Technology

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. And whether you are a Mac or PC fanatic, we answer your questions.

Do you have a technology question you need answered? Just ask Drew.

Why your fridge shouldn’t be level

Mans hand opening fridge door

Why your fridge shouldn’t be level

Keep your refrigerator running smoothly and stop ice build-up with this quick tech tutorial.

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Recovering corrupted photos

Recovering corrupted photos

Recovering corrupted photos

You may be able to recover lost photos from a corrupted SD card.

Census back online after bungle

Who’s to blame for the bungled Census?

Census back online after bungle

The Census is back online after a 48-hour shutdown.

Time for a digital detox?

Do you need to do a digital detox?

Time for a digital detox?

Do you twitch at the thought of losing your phone? Spend hours staring at a ...

10 tech tips you didn’t know

10 tech tips you didn’t know

10 tech tips you didn’t know

Using your digital devices is so much easier with our 10 clever tech tips.

Six super Gmail tricks

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Six super Gmail tricks

Gmail is already easy to use, but these tips will make it even more efficient.

Understanding your smartphone

A woman holding s smartphone

Understanding your smartphone

This guide will walk you through the components and features of your device, from A ...

Computers

How to spring-clean your inbox

Ditch your digital clutter by spring-cleaning your inbox.

Eliminate emails

How to create a shortcut or alias

Creating shortcuts or aliases means you can find computer files in no time at all.

Find files faster

Five ways to reduce computing costs

We share five ways you can save when using technology.

Start saving now

Gadgets

Your Christmas gadget gift guide

We round up the best tech gift ideas available right now, just in time for Christmas.

Find out more

A most useful tech travel gadget

The Brunton Power Knife may well be the most useful travel gadget ever made.

An army of adapters

Investing for (total) beginners

Rachel investigates whether an app can really turn you into a savvy investor.

Apps for investing

Phones

The cheat’s guide to using Siri

If you don’t use Siri on your Apple device yet, you’ll want to start now.

“Hey Siri, it’s me”

ASIC forces telco to refund millions

A breach of trust by a major telco will mean it now has to refund its customers $2.4 million.

Will you be refunded?

Do you still need a landline?

Do you really need to keep your landline?

Phone home?

Internet

Streaming for beginners

Want more video and television content? You can with our simple guide to streaming.

Get streaming

Is the internet taking over your life?

Australians are spending 22 days per year more online than two years ago.

Are you addicted?

How to check your internet speed

Is your internet speed living up to your expectations?

Find out for sure

Social Networking

Make Facebook’s app less intrusive

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

Less Facebook time

Should you post that comment?

What should you consider before posting a comment online?

Online etiquette

Got something to sell? Try Facebook

Facebook is now taking on eBay and Gumtree with its own Marketplace.

Sell on Facebook

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

How to get free return shipping

The cost of return shipping stops lots of people from shopping online.

Shop with confidence

The pros and cons of PayPal

What are the pros and cons of using PayPal?

Should you use it?

Before you buy anything online …

Three things you should definitely look for before buying online.

Secure shopping

Safety Online

Cybercrime now running rampant

Australia is ill prepared to protect its citizens from increasing cyber threats.

Are we cyber savvy?

Smartphone virus hits millions

After biggest breach on record, Google account holders warned to be on guard.

Beware of the ‘Gooligan’

Call centres are selling your data

When will Australian businesses accept their responsibilities?

Crooked call centres

Technology News

How to ‘un-send’ messages

Peter Dutton’s message snafu has caused a stir, but can you avoid doing the same?

Hold your fire

The best personal finance app

Find out which Aussie-developed app took out the award for best personal finance app.

Budgeting made easy

Cyborg cockroaches could save us

Robots made from real cockroaches could uncover earthquake survivors.

Buggy gadget

Technology Q&A

Recovering deleted emails in Outlook

Patricia has accidentally deleted an important email and she needs to recover it.

Back from the trash

Extend your mobile ring duration

Drew explains how to extend your mobile ring duration.

Stop missing calls

When will I get the NBN?

Find out when the NBN will roll out in your area.

Speedy internet

News

5G network expected by 2020

Telcos expected to launch a 5G network throughout Australia by 2020.

Beats the pants off 4G

Gogobot trumps Tripadvisor

There’s a website that compiles the best “word-of-mouth” travel recommendations.

TTFN TripAdvisor

Recovering corrupted photos

You may be able to recover lost photos from a corrupted SD card.

Free software

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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