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.

Travel trends to watch in 2020

Five travel tech trends to watch in 2020

Travel trends to watch in 2020

Technology is now an integral part of our lives. Unsurprisingly, the travel industry is adapting ...

Top Stories

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  1. Things that will soon be obsolete
  1. Need a break? Avoid your phone

Staying cool when the heat hits

Making our homes comfortable without cranking up the aircon

Staying cool when the heat hits

Have we forgotten how to stay comfortable without air-conditioners in multiple rooms?

Facial recognition concerns

Should the facial recognition database cause you concern?

Facial recognition concerns

Concerns abound about the scope and safeguards surrounding facial recognition.

Does TV rot your brain?

Does TV really rot your brain? Here’s what science says

Does TV rot your brain?

‘Every hour spent watching television each day increases the risk of dying,’ says professor.

Which alarm should you buy?

Which personal alarm should you buy?

Which alarm should you buy?

CHOICE tells how to pick the personal alarm that is best for you – and ...

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.

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.

Computers

Google allegedly misled consumers

The ACCC has alleged Google engaged in misleading conduct about personal location data.

Privacy concern

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

Gadgets

Best travel gadgets of 2019

From stopping juice jackers to jackets that keep you safe from pickpockets, here are the five best travel gadgets of the year.

Great 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

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

Google allegedly misled consumers

The ACCC has alleged Google engaged in misleading conduct about personal location data.

Privacy concern

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

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

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

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

Hackers are now targeting councils

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

New threat

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

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