Communicate

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2016 was an exciting year for Android fans. Google released Android Nougat which finally added split-screen mode,a pair of brand new Pixel phones hit the streets, and did we mention Pokémon Go came out? Here are our biggest posts and downloads for Android this year.

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Is your Facebook suddenly filled with brightly coloured, gradiented placards in the place of regular Facebook statuses? Some people seem to love them, but if you're someone who prefers to browse updates that aren't screaming in your face with vivid colours, here's some good news: there's already a 'fix' for it.

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The company behind the National Broadband Network has updated its searchable rollout map to coincide with its revised three-year timetable. Want to know when the NBN is coming to your suburb? All you need to do is type your address into the website.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm interested in buying the Kogan Agora 6 Plus smartphone. It seems to have great features, the most important of which to me is dual SIM. However, I read the dual SIM is 4G-2G, Do you know if the second SIM port will work as I thought the 2G network was shut down in Australia?

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Earlier this month, we reported on the downfall of iiNet's Sydney office and the mass redundancy of staff. Since then, more former workers from the troubled ISP have reached out to reveal what has been going on in other offices around Australia. The company has inevitably changed since it was acquired by TPG over a year ago and based on the testimonies from ex-iiNet staffers, the situation looks grim for all of the remaining local iiNet operations, including Internode.

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but when it's so much easier to duck confrontation and send an email or a text begging for help or a much-needed favour, you're far better doing it in person, face-to-face, says researchers from Cornell and the University of Waterloo. That awkwardness actually improves your chances.

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Last week, the Federal Court of Australia ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to five major torrent websites. This was a result of court action taken by rights holders Foxtel and Village Roadshow in their desperate fight against piracy. But here's the thing: it's incredibly easy to bypass any site-blocking implemented by ISPs. So is it legal for Australians to access the blocked websites locally? Let's find out.

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Often, the best way to approach self-improvement is to look to those you admire and seek out advice. That's why we regularly feature interesting and accomplished people to share their favourite work habits, tools, and tips for staying productive. Here are our most popular interviews of 2016.

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As the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll out continues, those privileged to have access to the network will be hunting for bargains when it comes to choosing a broadband plan.

Currently there are large number of broadband plans from 69 registered internet service providers (ISPs) along with a number of re-sellers for consideration. We explain how to choose the best plan for you.

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Sun Tzu once said "the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." And that goes double when the drinks are flowing. People can get a bit hot-headed when they're on the sauce, and in some cases, physical. Based on my experiences as a security guard, these smooth talking tips will help you calm an intense situation and escape a potential beating.