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Take a look at our top Google searches for 2017


Google Australia has released its annual Year in Search results with the top trending searches for 2017 which included everything from fidget spinners and sport to natural disasters and politics. The things we search for reflected what was most popular in our minds and in 2017 these included the stress ball replacement – the fidget spinner – which was one of the biggest toy crazes …

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eBay gearing up for its busiest shopping day of the year


Today is shaping up as the busiest day for online shopping ahead of Christmas. eBay alone will have 2.7 million visitors with more than 1.8 million visiting through mobile devices. With two weeks left till Christmas, shoppers still have a chance to order online and have their packages delivered in time. eBay, Australia’s largest online shopping destination, is gearing up for its biggest day of …

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Amazon has launched in Australia – but how does it stack up?


Amazon has finally arrived in Australia with the shopping giant offering customers competitive prices across a range of product categories, including tech, in the lead up to Christmas. The massive retailer was reportedly gearing up for launch two weeks ago ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales but failed to materialise. At that time, retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Myer and David …

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Vodafone launches its NBN services with a network guarantee

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Vodafone today launched its NBN services with customers able to order their connection online, on the phone or through 78 stores across Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong and Newcastle. The Vodafone NBN plans will offer unlimited data as well as a backup Internet service using the Vodafone mobile network for up to 30 days during connection or during a line repair. Customers will also receive a …

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Australia to wait even longer for Amazon’s Alexa and Echo smart speakers


Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, the smart speakers which have been available in the US for more than a year, will not make it to Australia and New Zealand until 2018. Amazon revealed the delay today while announcing the availability of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) for local developers to create voice experiences for Australian and New Zealand customers. …

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eBay partners with Google so now you can shop using your voice


Christmas is less than a month away and people are ramping up the Christmas shopping that’s a lot easier now thanks to a partnership between eBay and Google and the launch of a whole new experience. From today, Australian customers will be able to use Google Assistant to access eBay’s incredible range of products simply by saying “Ask eBay” or “Talk to eBay” to search …

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NBN halts HFC rollout to improve the service for customers


About three million Australian homes waiting to be connected to the NBN will now face even further delays after work on the HFC (hybrid fibre coaxial) rollout was halted to improve the service and resolve existing issues. Also known as the Pay TV network, HFC connections to the NBN have been problematic and NBN Co has decided undertake fieldwork to ensure the quality of connection …

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Mobile virtual network SIM-only operators booming as customers hunt for value


Australians are always on the lookout for lower cost mobile plans which is why MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) are having a boom year in 2017 with more than 200,000 new connections collectively. This figure is actually beating the individual performance of Optus, Vodafone and Telstra (in that order) according to Telsyte’s Australian Mobile Services Market Study. In the first half of 2017, the market …

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Here’s a snapshot of our online dating habits – and it’s not all pretty


The Internet has many uses but a popular one has been dating. New research shows that a third of Australians have used internet dating services while half of all millennials have tried to score a date online. New research by YouGov, an international data and analytics group, revealed 35 per cent of Aussies have tried their hand using internet and online dating apps. Not so …

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Telstra launches its first unlimited data home broadband plans


Telstra has launched its first home broadband plans with unlimited data allowances to match the growing appetite of Australian customers who are now using the internet to access their entertainment. Streaming entertainment has continued to grow dramatically in popularity especially as more homes are connected to the NBN. In past 12 months, traffic on Telstra’s fixed network has increased by 40 per cent with two …

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How Australians are taking their Netflix bingeing habits out in public


Ah, Netflix. It allows us to binge on our favourite programs but with the rising popularity of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets were now bingeing in public more than ever before. The popular subscription video on demand service allows people to stream and download anywhere and anytime. This means viewers are no longer restricted to bingeing in private –  we’re now doing it …

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We’re loving the sharing economy but do you know your rights if things go wrong?


If you’ve ever used services like Uber, AirBNB or Airtasker, you’re part of the booming sharing economy but while they are quite convenient – do you know your rights if things don’t go to plan? These platforms have been enormously successful and offer a convenient way to obtain goods and services being offered by other members of the public rather than an organisation. But what …

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Telstra to refund 42,000 customers after over-selling its NBN speeds


Telstra will be providing a refund for more than 42,000 customers who were sold NBN internet plans which promised speeds that their NBN connection was simply not capable of delivering. The ACCC has accepted Telstra’s decision to improve information provided to customers after it was revealed the telco was found to have misled customers on the actual capabilities of their connection. Telstra pointed out not …

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Swann launches easy-to-install wire-free Smart Security Camera


Swann, already a well-known brand when it comes to security, has just unveiled its new wire-free Smart Security Camera to make it even easier to keep an eye on your home from anywhere. The Swann wire-free Smart Security Camera provides full high definition 1080p video so it can easily capture things like faces and car number plates. It also has a wide 120-degree viewing angle …

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NBN unveils new technology that delivers ultra-fast speeds over copper lines


The NBN has unveiled new broadband technology called G.fast which can provide seriously fast speeds over the much-maligned copper lines that make up part of the national network. The announcement comes just days after widespread criticism of the NBN and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull labelling it a “massive waste of money”. This new G.fast technology will be deployed in 2018 and could address the customer …

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NRL matches to be streamed globally after Fox Sports partnership


From next year you can watch NRL matches anywhere in the world after Fox Sports announced a partnership that would allow Australians living and travelling overseas to support their favourite teams. Watch NRL is a new streaming service that will start in 2018 and make it possible to watch any NRL game, including the State of Origin series, globally. Fox Sports partnered with International Management …

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Why our troubled NBN has turned into a massive blame game


There’s a lot of finger pointing going on when it comes to the NBN. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it’s all Labor’s fault and that the NBN was set up the wrong way with billions of dollars wasted. And today if a customer complains about their NBN service the telco blames the NBN and the NBN blames the telco. And the customer is still stuck …

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