The Coca Cola ad is a strange but everlasting tradition of American pop culture. Coke has advertised in so many different styles and eras that its ads are a bellwether for what pop media was like in any given era of Americana. Which means, of course, it’s about time that Stranger Things got in the game. More »

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All backups are important but the loss of photos is probably the most painful way to learn the back up lesson. For many of us, CD-Rs were considered a great way to ensure the longevity of our images. But if you've been relying on CD-R disks to preserve your digital memories, it's time to consider Plan B. These disks simply don't last forever. More »

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The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.” More »

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Companies that want to test their self-driving cars will have an easier time of it in the Sunshine State. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill allowing companies to test autonomous vehicles without backup drivers. It also lets occupan...

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Categories: autonomous, florida, gear, law, legislation, self-driving, self-driving car, testing, transportation

In the last couple of years, if you type a song title into Google, you’ll get a box that includes the its lyrics, alongside the usual search results. It’s a useful tool, but one company that specializes in song lyrics, Genius Media, says that Google has been copying their lyrics for years for its search results. Genius has been around since 2009, and it describes itself as a platform “platform for annotating clever rap lyrics,” and has since expanded into other types of music, and a place for...

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Chrome: As one who spends quite a bit of time browsing the news from various sites around the web, it’s frustrating to encounter paywall after paywall after paywall — especially when a site's own social media feed was the one cajoling you to click and read an article in the first place. More »

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Stain removal is an art form, and one that few have actually mastered.  That's why I turn to YouTube to get my stain removal needs satisfied. I've spent years trying everything to get the stains off my clothes. I've gone through multiple Tide to Go pens, which are supposed to erase away most stains (they don't). I have poured half-bottles of detergent on my wine-soaked sheets. Beautiful bottles of club soda have been wasted on carpet stains, all for nothing.   Despite all my efforts, I'm...

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Categories: youtube, cleaning, stain, culture, web culture

What song do you play when you need to feel like a ferocious animal, ready to attack whatever's in front of you - a job interview, a 10K, Costco on a Saturday morning? Power songs can change your mood and even your behaviour, giving you the extra juice you need to, as Eminem raps, "find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you." More »

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Donald Trump mumbled his way through a response to a softball question on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos in a clip released on Saturday. Trump told Stephanopoulos that he had attended a “very brief meeting” on the matter, but that he is not in fact all that much of a believer. More »

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Have you found yourself using Google's lyrics results more than visiting individual lyrics sites? You're not alone -- and Genius thinks underhanded tactics are involved. The company has accused Google of not only hurting its traffic with its lyrics c...

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Categories: gear, genius, google, internet, lyricfind, lyrics, music, search, web

Adam Savage became a household name as the cohost of Mythbusters, and now, he’s returned to the Discovery Channel with a new show: Savage Builds. In each episode of the series, Savage goes out and builds something, consulting with other experts and builders. The series just began airing on Discovery, and the first episode, in which he builds a flying Iron Man costume, is available for free online (at least in the US) for the next two weeks. Think of it like a builder’s version of Mythbusters:...

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When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on CD-R. In the past week, I was handed a cache of 2,400 photos taken at Ground Zero from the end...

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The European Union already suspected that Russia was trying to disrupt its parliamentary elections through hacks and other online interference, and now it's directly pointing a finger at the country. EU officials have published a report accusing Rus...

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Categories: election, election interference, eu, europe, european parliament, european union, gear, internet, politics, russia

Juul is facing even more heat over concerns that it's contributing to teen vaping. The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has opened an investigation into the "youth e-cigarette epidemic" that could determine if Juul had marketed its...

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Categories: congress, e-cigarette, food and drink, food-and-drink, foodanddrink, gear, health, house of representatives, juul, kids, medicine, politics, vaping

Amazon has confirmed that it has laid off “dozens” of game developers from Amazon Game Studios amidst a reorganization, and has reportedly canceled some unannounced games, according to Koktaku. The layoffs game at the end of this week’s E3 in LA, and an Amazon spokesperson told Kotaku that “Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future.” “These moves are the...

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"Eating Things," a Youtube channel usually dedicated to making videos about eating incongruous meals in the middle of famous movie scenes, leveled up with a deepfake featuring Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. The voice sounds so similar to Kit Harington's Jon Snow accent it's hard to discern it from the real thing, except when the (former) King in the North mentions the Starbucks cup and apologizes for wasting viewers' time with the final season. That much is definitely...

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Categories: game of thrones, jon snow, deepfake, entertainment, movies tv shows


Target can't quite escape its technical woes, apparently. The retail giant's registers suffered a roughly two-hour nationwide outage in mid-day on June 15th, preventing customers from making purchases (including in self-checkout lines) right before...

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Categories: business, cash register, gadgetry, gadgets, gear, internet, outage, register, shopping, target

Walmart has introduced an unlimited grocery delivery service called Delivery Unlimited, as spotted by TechCrunch. The service is an expansion of the company’s existing delivery and pickup efforts, and costs $98 a year. The company already offered a delivery service for online orders: customers could have items shipped to their nearest store for free, or to their home for a $9.95 delivery fee for each order. TechCrunch notes that this new annual subscription will cost $98 for a year, or $12.95...

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Genius is, well, genius. The company recently accused Google of lifting song lyrics from its site, reports the Wall Street Journal.  How did Genius know Google was stealing? In 2016, Genius made a few changes to the punctuation in its song lyrics. Sometimes, it used a straight apostrophe. Other times, a curly one.  Genius did this in a very specific sequence because (are you ready for this?) when "the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they...

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Categories: google, genius, tech, big tech companies

The Singularity — a moment where technological progress speeds up exponentially and humanity as we know it becomes obsolete — has jokingly been referred to as the “rapture of the nerds.” Neal Stephenson’s novel Fall, or, Dodge in Hell takes things a step further: what if the nerds weren’t simply the prophets of a new order, but literally became our gods? Over a sprawling web of modern techno-thriller, near-future sci-fi, and high fantasy subplots, Fall lays out a theory on the mind-body...

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The NPR Twitter account decided to pay a Father's Day homage to all the dads around the world by inviting people to share their "best" and "funniest" dad jokes in a thread. Some of them are real groaners, but in true dad joke fashion, it's hard not to laugh at some of them.  NPR got the ball rolling with some examples of its own.  When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent. — NPR (@NPR) June 16, 2019 And others chimed in with their own jokes, either remembered from their...

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Categories: dad jokes, father s day, culture, web culture


New Hampshire has installed what appears to be the first historical highway marker honoring computer programming, according to the Concord Monitor. The new sign honors BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a programming language that was invented at Dartmouth College in 1964. The sign came about after Concord Monitor journalist David Brooks noted in a column that the state’s 255 historical markers honored things like bridges and historical figures, but that there was...

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