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Snapchat is bigger in Australia than we thought. Almost a third of all Australians aged 18-24 use Snapchat, but what's more surprising is how many Aussies in the next bracket up Snap away on what we'd guessed would have been a very teenage-skewed app.

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Video: Come up with a password, they will crack it. Program a key card, they will hack it. Tie your identity to a DNA sequence and Russian black hats will break into your bedroom while you're sleeping and steal all your blood. In the end, there's only one truly unbreakable security measure: Atelerix albiventris, the humble hedgehog.

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If you've got an iPhone, stay wary of any suspicious links that your friends or enemies might send you any time soon. YouTube, Vimeo and other reputable video hosting services are perfectly safe, but there's one particular video link doing the rounds at the moment that can lock up your iPhone and require a hard reboot.

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Apple now has a repair program in place to address the so-called "Touch Disease" problem that the iPhone repair community first raised in August. Over time, some iPhone 6 Plus users reported that the touchscreen on the phones became unresponsive, with a flickering grey bar eventually showing up at the top of the screen.

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I've always wanted to learn how to code, even if I'm probably a bit old and dumb to try. Kids aren't though, and Apple wants to teach them. This year, from 5-11 December, Apple is holding a series of hour-long coding lessons at every one of its nearly 500 stores around the globe to give students a kick-started education in its own Swift programming language.

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Leaving the house only to realise you've got next to zero charge on your phone is an awful feeling. Which is why phone companies have been jamming bigger and better batteries into their phones. They have also been using quick charging technology, which can shove hours of battery life into a phone in a matter of minutes through super smart power management via the phone's processor. But none have been able to juice a battery quite as quickly as the five hours in five minutes claim Qualcomm has just made.

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Microsoft has a nifty new app that can help colourblind people see exactly what they're missing out on. Called Color Binoculars, the app makes use of the phone's camera to adjust colours in such a way that a colourblind person can see whatever's in the frame in the same way a non-colourblind person would. I love this idea, because I'm colourblind.

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Huawei and Japan's NTT Docomo just completed the world's first large-scale field trial of 5G mobile data, and the results were fast. Like, 11290 megabits per second fast, with one tenth the latency of even the best 4G connections. 5G may still be five or more years away from hitting Australian cell towers, but the future is looking rosy.

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Reports have emerged that Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, has begun the process for an initial public offering that could happen as early as March. According to the Wall Street Journal, the IPO could value the company at between $US20 billion and $US25 billion ($26.4 billion and $33 billion), which means CEO Evan Spiegel is about to have a very, very nice wedding.