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If you've caught a domestic or international flight any time over the last few months, you would have heard a pilot or cabin crew make an announcement about the Galaxy Note7 — specifically about how you're not allowed to have one of the potentially explosive devices on a plane.

Now that over 95 per cent of Note7s have been returned to Samsung in Australia — with just over 2000 devices left unaccounted for — it's hoping that Australia's airline safety watchdog will follow the US in removing the mandate for carriers to keep on reminding us about the Note7 every damn time we sit down on a plane.

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HTC is reinventing itself. It's no longer the old-school Android smartphone company of a few years ago. It's leaving that behind along with its old, industrial, metal-bodied line-up of One smartphones. Instead, the new HTC is positioning itself as slick and modern, and it's doing that with two new phones built around shiny glass backs and funky colours, with AI smarts that make your life better.

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We've spent the last week scouring the halls and show floors of the Consumer Electronics Show in gaudy Las Vegas, and we've found something worth writing home about. A few new smartphones big and small, expensive and inexpensive, and a few world firsts, were on display — and will be coming to Australia.

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There are a million reasons to want to stay in bed every morning, not the least of which being stepping into a cold shower that isn't as warm as you thought it would be. BRRRR! But with the new U by Moen shower, you can use your smartphone to start and pre-heat the water so that it's guaranteed to be the perfect temperature when you hose off in the morning.

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The LG V20 is a very late entrant into this year's Android phone boxing match, but for exactly that reason it's arriving to the fight fresh and with a whole set of new tricks up its sleeve. Is this — very quietly, now — the best Android phone of 2016?

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Hidden in the Android Settings app is a secret menu called Developer Options that gives you access to all kinds of useful tools and tweaks. If you know how to uncover it, you can take advantage, and there are a handful of helpful things you can do. For example, you can transform the look of your phone and even fake your GPS location.

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Today, News.com.au ran a story: "Pregnant mum burnt by iPhone 7". A woman has apparently suffered superficial burns from what she says was an overheating iPhone, despite the phone itself being designed to cease charging and power down before any dangerous temperature is reached. It's a terrible thing to happen to anyone, but let's take a lesson from this: don't fall asleep with your phone anywhere near you.

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Yet another entrant into the mid-range smartphone market well in time for Christmas, the Huawei Nova Plus is a big-screened Android phone that promises "powerful performance" and a "fantastic camera" — like every other Android phone, let's be honest. The Nova Plus is temptingly cheap, though, and it looks quite nice, and it has a decent processor and relatively large battery

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Our mobile devices are always by our side and often get blamed for adding stress to our everyday living, but with the right apps in tow, our phones can actually help us rediscover some inner-peace and tranquility. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite calming apps for iOS and Android.

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It's not easy living without WiFi, especially when you're travelling, so when your phone is in range of a steady wireless connection, you probably want to stick with it. Unfortunately, our phones aren't always the best at identifying the strongest WiFi signal, but there are ways to fix this.

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Video: Tired of teaching your older family members how to use their smartphones every time you visit? Just do what YouTube's Mr Volt did and build a custom mobile phone out of aluminium, brass and wood with a working rotary dial that's reminiscent of the ancient land line phones introduced back in the 1920s.

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Let's bow our heads for six seconds of silence: Vine is closing down. The video looping service doesn't fit in with Twitter's plans for the future, which means you're going to have to go elsewhere for your micro-movie-making exploits. In the announcement of its closure, Vine said it plans on "keeping the website online," but failed to mention for exactly how long. This means your precious Vines could disappear at any moment. So with that in mind, here are three ways to save your existing Vines somewhere else before it's too late.