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August 1

iOS 8 Tips and Tricks to Save you Time and Money

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 8:03 AM

The Californian based company, Apple, is one of the most prolific leaders within the technology space today. The company is the second largest information technology company by revenue after Samsung Electronics, but is the worlds largest technology company in terms of total assets. On November 25th 2014, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at over $700 billion, employing 98,000 people in 453 retail stores.

iOS 8 Tips and Tricks to Save you Time and Money

Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 it popularity has been exponential and to date the company has sold over 500 million iPhones around the world. Their most recent update, iOS 8, was for most users like getting a new iPhone because it was the first major overhaul the operating system has had. Therefore due to its popularity and just in case you missed a few tricks, I’m going to reveal some of the top tips you can use on iOS 8 to save you time and money, whilst improving your experience with your iPhone.

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July 31

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 5)

Posted by on July 31, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Southeast Queensland residents will be happy to know that the recent 5.3 earthquake to hit the Gold and Sunshine coasts as well as Brisbane are completely safe. The earthquake that struck 100km off Fraser Island has shown no sign of creating a Tsunami, therefore what better way to help continue to lighten the mood this weekend than with a free album from Olly Murs, courtesy of Google Play.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 5)

The other companies that have come through for us this week on the freebie front include Disney, Worms (iPad / iPhone game), Toluna, Bitdefender and Godfreys. Get your hands on internet security and virus protection for your Windows PC, a $10 off in-store shopping voucher, a L’Oreal nail art kit and more.

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July 30

Virtual Reality Heading Towards the Masses with Google Cardboard Costing Just $10

Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Virtual reality has been a much sought after experience for the past 15 years. Despite the odd games arcade having an experimental device using VR technology, it’s an otherwise difficult experience to get hold of. Chris Howatson, managing director of creative and digital agency CHE Proximity, believes we’re closer than we think. “Virtual reality for the masses is coming like a bullet train and could account for all digital video consumption within two years.”

Virtual Reality Heading Towards the Masses with Google Cardboard Costing Just $10

Howatson is currently responsible for producing one of the initial Australian VR brand films in conjunction with the launch of the Mazda MX-5. He says this is all thanks to Google’s cheap VR kit called ‘Google Cardboard’ (costing just $10) along with Facebook’s more advanced Oculus Rift. The stage is set and we are on the cusp of exploding into an immersive experience of 360-degree viewing format.

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July 29

New Tax Laws on GST to Include Overseas Purchases under $1,000

Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 7:59 AM

Our special Australia tax, inflated pricing and costly services are all a factor of our country’s proximity to the rest of the world. If that wasn’t enough, retailers are now fighting for what they believe to be a more level playing field by forcing online shoppers to pay more for foreign goods. The existing rate that you may be aware of is that anything over $1,000 is liable for 10% GST. A two-day meeting at the Australian Council of Governments (COAG) witnessed leaders the industry and our country debate over GST being ‘modernised’ to include items under the value of $1,000.

New Tax Laws on GST to Include Overseas Purchases under $1,000

NSW Premier, Mike Baird said that this debate was aimed at “effectively bringing the current system into the modern age” . The council also discussed other areas of GST at the COAG on Thursday 16th July and didn’t rule out making additional changes as and where they saw appropriate for modernisation purposes. It would finally appear as though Australian retailers are getting what they have been requesting for years, but how will this affect your pocket?

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July 28

Telstra Scam Adds to $45 Million Already Stolen in 2015

Posted by on July 28, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Telstra customers were hit last week by a scam that meant 22,000 of them were sent fake bills stating that they had overpaid. In the email they received was a link which they were instructed to use in order to get a refund. Copies of the emails have alarmed Telstra with just how similar their format and layout looks to the original versions which the company actually sends to its customers. Telstra National Security advisor Rachael Falk said, “Criminals are out in force, customers need to be on high alert for these online scams.”

Telstra Scam Adds to $45 Million Already Stolen in 2015

If you or anyone you know uses Telstra then make sure they are aware this is happening at the moment. A useful tip is that the fake emails can be distinguished by the absence of a ‘$’ sign to indicate the amount of money they have supposedly paid twice and is available for a refund via the scam email link.

