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In the capitalistic nightmare we live in, everything has to be a transaction. So, when Pact launched its fitness app that let you make money for working out — or else pay a fee for failing to do so — it seemed to be the perfect motivational tool. There was just one problem: The company apparently wasn't that great at paying up, and was it too good at collecting fees.

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Taking your hard-earned dollars away from one carrier and giving them to another instead is not a decision to be made lightly, no matter how much you've grown to loathe your current provider of cellular services. If you're thinking about switching carriers to take advantage of big deals for cool new phones, than here are some key checks and preparations to make before you commit to switching your allegiances.

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If you were hanging out to upgrade from your current phone to the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, today's the day. Apple, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have all opened their doors to customers, and for the first time in years, stock levels seem to be pretty healthy.

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Hi Gizmodo! I have a question for you, would love to get your expert advice. My Nexus 5x is still alive, but need to make an upgrade due to storage (16GB just doesn’t cut it these days…). Having been with a cheaper mid-range, I’m interested in what is the best out there at the moment?

I’m kind of leaning towards picking up a cheap Google Pixel seeing that prices are tumbling now the Pixel 2 is nearly here. What would you suggest?

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Google's getting into the phone hardware business. Properly. It's just signed an agreement with HTC to poach some top smartphone development employees from the Taiwanese phone-maker, as well as to license some of its intellectual property. The deal is said to be worth $US1.1 billion, and will give Google the tools it needs to step up to the plate against Apple when it comes to making a vertically integrated smartphone: everything from the hardware inside it to the software that runs on it.

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Getting a new iPhone tomorrow? You should want to make sure it stays pristine from the moment you buy it: it's good for resale value, and it's good for your own long-term enjoyment of your $1000-plus investment. Here are some new cases to keep the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus safe.

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Apple teased us with the next version of iOS in June, revealing a bunch of new features at WWDC that wouldn't be ready until today — unless of course you love the thrill of a potentially buggy public beta, which has been available since the end of June. But if you like to play it safe, or if you simply never bothered getting your hands on the update early, today is the day my friends. Most of the world can now officially download iOS 11.

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You've seen the contract prices and you might be tempted to sign up and avoid paying big upfront for Samsung's excellent, expensive and explosion-proof Galaxy Note 8 — but while signing up for a plan may mean more money in your pocket in the short term, you could end up paying much more over the life of the phone. Here's how much you can save by buying a Note 8 outright and choosing the right prepaid plan.

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Having a broken phone is not a situation you want to be in for long but there's always the question of whether to stump up the cash for a professional repair or have a go at fixing it yourself (assuming you've no insurance or warranty coverage). This should be your guide for deciding when to tackle some DIY repairs and when to leave it to the experts.