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.

You can help track COVID-19 spread

You can help track COVID-19 spread

You can help track COVID-19 spread

Researchers are calling on five million Australians to track and beat COVID-19.

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COVID-19 could invade your privacy

COVID-19 could invade your privacy

COVID-19 could invade your privacy

Location history data from the mobile phones of confirmed cases could help track and trace ...

Silver lining for retirees?

older couple working on a laptop together

Silver lining for retirees?

Enforced isolation could lead to promising social and technological advancements for older people.

Let your fridge decide your dinner

Would you let your fridge decide what to cook for dinner?

Let your fridge decide your dinner

Samsung is planning to use artificial intelligence to produce a fridge that can help you ...

Telehealth explained

Telehealth explained

Telehealth explained

Here's what you need to know about the new telehealth option

Google Maps as travel diary

How you can use Google Maps as a travel diary

Google Maps as travel diary

If you keep a travel diary when on holidays, why not let Google do the ...

How to back up a Google calendar

How to ensure you don’t lose everything in your Google calendar

How to back up a Google calendar

Belinda is worried about her online calendar having a meltdown and wants to know her ...

Computers

How to back up a Google calendar

Belinda is worried about her online calendar having a meltdown and wants to know her options.

Backing up

How to repair or remove programs

If you have apps or programs that are not running correctly, you have two options – repair or remove. Here’s how to go about it.

Repair or remove

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

Gadgets

Why ‘repair’ is not a dirty word

Our lives are filled with more and more gadgets. The software that makes them so appealing also often prevents us from accessing a cheap and easy fix. But one group is fighting back.

No time to lose

Best camera add-ons for your phone

Using your smartphone as your primary camera is becoming more practical and common than ever.

The perfect pic

Edible coffee cups

‘The cups have been a big hit with the customers,’ says Air NZ customer experience manager.

Tasty waste-free

Phones

Landline users now a minority

Looking at long-term trends for the technologies Australians use.

How do you talk?

How to use Google Maps on tour

Google Maps is great for directions, but have you ever used it to plan your trip in advance?

Map magic

Dangers of using a phone in flight

Even flight mode could pose a flight danger, says aeronautics professor.

Flight risk

Internet

What happens online when you die?

Knowing how to deactivate online accounts when loved ones die can save you a lot of pain.

Digital death

How to back up a Google calendar

Belinda is worried about her online calendar having a meltdown and wants to know her options.

Backing up

Aussies spending less time talking

Average real prices for mobile phone services dropped by 6.6 per cent during the past year.

Talk is cheap

Social Networking

Silver lining for retirees?

Enforced isolation could lead to promising social and technological advancements for older people.

Adapt or die – of boredom

What happens online when you die?

Knowing how to deactivate online accounts when loved ones die can save you a lot of pain.

Digital death

Do you suffer from cyberchondria?

If Dr Google is making you sick with worry, there is help available.

Don’t trust Dr Google

Software & Downloads

Gmail update makes email easier

The latest update for Gmail on desktops is of great significant to those used to a more traditional setup.

Gmail update

Must-have new Google tool

Google has released a must download extension for its internet browser Google Chrome.

Secure your password

How to manage your iPad downloads

Find out how to free up some storage space on your iPhone or iPad.

Essential tech tips

Online Shopping

Ham scammers should be very afraid

Inspectors are out in force to ensure you’re getting every gram you’re paying for.

Jump in shopping scams

$1.6b spent on ‘secret purchases’

Millions of Australians are hiding purchases from their partners.

And who’s the worst?

Australia Post on the nose

Popularity of online shopping sees delivery companies complained about most.

Deliver on time

Safety Online

Don’t get spied on when travelling

As much as we may like to think our phones and laptops are secure, they can’t stand up against state-funded hacking operations.

Tourist tech

Hackers are now targeting councils

Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly complex, as hackers find creative ways to beat ordinary systems of defence.

New threat

What is ‘juice jacking’?

It’s an old trick with a new name, and it can ruin your holiday.

Don’t get jacked

Technology News

Silver lining for retirees?

Enforced isolation could lead to promising social and technological advancements for older people.

Adapt or die – of boredom

How to track the weather

Fires, floods and dangerous winds are becoming increasingly common across Australia. Which makes it increasingly important that you keep track of the weather before you head off on a trip.

State-by-state guide

Retirement savings under attack

The complexity of Australia’s super system could provide fertile ground for hackers to steal your savings and your identity.

Are your savings safe?

Technology Q&A

Should I buy a cordless vacuum?

Liz’s old vacuum cleaner has died and she wants to know if cordless vacs are up to the task.

Things that suck

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!

Technology News

COVID-19 could invade your privacy

Location history data from the mobile phones of confirmed cases could help track and trace the spread of infection.

Privacy vs pandemic

Drones to detect virus symptoms

Drone could monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates, and sneezing and coughing in crowds.

Pandemic drone

Smartphones linked to deaths

You probably already knew, but you’re dying to know anyway …

Death by smartphone

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