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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.


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?

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


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.


Ever needed to hand your phone to a kid? Even if you don't want to, sometimes you're trying to keep them quiet at a restaurant, or calm them down at the doctor's. But handing over an unlocked phone is just asking for the kid to delete all your home screen shortcuts (or, worse, work emails). Fortunately there's a way to fix this.

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Our mobile devices are always by our side and often get blamed for adding stress to our everyday living, but with the right apps in tow, our phones can actually help us rediscover some inner-peace and tranquility. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite calming apps for iOS and Android.


Smartphone battery life sucks and carrying power banks around with you is one way to keep your handset juiced up. But it's easy to forget to bring a power bank or to charge them up to take with you in the first place. This contraption that you can build yourself could be a good alternative to keep your phone charged up, albeit at the expense of your friends' handsets' battery life.


It's an issue that continues to plague smartphone users: short battery life. No matter how many fantastic features a smartphone has or how good it looks, it seems that users are doomed to be a slave to their phone charger. So why do we constantly see innovation in smartphone technology and yet we haven't seen any significant improvements on battery life? This video provides an answer.


Google has officially released the Google Pixel, its newest smartphone range. What makes it special? Pixel is the first phone to have Google Assistant built-in, taking advantage of advancements Google has made in the machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) space. The idea is to bring a personalised Google experience to every user. The Pixel also has the best smartphone camera ever made and is built for mobile virtual reality. Read on to find out more.


We all know Microsoft's phone business has been floundering and it has all but written off its US$7.1 billion acquisition of Nokia. In May, the company announced it was selling its feature phone business to a subsidiary of Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn but Microsoft has not given up on making Nokia handsets just yet. It has just launched the Nokia 216, a feature phone that will appeal to developing markets. Here are the details.


As you've surely heard by now, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is in the midst of a global safety recall due to a potentially explosive battery cell. Samsung has announced it will give existing customers the choice of a repair, a full refund or a replacement. But what if you purchased your Note7 through a telco and are still paying it off? Here are the current options for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone customers.