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Shona Hendley

Shona Hendley

Dear Michael Leunig: 1971 Called. It Wants Its Motherhood Advice Back.

5 min read

Oh Michael Leunig.

Katharine Kemp

Katharine Kemp

Google Knows Where You Are At All Times. Here's Why It Matters That It's Being Sued

7 min read

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) yesterday announced it is suing Google for allegedly misleading consumers about its collection and use of personal location data.

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

The Leunig Cartoon Would Have Been Better If The Baby Also Had A Phone

6 min read

A cartoonist named Michael Leunig drew a cartoon featuring a mother looking at her phone while pushing a pram. Seems unremarkable, right? But get this: the baby had fallen out of the pram! And she didn't even notice!

The Project

The Project

Phone Case Made From Artificial Skin Is Your Next Creepy Companion

2 min read

This technology could open up new possibilities for robots, prosthetics and being generally grossed out

World

World

Sleeping Schoolgirl Killed By Exploding Phone

1 min read

A teenager has died after the battery inside her smartphone exploded next to her head while she was sleeping.

Tech

Tech

Aussie Safety App Teams Up With Global Giant

3 min read

Australian app WanderSafe has potentially saved hundreds of lives by sending alert warnings to loved ones when a person feels unsafe, and now it's teamed up with a global giant in a bid to help more people.

Tech

Tech

Mario Kart Phone App Launch Delayed, As Players Revolt In Anger

1 min read

The highly-anticipated launch of the phone game Mario Kart Tour has left players with stalled engines, with the game currently under maintenance and sitting at a red light.

Tech

Tech

Warning Issued Over Phone Hacking Equipment Selling For Just $50

1 min read

Cybercrime experts have issued a warning to Apple and Samsung phone users, following the rise of a phone-hacking device now for sale in Australia.

National

National

The Internet Is Now Australia's Most Complained About Telco Service

4 min read

More than 43,000 complaints about Internet services were lodged by Australians in the last financial year.

National

National

NSW To Roll Out Mobile Phone Cameras To Catch Law-Breaking Drivers

1 min read

In a world-first, mobile phone detection cameras will be watching for drivers breaking the law in NSW.

Tech

Tech

Less Than Half Of Aussies Still Have A Home Phone Line

2 min read

Can you even remember the last time your home phone rang? Many Australians can't -- they've ditched the wall connection entirely, with more than half of us relying only on mobiles to keep us connected.

Life

Life

The Moment Another Mum Brutally Rejected Me -- For Her Phone

4 min read

There’s a question that many new parents ask themselves, particularly when it’s a quiet day of watching daytime TV, sterilising bottles and patting the baby: where did all of my friends go?

National

National

Why Paying At A Drive-Thru Could Cost You An Extra $484

1 min read

It might worth going back to good old-fashioned cash to avoid a fine at the drive-thru.

Geoff Quattromani

Geoff Quattromani

5 Smartphone Hacks That Will Change How You Use Your Mobile

5 min read

Whether it's your first smartphone or your 10th, I highly doubt you’re actually using it to its full potential or even know just how capable these small gadgets can be.

Life

Life

These Are The Most Used Emojis In Australia

2 min read

Emojis have almost become their own language, and the ones us Aussies use the most says a lot about who we are.

Tech

Tech

Impoolite? The Etiquette Of Using Your Phone On The Loo

4 min read

It seems everyone's got an opinion on it and most of us do it -- but should we?

MasterChef

MasterChef

Is Being A Reality TV Contestant The Only Way To Escape Your Smartphone?

4 min read

In a world that’s addicted to endless scrolling, compulsive googling and social media scanning, we found the one place that provides temporary respite from the world wide web.

News

News

Samsung In Court Over Misleading 'Waterproof' Advertising

2 min read

Samsung is in hot water after allegedly misleading consumers as to the water resistance of its 'Galaxy' phones.

Jane Caro

Jane Caro

Banning Phones In Schools Is Easy To Say But Hard To Do

4 min read

Victoria has just banned phones in government schools, a move that has been greeted with approval by almost everyone who doesn’t work in a school.

Crime

Crime

Driver Left Confused After Copping 'Ridiculous' Fine

1 min read

A NSW man has been left confused after receiving a 'ridiculous' $337 fine.

National

National

Popular Phone Chargers Recalled Over Electric Shock Fears

1 min read

Chargers sold at Coles supermarkets are the subject of an urgent product recall, after it was revealed they could separate and cause shocks.

News

News

Want To Save Money While Shopping? Don’t Use Your Phone

1 min read

People using their phone while shopping likely to spend 41% more.

National

National

Baby Girl Dies Just Days After Phone With 'All Memories' Of Her Was Stolen

1 min read

Just days after her parents made an appeal for a stolen phone containing irreplaceable family photos, 11-month-old Amiyah Windross died in hospital.

National

National

Parents Plead For Missing Phone Holding 'All Memories' Of Their Sick Baby Daughter

1 min read

Two parents have issued an emotional plea on Facebook for their missing mobile phone, believed to have been picked up at a Melbourne shopping centre on Saturday.

Tech

Tech

Samsung's New Folding Phone Is Breaking Before It's Even Been Released

1 min read

Reports of the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold screen breaking in the hands of technology reviewers before the phone's release have been cropping up all over the Internet.

News

News

Teenager Charged Over Multiple ‘Up-Skirting’ Offences In Bondi

1 min read

Police have charged a man over several alleged ‘up-skirting’ offences in Sydney’s east.

