Category: Business & Technology

The smart phone age is over and Google thinks AI is next

The smart phone age is over and Google thinks AI is next

The modern smart phone era, as kicked off by the launch of the first iPhone 10 years ago, is now mature. At the launch of Google’s Pixel 2 phone in San Francisco today, CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged smartphone features were “levelling off” and said it was hard to develop exciting new products based on hardware […]

End of road for Toyota Oz manufacturing

End of road for Toyota Oz manufacturing

Toyota will role the last car off its Altona production line in less than 24 hours, signalling the end of the road for more than 2700 Melbourne plant workers. After more than half a century making cars in Australia, Toyota is due to roll the last vehicle off its Melbourne production line. The final model […]

More baby formula bound for China

More baby formula bound for China

A2 MILK has had its application to continue selling infant formula products in China approved by the nation’s regulatory body. THE A2 Milk Company has had its application to continue selling its infant formula products in China approved by the Asian nation’s regulatory body. The mandatory application to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) […]

Self-driving cars could change your life within six years

Self-driving cars could change your life within six years

Tony Seba, Stanford lecturer, author and self-described thought leader, is not one to prognosticate lightly. Seba — a “chief disruptor” with over 20 years experience in venture capital, business entrepreneurship and clean energy technologies — has a message for commuters tired of traffic jams. Seba predicts that by 2024, the whole concept of individually owned […]

Showdown over Sunday penalty rates begins

Showdown over Sunday penalty rates begins

Unions and business groups will face off in the Federal Court today as a hearing begins on the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. A full court of five judges will sit in Melbourne over the next three days to hear an appeal by unions against the commission’s decision. […]

Bank customers will no longer pay ATM fees

Bank customers will no longer pay ATM fees

ANZ is the third big bank to dump ATM charges for all Australians today following in the footsteps of CBA and Westpac. Just minutes after Westpac revealed it was dumping the charge, ANZ has announced it too is ditching fees. The banking giant announced it would remove the $2 charge for non-ANZ customers using any […]

Internet security analysts warn of virus spread via Bluetooth

Internet security analysts warn of virus spread via Bluetooth

An airborne computer virus with the ability to infect billions of phones and other devices has been identified by internet security analysts. The so-called ‘BlueBorne vulnerability’ allows malicious virus attacks to spread from device to device over bluetooth without the owner’s knowledge. Ty Miller, managing director of international cyber security firm Threat Intelligence, said this […]

Public access to robotic prostatectomy could save lives

Public access to robotic prostatectomy could save lives

The success of prostate operations by the first ever robotic surgeon in a NSW public hospital is proof the technology should be expanded, says the doctor who first lobbied for it. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, but the price tag to have the latest minimally invasive surgery is often too […]

Aussie internet users warned to expect slow speeds

Aussie internet users warned to expect slow speeds

AUSTRALIAN web users will be plagued by slow internet speeds for at least six weeks after a number of undersea cables were damaged. Internet users have been warned to expect a serious slowdown in internet speeds until at least mid-October. Two typhoons have damaged a number of undersea cables between Hong Kong and Sydney, which […]

Excessive fees to be banned across all businesses

Excessive fees to be banned across all businesses

From September 1, all Australian businesses will be banned from slugging customers with excessive surcharges for using EFTPOS and credit cards to pay for purchases. The ban means businesses will only be able to charge customers what it actually costs them to process payments for EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards, including bank fees […]

Smart way to save on your mobile costs

Smart way to save on your mobile costs

NINE in 10 mobile phone customers are sticking with the big three telcos but experts are urging consumers to consider smaller providers to save. Figures released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this year revealed there are 25.3 million mobile handsets in circulation — Telstra remained the dominant force (45 per cent of customers), […]

Australians getting a raw deal on money exchanges

Australians getting a raw deal on money exchanges

DODGY exchange rates and high overseas card fees are ripping off Australians to the tune of about $3.1 billion a year, new research reveals. And most Australians have no idea how much they’re being dudded. The research by Capital Economics, out today, found Australian holiday-makers, business travellers and businesses paid $3.9 billion on foreign currency […]

NSW government in talks with Uber to provide discounted fares

NSW government in talks with Uber to provide discounted fares

THE NSW government is in talks with Uber to fill the gaps in its public transport network, and could integrate Uber services into Sydney’s Opal card platform. The partnership would see government-subsidised Uber rides to-and-from train stations to “fill the gaps” of existing public transport. An Uber spokesman said the plans for a partnership between […]

Millions locked out of getting cheaper power

Millions locked out of getting cheaper power

AS RISING power prices drive more people to consider cheaper alternatives, there are millions of Australians who can’t access one key option — until now. Analysis of Census data by the Australian Photovoltaic Institute found 2.6 million people across New South Wales were locked out of using solar because they lived in apartment buildings or […]

Using ‘tap and go’ will protect you against fraud

Using ‘tap and go’ will protect you against fraud

Police are urging people to use the ‘tap and go’ chip on their bank cards in order to protect themselves from fraud through “ghost” terminals. Detectives from the NSW fraud squad are investigating a series of fraudulent ATM withdrawals across Sydney’s south-west using “cloned” credit and debit cards. Cloned cards are made by swiping the […]