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Amazon’s Australian foray could spark a frenzy in retail tech discounting
When Amazon hits Australian shores it would undercut the local brick-and-mortar retailers by 15-percent, according to analysis by investment bank Citi.Although premium, flagship and newly-released products...
Australia wants its ISPs to defend citizens against threats
Who should be responsible for your online safety? Well, the Australian government’s Dan Tehan, who’s the Assisting Minister for Cyber Security, has recently made comments claiming that the job of protecting...
ACCC suing Apple over iPhone repair policy in battle for consumer rights
The Australian consumer watchdog is taking Apple to court for its uncompromising repair and warranty policy, specifically regarding the Error 53 bug that plagued Apple users last year.The Australian Competition...
Apple sends warning to banks with Australian mobile payments decision
Apple Inc on Friday won a victory in its global fight to prevent banks from introducing their own mobile payment services on Apple devices, as an Australian regulator barred lenders from bargaining collectively...
How to watch the start of the new F1 season in the UK, US and Australia
Ah F1. Is there anything more exciting than seeing cars of all colours of the rainbow zooming gaily around some of the most exotic locations in the world? “Zoomy cars?!” we hear you exclaim, “I sure would...
Australian leaders pledge funds for energy storage after billionaire Tweet bet
reader comments 14 Share this story A battery installation like the one on San Diego Gas & Electric's grid in Southern California could be in store for Australia.SDG&ELate last week, Atlassian founder...
Elon Musk on batteries for Australia: “Installed in 100 days or it is free”
Enlarge / A collection of Powerpacks at the storage facility next to the Mira Loma substation in Southern California.Megan Geuss reader comments Share this story On Thursday morning, the Australian Financial...
DOJ won’t prosecute Redflex in exchange for restitution and cooperation
Enlargemathieukor / Getty Images News reader comments 21 Share this story Further ReadingEx-CEO of red light camera firm sentenced to 14 months for briberyFederal prosecutors in Ohio and Illinois have...
The problem with this sticker
Does this sticker look familiar? It could be all a lie. AUSTRALIANS, you’ve been duped. Tests by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) have revealed Australian motorists are getting the short end...
Revamped ABC app makes visiting Aunty easier than ever
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has just released updated versions of its Android and iOS apps that give users a wide array of new features, including live streaming video from all ABC TV channels...
Australian continent moves with the seasons
The Australian continent is chasing the point where the Earth is heaviest. IF YOU have ever been at the beach during a warm Australian summer and claim to have noticed a subtle tilt and gyrate of our continent,...
Netflix’s first Aussie series causes hysteria
A town has brought them together. Why them? Why here? Why now? Glitch is an epic paranormal saga about love, loss and what it means to be human. Starts Thursday July 9 on ABC. Netflix and the ABC will...
Foxtel to remake Aussie film classic
The 1975 Australian classic. During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from a girls' school vanish without a trace. Foxtel will remake the 1975 Aussie classic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock". Picture:...
Netflix content faces possible delay in Australia
The process of classifying original Netflix content for the Australian market could result in delays for Aussie customers. THE time consuming process of classifying material is expected to begin causing...
Umm, that’s now how you park
A man was injured after his car smashed through bollards, tore through a busy park and plunged into Sydney Harbour this afternoon. Courtesy: Ten Eyewitness News The car ended up bonnet-first in White Bay...
ABS Census 2016 validity in tatters
Head of census 2016 says the ABS is not considering any backup plan amid fears of a low participation rate. Census 2016 program manager Duncan Young says half of Australian households have submitted their...
Half of Australians missing Census
Australians are slow to complete the 2016 Census, with just over half of households represented more than a week after its launch. ALMOST half of Australian households are still yet to complete the national...
The Census is back online
After the census site failed and was taken down on Tuesday night, Malcolm Turnbull said it shouldn't of happened and is not happy about it. A joint press conference with Small Business Minister Michael...
Who is the mysterious ASD?
The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked and no data was lost. Census proved to be a big fail last night. Photo: Adam Ward THEIR stated mission is simple: “Reveal their...
Car emissions face Australian test
A Toyota Corolla having its emissions tested in Australia in real-world driving conditions. Picture: Supplied THE tailpipe emissions of Australia’s top-selling cars will be put to the test in real-world...
The thing holding back our NBN
Independent telecommunications industry analyst Paul Budde near his office in Sydney. THE business case for switching NBN connections from a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) connection to the superior fibre-to-the-premises...
