A humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Manus Island, where more than 600 people remain at a now shuttered detention facility cut off from water, food, power and important medications and health services. Most of these people have already been found to be refugees. Watching this entirely avoidable disaster of the Australian government's creation, it's easy to feel both helpless and culpable as an Australian resident. Here's how you can take action.


One of the many ways Apple sets its smartphones apart from the herd is with special ringtones, dating back to the original iPhone and its iconic Marimba melody. The iPhone X is no different. It features an exclusive default ringtone called "Reflection", so that everyone around you will know that you shelled out for the pricey new gadget as soon as it starts to ring.


The iPhone X officially goes on sale today, and die-hard fans are already lining up at Apple Stores around the country. If you have your heart set on being one of the first owners of the iPhone X in Australia, you're going to have your work cut out for you - stock is expected to run out fast with no new shipments until Christmas.

With that in mind, here are six tips to make your quest slightly more achievable.


With the release of the iPhone X this morning, we’re now neck-deep in new smartphones. So what better thing to do then pit flagship against flagship against flagship in a battle for consumer hearts? How does Apple’s, Samsung’s and Google’s number one smartphones stack up against each other? Let’s take a look at the specs.


Telstra has announced that all customers on NBN plans will soon receive double their current data allowance - which is good news for 4K Netflix fans. Furthermore, users who currently pay more than $99 a month will be migrated to unlimited NBN plans. Here are the details!


2017 is shaping up to be a pretty remarkable year for first-generation smartphones. Android creator Andy Rubin debuted his new company's Essential Phone, which uses embedded magnets to connect to gadgets such as 360-degree cameras and charging docks. Gaming accessory company Razer announced its entertainment-centric Razer Phone, the spiritual successor to another first-generation smartphone, the cloud-connected Nextbit Robin.

You might be intrigued by the idea of trying out one of these brand new smartphones. But you should consider what goes into purchasing what is essentially an indie smartphone before you take the leap into untested waters. Phones with modular accessories or high-performance displays are definitely worth a look, but you should be prepared to deal with potential obstacles.


Making conversation seems easy enough on the surface. You talk and they talk back, right? But then you find yourself in one of those awkward situations where you're just staring at someone you barely know and you have to figure out how to keep the conversation interesting. Here are the most common mistakes we all make and how to avoid them.


When I was at uni, I got a job as a DJ for our campus radio station. Over Christmas break they played back old shows to fill the time, and one morning I managed to actually tune into myself on the radio. It took me a few moments to realise that the person talking was me, and my first thought was a surprised "Oh no, do I really sound like that?"


I like to spend my one wild and precious life arguing with strangers in Twitter reply threads. But I want them to be real strangers, not bots, spammers or fake identities. I don't want to waste any of my overwrought insults and smug dunks on a fake account. And since bots make up 15 per cent of Twitter users, that can take some research.


By now, most phone users are firmly entrenched in one of two camps - Android and iOS. You either want the new Apple or the new Google and nothing is going to change your mind.

But for OS agnostics, the decision comes down to measurable factors, like speed and reliability. With that in mind, PhoneBuff pitched the iPhone 8 Plus against the Pixel 2 XL to find out which flagship phone was faster.


Whatsapp users with fingers moving faster than their brain will be happy to know the company's rolling out a new feature that lets you retract that last message, and wipe it from the conversation. Right now the feature is rolling out to certain users.


NBN Co has revealed it is working on new "confidential" pricing models with internet and phone providers in an attempt to improve the network's bang-for-buck. By the end of the year, a new wholesale access model is expected to be announced that has the potential to end the "tax on megabits". Here's what you need to know.


By most accounts, the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a bit of a dog's breakfast. The project has been variously described as slow, expensive, unreliable, poorly implemented, unfair, needlessly restrictive and obsolete - and those are just the criticisms we can print.

NBN complaints are up 160 per cent and a third of Australians simply don't care about the technology at all. Despite this, connecting to the NBN is compulsory, with existing telephone and internet connections switched off to make way for the rollout. Is this legal?


In 1921, Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for physics. He went on a lecture tour of Japan shortly after. While there, he decided that he would start tipping people with bits of advice rather than cash. Here are his best kernels of wisdom.