AI curiosity soars, but not everyone’s comfortable

24 July

Interest in artificial intelligence tools has soared in Australia, with internet searches for the technology rising by 20 per cent, according to Google. But the internet giant revealed searches for AI-detection tools are also up, indicating many...[Read More]

Pre-fab homes built up as state fix for housing crisis

24 July

Pre-fabricated social homes will be trialled in an attempt to speed up the delivery of much-needed accommodation as advocates call for a housing tsar to help cut through planning red tape. Sites in Lake Macquarie and Wollongong, to the north and...[Read More]

Fox sisters spurring each other at Paris Games

24 July

Jessica and Noemie Fox are the great sibling sparring partners who loom as one of the biggest stories of the Paris Olympics. After winning her breakthrough gold medal at the Tokyo Games, Jessica could sweep the canoe slalom and kayak slalom this...[Read More]

Ramp up research or risk falling behind, event told

24 July

Australia needs to make bigger investments in research and development projects to avoid falling behind global competition, a conference has been told. It also needed to include more First Nations experts to tap into vital, specialist knowledge. The...[Read More]

Medical devices at risk under 3G closure, inquiry told

24 July

Vulnerable people who use emergency medical devices connected to 3G data may slip through the cracks when the ageing mobile network is switched off in coming weeks. It is not known how many 3G-reliant medical devices, such as personal cardiac...[Read More]

Energy suppliers use cold snap to fire up power prices

24 July

Power producers chasing profits during a cold snap have stoked wholesale electricity price rises in recent months, according to the latest data. Wholesale electricity prices have increased across all regions except Queensland as more expensive gas...[Read More]

‘Dystopian scenario’ of AI music over human tunes

24 July

One day soon, AI-driven algorithms could be directing music fans towards AI-generated tunes, in preference to songs written by human musicians. This possibility has been sketched out for a parliamentary inquiry looking at Australia’s live music...[Read More]

Tax breaks on ‘big, dumb’ utes cost the public $250m

24 July

Australian taxpayers lost out on a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue in 2023 thanks to a generous tax loophole for “big, dumb” American-style utes, a report says. Large utes such as those made by Chevrolet and Ram are being subsidised as...[Read More]

AUKUS to withstand winds of political change: chiefs

24 July

The US Navy’s highest-ranking officer has reaffirmed her nation’s commitment to AUKUS, regardless of who wins the White House. As she visited the HMAS Stirling naval base alongside her Australian and UK counterparts for the first time, Admiral...[Read More]

High-caffeine brands seized in ‘energy drink’ crackdown

24 July

Hundreds of highly caffeinated beverages have been removed from shelves in a crackdown on potentially harmful energy drinks. Beverages with almost double the maximum allowed caffeine content are among almost 700 drinks seized during inspections of...[Read More]

John Lennon glasses, Abbey Road photos to be auctioned

24 July

Round blue-tinted glasses given by John Lennon to a man who was visiting the Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded are to go on sale in Britain later this month. The Lennon-style glasses were handed to the man, who was with his girlfriend,...[Read More]

Rent squeeze adds extra juice for first-home buyers

24 July

People have had enough of the tough rental market and are choosing to buy homes with rents remaining high and stock low. National rents remained unchanged over the June 2024 quarter at $600 per week, but this marks a 9.1 per cent increase, or $50...[Read More]

Work and Wander: Embrace the Freedom of Remote Jobs While Traveling the World

25 July

Ever dreamed of working in a hotel room overlooking the Mediterranean, travelling through Europe, or exploring Australia in a caravan? The flexibility in today’s job market, driven by the remote working revolution, has made it possible for many to...[Read More]

Halogen phase-out: light bulb moment for energy savings

24 July

Australians could cut their power bills – and carbon emissions – one light bulb at a time as halogen lighting is switched off in homes and offices. Halogen will be phased out and new standards set for digital signage displays under tougher...[Read More]

Pump and dump share scheme ‘tried to rig stock prices’

24 July

An alleged scheme to artificially inflate share prices before selling the stock has been busted by the financial regulator. Participants in the alleged “pump and dump” scheme face up to 15 years behind bars and fines of more than $1 million,...[Read More]