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July 27

ALDI Dominates Ratings with the Happiest Customers and Lowest Prices

Posted by on July 27, 2015 at 8:10 AM

After all the speculation and hype around ALDI earlier in the year, things have finally all fallen into place for the brand. If you didn’t believe it before then these latest results will surely sway your mind. Bringing power to the people through surveys and questionnaires is a way to deliver honesty around how they really feel and it appears in this instance, we Australians are rejoicing over ALDI.

ALDI Dominates Ratings with the Happiest Customers and Lowest Prices

The German owned supermarket chain was recently dubbed the best supermarket in Australia for a second year running according to customer satisfaction research conducted by Canstar Blue. ALDI was awarded 5 stars in four of the eight categories after 3,000 shoppers were surveyed.  The most interesting fact was that nearly 23% of all shoppers have changed their supermarket chain within the past 12 months in order to browse through ALDI’s aisles instead.

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July 24

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 4)

Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Freebie Friday has to be one of my favourite days of the week. And this week it’s not just the usual moisturisers and Toluna giveaways, as we also have some really useful free parking offers from Secure Parking and even some free maternity underwear from Huggies.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 4)

Today I bring to you freebies from the likes of Toluna, Nescafe, L’Oreal, Huggies and Secure Parking in Melbourne. If you spot anything you like, simply hit the link to get directed straight to the website to make your free order.

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July 24

Reasons to Avoid Using Amaysim Plans Abroad over Other Telco SIM-only Plans

Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 8:11 AM

In a recent post that I wrote regarding international data charges for tablet users, something significant that my research uncovered was the extortionate rates being charged by Amaysim. To reiterate, I found that consuming 1GB of data while abroad with them would cost you a staggering $23,000!

Reasons to Avoid Using Amaysim Plans Abroad over Other Telco SIM only Plans

This got me thinking about what other Australian telco’s were charging by comparison. Seasoned travellers often try to get the cheapest data rates by picking up a local SIM from the country they’re visiting, allowing them to pay local data usage rates when not in a wifi zone. However, hunting around for a shop selling SIM cards in unfamiliar surroundings, not to mention potentially doing so in a foreign language too, can often be a major hassle. As such I’ve decided to look at what the other domestic telco’s in Australia are charging for international data packs on on their SIM-only plans.

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July 23

How Will the New eSIM Partnership between Apple and Samsung Change Your Mobile Experience

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 8:36 AM

The Financial Times recently brought us a story about the two technology giants, Apple and Samsung collaborating over a new form of SIM card. The two companies have apparently agreed to work together on designing and developing a new common architecture standard for an electronic SIM (Subscriber Identity Module). This new generation of SIM would replace its physical / plastic older brother.

How Will the New eSIM Partnership between Apple and Samsung Change Your Mobile Experience

The new concept in the tech giant’s eyes would allow us, the users to easily switch between network carriers without having to switch SIM cards. The Financial Times stated it would, “fundamentally change how consumers sign up to mobile operators.” Although the transition seems like a smart way to move forward technologically, is the change necessarily a good thing for the consumers pockets overall? Are mobile plan prices likely go up as the power shifts from network providers to phone-makers?

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July 22

The next Fashion Frontier: Clothes and Accessories You Don’t Even Choose Yourself

Posted by on July 22, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Fashion has always been about expressing oneself through what one believes to be stylish and contemporary. However, this is now being challenged by the emergence of a new fashion trend. One that I believe is likely to seem like a dream come true to for many men and a massive time saver for women. If the sound of online shopping where you can’t see what you are buying seems a bit too abstract, then this might not be for you. But, as online shopping has changed the norm of acquiring new clothes, so too might “mystery delivery shopping”.

The next Fashion Frontier: Clothes and Accessories You Don’t Even Choose Yourself

Stylishly savvy companies across westernised countries have begun a new type of service called mystery deliveries. Once you sign up, these companies will send you a box of specially chosen clothes, beauty products or accessories straight to your front door every month. Basic companies will send you standard offerings, whilst more sophisticated businesses ask their customers about dress size, style, appearance, taste and perfect piece examples. Then you simply keep what you like from the box and return what you don’t.

