Category: Business & Technology

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 […]

Woolies shoppers overcharged after glitch

Woolies shoppers overcharged after glitch

Woolworths has blamed a technical glitch after some customers were charged twice for the same purchase. The supermarket giant says it does not know how many customers were again charged on Sunday for purchases made during a period in March and that the issue originated with Cuscal, a company used to process Woolworths payments. In […]

Aussie dollar surge brings joy to travellers

Aussie dollar surge brings joy to travellers

TRAVELLERS heading overseas are enjoying a financial windfall as the Australian dollar defies forecasts to trade near US80c, but anyone hoping for a return to the one-for-one parity of four years ago should not hold their breath. Economists say our dollar is much more likely to head lower from its current levels, and weaker-than-expected inflation […]

Bill Gates deposed as world’s richest person

Bill Gates deposed as world’s richest person

AMAZON founder Jeff Bezos became the world’s richest person overnight, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated. The magazine said its real-time tracking of personal fortunes showed Bezos with a net worth of $115 billion, ahead of the $110 […]

What skills will the future generation of workers need?

What skills will the future generation of workers need?

The skills required by workers in the future will be very different to those of today, a report has predicted, as well as warning education systems need to change to prepare schoolchildren for their future. The New Work Smarts report from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has predicted every job will be changed by […]

NSW under pressure to ban plastic bags

NSW under pressure to ban plastic bags

The NSW government is under pressure from the opposition and environmental groups to ban plastic bags following the premier’s claims there’s no need for the move. An opposition spokesman said “in the face of government inaction” Labor would move to introduce legislation to ban single-use plastic bags when parliament resumes. It comes after Gladys Berejiklian […]

5G is coming to Australia

5G is coming to Australia

What if the volume of traffic on your local roads increased tenfold overnight? It would be gridlocked. That is the sort of increase we expect on telecommunication networks over the next few years as data volumes radically increase. Here is how we are preparing to make sure we continue to provide customers with the best […]

The $89 vacuum cleaner that is better than a Dyson

The $89 vacuum cleaner that is better than a Dyson

A GOOD vacuum really sucks — and to find one that adequately picks up the trail of disaster left behind by a family can be a long, expensive mission. It’s not uncommon to fork out $1000 for a vacuum with good suction — and the brand often thrown around as the holy grail of this […]

Aussie dollar hits four-month high

Aussie dollar hits four-month high

THE Australian dollar is still rising strongly and as reached a four-month high against its US counterpart which remains unchanged ahead of key US jobs figures. At 06.35 AEST on Friday, the Australian dollar was worth 77.32 US cents, up from 77.11 US cents on Thursday. The US dollar has been steady against a basket […]

Discounting war helping customers but hurting producers

Discounting war helping customers but hurting producers

EGG prices are being smashed and bread costs sliced in a supermarket discounting war. Coles, Woolworths and Aldi recently dropped the price for a dozen of their own brand free-range eggs by as much as 40c a carton in a scramble to win over shoppers. Coles on Wednesday also announced price cuts to more than […]

Australian internet slow and unreliable – Choice

Australian internet slow and unreliable – Choice

Six in ten Australians have been plagued by internet drop-outs, connection issues and slow download speeds a new Choice survey has found. “To make matters worse, some of the slowest providers also scored poorly when it comes to value for money and customer and technical support,” Alan Kirkland, Choice CEO said. The consumer watchdog’s internet […]

Casual workers could get permanent roles

Casual workers could get permanent roles

Casual workers could be offered permanent roles after 12 months under a Fair Work Commission proposal, which unions say will help tackle an “epidemic” of insecure work. In a decision published on Wednesday, the commission said a “casual conversion provision” was necessary to make sure employers did not keep people on casual contracts indefinitely. The […]

Electricity price rises: small business brace for increases

Electricity price rises: small business brace for increases

BUSINESSES will be forced to cut staff or shut down altogether as crippling energy price hikes begin sweeping across the nation this month. The small business lobby group says urgent action is needed to resolve the decade-long national deadlock on energy policy in the face of what’s being described as a bigger crisis than the […]

Discount supermarket cheaper than ALDI

Discount supermarket cheaper than ALDI

Move over ALDI, there’s a discount supermarket that is set to take the title of the cheapest supermarket in town. The Golden Circle factory outlet, a food warehouse known for dishing out the good stuff at ridiculously cheap prices in Queensland, has sent eager discount shoppers into a frenzy – and for very good reason. […]