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Aug
27
2014

I’m 29 and I have the hearing of an 80 year old. Here’s my story.

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360 million people suffer from hearing loss across the world. This includes 3.5 million Australians – and I’m one of them.

As Hearing Awareness Week kicked off on Monday, I thought it would be a great time to share my story.

In my late teens, I was classified as being hearing impaired with profound hearing loss in both ears of high frequencies. To this day we still don’t know the cause. At the time, I didn’t think much of it as I had managed to get through high school with the occasional, “Sorry?” and “What?” I was a teen after all – I wasn’t supposed to be concentrating most of the time!

For many years I refused to believe it affected me. I refused to wear hearing aids as I didn’t like the look of them. Because I never committed to them, I didn’t realise how much they would help. I was in denial, a common occurrence in those with hearing loss.

It wasn’t until I met the girl of my dreams that I finally had the motivation to change. She encouraged me to look past my superficial worries, and accept that I needed hearing aids to get the most out of life.

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Aug
25
2014

Top 4 FREE apps for the fashion forward

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With the tap of a button or swipe of your screen, apps create endless possibilities. Browsing, reading, shopping, navigation – there’s little they can’t help you do.

For those who like a little Jimmy Choos with their online news, there are some fabulous fashion apps to make the train ride to work a little more exciting. Here are my top four FREE fashion apps.

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Aug
22
2014

App of the week: Swing Copters

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When Flappy Bird disappeared from the App Store, we missed it.

We missed it so much that we tried to fill the gap. We played recreations of the game in various formats; were tempted by those auctioning off phones with the game installed; we even looked to similar games for our next quick-fix!

But the gap was there. The gap was true.

Many of us thought that Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen would never return to pocket games… until now.

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Aug
20
2014

Running out of juice? How to quickly extend your battery life

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My first mobile phone was a Nokia 3310; a clunky old thing that my mum insisted I carry for safety.

I didn’t want it at first, but its little green and black screen grew on me quickly. I soon found myself playing snake to pass the time, as did my friends.

We all could spend days playing that game of snake – all without recharging the phone!

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Aug
19
2014

Protect your personal information and be aware of phone scams

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Over the past 12 months, there has been a four-fold increase in comments to Telstra from customers who mention telephone scams.

In most cases, customers made the comments after they were called at home by a scammer and told they need to pay for technical support to fix a problem that doesn’t exist on their home computer. The caller falsely claims they are from Telstra and asks for remote access to the computer.

The criminals operating these scams are trying to sell customers fake software updates, or trick them into disclosing their personal details over the telephone so those details can then be used illegally.

Any attempt to deceive our customers with false information over the telephone is very concerning for Telstra. The fact that most of these scam calls originate from overseas makes it difficult to prevent the calls from being made, so we are likely to see them continue.

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