Love

Love

Divorce Rates Set To Surge As People 'Phub' Their Partners

4 min read

'Phubbing' or 'phone snubbing' is driving such a huge wedge between couples that many neglected partners are calling in the divorce lawyers, according to a study.

Crime

Crime

Driver Caught Watching 'Married At First Sight' On Motorway

1 min read

Police "were left shaking their heads" this week after catching a driver watching 'Married At First Sight' on their phone as they were driving.

News

News

Energizer-Branded Phone Gives You 50 Days Of Charge – OI!

1 min read

A new phone promises to provide unprecedented battery life – though it’s far from ultra-slim.

Crime

Crime

The Young Girl Lured To Her Death Via A Smartphone App

3 min read

Two unlikely suspects will spend the next 50 years in jail for luring a young girl to her death via a smartphone app.

Tech

Tech

Samsung Forgets Flipping, Starts Folding With New Galaxy Fold Smartphone

3 min read

Humanity can officially discard books entirely, as Samsung unveils its new phone capable of doing the one thing the ol' paperback still did best -- folding.

James Norman

James Norman

Why Banning Phones In Restaurants Is A Great Idea

3 min read

A few weekends ago I was sitting with my partner at one of our favourite St Kilda cafes. We couldn't help but notice the scene at the table next to us.

Tech

Tech

Our Phones Could Soon Be Powered By WiFi

1 min read

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to convert radio signals into power which could allow phones, tablets, laptops and medical devices to run without a battery.

Life

Life

Running Out Of Phone Battery Is Literally Ruining Our Lives Says New Study

1 min read

Aussies' FOBO -- that's Fear of Battery Obliteration -- is so bad that some of us get sweaty palms, teary and anxious when our phones die.

National

National

Cafe Offers Discount To Customers Who Give Up Their Phones While Dining

1 min read

From February, Saint James Cafe in Melbourne will offer a discount to customers who agree to have their phones packed away.

Jean Flynn

Jean Flynn

I Didn’t Think My 10-Year-Old Needed A Phone But I Was Wrong

3 min read

One day early last year, my daughter came home from school and said, “Lots of the other grade sixes already have their own phones.”

The Project

The Project

Teen Calls Cops On Father For Taking Away Her Phone

1 min read

In what has to be the silliest revenge-hungry decision ever, a teenager in Ohio has called the cops on her dad after he confiscated her phone.

News

News

Screen Time Is No Worse For Teens Than Eating Potatoes

2 min read

New research has found computer screens, tablets and smartphones have almost no effect on a child's well-being.

Health

Health

Checking Your Phone When You Wake Up Is Ruining Your Day -- And Your Brain

3 min read

Almost all of us share this bad morning habit and it's making us super stressed.

Life

Life

Predictive Text Is Predicting Our Futures And It's Perfect

1 min read

There are dark forces at work here people... and they're hilarious.

News

News

Nomophobia Named Word Of The Year… By Some

1 min read

Cambridge Dictionary has named Nomophobia their word of the year for 2018.

Crime

Crime

New AI Cameras Capture 11,000 People A Day Using Phones While Driving

1 min read

Drivers still aren't getting the message about not using phones behind the wheel.

National

National

Fiery Debate Over Bill For Emergency Text Messages

1 min read

At the height of the Queensland bushfires two weeks ago, emergency text messages were the fastest way to alert people of the impending danger.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

All The Places Smartphones Should Be Banned Besides Schools

5 min read

“They say there’s no substitute for reality,” Tom Ballard says in one his standup routines. “But then I look up from my phone to see a dog defecating in the park, and I beg to differ.”

National

National

'Learn To Be In The Moment': Why Schools Are Banning Mobile Phones

2 min read

Schools are increasingly getting on board with mobile phone bans, as they grapple with a generation of kids who do not know life without them.

Health

Health

New Study Finds Students Would Rather Use Their Phones Than Eat

1 min read

If you had to spend the morning without your iPhone or without breakfast, which one would you choose?

National

National

Risk 10 Demerit Points If You Use Your Phone While Driving This Christmas

2 min read

If you're caught driving and using your phone over Christmas, or any other holiday period you could risk up to 10 demerit points on your licence.

Tech

Tech

New Smartphone Lasts Three Days And Charges Other Phones

2 min read

A new smartphone has a battery that will feasibly last up to three days -- and it's hitting the Australian market soon.

Narelda Jacobs

Narelda Jacobs

I Lost My Phone And My Life Flashed Before My Eyes

4 min read

Not so long ago, I officially became a loser.

Health

Health

Pharm Animals: Should We Be Putting Our Dogs On Anti-Depressants?

4 min read

A vet in the UK has apparently found a link between dogs feeling depressed and their humans overusing their mobile phones.

Life

Life

How To Break Your Phone Addiction Right Now

2 min read

Not all of us are feeling so good about the hold our phones have over us.

Tech

Tech

40 Percent Of Aussies Would Choose Mobile Data Over Running Water

3 min read

And nearly one in three Aussies would cancel a date if the venue didn't have internet coverage.

Life

Life

Hold The Phone. The Nokia 8110 Is Back From 1996

2 min read

Neo called. Well, we wish...

Crime

Crime

The Phone App Aimed At Reducing Police Harassment

5 min read

The Black Lives Matter-inspired campaign to turn attention on police.

Tech

Tech

How To Find And Delete Where Google Knows You've Been

2 min read

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location.

World

World

Smartphones To Be Banned In French Schools

1 min read

The ban, aimed at curbing 'screen addiction,' will come into effect in September.