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.

Spring clean your technology

Spring clean your technology

Spring clean your technology

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

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How to turn off your spying tech

How to turn off your spying tech

How to turn off your spying tech

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

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.

How to prevent telemarketer calls

How to prevent telemarketer calls

How to prevent telemarketer calls

We explain how you can prevent nuisance calls from telemarketers.

Computers

Can you leave your computer on?

Do you have to switch off your computer at night?

Tech tip

How to send a text from a computer

Here’s how to send a text message from your Mac or PC computer.

Get texting!

Five ways to make your wifi faster

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

Speedy signals

Gadgets

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

Don’t travel without this translation app

Menus, street signs, transport information – this app can help you read all of those and more.

Point and translate

Phones

Double your battery life

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

Extend your battery

How to wipe your smartphone

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

Stay safe

How to prevent telemarketer calls

We explain how you can prevent nuisance calls from telemarketers.

Avoid nuisance calls

Internet

Cheap ways to make your wifi faster

Tired of waiting for webpages to load? Here are eight great ways to make your wifi faster.

Cheap and speedy

How to clear your browser history

Problems browsing? Here’s how to clear your history and cache, and restart with a clean slate.

A healthy browser

Desperately seeking trusty tradie

Find out what others say before you hire your next tradesman.

More than a quick fix

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

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

How to get free return shipping

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

Shop with confidence

Safety Online

Inside a scammer’s bag of tricks

Older Australians have this year been stung to the tune of $113,000.

Outwit the big sting

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

What is at risk in your house?

Smart TVs, your car, if it is connected to the internet it needs protecting.

Get protected

Technology News

Spring clean your technology

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

Find out how

Browsing the internet anonymously

Do you know that some websites track how often you visit and any products you view?

Learn how to stop it

Common technology mistakes

These tips will help you get more out of your batteries, fridge and speakers.

Techie tips

Technology Q&A

Can you leave your computer on?

Do you have to switch off your computer at night?

Tech tip

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

Should I turn off my tech?

Beryl wants to know if turning off her phone at night will help it run more smoothly.

Switching off

News

Delete yourself from the internet

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

Erase yourself

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

How to turn off your spying tech

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

Secure your privacy

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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