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. 

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.

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New opportunities for older travellers

Virtual tourism could offer new opportunities for older travellers

New opportunities for older travellers

New tech could mitigate some of the pandemic’s impact on the tourism industry.

Do air purifiers work?

Air purifiers are not the solution to keeping your home COVID free

Do air purifiers work?

Consumer advocate reveals the worst-performing air purifiers on the market.

Triumph of the ‘blogs’

Triumph of the ‘blogs’

Triumph of the ‘blogs’

The customers being ignored by the ‘new’ newspapers.

The final app

The final app: sending death into cyberspace

The final app

Concerned about the ever-expanding urban sprawl? Here’s how we can free up space.

Wow the grandkids on your video call

Turn yourself into a pro for those all-important family video calls

Wow the grandkids on your video call

Video calls are vital during COVID-19. Here are some simple ways to improve them.

Dating in your 50s

mature couple drinking coffee together

Dating in your 50s

Dating agency owner shares what she has learnt over the years.

Computers

How to enlarge text on your devices

Find out how to enlarge the screen text on your device and stop straining your eyes.

Look after your eyes

Wow the grandkids on your video call

Video calls are vital during COVID-19. Here are some simple ways to improve them.

Staying in touch

How to tell if you’re a technophobe

Are you a competent user of remote controls, computer software and the iCloud?

Times they are a-changin’

Gadgets

How to enlarge text on your devices

Find out how to enlarge the screen text on your device and stop straining your eyes.

Look after your eyes

Good riddance or sadly missed?

Even though life is easier now, who doesn’t miss the humble VHS tape?

Old school cool

The future of domestic tech

Could robots become commonplace in homes sooner than we think?

The future is now

Phones

Phone call good for mental health

Psychologists tell why you should skip the texting and make a phone call.

Reach out and reconnect

How to enlarge text on your devices

Find out how to enlarge the screen text on your device and stop straining your eyes.

Look after your eyes

Wow the grandkids on your video call

Video calls are vital during COVID-19. Here are some simple ways to improve them.

Staying in touch

Internet

COVID-19 exposes broadband gaps

Is Australia’s poor internet infrastructure a risk to public health?

NBN shortcomings

How scammers take over email

Research uncovers a specialised economy emerging around email account takeover.

Email concern

Did Google mislead on personal data use?

Google taken to court over its expanded use of personal data.

Data drama

Social Networking

FaceTime for beginners

Is there a better way to share a relaxed conversation with friends and family than FaceTime?

How to get started

Seven Skype tips and tricks

Skype can provide you with more than just video calls and instant messaging.

Skype tricks

Silver lining for retirees?

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

Adapt or die – of boredom

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

CBA offers digital receipts

The Commonwealth Bank will provide itemised digital receipts through its app.

Digital receipts

Online shopping frenzy explained

You can blame these psychological drivers for your online shopping splurge.

Coping with stress

Online shopping boom hurting your super

Property returns to superannuation funds are predicted to decline.

Super funding

Safety Online

Why you may need to rethink passwords

A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Is yours secure?

Complex is king

Protecting your privacy after death

Why you must consider the data you leave behind.

Your digital grave

Online privacy protection

More Aussies over 65yrs are taking to the internet – but some are taking risks in the process.

Risky business

Technology News

App to protect aged care residents?

‘Zipline’ allows facilities to track visits and stick to social distancing guidelines.

Connect and protect

In defence of the COVIDsafe app

‘We should be critical of people who ignore social distancing guidelines, not the app.’

‘It doesn’t hurt’

Woes of government algorithms

From robo-debt to racism: what happens when government algorithms make the decisions.

Shortcomings of tech

Technology Q&A

Seven Skype tips and tricks

Skype can provide you with more than just video calls and instant messaging.

Skype tricks

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

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

Technology News

Can selfies detect heart disease?

New research uses artificial intelligence to analyse facial photos.

Selfie diagnosis

Medical smartwatch ‘a game-changer’

Device could revolutionise treatment of a range of common diseases.

Wearable medicine

Online privacy: we care – and we don’t

The privacy paradox: we claim we care about our data, so why don't our actions match?

Complacency a killer

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