smartphones

How To Get Useful Buying Information From Tech Rumours

Over the next couple of weeks, Samsung and Apple are announcing new products — and like every release before and since, the rumour mill has been in overdrive. You will have encountered many contradictory rumours all around the internet, most of which are probably false. Here’s how to actually use tech rumours to make better purchasing decisions.


The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer

We’ve known for a while that your smartphone is a better PC than your PC ever was. It can’t replace everything your computer does, but there are some things that are actually better to do on your phone rather than on your computer.


Australia Is Going To Recycle Even More Mobile Phones

Australians love buying mobile phones, but that also means we love getting rid of the old models — and that creates a lot of landfill. So it’s good news that the volume manufacturers have committed to help recycle is also going up.


The Secret Samsung Galaxy Test Code To Fix Your Broken Screen

I love my Galaxy Note 3. But the bigger they are, the harder they fall. And holy crap did I do a good job of shattering my screen when it fell from my feeble clutches recently. But from adversity comes opportunity — and I learned two key lessons that everyone should know when it comes to fixing a broken phone screen.


Use Any Smartphone To Remotely Control YouTube On A Computer

You may not know this, but YouTube on your PC or laptop can actually be controlled from any smartphone, without installing any apps or linking the two over a network. All you need to do is use YouTube TV.


Ask LH: Is Water Trapped Inside My Phone?

Hey Lifehacker, Recently the right-hand edge of my Samsung S4 seems to have changed in a way I would describe as “misting up”. I suspect a little bit of water somehow entered my phone. Is this possible, and is there a risk my phone will be damaged?


Ask LH: Why Do We Still Have SIM Cards?

Dear Lifehacker, A friend of mine recently acquired a new phone and had to get a new SIM in the right size. That made me wonder: why do we still use SIM cards? American CDMA phones are SIM-less, so are there any specific reasons why SIM cards are still needed here?


Ask LH: Are Glass Screen Protectors Better Than Plastic Ones?

Dear Lifehacker, I scratched the screen of my last phone and I want to avoid that on my new one. I’m not a fan of plastic screen guards, but I have been hearing a lot about glass screen protectors. Are they better than plastic?


Ask LH: Do Any Telcos Offer Shaping On Their Mobile Plans?

Hey Lifehacker, I have friends with two young teenagers (11 and 13) who are screaming for their own mobile phones. The parents are concerned about cost overruns, particularly with data limits. What they are looking for is a plan (preferably pre-paid) that has a “real” data limit. If the use gets to that limit then the connection is either shaped or cut off. No risk of excess data charges and parents don’t have to worry about a surprise bill. Any suggestions?


Kogan's Latest Budget Agora Phone Offers 4G For $229

It’s getting seriously competitive in the low-cost 4G handset space, with Kogan announcing presales on a $229 4G LTE 5″ handset.