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Navman's SmartGPS is a 5-inch Android tablet — running quite an old version of Android — that syncs over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with your smartphone, giving you turn-by-turn driving directions and live traffic updates, as well as extra info like the cheapest petrol nearby and any cafes and restaurants in the area. But is it still worth buying a standalone GPS in 2014?

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If you spend a lot of time travelling, finding a great bag that can handle clothes, toiletries and your tech can make life very easy. We've just updated a very well travelled and worn backpack with a new STM Revolution.

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If you shop on the internet, chances are you check out online reviews first. That's a sensible strategy, but only if you learn to distinguish the useless reviews from the fakes and the unfocused complaints. We'll show you how to spot helpful reviews, and how to write your own.

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If you're a beer fan, you know there's a wide world of craft brews that span styles, flavours and brands. While most of us have one or two go-to brews we enjoy whenever they're available, if you want to expand your horizons, Goodbrews is a service that makes it easy to tick off the beers you already like, and get recommendations and ratings for ones you might like.

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Before we buy a new gadget or try a new restaurant, most of us look at the reviews at Amazon, or Yelp, or whichever online retailer or site we're browsing, just to make sure we're not wasting our hard earned money on something useless. Even so, those reviews can be a crap-shoot.

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Crowdsourced reviews and directory service Yelp has made its long-expected debut in Australia, launching sites for Sydney and Melbourne that collect together reviews of restaurants, shops, hotels and, in the words of Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, "anywhere that has an address".

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Online reviews have changed the way we shop, and mostly for the better. We're certainly more informed consumers, but online reviews aren't always trustworthy. Savvy consumer blog Consumerist offers a few tips for spotting fake online reviews.