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With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don't burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here's how to give them a test drive.

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Snap Inc., the parent company formerly known as Snapchat just released its first earnings report since its IPO, and the results aren't pretty. Snap missed analyst revenue estimates by $US10 ($14) million, bringing in $US149.6 ($203) million in revenue. And although Snapchat had a 36 per cent jump in daily active users on a year over year basis, it added just eight million new users (five per cent), from last quarter.

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It used to be that mobile broadband was for a very specific kind of person. A road warrior who needed to stay connected between sales meetings or nights away from home, for example. But with the price of data dropping all the time, the rise of tablets, and with the prevalence of features like Data Sharing, mobile broadband is enjoying increased popularity.

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While there are just four mobile phone network operators in Australia (you all know about Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, but Pivotel is there as well in remote areas), there are stacks of MVNOs who sell services on top of the networks built by the other operators.

Moose Mobile is one of those MVNOs. And it has just signed a five-year deal to resell Optus' 4G services on top of their business selling refurbished handsets.

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OnePlus fans looking to upgrade, that day may be closer than you think. While you can't buy one right now, the recent appearance of the smartphone on grey market sites suggests you should starting saving your dollars for a potential upgrade soon rather than later.

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The ACCC’s disappointing draft decision on mobile domestic roaming is a missed opportunity for regional Australia. It denies the benefits of increased coverage, competition and choice to Australian mobile customers, especially hundreds of thousands of Australians living in regional and rural areas.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has ruled against a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service - which would allow rival telcos to roam using Telstra's network - stating there was "insufficient evidence" a declaration on the service would improve the current state of competition.

It is a move both Vodafone and Pivotel have called a "missed opportunity" for regional Australians who are currently solely reliant on Telstra for their telecommunications needs.

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You've spotted an app, site, or service you like the look of, it's completely free to use, and so you're ready to sign up — but how can you tell the service is above-board and legit? That you're not going to be subject to nefarious dark pattern tactics or see you or your teens sensitive data shared with advertisers. Before joining a service that seems to good to be true take the steps below. Common sense and a little digging can usually save you from the shadiest apps.