Category: Business & Technology

Electricity price rises locked in from July 1

Electricity price rises locked in from July 1

POWER prices are set to rocket after three major retailers announced increases of up to 20 per cent and $600 a year for the average customer in some states. Origin, EnergyAustralia and AGL have all announced price increases for electricity and gas starting from July 1. Small businesses may be the hardest hit, especially Origin […]

Westpac outage leaves customers stranded

Westpac outage leaves customers stranded

FURIOUS Westpac customers have blasted the bank after being locked out of their accounts for almost three days, leaving some unable to buy food. Mobile and online banking services were hit by a technical glitch on Friday, throwing thousands of Australians’ long weekend plans in to disarray. One customer requested urgent help on Monday night, […]

Credit cards are being used to lure in customers

Credit cards are being used to lure in customers

CREDIT card rewards schemes are about to take a turn for the worse, resulting in many lenders wheeling out bonuses to get new customers to sign up. Annual fee waivers, tens of thousands of Frequent Flyer points, shopping vouchers and discounted interest rates are among the tempting deals lenders are trying to attract spenders to […]

Aussie Teacher who’s making Maths go viral

Aussie Teacher who’s making Maths go viral

His name is Mister Woo and his mission is to deliver Maths foo. And deliver he does! Sydney-based maths teacher Eddie Woo has hit the headlines for his impressive feat of making Maths go viral. Through his hilariously-titled YouTube channel WooTube, the enthusiastic Mr Woo shares his love of numbers with thousands of school kids […]

Australia continues to deliver slow internet connection

Australia continues to deliver slow internet connection

AUSTRALIA still lags behind the rest of the world in internet speeds, with a new report revealing the nation is languishing in 50th place behind the likes of New Zealand, Thailand, and Kenya. But Akamai’s latest report showed Australia had made modest gains in internet speeds, just nowhere near enough to match our Asia Pacific […]

The jobs in demand nationwide

The jobs in demand nationwide

TRADESPEOPLE and labourers willing to go where the work is and take on temporary assignments can use their careers to see the country. Tradies hoping to explore the Northern Territory on a working holiday are best placed as refrigeration technicians, plumbers or labourers. If Queensland is more their style, bricklayers, labourers and shopfitters are in […]

Our 23 million unused mobile phones are a recycling goldmine

Our 23 million unused mobile phones are a recycling goldmine

Got a drawer at home that is storing a few of your old mobile phones? You’re not alone. There are more than 23 million unused phones in Australia according to industry-funded recycler MobileMuster, and they represent a large amount of natural resources that could be recycled. In fact, each unused phone presents 23 million opportunities […]

Sydney rental affordability hits record low

Sydney rental affordability hits record low

SKYROCKETING rents are forcing pensioners and working parents out of all metropolitan areas across the country, according to the latest Rental Affordability Index. The study, conducted by SGS Economics & Planning for peak housing body National Shelter and Community Sector Banking, has revealed rent affordability dropped in all metro areas except Perth in the last […]

So you’ve been hacked. Here’s what to do next

So you’ve been hacked. Here’s what to do next

It looks like most Australians aren’t among the 200,000 victims of the WannaCry ransomware attack. But the Government is warning that this is not game over in the battle with hackers. Associate Professor Mark Gregory from RMIT University agrees, and says it’s impossible to be completely protected from the next attack. “You can take all […]

Maggots turned into fish food in aquaculture sustainability shake-up

Maggots turned into fish food in aquaculture sustainability shake-up

A West Australian company hopes to use hundreds of tonnes of food scraps to feed maggots, which will then be turned into a food source for farmed fish. Right now it takes about 1.5 kilograms of ocean-caught fish to produce 1kg of farmed fish. Substituting fish with maggot meal could be a sustainable solution for […]

Airline using cooking oil to fly planes

Airline using cooking oil to fly planes

IN A bid to reduce international aviation emissions, Singapore Airlines has launched the world’s first “green package” flights powered in part by sustainable biofuel produced from used cooking oil. The biofuel will be combined with the usual jet fuel in a series of 12 flights over the next three months on the Airbus A350-900, which […]

Samsung QLED TV first to be verified for colour volume

Samsung QLED TV first to be verified for colour volume

Samsung Electronics 2017 QLED TV, first unveiled at CES 2017, has received verification from world-class testing and certification association, Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE) for its ability to produce 100% color volume. The verification is a mark of the QLED TV’s ability to provide a consistently high quality picture to viewers. Color volume measures two elements […]

Facebook data targeting ‘insecure’ teens

Facebook data targeting ‘insecure’ teens

A SECRET document shows in scary detail how Facebook can exploit the insecurities of teenagers using the platform. FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices. The allegation was revealed this morning which obtained internal documents from the social media […]

This caterpillar might be able to solve our plastic problem

This caterpillar might be able to solve our plastic problem

Scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini picked parasitic wax worms from the honeycomb of her beehives and left them sitting in a plastic bag. When she returned to the bag, it was riddled with holes and many of the worms had escaped. It was that chance discovery that led her to collaborate with scientists at […]

Nine-year-old raking in the cash

Nine-year-old raking in the cash

HIS parents wouldn’t buy him an Apple watch, but Tadyn Flood was determined. So the nine-year-old Melbourne schoolboy went out and found a way to make enough cash to buy himself a new gadget every week. Every Thursday night after finished his dreaded homework, Tadyn makes scented candles to sell at weekend markets for $10 […]