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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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... Source...

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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 » Source...

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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

Blanket yourself in nostalgia. Instead of going on an adventure, stay at home where it's safe and wrap yourself up in this Pitfall! Atari Cartridge Throw Blanket. $24.99

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Categories: home & office, home decor, bedding & blankets

A bag with shelves. Store all the things in this Magic the Gathering Planeswalker Backpack. Not only does if have the usual storage options, it features pocket shelves for your Magic cards. That's why they call it magic.

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Categories: bags & backpacks, backpacks

Mutant memories. You might not be an X-Men, but if you attended the Xavier Institute you deserve a little something, even if it is just an X-Men Xavier Institute Crest Hat. $24.99

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Categories: accessories, hats & hair

Hold the door. This Game of Thrones Hodor Doormat is the most loyal door accessory we own. There's just something about having Hodor at your front door that lets people know they're safe. $24.99

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Categories: home & office, home decor, rugs

For your space books. This Star Wars Darth Vader Stoneworks Faux Marble Bookend is suitable no matter if your décor is modern space themed, or regal like the palaces of Naboo. Let Lord Vader hold your items together and look fancy doing it.

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Categories: home & office, office, desk decor

Lower the landing gear. Thanks to the Force (or more accurately the power of wireless power transfer), we can all have a Floating Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Categories: collectibles, scale figures & statues

Loyalty to the Emperor. Whether you’re pledging loyalty to the Empire or just passing through the Death Star's giftshop, this Star Wars Imperial Crest Hat is going to earn you some major brownie points with the Emperor. $24.99

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Categories: accessories, hats & hair

Because the Lannisters drink the most. Now that Game of Thrones is over, we're going to try to cope with the loss of our favorite characters with this Game of Thrones House Lannister Ceramic Stein. It's perfect for the surviving members of your House. $69.99

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Categories: home & office, kitchen & dining, glassware & drinkware

A proper Northern stein. Now that Game of Thrones is over, we're going to try to cope with the loss of our favorite characters with this Game of Thrones House Stark Ceramic Stein. It's perfect for the surviving members of your House. $69.99

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Categories: home & office, kitchen & dining, glassware & drinkware

A stein of ice and fire. Now that Game of Thrones is over, we're going to try to cope with the loss of our favorite characters with this Game of Thrones House Targaryen Ceramic Stein. It's perfect for the surviving members of your House. $69.99

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Categories: home & office, kitchen & dining, glassware & drinkware

Quench your rivalry. These Nintendo Mario and Bowser Pint Glasses give you an opportunity to sit down with your frenemies and resolve your differences. Need to settle a rivalry or disagreement? There's a glass for that.

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Categories: home & office, kitchen & dining, glassware & drinkware

Mew meme mew. Adding this Funko POP! Addams Family: Cousin Itt Vinyl Figure to your collectibles is like having a personal invitation to join the Addams Family for fun and mayhem.

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Categories: collectibles, vinyl figures


You unlocked a caffeine power-up. This Pac-Man Sculpted Mug won't send you into caffeinated chaos (assuming you know your limits), but it will give you an adorable vessel to drink from.

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Categories: home & office, kitchen & dining, coffee mugs & travel mugs

It's always the quiet ones. Adding this Funko POP! Addams Family: Wednesday Vinyl Figure to your collectibles is like having a personal invitation to join the Addams Family for fun and mayhem.

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Categories: collectibles, vinyl figures

Chaos is fun. Adding this Funko POP! Addams Family: Pugsley Vinyl Figure to your collectibles is like having a personal invitation to join the Addams Family for fun and mayhem.

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Categories: collectibles, vinyl figures

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Our illuminating uncle. Adding this Funko POP! Addams Family: Uncle Fester Vinyl Figure to your collectibles is like having a personal invitation to join the Addams Family for fun and mayhem.

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Categories: collectibles, vinyl figures



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