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We're here, live blogging the Click Frenzy sales taking place from 7pm AEDT tonight. I don't know that I can last the full 24 hours, but jump in and see what kind of deals we're tracking down from Australia's biggest online sale (so far!)

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What a month it's been for phone fans. Apple's iPhone X hit stores at pretty much the same time as Google's new Pixel 2 handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 came earlier a few weeks earlier, and let's not overlook the new LG V30+ or the Mate 10, probably Huawei's best phone to date.

While this makes for a formidable list of great smartphones, all eyes are on the iPhone X and the Pixel 2. Both phones are a window into how two of the world's biggest tech companies see smartphones today, and are two of the best phones of the year.

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You're probably aware of Newton's Laws of Thermodynamics, but are you aware of the physical and scientific laws that govern our interactions on the internet? No? Then you can educate yourself with this infographic.

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Even if you aren't an especially shy or guarded person, there are a lot of reasons why you might find yourself in a withholding place from time to time. You could be in a personally low or tenuous spot with work, your relationship, or life in general. You might just hate talking about yourself (hi), or you might have reasons that are less temperamental and more practical. In some situations, for instance, it isn't always professionally prudent to be chatty (even if others are encouraging it), or you might be feeling avoidant simply because you're not sure you're in a position to speak on one subject or another.

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Chrome: I liked Twitter better when everyone got 140 characters. That's the whole point of Twitter: Brevity, concision, a strong editorial hand on the tiller. So I was not at all pleased to see the company's announcement that all users now get 280 characters, which I believe will encourage a certain sloppiness in expression - a slippery slope straight down into logorrhea.

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Christmas is a time of giving, joy and cheer. A time when we settle in front of the Christmas tree and exchange gifts – thoughtful gifts, expensive gifts, gifts that we maxed out our credit cards on.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Troll your friends and family with this easy Christmas Day hack for laughs and scowls.

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Manipulation is generally a bad skill to use to get what you want, but sometimes it's justifiable when you have a noble cause. Perhaps you're trying to get someone to live a healthier lifestyle or enjoy an activity with you. When other tactics fail you and it's time to resort to a little manipulative behaviour, here are some tricks you can use to get what you want without being completely abandoning your ethics.

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iOS: For the past few years, I've been using Grammarly. The service corrects your spelling and grammar on the fly, and the Chrome extension is great for helping me catch tiny typos and misplaced commas in emails, or even posts on Lifehacker I'm adding to our CMS. Now Grammarly has extended to one more place: Your iPhone.