Category: Entertainment & Lifestyle

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

AUSTRALIANS can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix as well as for songs and movies downloaded from the internet when a range of new taxes kick in at the end of the week. Sunday will also be the final one where hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers in the retail, fast […]

NFL star’s amazing $1200 Uber ride

NFL star’s amazing $1200 Uber ride

WHEN an Uber driver unknowingly picked up this NFL star, a trip he thought was just across town ended up being 858km. AN UBER driver in America recently accepted a ride to take a passenger from the Chicago airport to local restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings Grill. Only he had misunderstood the request, with the passenger […]

How a university professor lost $230,000 on the pokies

How a university professor lost $230,000 on the pokies

She may not look like it, but Laurie Brown is a poker machine addict. Professor Brown, a successful University of Canberra academic, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on the pokies, exploding the myth that gambling-related harm only affected those in lower socio-economic brackets. “I could be glued to the machine for six hours at […]

Night phone use worsens teen mental health

Night phone use worsens teen mental health

Teenagers who use their mobiles late at night sleep worse than those who don’t, leading to poorer mental health, reduced coping and lower self-esteem, Western Australian researchers have found. Students were asked what time of the night they received or sent text messages and phone calls, as well as their perceptions of their sleep quality, […]

Homeless Man who helped Manchester victims given a home

Homeless Man who helped Manchester victims given a home

A homeless man who was sleeping near Manchester Arena has been hailed a hero for rushing to help young victims injured by the blast. Stephen Jones said he heard a huge bang, which he initially thought was a firework. The hero described how he pulled nails out of children’s bodies shortly after the bomb went […]

Change coming to frequent flyer points

Change coming to frequent flyer points

A MAJOR shake-up is coming to credit card rewards programs and it could make it harder for customers to earn valuable frequent flyer points off purchases. From July 1, many new and existing card holders can expect to see a revamp to the banks’ rewards programs, which may include reduced earn rates and limits on […]

Australian farmers adapt to changing climate

Australian farmers adapt to changing climate

Australian farmers have spent years battling droughts, with dry years becoming more common in the face of climate change. So how do farmers survive a changing Mother Nature? A report from agricultural forecaster ABARES found changes in climate over the past 20 years had had a significant negative effect on Australian cropping farms. But Neal […]

Dad adopts four kids and gives them the childhood he never had

Dad adopts four kids and gives them the childhood he never had

Rob and Reece Scheer of Darnestown, two white gay men, adopted a little girl and three boys — all of whom are African American and had been in foster care. Despite being criticized and told repeatedly that they were not fit to be parents, Rob and Reece gave these children a childhood many have never […]

Mark Manson’s direct approach to life

Mark Manson’s direct approach to life

EVERYTHING we’ve been told about how to improve our lives is wrong, according to blogger Mark Manson. In his new, somewhat direct book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k, Manson cuts through the crap and tells us what we need to do to get it right. I believe that today we’re facing a […]

MP3 is officially dead as founders terminate licensing program

MP3 is officially dead as founders terminate licensing program

MP3 changed the way we listen to music, as we shifted from bulky Walkmans to compact digital listening devices. But the digital audio encoding format has now been officially confirmed as dead by the people who invented it. MP3 has widely been credited with turning the music world on its head by allowing digital audio […]

Are fresh vegies always healthier than frozen?

Are fresh vegies always healthier than frozen?

If you’re trying to cut down on food waste, yet often have piles of limp and discoloured vegies in your fridge by the end of the week, it might be time to rethink your view of frozen veg. There’s a common belief fresh is best and buying frozen vegies is a cop out. But certainly […]

Unemployed man wins $50 million Powerball

Unemployed man wins $50 million Powerball

AN UNEMPLOYED man from Western Sydney has won Powerball’s $50 million division one prize pool. The man, aged in his 30s, wishes to remain anonymous. He was the only division one Powerball winner in Australia drawn on Thursday, a statement reveals. Surrounded by his family, he received official confirmation from a NSW Lotteries official minutes […]

Dad play with babies ‘boost mental growth’

Dad play with babies ‘boost mental growth’

Fathers who interact more with their babies during the first few months of life may boost their child’s mental development, experts have found. Children of fathers who are more engaged and active when playing with their babies perform better on cognitive tests later in childhood, according to a study published in Infant Mental Health Journal. […]

The solution to our traffic problem

The solution to our traffic problem

YOU wouldn’t think Australia should look to the place with the world’s worst traffic for solutions. But we can learn a lot from these unlikely roads. I’LL never complain about Sydney’s traffic again. Not after spending a week in Jakarta — the Indonesian capital where time stands still the moment you enter a vehicle. My […]

Boy breaks down in tears over Obama exit

Boy breaks down in tears over Obama exit

CHRISTOPHER loves Barack Obama. He’s not so enamoured with either party vying for his job. The four-year-old broke down in tears in a now-viral video shared on Twitter this week. In it, he’s told for the first time that Obama will no longer be president at the end of the year. At first he resists […]