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Whether you're a beginner or technologically advanced, YourLifeChoices Technology page has everything you need to understand and make the most of your computer, smartphone or mobile device. Our Technology News page is updated twice-weekly by our Technology Expert, Drew Patchell. Whether you are looking to set up a social networking page on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, or just looking find the best broadband or wireless internet deals, Drew can help.

Our tutorials page features answers to all of your computer questions and provides you with the latest hints and tips to update your skills. If you are looking for a senior-friendly mobile phone, something fun on YouTube or a free anti-virus scanner, we have the information you require. 

Online safety is also an important issue and we keep you up-to-date with the latest downloads, anti-virus software and how to avoid scams. We offer short-cut keystrokes if you want to save time and 'how-to' guides for all the best gadgets.

First taste of 5G not 5G at all

First taste of 5G not 5G at all

First taste of 5G not 5G at all

Telstra’s rollout of 5G in the Gold Coast turns out to be something, well, not ...

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How to stop Google tracking you

How to stop Google tracking you

How to stop Google tracking you

Google is currently tracking your physical location and all of your search history.

Three tablets under $200

Three tablets under $200

Three tablets under $200

Drew identifies three tablets that will fulfil all your needs and cost less than $200.

Addressing the digital inclusion gap

Addressing the digital inclusion gap

Addressing the digital inclusion gap

Swinburne University develops a model to build digital literacy among over 60s.

Why you must turn off your device

Why you must turn off your device

Why you must turn off your device

All devices have a limited lifespan but here’s how to maximise yours.

Jobs that won’t exist in 20 years

Jobs that won’t exist in 20 years

Jobs that won’t exist in 20 years

Changing technology means these common jobs might not exist in the near future.

Thieves targeting newer model cars

Thieves targeting newer model cars

Thieves targeting newer model cars

Keyless entry cars at risk in new crime wave.

Computers

Do devices slow down with age?

There may be a simple reason behind your device slowdown and even a quick fix.

Fix your device

What to do with your old device

What should you do with your old smartphone, tablet or computer?

Make some extra cash

Five ways to make your wifi faster

These five simple tips will help to make your home’s wifi internet faster.

Speedy signals

Gadgets

Three tablets under $200

Drew identifies three tablets that will fulfil all your needs and cost less than $200.

Affordable tablets

Making your life easier

The future is here, and it’s surprisingly simple and very affordable. Smart home technology is available now and it’s perfectly designed to make your life easier.

Light up your life

Tech that will change your life

These devices will change your life and the future.

The future is now

Phones

One in two report telco issues

Study uncovers widespread phone and internet issues in 2017.

Overhaul required

Will the NBN take my landline?

Kerry wants to know if she has to sign up to an expensive deal to keep her landline.

Phone plans

Good and the bad on silent numbers

Telstra service is now free but complaints soar.

Read the fine print

Internet

First taste of 5G not 5G at all

Telstra’s rollout of 5G in the Gold Coast turns out to be something, well, not 5G.

5G or not 5G?

One in two report telco issues

Study uncovers widespread phone and internet issues in 2017.

Overhaul required

Do you have to connect to NBN?

Gerry wants to know if he has to sign up for NBN or if there are other options available to him.

Tech Q&A

Social Networking

How to spice up your texts

Here’s how to access and use emojis and GIFs for the most fun over text.

Give it a go!

Addressing the digital inclusion gap

Swinburne University develops a model to build digital literacy among over 60s.

Digital literacy

Make Facebook’s app less intrusive

A few simple ways to make the Facebook app less intrusive.

Less Facebook time

Software & Downloads

How to manage your iPad downloads

Find out how to free up some storage space on your iPhone or iPad.

Essential tech tips

App of the month: September

Gain access to university lectures and transform your photos into beautiful paintings.

Free apps

Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Are you thinking about upgrading to Windows 10 but unsure if it’s worth it?

Make the right choice

Online Shopping

Save more with the Aldi app

Aldi’s Special Buys app provides a new way to do your weekly shop.

Save more at Aldi

How to sell online

Selling old items you don’t use anymore is a great way to earn some extra cash.

eBay vs Gumtree

Nine websites that help you save

These nine online shopping websites will help get you get more for less.

Savvy online shopping

Safety Online

Facebook data breach hits millions

Alleged data breach affecting 50 million people the largest in Facebook’s history.

Are you affected?

Saying no to Facebook’s new feature

Greg wants to know how to disable the new compulsory Facebook feature.

Is your data safe?

How to blur your house on Google

Are you eager to reclaim some personal privacy?

Under the eye

Technology News

Will NBN affect health monitors?

If you’re switching to NBN, you’ll need to know how to manage your health monitors.

Fast help

Is Bitcoin a good investment?

What is Bitcoin and is it a smart investment for you?

Or has its ship sailed?

Two apps that could save a life

First-aid apps that will give you the knowledge you need to help out in an emergency.

Save more than money

Technology Q&A

Tech Q&A: iPhone or Android?

This question has plagued prospective smartphone owners for years.

iOS or Android?

Make a movie on your smartphone

Diane wants to know the easiest way to make a movie from her travel videos.

Lights, camera, you!

Stop a program opening on startup

Drew explains how to stop specific programs from loading when your computer turns on.

Speed up your computer

News

Robots invade Tokyo nursing home

The Japanese Government fears a shortfall of carers will leave elderly unattended.

More than a machine

How to download ebooks for free

Learn where to download tens of thousands of free classic ebooks.

Free books!

Mobile users cut off for 10 days

The Telstra mobile service in three busy suburbs will be shut down for up to 10 days. Telstra customers will not be able to make or receive calls in these blackspots.

Are you concerned?

FunOnTheGo App

What is an App?

App, short for application, is now such a commonplace term that there is an assumption everyone knows what one is. If you’re unsure, Rachel has a simple explanation.

What is an App?

Who uses Apps?

If you’re not sure if you’re the kind of person who may use an App, perhaps you need some suggestions on what kind of Apps are available.

Who uses Apps?

Why bother with an app?

When you can access just about any website from your phone or tablet, why would you bother with an app?

Why bother with an app?

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