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July 20

Amcal Unable to Defend Top Australian Pharmacy Ranking According to Canstar Report

Posted by on July 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Canstar Blue is a customer satisfaction research and ratings business that launched in 2010. Their main purpose is to help customers make better purchasing decisions based on independent research that they conduct. The company focuses on product and service excellence and aims to mouth the real voice of customers through quantitative research.

Amcal Unable to Defend Top Australian Pharmacy Ranking According to Canstar Report

Buckscoop’s alignment with this school of thought is what spurred me to write about the company which Canstar selected based on their reviews of pharmacies in Australia that customers were most satisfied with. Their research takes into account things like value for money, range of health products, pharmacist availability and advice provided. So hopefully the next time you decide to stop by a pharmacy, you’ll at least be armed with the knowledge of which one in particular will be offering you the best service at the best price based for your particular needs.

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July 17

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 3)

Posted by on July 17, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Its Friday again guys and all is not right in the Australian news this week. The scandalous behaviour from the likes of Andrew Nikolic and Helen Polley using taxpayers money for private helicopter flights simply isn’t acceptable. Well, now it’s your turn to get something and pay nothing as our Robin Hood style freebie hunters have picked out a number of samples and giveaways from various companies that you can take advantage of this week.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 3)

This Friday our freebie loot holds some gems from Toluna, Rexona, Spotify, BWS and the Google Play Store.

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July 16

Jet.com Launches Next week to Rival Amazon after Raising $220 Million

Posted by on July 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Jet.com is a new wholesale shopping start-up, which is creating waves in the market place. A recent round of venture capital funding witnessed the company raise $220 million in efforts to empower the company to take on the e-commerce giant Amazon. Jet.com last month launched in Beta for 10,000 insiders to test out its new platform. I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering why a company would want to try and take on Amazon, one of the largest online stores in existence today.

Jet.com Launches Next week to Rival Amazon after Raising $220 Million

Jet promises to offer prices 10% to 15% lower than anywhere else online, including Amazon. Their business model allows for products to be up to 8% cheaper straight of the mark. Customers will then be rewarded with discounts if they combine multiple orders into single shipments, waive the ability to return an item or use their debit instead of their credit card. Find out more regarding Jet and what CEO Marc Lore has in store before their launch in T-minus 5 days.

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July 15

Clarifying Misconceptions about Building Your Own Computer for Less Money

Posted by on July 15, 2015 at 8:03 AM

In a time before we had mass production of hardware and computer components, it may have been easier and certainly cheaper to build your own computer if you wanted a specific set up. Before our world became infatuated with computers and the Internet, a humble computer enthusiast could have saved hundreds of dollars by sourcing components and building a computer from scratch. Since the dot-com boom, however, companies have excelled in providing cheaper and more powerful pre-built computers.

Clarifying Misconceptions about Building Your Own Computer for Less Money

As productions costs have decreased, better deals for more affordable hardware have increased. The likes of Microsoft, Samsung, Dell and Lenovo have rapidly expanded their computer product ranges whilst individual component prices have risen. Question is, with more competitiveness in the market is it still more cost effective to build your own PC or are you better off buying an off-the-shelf product.

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July 14

Sydney 5 Attraction Pass Can Save Parents $200 on Top Family Attractions

Posted by on July 14, 2015 at 8:04 AM

This year Sydney made the cut for Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Worldwide Destinations, but it’s not just couples and singles that are likely to be encouraged to visit the city after reading about this achievement. Sydney is actually one of the best cities to visit with kids too meaning parents should also consider putting it on their list of “places to visit in 2015″. Occupying the children is a full time job therefore it always pays to know where the best attractions are so that you can all get away for a little family treat. 

Sydney 5 Attraction Pass Can Save Parents $200 on Top Family Attractions

If you really want to ‘wow’ your kids and show them a fantastic day out, then the following attractions will surely make you the coolest parent around. Even better, if you want to entertain them for a series of weekends or possibly over the course of their school holidays, then the Sydney 5 Attraction Pass that I’ll discuss first will give you just that. Buying this pass gives you entrance to 5 top attractions over the course of a 30-day period and will also save you money at the same time.

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