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Why do I look at my phone? I don't know, for many reasons. To see exactly where my online order is on the delivery trail. To find out the name of that one actress who played the chef in that one movie with that one guy from that other movie. To see if he's still the US president. Because I haven't looked at it in the past 22 minutes.

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.

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Back in the 1990s, one company pretty much dominated mobile computing. That company was Palm. But, by the end of the last millennium, Microsoft decided that mobile computing was a big deal and they sunk a bunch of effort in developing Windows CE, then Pocket PC and eventually, Windows Mobile. Palm disappeared and Microsoft ruled the roost for a while. But then Apple released the iPhone, Google released Android and Microsoft found themselves dumped from leadership to being an also-ran in very short time. And after trying to reassert themselves, Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. Which is a shame.

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On February 26, Samsung is scheduled to announce the Samsung Galaxy S9 along with the S9+, successors to the S8 and S8+. If you're in the market for a new Android smartphone, and want one with an actual headphone jack, you should take a peek at what's coming down the pike. It will also help you decide whether or not you want to sell your old phone to pay for it. Here's where to watch in real time.

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Fire up an iPhone X alongside a Galaxy Note 8 and you might not think there's all that much to choose between Android and iOS any more. They offer the same apps, in the same sorts of grids, with similar approaches to notifications and quick settings, and at this stage in the game you're probably happy with your choice of mobile OS and sticking with it.

Is there really any reason to switch? Well, yeah - there's still a few!

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Take a smartphone, any smartphone, and turn it into a microscope. It's an innovation that has huge potential to put science in the hands of everyday Australians, as well as making remote and field work a whole lot easier.

A team of researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics have gone and done it - creating a 3D printable "clip-on" that anyone can use.

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Your iPhone's number pad is chiefly designed for making phone calls. However, it can also be used to input a handful of special codes that unlock extra features. Some are useful for everybody - such as showing exact signal strength - while others are handy for specific types of users - like displaying your call forwarding status. Here are six "hidden" codes that are worth checking out.

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If you're in the market for a new smartphone then you're naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size and the camera's megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here's why.

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Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.

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You've stood at a bus stop, or in a line at the supermarket, or you've sat waiting for a movie to start, so you immediately reach for Facebook or Twitter, right? Well, maybe not, because here are seven app categories we've picked out that are a better use of your downtime than scrolling through posts from people you don't even like that much.

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Steve Jobs was a notorious case-hater. He once looked at Wired's Steven Levy with disgust when the journalist pulled out an iPod with a case on it. "I think stainless steel looks beautiful when it wears," Jobs said. For my own reasons, I've never used a case on my iPhone. The glass on my $1600 iPhone X, however, does not look beautiful when it wears. And let me tell you, it wears way too easily.

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A study published this week leaves none of us surprised: Screen-addicted teens are unhappy. The lead author is Jean M. Twenge, the professor of psychology who wrote The Atlantic piece "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" (In a nutshell, maybe, but it's a hopeful sign that teens themselves are beginning to link their mental health troubles to their always-buzzing devices.)

What Twenge and her team at San Diego State University found in their new research is that the happiest teenagers used digital media for less than an hour per day. They spent their time doing other things instead - playing sports, reading newspapers (really?) and engaging in good old-fashioned face-to-face interaction.

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Even though we're still a month out from the Samsung Galaxy S9's official debut, as usual, in the run up to Mobile World Congress, leaks about Samsung's upcoming flagship phone are starting to swirl. But today, we might have just hit the motherlode thanks to info found by noted smartphone sleuth evleaks (AKA Evan Blass), showing what appears to be the best look at the S9 anyone has found yet.

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Do you remember the good old days when phone plans came with a free phone to use with them? A belt holster too, if you were lucky.

Well, if you were born after 1990 then you may not remember this. It’s been a while since we didn’t have to pay an extra handset fee on top of the plan price. Though if you look hard enough, there are still a few handsets you can nab for no extra payments on a two-year plan.

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Most people have a pretty strong opinion about their telco. Some love their provider and wouldn't consider switching to a competitor, others hate certain telcos and will never do business with them again.

The problem with being rusted-on to a provider based on reputation is that you may never give thought to plan switching. You definitely should.

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Your phone has one, your laptop has one, and you've got a smart one in the corner of your room telling you the weather - but what makes a good speaker different from a so-so speaker? Why you might consider upgrading the audio capabilities of your TV or computer, and what should you look for if you do?