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Telecommunications coverage in in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia is pathetic. It really is. But there are people fighting to change that fact.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the National Farmers' Federation (NFF), the Country Women's Association of NSW, the Isolated Children's Parents' Association and AgForce Queensland are among the members of a new coalition fighting to end the rural "data drought".

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Ever been stuck without data? Everyone has. Cash running low? Happens to the best of us. Thought to yourself "if only I could use my phone's lock screen as an advertising platform, and get paid in data"? Er, maybe not. But now you can, if you want to.

Optus has an app just for Android users to earn extra data or credit by viewing ads on your smartphone. Here's how it works.

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Optus has added Stan, ABC iview and ABC Kids iView apps to its data-free mobile streaming service.

So that's all of ABC's channels — including ABC, ABC2, ABC News 24, ABC ME and ABC KIDS, as well as everything that Stan has to offer (highlights include Better Call Saul, Wolf Creek and No Activity along with SBS World Movies).

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Tinder, with its data-driven approach to romance, has always had a slightly creepy feel — it's basically just a game to win, after all. But now, with a new feature called Smart Photos, the app has gone one step further in turning its users into human guinea pigs whose every swipe is catalogued and carefully tracked.

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If you include the main cast, it's fairly obvious who has the most lines: It's Homer, by hundreds of thousand of words, followed by Marge, Bart and Lisa all bunched up pretty close together. But what if you just count the words spoken by the supporting cast from season one to 26? Which supporting character do you think has spoken the most lines on the show then? Is it Flanders? Moe? Krusty?

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In August this year a dataset containing 30 years worth of Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme information was made available to researchers via The Department of Health's open data portal.

Yesterday the data was removed by the department, following a tip-off from a Melbourne researcher that practitioner details in the data could be decrypted.

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If you send a lot of text messages and make a lot of calls to your buddies around Australia, then you definitely want a mobile phone plan with unlimited SMS and national calling. You don't have to spend much money at all to make that happen, though — Vaya says it can do exactly that, plus a little bit of 4G data too, for just $16 a month.

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Storage devices have taken many strange forms over history. We've seen everything from an old 19th-century loom to massive data centres that power companies like Facebook and Google. But along the way, some truly weird devices tried to change how we save our precious data bits. These technologies were either wonderfully weird, woefully misguided, or just behind the times, but regardless, they each have their own idiosyncrasies worth remembering. Here are 10 of the weirdest storage devices ever created.

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A copper surface covered with chlorine atoms is used to build a rewritable data-storage device with information density as high as 500 terabits per square inch — yielding the potential to store the contents of the entire US Library of Congress in a 0.1-mm-wide cube.

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Budget telco Vaya has new plans aimed specifically at the increasing data demands of Pokemon GO players.

The new Gamer Plans (yes, that is what they are called) aim to give you the luxury of catching as many Pokemon as you please without worrying about running over your data limit.

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Baby products have always been part of a predatory industry that feasts on the paranoia of new parents. But it's gotten worse in the last few years with the wave of baby-tracking tech. Now Nest — which makes a camera which is one of the top-rated baby monitors — is proposing a smart crib, according to patent documents filed by Google.

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Few tech disasters can send your stomach into free fall quite like realising you've deleted something important from your laptop or phone, with no obvious way to bring it back. Luckily, if you find yourself scrambling to restore your deleted files, there's still hope. Free tools and apps are widely available to help you recover your deleted data no matter what platform you're using. Here's what you need to know.