Netflix crackdown backfires in Oz
Local content a killer ... Australian video-streaming services Stan and Presto are growing faster than market leader Netflix, a Telsyte study says, with Netflix’s VPN crackdown and local content from the...
Refugee surgeon inspired by The Terminator
The titanium robots in The Terminator gave one young boy an idea. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger’s robot limbs in The Terminator captured the imagination of a 12-year-old boy in 1984. That boy became a doctor and...
Twitter may decide election winner
Federal election goes online ... Twitter says more than half of its Australian users are still uncommitted voters, and politicians should share more online to win them over. (Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.)...
Remains of bizarre group of extinct snail-eating Australian marsupials discovered
Fossil remains of a previously unknown family of carnivorous Australian marsupials that lived 15 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in north-western Queensland....
‘Nothing can prepare us for 2050’
The world is being transformed by global warming faster than anyone anticipated. But some of the world's most eminent scientists are on the case, in the face of imminent catastrophe. You think our sizzling...
Early Australian invention ‘rewriting history’
The fragments of the axes were found in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. AUSTRALIA was the birthplace of the axe, scientists believe after identifying a nearly 50,000-year-old fragment discovered...
Rio-bound athletes turn to crowdfunding
Australian athletes turning to crowd-funding site GoFundMe to raise money for their Olympic campaigns — including gymnast Danni Prince. Picture: Supplied MANY Australian athletes heading to the Rio Olympics...
Has Bitcoin inventor revealed his true identity?
LONDON -- An Australian man long thought to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator.BBC News said Monday that Craig Wright told the media outlet...
Australian confirms his identity as bitcoin creator: BBC
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright told the BBC on Monday he was the creator of controversial digital currency bitcoin, ending years of speculation about a person who until now...
Bitcoin creator confirms identity as Australian Craig Wright - BBC
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright, long-suspected of having created crypto-currency Bitcoin, has confirmed his identity in an interview with the BBC released on Monday, ending...
The jobs killer is coming
Truck drivers, cafe staff, petrol station attendants and others who rely on the roadside economy could find themselves unemployed. IT’S one of the most exciting technological advances on the horizon, but...
Gumtree shaken by hack attack
Gumtree admitted its security had been compromised in April 2016, revealing users' personal details. AUSTRALIAN users of the popular online sales site Gumtree may be targeted by online criminals after...
Hollywood or hostage crisis? Johnny Depp, Amber Heard make online apology to Australia - CNET
The celebrity couple appear in a grim video, filmed by the Australian government, to say they are sorry for "disrespecting" Australian law. Facebook users are apparently worried the two are being held...
‘A piece of Australia’s military history’
The Sentinel was produced in NSW in 1942-43, but was not used in battle. AN ICONIC World War II Australian tank has returned home — thanks to a video gaming company. The Australian Cruiser (AC) “Sentinel”...
Ancient mystery hiding in these jars
Australian scientists say mysteries still surround the ethnicity of thousands of remains found in these burial jars at Laos' Plain of Jars. Picture: Thonglith Luangkhoth AN AUSTRALIAN archeologist has...
Ground broken on loopy Infinity tower
Work has begun on a new luxury tower that will be the centerpiece of the redeveloped Green Square area in Sydney, Australia. Infinity by Crown Group has a distinctive looped design that is pulled down...
Earth Hour hits back at haters
The Sydney skyline during Earth Hour in Sydney over the weekend. Picture: Sam Mooy THE organisers of Earth Hour have hit back at criticism that the now nine-year-old campaign is a “silly fad” that should...
Stepping back in time to protect the future of the Great Barrier Reef
Australia's stunning Great Barrier Reef is changing, and not for the better. In the years since the industrial revolution, the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has made the oceans...
Is this Queensland teen a terrorist or hero?
Terrorist or aid worker? The Australian Government and Oliver Bridgeman are telling competing stories. TWO months ago, Queenslander Oliver Bridgeman was jovial, flexing his muscles and joking with the...
China cranky over Aussie defence build-up
Australia’s defence white paper has angered the Chinese. PICTURE: AAP Image/Royal Australian Navy, ABIS Tom Gibson THE Chinese government has expressed “dissatisfaction” with Australia’s “negative” remarks...
