Tagged With smartphone

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If my home had a Game of Thrones-style family motto, it would be "Honey, can you call my phone?" It's the usual way to find your misplaced device. But it doesn't work very well if you leave your phone on vibrate.

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There are way too many third-party phone camera apps. This can make choosing a good one unduly difficult. We recently highlighted a couple of my personal favourites in the iOS and Android Lifehacker Packs, but there are plenty more that people love to use. Here are the best of the bunch, according to our readers.

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Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of digital gems. Allow us to help you out with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for Android.

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There’s a right way and a wrong way to use your phone’s autocorrect, says the person who invented it. Ken Kocienda, former Principal Engineer of iPhone Software for Apple and author of the new book Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs, led the team creating the first software keyboard for the first release of iOS. And he says that it’s possible to get too aggressive with autocorrect.

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I really wanted this experiment to be a success. I've been a a smartphone user since the early 2000s when the first Windows Phone devices, with their clunky interfaces were on the market. I then moved to the Palm Treo 650, the BlackBerry and other pre-iOS phone/computer crossovers.

As I used those devices, and more recent Android handsets and various iPhones, one thing has been constant: I spend more and more time on my phone. So, I decided to take a radical step and shift to the Nokia 8110 - the so-called banana phone released during Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Here's what I learned.

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It’s that time again: Time for your annual frantic search to find all of the original packaging for your older iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. That’s the best way to sell it for the highest possible sum, after all, before you plunk down a preorder for whatever Apple’s announcing this week.

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I remember all the hubbub when Apple first announced Face ID back in September of 2017. There were countless articles and thought pieces criticising Apple for the terrible experience its new security technique was about to create. Instead of just pressing on your iPhone’s Home button, a natural task as you pull your iPhone out of your pants pocket, jacket, or bag, you’d have to pull your device up to eye level, stare at it, and then go about using it as normal.

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While the tech in our smartphones has progressively improved, there's one thing hardware can never defeat - poorly written software. And the one part of your phone most likely to suffer at the hands of a dodgy app is the battery. So, what apps are most likely to send you running to a power outlet or battery pack and what can you do about them?

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Each new generation of smartphones brings remarkable advances in camera quality, allowing even the greenest shutterbugs to snap prime photos.

But, if you truly want to take your pictures and videos to the next level, a tripod for your smartphone is the way to go.

The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod can help you take dynamic, stunning photos or videos from any angle, and it's on sale for more than 40 per cent off today.

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In addition to the stress of packing, the stress of making sure you have every electronic device securely stowed somewhere, the stress of remembering every cable you'll need to keep your devices charged during your trip, and the stress of making sure your pets are fed and your plants are watered, there's also the apps.

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We all have something about ourselves that we're working on. Maybe you want to be more confident at work, or more positive. Or perhaps you're having trouble accepting your body image for the time being, or wish you could be more present and appreciative of everything you have and the world around you.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ release today in Australia and they look pretty spectacular. You wouldn't want to get a little scratch on them would you? What about a tiny little dent in a corner?

Grubby fingers all over that AMOLED screen? No, no, no. You need to protect that thing. Here's some of the best cases for Samsung's latest.

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Vodafone has announced a massive overhaul to postpaid plans, with sweeping changes to lock-in contracts, handset repayments and separate charges for voice, text and data usage so customers know exactly what they're spending.

According to Vodafone, the new plans will give customers better choice and flexibility: but how do they stack up in reality? We take a look at what's different.

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Research from Finder has found Australians have spent $755M on replacing busted smartphones. And we're breaking them at a rate of 1370 each day - that's almost one every minute. So, given the odds of an Aussie smashing a smartphone seem pretty high, should you think about insuring your smartphone?

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Former Design Ethicist at Google and founder of the non-profit Time Well Spent, Tristan Harris has been making the rounds lately, talking about how technology is engineered to be addictive and hijack our attention. He's pretty persuasive, comparing the lure of your phone to the that of a slot machine.