Does Your Phone Need An Extended Warranty?

Does Your Phone Need An Extended Warranty?

Nokia this morning announced that it is offering the option for phone owners to extend the warranty on their phones by 12 months under its Nokia Care Protect program, effectively doubling the coverage period for most models. I’ve always tended to resist buying extended warranties on electrical products, and it…

Internode offers free Wi-Fi access for iPhone apps

Internode offers free Wi-Fi access for iPhone apps

Internode has announced that iPhone users can now access iPhone applications for free whenever in one of its Wi-Fi hotspots (which are, unsurprisingly for a South Australian company, more prevalent in Adelaide than anywhere else). Since the Australian launch iPhone owners have typically been able to get free access from…

Teach2000 Quizzes You with Advanced Flash Card Management

Teach2000 Quizzes You with Advanced Flash Card Management

Windows only: Free flash card creator and tester Teach2000 is a robust solution for those who believe in the power of learning through simple question/answer pairs. The software comes in both a “full” desktop version and a USB-portable copy, though both run basically the same. You enter question and answer…

Gmail Labs Adds Three New Reply Features

Gmail Labs Adds Three New Reply Features

Gmail Labs has rolled out three new features to beef up the popular email client’s Reply feature. How can you improve something as simple as Reply, you ask? Well, in at least three ways: Quote selected text, Default ‘Reply to all,’ and Vacation time. First, the simple Quote selected text…

Free Australian Idol mobile channel launched

Free Australian Idol mobile channel launched

You might think that Australian Idol is the worst thing to happen to the local music scene since Joe Dolce, but its producers are trying out an interesting experiment: free ad-supported video content for mobile users. Idol enthusiasts will be able to catch up on weekly performances, recaps and an…

How should I test 3G broadband on a train?

How should I test 3G broadband on a train?

Telcos love to boast about the range of their 3G networks, but in practice the only way to tell if a service works well is to test it in as many places as possible. This week, I’m going to be travelling from Brisbane to Townsville on the Sunlander train, which…

Do Ebooks, Legal or Not, Make You Buy Real Books?

Popular author Stephenie Meyer put her eagerly-anticipated vampire genre sequel Twilight Sun on indefinite hold after copies of her rough draft showed up on BitTorrent sites. The (obviously somewhat biased) TorrentFreak takes authors to task for not using online leaks as a promotional tool, but I have to ask: Would…

How to shake hands properly

You might not think shaking hands is a vital business skill, but communications consultant Mark Jeffries used it as the basis for an entire book (called, predictably enough, What’s Up With Your Handshake? Speaking at the Cognos Forum on the Gold Coast today, Jeffries argued that the handshake creates a…

Primus offers shaping for mobile broadband

One of the big disincentives to signing up to mobile broadband services — especially as your main means of Internet access — is the excess data charges you face when you go over the limit. Primus has just introduced two plans that eliminate data limits in favour of ‘shaping’ your…

Wi-Fi usage can cost on your iPhone

Wi-Fi usage can cost on your iPhone

As if it wasn’t hard enough trying to pick an iPhone data plan, now there’s something else you need to watch out for: thinking that you’re connected for free via Wi-Fi at home, but then discovering that you’re actually using 3G (and being charged accordingly). Danny Gorog at APC rounded…

Reduce Social Network Hair-Pulling with a ‘Pause’ Button

Reduce Social Network Hair-Pulling with a ‘Pause’ Button

FriendFeed introduces a new feature on their beta site: a “Pause” button “fake following” mode, which lets you follow someone without seeing their updates. In a similar vein, productivity guy Merlin Mann proposes that all social networks build in a “Pause” button, which would protect you temporarily from a stream…

Deepmemo stores and shares useful online quotes

Deepmemo stores and shares useful online quotes

Deepmemo is a social networking site based around a simple concept: identifying quotes and useful information and then placing them in your profile (the company catchphrase is “social quotation service”). Install the Deepmemo toolbar and then you can add any text you encounter online by highlighting it and pressing the…

Don’t get sucked in by premium mobile phone content

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a warning this week to providers of ringtones, games, wallpapers and other “premium” mobile content, noting that “attempts to distract and confuse so that consumers cannot make informed choices are not acceptable”. At the same time, it reminded consumers not to dive into…

Subdownloader Grabs Subtitles For All Your Movies

Subdownloader Grabs Subtitles For All Your Movies

Windows/Mac/Linux: Cross platform application Subdownloader makes short work of locating subtitles for your movies. Subdownloader uses a fast hashing algorithm, which, according to the developers, tears through about 4GB of movies per second. The application will search through folders and subfolders and can even handle seasons of television shows. Subdownloader…

Mygazines Offers Full Magazine Scans Online

Mygazines Offers Full Magazine Scans Online

Browse any of a number of popular magazines for free—from Macworld and PC World to Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health—at web site Mygazines. The site contains user-uploaded scans of these magazines, and flipping through magazines displayed in Mygazine’s Flash interface is nearly as simple as browsing an actual magazine. It’s sort…

Vodafone joins broadband-on-a-USB-stick brigade

Vodafone joins broadband-on-a-USB-stick brigade

Vodafone has expanded its wireless broadband range with a new USB Internet Stick, which lets you access 3G broadband without the hassle of an external modem hanging from your notebook PC. (Rival 3 unlike its predecessor.) Standalone pricing starts from $29.95 a month on a 24-month contract with a 1GB…

HitMeLater Re-Sends Email When You Want It

HitMeLater Re-Sends Email When You Want It

Managing your email through a follow-up system (like our own Trusted Trio) is the best way to stem the endless tide, but sometimes you might not trust yourself to get back to something on time. HitMeLater, a free email service, will re-send any emails you forward to it, based on…

BigPond ditches DRM for MP3 format

BigPond ditches DRM for MP3 format

Telstra’s BigPond Music arm has started selling music in unprotected MP3 format, making it a much more appealing rival to the iTunes store than when it was a Windows Media-only shop (which blocked any iPod users for starters). All four major labels have signed up for the store, and tracks…

Video explains basic uses of Twitter to sceptics

Video explains basic uses of Twitter to sceptics

Once you’ve become a committed Twitter user and are tweeting like a pro, it can be difficult to explain to sceptical people just why it is you use it, or even how. For those hard-to-persuade friends, the ‘How Do You Use Twitter?’ video — cut together by the Twitter team…

TweetDeck Offers Features Twitter Lacks

TweetDeck Offers Features Twitter Lacks

All platforms with Adobe AIR: When you follow enough chatty people on Twitter, some days the noise can overwhelm the signal—that’s when you want TweetDeck, a full-featured desktop Twitter client that groups, filters, and searches incoming tweets for you. TweetDeck’s killer feature is its ability to separate the people you…

Program IceTV using your iPhone

Program IceTV using your iPhone

In the absence of a proper free electronic program guide, subscription EPG IceTV has long been the best choice for people who want a proper, easy-to-program guide for their personal video recorder and don’t plan to purchase a Foxtel IQ box (or

Apple Pulls iPhone Tethering App

Apple Pulls iPhone Tethering App

A $YS9.99 iPhone tethering application called NetShare made a brief appearance in the App Store, but now it’s no longer available. The app purportedly let you use your iPhone’s data connection on your laptop by using it as a proxy server. Of course, you can