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.

How to turn off your spying tech

spy tech

How to turn off your spying tech

Four everyday technologies that are spying on you, and how to turn them off.

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Should you buy an electric car?

Should you buy an electric car?

Should you buy an electric car?

Tesla has announced its new electric car will sell for $45,700. Will you buy one?

Spring clean your technology

Spring clean your technology

Spring clean your technology

Cleaning your devices is a must if you want them to last.

How to clean your keyboard

How to clean your keyboard

How to clean your keyboard

Learn how to safely and effectively clean your keyboard

Smartphone symbols explained

Smartphone symbols explained

Smartphone symbols explained

This guide will help you determine the meaning of those confusing smartphone symbols.

Preparing your phone for an overseas trip

Preparing your phone for an overseas trip

Preparing your phone for an overseas trip

Anne explains how to get the most out of your smartphone whilst overseas, without the ...

Six super Gmail tricks

Macbook computer on desk with Gmail displayed

Six super Gmail tricks

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

Computers

How to customise your background

Make your computer feel a bit more like your computer by changing its appearance.

Background info

How to set up multiple PC users

Setting up multiple accounts will keep your data secure.

Quick digital tips

How to search for safe, free software

The web is full of choices, but how do you know what is safe and what isn’t?

Stay safe

Gadgets

Using your phone as a smart remote

Ever wanted one device to control everything? We tell you how.

One for all

Double your battery life

We’ve found the top five battery extenders for all your devices.

Extend your battery

Four iPhone and iPad tips and tricks

Anne Rady shares four iPhone and iPad tips and tricks in this week's video

Tech tips

Phones

How the ‘Yes’ vote got your number

Controversial text message has people questioning their phone security.

SSM SMS furore

Telstra ends third-party bill shock

Telstra has announced that it will no longer offer third-party mobile subscriptions.

The right call

Double your battery life

We’ve found the top five battery extenders for all your devices.

Extend your battery

Internet

Is it safe to use public wifi?

People don’t realise the danger they face when using public wifi.

Wise up to public wifi

Protect your internet connection

A secure internet connection projects your device and software from being hacked.

Safe web surfing

ACCC slams telcos on NBN speeds

The ACCC is calling for a change to "frankly terrible" advertising of NBN speeds.

Could you get a refund?

Social Networking

Delete yourself from the internet

Erasing yourself entirely from the internet can be a big task, but it is possible.

Erase yourself

Man found guilty for 'liking' posts

A Facebook user has been convicted of defamation for 'liking' a post.

Should you ‘like’ it?

Five things never to post online

Sharing may be caring, but not when it’s done online.

Stay social media safe

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

Time to rethink your password

Experts abandon old advice and recommend a new tip to keep your data safe.

Fre$h @ppr0@ch

Don’t charge your phone in public

Have you ever charged your device using a public USB port?

Protect yourself

Safeguarding your online security

Follow these simple steps to protect your valuable personal information.

Safety online

Technology News

Report slams NBN rollout

Joint standing committee urges NBN to lift its game with technology delivery.

What a mess!

Tips for buying second-hand tech

You can still get a great deal on top-of-the-line gadgets by buying second-hand.

Don’t get fleeced

Three tablets under $200

Have you been thinking about buying a tablet? These three devices won’t blow your budget.

Top three tablets

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

Spontaneous travel apps

Two internet tools make spontaneous travel a reality.

Caution to the skies

Slow internet to last for weeks

Australian internet users have been warned to expect significantly slower internet speeds.

Slow internet, again!

Don’t fall for this convincing scam

ANZ Bank customers are being urged not to fall for new convincing scam.

Stay scam savvy

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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