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Dear Lifehacker, I work from home and buy myself a takeaway lunch once or twice a week. Unfortunately, the only options near my house are a burger shop or a bakery that sells hot pies. Neither store has any nutritional information on their menu, so I'm not sure which is worse. Am I better off grabbing the burger or the meat pie?

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Google has released more messaging apps than I can remember (Allo, Android Messages, Messenger, Hangouts, Gchat, the list goes on), but the company has never been able to come up with a single service that can easily handle your messages on all platforms the way iMessage does for iOS and Mac devices. Now, Google may have finally figured it out by copying one of Apple's best features: Desktop SMS messaging.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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When he was 15 years old, Ryan Pierse stole his Dad’s camera. That simple act of thievery started a life-long passion for photography which, eventually, led him to shooting five Olympic Games.

For the next two weeks, he will battle extreme cold, dying batteries and exhaustion to try and capture the perfect moment at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, all while carrying a mountain of gear on his back.

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We've all got some tech hiding at the back of a cupboard or in a box stashed under the house, in a roof space or under a bed. It usually falls in the "not needed but too good to throw away" catgegory. But what can you do with that technology? Instead of resorting to lobbing into landfill there are lots of options.

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Australia might not be renowned for its prowess in winter sports - we live on a bloody dry continent, don't we mate? - but we've got a strong contingent at this year's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Our prospects look pretty good, and there's always the chance one of our athletes pulls a Stephen Bradbury, too.

If you want to watch live, online and free throughout the Winter Olympics, then we've got you covered.

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It turns out that moving your body around in an intentional fashion -- known to jocks as "taking exercise" -- is an important part of not being in pain as an adult, and it turns out that eating a portion of gyro casserole an hour before pumping a modest amount of iron is a poor plan. I, however, refuse to eat a goddamn protein bar, so I've had to get a little creative with my pre-workout snacks.

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JB Hi-Fi has released its half-year earnings report for 2018 and once again, the Blu-ray and DVD categories have taken a big hit. Software sales (which includes music, movies and video games) fell by 6.5 per cent compared to the first half of FY2017. This was despite a healthy rise in profits for the Games category.

In other words, JB's movie sales are declining at an even faster rate than the above figure suggests. The act of physically placing a disc into a Blu-ray player could soon be as outmoded as VHS tape. Blame Netflix.

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macOS: Sure, Slack might be everyone's go-to workplace communication app, but that doesn't mean it's infallible (I won't even get started on @here). Take its bright white interface, for example. It might be great for long stretches of work from 9-5, but if you're on the night shift, or simply getting some quick missives off before bed, all that #FFFFF can mess with your sleep cycle. Instead use Sblack, the macOS app that converts your Slack app into one suited for night owls rather than early risers.

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The opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics was hit by a significant cyberattack that saw ticket holders unable to print tickets out from the Games' website and internet access shut down during the opening. While the organising committee says they have taken all steps to remedy the attack, they refuse to tell anyone about the source or any further details on what happened.

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The 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, was the first to feature snowboarding as an Olympic sport, hoping to make the Winter Games a little more a palatable for a younger generation. The first ever snowboarding Gold was awarded to Ross Rebagliati, a Canadian who took out top place in the Giant Slalom. Three days later, a blood test suggested that Rebagliati had marijuana in his system - and he was forced to hand back his gold.

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The United States Senate has been looking into last year’s breach at credit rating agency Equifax. They’ve sent a letter to Equifax’s interim CEO, Paulino de Rego Barros Jr, saying the company provided the Congress with misleading, incomplete or contradictory information. Among the Senate’s accusation are the allegation that the scope of the breach was understated, the breach was the result of a series of failures and that the aftermath was botched.

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Telstra and Optus announced this week that both would launch 5G services next year, and the general response was "sure, but it's not like they're going to give us a lot of data, so who cares?"

Will this be the case? I'm not so sure. One of the key benefits of 5G technology is a big increase in network capacity, so I'm quietly optimistic about how this will play out.

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You wanted: Winter Olympics viewing tips, new shows coming to Netflix in 2018 and Samsung Galaxy S9 rumours. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from last week.

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If you're in the market for a new smartphone then you're naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size and the camera's megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here's why.

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Apple's entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market is here, and while the tech giant likes to claim it's focused almost entirely on the musical experience, via Apple Music, its close ties to Siri and Apple HomeKit make it tough not to compare the HomePod to similar devices produced by Google and Amazon.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and it's time to cheer on our athletes. The trouble is, it's hard to know what the heck's going on in some of these events. Why are there so many people skating at once? What is curling exactly? Is ice dancing the same as figure skating? And, woah, does that lady have a gun?

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Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.