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iOS 11, the fancy new version of Apple's OS that shipped just about two months before the launch of its latest line of expensive phones, introduced some changes to Control Center, its app which streamlines the annoying process of changing settings by putting the most commonly tweaked ones on a single swipe-up menu. One issue? The changes included buttons that appeared to be convenient Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switches, but in reality simply disconnected phones from nearby devices and networks instead of turning the chips off.

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Last year, military surveillance aircraft in Texas were outfitted with devices designed to spy on mobile phones, including their location, numbers dialled, text messages and photos, and even the content of their calls, The Texas Observer reports. The newspaper obtained documents between the Texas National Guard, the DEA, and a Maryland-based company called Digital Receiver Technology (DRT) outlining a $US373,000 ($489,208) contract to install mobile phone surveillance software on the planes as part of anti-drug trafficking operations. The money reportedly came from Texas drug asset forfeiture funds.

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Before you jump on it - yep, that's a photo of an iPhone. And yes - ANZ customers on iOS can "tap for eftpos" already. But now android users can too.

Mobile "Tap and Pay" is rolling out on android pay for ANZ and Cuscal customers today - a pretty big deal for the two million of you who are eftpos-only cardholders. It means access to your money in real time, and in a lot of cases avoiding a surcharge (because you're not using "credit").

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Let me tell you something about the 2018 crop of iPhones: Apple's gonna sell a bazillion of them! Why am I talking about next year's iPhones, when most people haven't had the opportunity to set eyes on the flashy $1579 iPhone X that just came out? Because KGI Securities is already looking ahead to next year's lineup. OK, so you want to talk 2018 iPhones? Let's talk 2018 iPhones.

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Soon, Android will finally let you monitor which apps use the most battery life on your phone. If you're confused and thought you already had this functionality, you might be right! Some Android skins, such as the one on the Galaxy S8, and some apps, such as Greenify, already make it possible to detect which applications are draining your phone's battery. However, in the next release of Android Oreo, that feature will at last come standard on Google's mobile OS.

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Apple's new Face ID security for the iPhone X has sparked a number of concerns, with the biggest being how secure the biometric system really is. The tech giant says that while the facial recognition system is intended for convenience rather than absolute security, it's less vulnerable than its Touch ID predecessor - though testing has shown that the system generally works, but has a number of faults and unexpected behaviours.

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What a month it's been for phone fans. Apple's iPhone X hit stores at pretty much the same time as Google's new Pixel 2 handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 came earlier a few weeks earlier, and let's not overlook the new LG V30+ or the Mate 10, probably Huawei's best phone to date.

While this makes for a formidable list of great smartphones, all eyes are on the iPhone X and the Pixel 2. Both phones are a window into how two of the world's biggest tech companies see smartphones today, and are two of the best phones of the year.

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One of Apple's big new features for the iPhone X (and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus) is wireless charging, but if you care more about speed than convenience, there's another perk you should know about.

The company's newest smartphones all support fast charging, too. Apple claims you can get from 0 to 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes -- just not with the charger that comes in the box.

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Anyone who's spent any considerable amount of time on Tinder knows that, like any service promising random lonely people quick and easy access to a horde of horned-up singles over the internet, it kind of sucks. It's filled with fake profiles, tries to sell you on premium services, and even if you do meet someone, there's a reasonable chance your date will involve listening to them test out their bad standup routine or complain about feminism.

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The DOJ and FBI have been in a bit of a cold war with Apple and the tech community ever since the controversy in 2015 over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. This week, the war heated up again with the FBI and Apple exchanging words about encryption, and today, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States stepped into the fray.

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Snapchat, which desperately needs to attract more users as its parent company Snap finds itself swirling the drain just eight months post-IPO (it's screwed), announced in an earnings report earlier this week it is planning a major redesign in an attempt to attract a new demographic (the olds). According to Business Insider, the launch date for Snap's last-ditch gamble is pretty soon: December 4.

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Facebook subsidiary Instagram, the Twitter for people who only want to tweet about how hot and rich they are, has long been overrun with paid product endorsements from both genuine celebrities and nebulously influential "influencers" - and so many of them have openly flaunted US Federal Trade Commission rules requiring disclosures of paid endorsement deals that the FTC has begun to warn them to take their authority seriously.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed yesterday that it has been unable to decrypt a phone belonging to the gunman who killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas - an announcement that is likely to start another battle between law enforcement and technology companies over encryption.

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I have an evening routine where I lay in my bed, tapping from Instagram story to Instagram story, mindlessly consuming what feels like a mundane montage of all of my friends' days. That's because, up until today, users were limited to posting photos and videos from within the last 24 hours. But now, Instagram has updated the feature to let you go wild from your camera roll. No more limitations, no more tediously bypassing the rules by screenshotting an image or editing its metadata. Time is meaningless, baby.