Village declares war on piracy ‘parasites’
Take a look at what the Federal Govt's new Copyright Amendment Bill means for the everyday user. Village Roadshow warns major Australian films like Mad Max: Fury Road will be no more if piracy continues....
Flux Party seeks to be the bitcoin of Australian politics
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A new Australian political party is using the virtual currency bitcoin as a model to replace what they say is an outdated political system - representative democracy - with a streamlined...
World’s first bitcoin mining IPO falls short
Although the amount raised was less than a third of the target, Bitcoin Group CEO Sam Lee said it was a "solid result." "It is sufficient for the company to execute its current strategy of expanding our...
Why you lose in Netflix’s new war
Netflix has launched its services in 130 countries, covering almost the entire globe except China. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has changed his tune on geo-blocking. FOR nearly a year it seemed like it was...
Google says G'day to Australian twang, slang
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Internet search giant Google has added Australian slang and language recognition to its applications, addressing complaints that its software had difficulty in understanding thick local...
Australian businesses facing up to cyberwar need the right kinds of clouds
"China as an economic and military actor in cyberspace is determined to look and feel very different in 20 years' time," wrote Professor Greg Austin -- and that could have implications for how Australian...
When did Aussies become such massive whingers?
I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! host Julia Morris received brickbats on social media for flirting with Dr Chris Brown. But is the anger warranted? OPINION TODAY is a day to reflect on what it means...
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for free, open and secure internet
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a free, open and secure internet, in a speech at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. “Every aspect of our lives...
Cyberbullying making Australian public servants miserable
Australian public sector employees have told QUT researchers workplace cyberbullying is impacting on job satisfaction, creating workplace stress and affecting productivity. Canberra-based Dr Felicity...
Shannon Noll’s desperate comeback
What about me, Groovin the Moo? What about me? IF you don’t think the photo of Shannon Noll opening shirt to expose his Southern Cross tattoo is the most magnificent sight ever, you are un-Australian and...
Hoverboard sparks house fire in Australia
Hoverboards have become wildly popular this year Photo: Rex Features In December the Australian consumer watchdog said it had two safety concerns with the products - fires that have occurred overseas...
IT security predictions for Australian organisations in 2016
Just days before Christmas, Australia’s popular press was awash with reports of how a security flaw in Hello Barbie, the Wi-Fi connected doll, could be used to spy on the nation’s children. As the era...
Australian government tells citizens to turn off two-factor authentication
The Australian government has repeatedly called for citizens to turn off two-factor authentication (2FA) at its main digital government portal, myGov. The portal's Twitter account has recently been updated...
Drone helps icebreaker navigate treacherous Antarctic
Australian Antarctic Division ice-breaker, the Aurora Australis, as seen from from a quadcopter drone on December 23, 2015 Australia's flagship icebreaker has for the first time used drone technology...
‘Don’t test us’: China’s threat to Australia
An Australian military aircraft has flown over the disputed South China Sea, and China is not happy. Itu Aba Island, also known as Taiping Island, is one of many disputed islands in the South China Sea....
Hey Australian businesses, if you fear it, do something about it
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and CERT Australia released a new cyber report of cyber statistics on Monday, the 2015 Cyber Security Survey: Major Australian Businesses [PDF]. What interests...
Headbanging Aussie bee takes a heavy metal approach to pollination
Research has for the first time revealed the heavy metal secret behind an Australian bee's unique approach to pollination: high-speed headbanging. Credit: Callin Switzer, Harvard University Research has...
Hoverboards risk head injuries: ACCC
Warning issued ... ‘Hoverboards,’ as used by Ozi Wheel owner Mickael Morrier, can carry serious safety risks. THEY may be the hot item of Christmas 2015 but Australia’s leading consumer authority today...
Bitcoin whodunit leads to Oz - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe value of Bitcoin has surged and crashed during its short life span. Science Picture Co./Corbis The search for the creator of cryptocurrency Bitcoin has turned up a new lead.Two separate...
Nvidia CEO shrugs off Google's efforts to undercut its growth engine
In a blog post Wednesday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that his company has an ongoing collaboration with Google, while also indirectly belittling part of Google's tensor processing unit (TPU) initiative....
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
The race to $1,000 – Alphabet and Amazon hit new record highs
Amazon and Alphabet both hit new record highs on Wednesday, as shares of both companies race to $1,000 a pop. Shares of Alphabet are trading up about half a percent, likely on the tail of the company's...
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
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