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.

Recovering corrupted photos

Recovering corrupted photos

Recovering corrupted photos

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

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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?

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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

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Understanding your smartphone

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

The worst passwords of 2015

SplashData has revealed its 2015 list of the worst passwords

The worst passwords of 2015

SplashData has released its annual ‘Worst Passwords List’ for 2015.


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


Give your smartphone a second life

Your old smartphone or tablet can become a useful gadget around the home.

Reusing old devices

World’s five weirdest gadgets

Some of these gadgets are so strange you wouldn’t believe they were actually made.

Would you buy these?

Best free apps for home workouts

Here are five great free apps to get you moving and stay motivated.

Putting tech to good use


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?

How to wipe your smartphone

Find out how to protect your privacy and wipe your data before selling your smartphone or tablet.

Stay safe


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

Which features use the most data?

Stretch your device’s data plan further with these handy tips.

Avoid bill shock

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

Before you buy anything online …

Three things you should definitely look for before buying online.

Secure shopping

Got something to sell? Try Facebook

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

Sell on Facebook

Nine websites that help you save

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

Savvy online shopping

Safety Online

Is the US Govt reading your emails?

The emails of 280 million people worldwide are being scanned by the US Government.

Email security

Digital security tips for travellers

Five digital security tips to help protect you from cybercrime when you travel.

Stay cyber safe

Census farce no laughing matter

ABS confirms that the Census website was hacked last night.

Census fail

Technology News

The death of VHS

The last remaining manufacturer of VCR players has now ceased production.

Digitise your VHS

Top tech gifts for Father’s Day

What do you get the dad who doesn’t want anything?

Make Dad’s day

Best free music listening services

Explore the world of online music streaming with these five free services.

Free music access

Technology Q&A

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

Stop a program opening on startup

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

Speed up your computer


Recovering corrupted photos

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

Free software

No phone coverage? No problem

Could it be that the eternal search for wifi while travelling is about to be a thing of the past?

Wave goodbye to wifi

Is iOS 10 worth the update?

New iPhone and iPad features are now available through Apple’s iOS 10.

What's inside?

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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