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.

What Google Maps can do for you

Ten useful things you didn't know Google Maps could do

What Google Maps can do for you

Google Maps is great for directions, but wait, there’s so much more it can do.

Top Stories

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  1. Make family video calls more fun
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  1. Concerns over COVIDSafe app
  1. Aussies seek digital welfare support

Electronic prescriptions explained

Everything you need to know about electronic prescriptions

Electronic prescriptions explained

You no longer have to visit your doctor to have a prescription filled.

Seniors cover new digital ground

How older Australians are breaking the feeling of isolation

Seniors cover new digital ground

One of the challenges of physical distancing has been how to stay in touch.

Don’t be phish food

Don’t be phish food

Don’t be phish food

Data is the new oil, and online platforms will siphon it off at any opportunity.

Lock out the scammers

Lock out the scammers

Lock out the scammers

What you must do to prevent identity theft and stay safe online.

An app to help families connect

App to help families communicate during COVID-19

An app to help families connect

App designed to help combat the communication breakdowns caused by COVID-19.

How to get a MyGovID

Centrelink Q&A: How to get a MyGovID and how to use it

How to get a MyGovID

Ian has struggled with the process of applying for a MyGovID.

Computers

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’

How to repair or remove programs

If you have apps or programs that are not running correctly, you have two options – repair or remove. Here’s how to go about it.

Repair or remove

How to clear your browser history

Problems browsing? Here’s how to clear your history and cache, and restart with a clean slate.

A healthy browser

Gadgets

Touchless triage kiosk

A Victorian hospital becomes the first to test a revolutionary health screening device.

Future of health

Filtered flatulence for flyers

A confined space. Lots of people. Inevitable wind. One solution.

Flatulence filter

Five cool travel bots

Travel bots aren’t the coolest things ever? Sorry, does-not-compute.

Coolest bots

Phones

Complaints against telcos dropping

Despite the pressure on telecommunications services, satisfaction has remained steady.

Customers satisfied

Concerns over COVIDSafe app

Issues relating to public education about the app raise serious concerns: ACCAN.

Technical shortfalls

How to keep your phone sanitised

Your phone touches everything, and then makes direct contact with your face, so you want to keep it as clean as you can.

Clean your phone

Internet

Complaints against telcos dropping

Despite the pressure on telecommunications services, satisfaction has remained steady.

Customers satisfied

COVID-19 is hurting the internet

Monash University reveals internet infrastructure is being put under significant pressure.

Systems failing

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

Social Networking

Silver lining for retirees?

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

Adapt or die – of boredom

What happens online when you die?

Knowing how to deactivate online accounts when loved ones die can save you a lot of pain.

Digital death

Do you suffer from cyberchondria?

If Dr Google is making you sick with worry, there is help available.

Don’t trust Dr Google

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

How to spot a fake email

Drew explains how you can protect yourself from email scams.

How to spot a fake

Don’t be phish food

Data is the new oil, and online platforms will siphon it off at any opportunity.

Safety online

Lock out the scammers

What you must do to prevent identity theft and stay safe online.

Security tips

Technology News

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

A light bulb moment for us all

Six easy ways to stop light pollution from harming our wildlife.

Welcome the dark

Technology Q&A

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

Tech Q&A: iPhone or Android?

This question has plagued prospective smartphone owners for years.

iOS or Android?

Technology News

COVIDSafe app an expensive fail?

Six million downloads and no results: government virus app under fire.

App mishap?

Older Aussies embrace telehealth

Telehealth, whether accessed by phone or online, has worked well for older Australians.

Tick for telehealth

Don’t be phish food

Data is the new oil, and online platforms will siphon it off at any opportunity.

Safety online

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