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The Ultimate Guide To Avoiding Australia's Data Retention Scheme

Happy Data Retention day! Greens Senator Scott Ludlam gave us all some great advice on what is being tracked by the Government’s metadata retention scheme, as well as a few basic ways to get around the legislation. This is the master class in dodging data retention from Pirate Party Australia members. Here’s how to get around metadata retention using everything from encrypted calls and messaging services on mobile and desktop platforms, using Tor and keeping your email safe.

Use Cabinet To Manage Files On Your Android Device

File management on Android is improving, but it’s still not great, and it can be frustrating trying to take control of exactly which files are saved and where they’re stored. Numerous third-party apps have rushed in to fill the gap but one of the best we’ve seen in recent times is Cabinet — it’s fast, feature-rich and a signed-up member of the Material Design club.

Mobile Emergency: What To Do If You Just Lost Your Phone

We’ve come to depend on our smartphones so much that losing one can be a real problem, whether it’s gone missing in a restaurant or been grabbed on the subway. If you want to make sure your phone and its contents are protected, here’s what you need to do next.

Free Games Friday: Torque Burnout, Star Wars, Tales From The Borderlands

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.

Sony Xperia Z5, Compact And Premium: Australian Price And Release Date

Sony’s brand new flagship smartphone line now has three different screen sizes on offer in the 5.2-inch Z5, 4.6-inch Compact and 5.5-inch Premium variants. We finally know Australian pricing and availability, too; here’s when you can get one, and how much you’ll pay.

Everything The Perfect Smartphone Needs

Opinion: I get the privilege of trying out a lot of different phones, and they’re almost always very good. None of them, though, has as yet proved good enough to keep me interested for more than a couple of months at a time. The problem I’m faced with is that of all the dozen different flagship smartphone releases of 2015, each does a couple of things well but also gets a couple of things wrong. There are a few small improvements that could be made across the board. I don’t think I’m asking for too much.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Is Out Today: Here's Why You Want It

It’s been four months since we learned about the forthcoming release of Android Marshmallow, fka Android 6.0. Today, it begins rolling out to Nexus phones, and soon…the world. What will this much-hyped software release bring to your phone?

How To Bring Back Anything You Just Typed In Android

Whether a long missive to a long-lost friend or your bank card details, losing a lot of data you’ve just painstakingly typed is not fun. Fortunately, there are tools that can help provide a safety net, including the impressive Type Machine.

Free Games Friday: Shooty Skies, DragonSoul, FIFA 16

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.

Four Hours With Android Auto

Yesterday, I took a drive from Sydney to Goulburn and back for the opening of Tesla’s first rural Supercharger. I was in a 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero, the Japanese car brand’s first vehicle with Smartphone Link Display Audio — an in-dash entertainment system that, as well as doing the usual touchscreen CD, Blueooth, AM/FM/digital radio thing, also gives you access to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. I plugged in my phone and hit the highway.

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