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.

Software to reduce hospital stays

New software aims to reduce emergency hospitalisations

Software to reduce hospital stays

New software could reduce emergency hospitalisations and allow time for end-of life-plans.

Top Stories

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Robo-furniture to remake our lives

Robo-furniture is set to remake our homes and our lives

Robo-furniture to remake our lives

With space at a premium, robotic furniture can transform a room in seconds.

Big brother is watching you

Drivers’ licences to be used for facial recognition

Big brother is watching you

Data from drivers' licences will be uploaded to the Federal Government's database.

What’s at risk in hospital hackings?

What’s at risk in hospital hackings?

What’s at risk in hospital hackings?

New research uncovers the specific data leaked through hospital breaches.

Landline users now a minority

Australians with a home phone connected are in the minority

Landline users now a minority

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

Things that will soon be obsolete

Things that will soon be obsolete

Things that will soon be obsolete

Do you ever drive past old Blockbuster Video stores and think what will be obsolete ...

Need a break? Avoid your phone

Need a mental break? Your phone is not the answer

Need a break? Avoid your phone

Study finds that using a smartphone can lead to mental depletion and poor performance.

Computers

The scam catching older Aussies

Australians, and particularly older Australians, are losing more money to NBN scams.

Don’t be caught out

Security flaw exposes ASUS computers

Kaspersky exposed a security flaw targeting the world’s fifth largest computer company.

Security issues

Must-have new Google tool

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

Secure your password

Gadgets

How the eSim will change travel

Finding safe and affordable data is a challenge all travellers face while abroad, but the eSIM might be about to change all that.

Travel tech

Pack your gadgets like a pro

The gadget to keep all others safe and organised is here.

Safe and sound

Don’t use airport charging hubs

The dangers of using airport charging outlets that most travellers never consider.

Block cybercriminals

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

How the eSim will change travel

Finding safe and affordable data is a challenge all travellers face while abroad, but the eSIM might be about to change all that.

Travel tech

Is your smartphone secure?

Apple forced to release statement addressing iOS security concerns.

Smartphone security

How to block notification requests

If websites constantly ask if you want notifications sent to you, there is a way to stop that happening.

Get blocking

Social Networking

Is this the end of fake news?

Can hiding likes make Facebook fairer and rein in fake news? The science says maybe.

Better for everyone?

Change your Facebook password

Facebook has admitted to leaving the passwords of up to 600 million users readable to employees.

Act now

Delete yourself from the internet

Fear not: erasing yourself from the internet is possible.

Erase yourself

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

$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

Tips for smarter online shopping

Follow these tips for smarter online shopping.

Save and stay safe

Safety Online

What’s at risk in hospital hackings?

New research uncovers the specific data leaked through hospital breaches.

Are you at risk?

Are airlines tracking you?

Are airlines that promise us the cheapest rates using our data to inflate ticket prices?

Airline alert

Should I use Apple Pay?

Paul is receiving prompts to use payment apps, but are they safe?

Easy payday

Technology News

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?

What’s at risk in hospital hackings?

New research uncovers the specific data leaked through hospital breaches.

Are you at risk?

Drones to prevent falls in elderly

Drones, smartphones and sensors could provide a lifeline to older Australians.

First aid for falls

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

Software to reduce hospital stays

New software could reduce emergency hospitalisations and allow time for end-of life-plans.

Software solution

Google releases paper phone

The health benefits of digital detoxes have been widely preached in recent years. Google seems to be taking them more seriously.

Experi-mental

Is this the end of fake news?

Can hiding likes make Facebook fairer and rein in fake news? The science says maybe.

Better for everyone?

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