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.

How to turn off your spying tech

spy tech

How to turn off your spying tech

Four everyday technologies that are spying on you, and how to turn them off.

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Should you buy an electric car?

Should you buy an electric car?

Should you buy an electric car?

Tesla has announced its new electric car will sell for $45,700. Will you buy one?

Spring clean your technology

Spring clean your technology

Spring clean your technology

Cleaning your devices is a must if you want them to last.

How to clean your keyboard

How to clean your keyboard

How to clean your keyboard

Learn how to safely and effectively clean your keyboard

Smartphone symbols explained

Smartphone symbols explained

Smartphone symbols explained

This guide will help you determine the meaning of those confusing smartphone symbols.

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 ...

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

When technology gets wet

It can be as exotic as a wave lapping gently over your mobile phone, or as embarrassing as spilling coffee all over your laptop, but no matter how it happens, getting your technology wet can be disastrous. So what can you do to save your phone or laptop’s ...

Save your mobile

Can you leave your computer on?

Do you have to switch off your computer at night?

Tech tip

How to send a text from a computer

Here’s how to send a text message from your Mac or PC computer.

Get texting!

Gadgets

Using your phone as a smart remote

Ever wanted one device to control everything? We tell you how.

One for all

Double your battery life

We’ve found the top five battery extenders for all your devices.

Extend your battery

Four iPhone and iPad tips and tricks

Anne Rady shares four iPhone and iPad tips and tricks in this week's video

Tech tips

Phones

Double your battery life

We’ve found the top five battery extenders for all your devices.

Extend your battery

How to wipe your smartphone

Find out how to protect your privacy and wipe your data before selling your smartphone or tablet.

Stay safe

How to prevent telemarketer calls

We explain how you can prevent nuisance calls from telemarketers.

Avoid nuisance calls

Internet

ACCC slams telcos on NBN speeds

The ACCC is calling for a change to "frankly terrible" advertising of NBN speeds.

Could you get a refund?

Aussies 55th in download speed test

Australia ranks 55th in broadband download speed tests.

National disgrace

Labor's NBN compromise

Labor is preparing to change its NBN policy.

Future of the NBN

Social Networking

Delete yourself from the internet

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

Erase yourself

Man found guilty for 'liking' posts

A Facebook user has been convicted of defamation for 'liking' a post.

Should you ‘like’ it?

Five things never to post online

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

Stay social media safe

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 update your software

Keeping your software up to date is crucial. Here’s our ‘how-to guide’.

Stay secure

Are you being ‘catfished’?

Even the best of us can get it wrong – how to tell if you’re being ‘catfished’.

Don’t get caught out

How to turn off your spying tech

Four everyday technologies that are spying on you, and how to turn them off.

Secure your privacy

Technology News

Six nifty Netflix tricks

You can get so much more out of Netflix with these six nifty tricks.

Netflix nous

When technology gets wet

It can be as exotic as a wave lapping gently over your mobile phone, or as embarrassing as spilling coffee all over your laptop, but no matter how it happens, getting your technology wet can be disastrous. So what can you do to save your phone or laptop’s ...

Save your mobile

How to enlarge text on your devices

Discover how to enlarge the screen text on your device and save your eyes from straining.

Eye care: we care

Technology Q&A

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

Can you leave your computer on?

Do you have to switch off your computer at night?

Tech tip

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

News

TV tech you should screen out

Be in the know when it comes to television technology.

Don’t get ripped off

Apple warns users of security flaw

Apple warns iOS users of security flaw that could give hackers control of their device.

Avoid being hacked

NBN: higher prices for slower speeds

Millions of Australians forced onto the NBN will pay more money for slower internet speeds.

NBNot fair

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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