smartphones

Optus' Satellite Phone Accessory Is Now Available For iPhone 6

Remote Australians and Russel Coight wannabes take note: the Optus Thuraya SatSleeve satellite phone accessory is now available for the iPhone 6. The device enables you to turn your iPhone into a satellite phone with the click of a button; handy if you’re outside of mobile range and need to make a call in a hurry.


Toggle Hardware Controls In Android Lollipop With A Voice Command

For the longest time, voice commands such as “turn on Wi-Fi” on Android would give you a settings page where you could manually toggle your settings. In Android Lollipop, however, they work immediately.


Add A Few Seconds Of Silence To Your Ringtone To Prevent Disruptions

When your phone starts ringing at an inappropriate time, the scramble to shut it off is embarrassing. Give yourself a buffer by adding a few seconds of silence to the beginning of your ringtones so you only feel the vibrations at first.


iFixit Launches Android Hub With Over 250 Repair Guides

iFixit has always been one of our favourite sites for tearing down devices. The site has traditionally focused mostly on Apple products, but now the company has added an Android hub with over 250 guides.


Aussie Teens Are Indulging In Too Much Screen Time: What's To Be Done?

A joint report by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation has shed new light on the long-term health impacts of electronic devices on screen-addicted Australian teenagers. Apparently, being glued to your smartphone/laptop/console all day can have a negative effect on developing minds and waistlines. Who would’ve thunk it?


Revealed: The Top Five Data-Hogging Mobile Games On The Planet

US software giant Citrix has released its latest Mobile Analytics Report, which looks at how consumers and businesses use their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Among the facts and figures that caught out eye was a table revealing the top five mobile games ranked by data volume in 2015. If you’re on a tight data allowance, the following apps are definitely best avoided…


Find A Lost iPhone's Owner By Asking Siri For Help

If you’ve ever found a random iPhone sitting around with a passcode, it doesn’t seem like there’s much you can do to return it. However, OS X Daily points out that you can simply ask Siri for help.


Why Android And iOS Are The Only Smartphone Platforms That Matter

Further proof that for developers, smartphone platform choices really comes down to the two main players: in 2014, Android accounted for 81 per cent of smartphone sales, and Apple another 15 per cent.


Charge Your Phone In Half The Time: Quick Chargers Explained

If you bought a phone in the last year, it might have included some kind of quick charger. Here’s how they work to charge your phone in half the time of a typical charger.


Australian Kids Are Indulging In More 'Screen Time' Than Ever

For decades, pediatricians have recommended that children limit the amount of screen-based media they consume to less than two hours per day. However, new research suggests that this advice has gone largely unheeded; particularly among 16-year olds. Instead of irresponsible parenting, we should be blaming laptops and smartphones.