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.

Guide to buying second hand

woman is buying second hand and asking questions

Guide to buying second hand

Just after the holiday season is a great time to buy second-hand things.

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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.

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

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 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

How to play anything on your car radio

Wouldn’t long trips be much nicer with your favourite albums, podcasts or audiobooks?

Road trip tips

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

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

Five best websites to make friends

Five websites for meeting new people and staying connected.

Find new friends

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

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

How to protect your digital life

Worried about your online safety? Learn how to protect your digital life.

Live long online

How to spot a fake email

Drew explains how you can protect yourself from email scams.

How to spot a fake

Cybercrime now running rampant

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

Are we cyber savvy?

Technology News

Should you get a tablet or a laptop?

To find out if a tablet is better for you, ask yourself these questions.

Which is better?

Go places you’ve never been before

What if you could travel the world without taking a holiday?

Armchair travelling

How to create the perfect password

There's a poetic way to create a secure password that’s easy to remember.

Password poems

Technology Q&A

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

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

News

How to play anything on your car radio

Wouldn’t long trips be much nicer with your favourite albums, podcasts or audiobooks?

Road trip tips

Should you get a tablet or a laptop?

To find out if a tablet is better for you, ask yourself these questions.

Which is better?

How to protect your digital life

Worried about your online safety? Learn how to protect your digital life.

Live long online

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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