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.

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 ...

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Make your battery last longer

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Make your battery last longer

Anne Rady shares a few simple tips that will help you stretch your battery to ...

Guide to buying second hand

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Guide to buying second hand

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

Why your fridge shouldn’t be level

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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 ...

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

Five sci-fi tech inventions

Did you ever think these science fiction gadgets would become reality?

Do you remember them?

Dating on a plane

Further proof that there’s an app for everything, AirDates is an inflight dating app.

Mile high matchmaker

The must-have phone accessory

No-one wants to draw the short straw of sitting on the beach minding the bags.

Sink or swim?

Phones

Eight iPhone 8 rumours

The next iPhone is unlikely to be anything short of impressive.

What’s in store?

Make your battery last longer

Anne Rady shares a few simple tips that will help you stretch your battery to its limits.

Battery tips and tricks

Five secret iPhone codes

Today we share five special codes to unlock hidden features on your iPhone.

Insider’s tips

Internet

Should you switch to the NBN?

Many Australians are unaware of the consequences of not switching to the NBN.

Don't miss the switchover

Targeted advertising explained

Do you ever see ads online that seem to be specifically targeting you?

Ads explained

Streaming devices explained

Here are four TV streaming devices worth considering.

Endless entertainment

Social Networking

Five things not to post online

Sharing may be caring, but not when it’s done online.

Stay social media safe

Delete yourself from the internet

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

Erase yourself

Facebook’s new ‘Discover’ feature

The feature allows you to discover users who live nearby or attend the same events.

Privacy concern?

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

Ensure that your phone is virus free

There is only one way to ensure that your smartphone is virus free.

Digital disinfectant

Can the CIA hack your smartphone?

Leaked documents reveal that the CIA is able to hack any Apple iPhone or Android device.

Could you be hacked?

Cybersecurity fail – mobile risks

Australian smartphone and tablet users need to more vigilant.

Cybersecurity

Technology News

Clickbait for a good cause

US bookstore’s canny use of clever clickbait coaxes people into reading books.

We’re loving Litbait

Brain-training app for weight loss

A new app trains your brain to stop consuming unhealthy food and drinks.

Eliminate food cravings

Targeted advertising explained

Do you ever see ads online that seem to be specifically targeting you?

Ads explained

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

Preparing your phone for an overseas trip

Anne explains how to get the most out of your smartphone whilst overseas, without the cost.

Watch the video

Delete yourself from the internet

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

Erase yourself

Facebook’s new ‘Discover’ feature

The feature allows you to discover users who live nearby or attend the same events.

Privacy concern?

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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