Category: Business & Technology

Long-range wi-fi help farmers operate remotely

Long-range wi-fi help farmers operate remotely

An alert for families of lost dementia sufferers and a smart phone app that can run a farm are among the products that will be tested in Tasmania using a new kind of sensor network. Antennas that receive and transmit signals for low power and long-range sensors have been installed on buildings in and around […]

Apple warning on iPhone, PC processors

Apple warning on iPhone, PC processors

Apple has urged its millions of customers to only download software from trusted sources after security vulnerabilities were revealed. Apple has warned owners of its iPhones, iPads and computers that they are affected by a processor flaw that could leave them vulnerable to hackers. The US tech giant urged its millions of customers to only […]

Apple sued after admitting it slows down ageing iPhones

Apple sued after admitting it slows down ageing iPhones

Apple defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various US federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change. The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, […]

Elon Musk’s tesla battery passes first big test

Elon Musk’s tesla battery passes first big test

THE world’s largest lithium-ion battery, built by Elon Musk, has already proved its worth, says the SA energy minister. SOUTH Australia’s giant battery is already showing its worth, state Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis says. The world’s largest lithium-ion battery, built by tech billionaire Elon Musk, responded quickly last week when the coal-fired Loy Yang power […]

The cost of fuel will drop over Christmas

The cost of fuel will drop over Christmas

MOST drivers should avoid filling up until closer to Christmas, with petrol prices steadily dropping across our capital cities. According to the latest quarterly petrol analysis. prices will ease before Christmas in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Costs may rise again before Christmas in Adelaide, and they’ll remain high in Canberra. In Perth, prices should be […]

New payments platform to deliver instant bank transfers

New payments platform to deliver instant bank transfers

BANKING customers will soon be able to farewell painful payment delays with a new system that enables instant bank transactions within seconds. Getting a customer’s payment details including a BSB and account number will no longer be required and instead a person’s phone number or email address will be enough to transfer cash. And for […]

Smart suitcases will not fly, airlines warn

Smart suitcases will not fly, airlines warn

CHECK your suitcase before you next fly. It might helpfully charge your mobile but may otherwise cause you a whole lot of trouble. VIRGIN Australia and Qantas have both confirmed that they will now ban smart luggage that includes non-removable batteries. They are the first local carriers to do so, following the announcement by US […]

Chinese billionaire paid $55,000 for lunch with Shorten

Chinese billionaire paid $55,000 for lunch with Shorten

Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo paid $55,000 to have lunch with Bill Shorten in October 2015, documents uncovered by the ABC reveal. The revelation comes as Mr Shorten faces pressure to expel senator Sam Dastyari from the Labor Party  over his links to Mr Huang, who intelligence agencies warn is closely linked to the Chinese Government. […]

Aussie dollar could hit 90 cents next year

Aussie dollar could hit 90 cents next year

IMPROVING global growth and synchronised interest rate hikes could drive the Australian dollar as high as 90 US cents next year, an economist says. THE Australian share market looks set to open comfortably higher after Wall Street lifted on strong US jobs figures, Europe rose on a Brexit breakthrough and Asian indexes gained after economic […]

Professor who cured blindness in dogs sets sights on humans

Professor who cured blindness in dogs sets sights on humans

A Perth medical researcher has won the prestigious Florey Medal for her pioneering work with dogs to help tackle macular degeneration — a leading cause of blindness. Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy has developed a gene therapy for age-related wet macular degeneration, one of the main causes of blindness in the developed world. “I really accept this […]

World’s largest lithium battery switched on in Australia

World’s largest lithium battery switched on in Australia

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun providing electricity into the power grid in South Australia. The project is a collaboration between the state government, American firm Tesla, and Neoen, a French energy company. Tesla boss Elon Musk, who was not in attendance at the switch-on, had boldly promised to build the battery in […]

Top Airbnb host in Australia makes $5.3m a year

Top Airbnb host in Australia makes $5.3m a year

Top Australian hosts are earning far more than loose change for listing their spare room, apartment or house on popular accommodation site Airbnb, with one Sydney operator raking in $5.3 million in the past year. The top 10 Airbnb hosts or property managers nationwide made between $2 and $5.3 million in the year to October […]

Australian workers gift $130b to employers

Australian workers gift $130b to employers

Australian workers are donating an estimated $130 billion a year to their employers through unpaid overtime, according to a leading workplace thinktank. The Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work released the research to coincide with its annual “Go Home On Time Day” where it encourages workers not to stay back late at their workplace. The […]

Why you should always pay cash

Why you should always pay cash

NEW research has found that people who make cashless transactions are more likely to lose track of their spending. YOU might want to think twice before handing over your plastic for your next cappuccino. Because new research from Europe has shown that people who make cashless transactions are more likely to lose track of their […]

Telstra finally offers unlimited data

Telstra finally offers unlimited data

TELSTRA has launched its first home broadband bundles offering unlimited data as Australian households’ appetite for broadband data continues to grow. From today, all customers on $99 and above home internet plans will receive unlimited data. Existing customers on plans under $99 will also receive a major data boost, at least doubling their existing plan […]