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July 1

Netflix May Be Winning the Online Streaming Popularity Battle, but Will It Meet Your Needs

Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 8:06 AM

In the wake of Netflix arriving, companies like Presto, Stan and Quickflix very quickly began cleaning up their acts to show customers they do actually care. Their historically lackadaisical attitude towards customers may have been ignored by some. However, I suspect that with Netflix’s comprehensive content library and competitive pricing, many will begin realising just how relatively little value for money they’ve been getting from their current providers.

Netflix May Be Winning the Online Streaming Popularity Battle, but Will It Meet Your Needs

Whilst the rest of the world has been enjoying a healthy choice of online streaming services battling it out for customer’s business, we are only now beginning to see these changes. As the competition has been heating up, so too has the public’s opinion of who is the best. Do you have a favourite service yet, or maybe there are two that satisfy your particular needs? Thankfully Roy Morgan Research has been keeping a watchful eye over the video streaming market place here in Australia and recently released a report showing its findings for the past three months.

If you’re yet to dive into the world of paid online video streaming, then keep reading as I’ll help you understand which service provider is likely to be the most suitable one for you.

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June 30

Never Pay for Expensive International Calls Again with These Simple Solutions

Posted by on June 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Australia lives independently to the rest of the world regarding its location and don’t we know it. Although it’s a very desirable location to live in, we Australians do often pay a price, the Australia Tax being a clear-cut example of this. Government statistics show that over a quarter of us were born in a different country and emigrated to Australia, so its no real shock then to learn that many people need to communicate with other parts of the world on a regular basis.

Never Pay for Expensive International Calls Again with These Simple Solutions

I’ve personally been stung badly by a hefty international phone bill once before, the money for which I could have easily bought myself lunch at a top class restaurant with instead (yes it still hurts). I’m clearly not the only one though, as I still see countless complaints online from disgruntled customers having to fork out chunks of cash on overseas calls. If you’ve fallen afoul of this too then hopefully today is the day things change as I’m going to provide you with a range of alternatives to make cost effective international calls, helping you avoid getting ripped off ever again.

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June 26

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

Posted by on June 26, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Freebie Friday is here again guys bringing you the very best from across Australia. What better way to lift your spirits than to order yourself a bunch of free stuff and brighten up your mood especially with the not so great weather. If you didn’t know about national tree day, then continue reading because we have a freebie that comes with a great cause this Friday.

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

Whilst we have a freebie that specifically helps the environment, we also can offer you one where the environment helps you, because mother nature is not the only one who suffers during the autumn and winter months. This week you can look forward to free stuff from Aware Environmental, the Sydney Good Food & Wine Show, Toluna, Glaxo-Smith Kline and SteviaSweet.

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June 25

9 Hacks to Saving Money when Buying Technology

Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 8:19 AM

Technology, you either love it or hate it but whichever way you feel, I’m sure you’ll agree that we need it more these days than ever before. I personally love technology because of all the amazing things it can do to save me time and, in many aspects, money too. With such an abundance of technology available in the market for purchase though, it’s often difficult to provide advice on how to save money on each individual item. Therefore, I’ve decided to instead note down all the common ways from my experience in which money can be saved when hunting around for a piece of technology from the relevant set of retailers.

9 Hacks to Saving Money when Buying Technology

Whether it’s a mobile phone, television or electric drill, the majority of tech comes with certain offerings or equivalent competitors. So, by applying the following hacks to your next technology purchase, you might be able to save yourself a tidy little sum that should deservedly be sitting in your pocket – not the retailer’s.

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June 24

Hiku Shopping List Technology To Make Buying from Coles Online Easier

Posted by on June 24, 2015 at 8:12 AM

Coles is currently in a testing stage for a new technology which it may end up releasing to customers. A company called Hiku is behind the technology, who builds voice recognition devices that store a digital shopping list from home. If you don’t feel like speaking, the Hiku device can also scan barcodes of household items too. If, for example, you have just run out of milk or you’re on your last bit of dried oregano, you can scan the barcodes and add these products directly to your online shopping list.

Hiku Shopping List Technology To Make Buying from Coles Online Easier

This is the 21st century’s answer to that paper and pen shopping list system you have stuck to your fridge door and so far its sounding pretty appealing. As with the paper shopping list (that you always have a habit of forgetting at home), the Hiku device can also be stuck to your fridge door for easy access. The system will work seamlessly with the Coles shopping app so all the items you add via Hiku, will be visible within it. Ultimately, technology is becoming more prevalent every where we turn, but how useful will this technology actually be, are we becoming over dependent on tech and how much out of pocket will we be to buy this gadget?

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June 23

Heating Bills and Saving Money – Keep your Costs Down this Winter

Posted by on June 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Colder climates across Australia cause certain parts of the country to dip into winter temperatures as soon as Anzac day arrives. These lower temperatures have multiple affects on both our bodies and our budgets. Firstly you’ll want to eat more to stay warmer, its natural. Secondly, nobody likes coming home to a cold house or sitting in one over the weekend so heating becomes a necessity. Changes around these two aspects in our daily patterns often leads to bills increasing while our financial budgets do the exact opposite.

Heating Bills and Saving Money – Keep your Costs Down this Winter

There are also other global changes affecting our pockets which are out of our control, for example the rising cost of electricity and gas which occurred last year. These changes cause un-planned financial stress when living on a budget, which don’t usually handle sudden shifts upwards in these with much ease. This is why you need to get on top of how you heat your home to get the best value for money out of your expenditure. I want to help you cover everything so your winter doesn’t cost you a frozen arm or leg.

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June 19

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

Posted by on June 19, 2015 at 7:53 AM

Freebies are always our little escape at the end of every week because who doesn’t enjoy getting stuff at zero cost. This week to keep the flow of freebies in orderly fashion we have the likes of hair products, AFL streaming access, cereals and computer software to keep you entertained. The companies good enough to share these offers with us include Garnier, Samsung, Uncle Tobys, Avast Antivirus and Video Ezy.

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

 

 

Garnier – Free Fructis Full & Luscious Shampoo and Conditioner

This week you can fill in the form to get your hands on 2 x 10ml sachets of shampoo and conditioner samples. If you already have your favourite brand of hair wash, then the reasons to try Garnier are that it gives you full and plush hair for visibly fuller and thicker locks. The shampoo is designed to fortify your hairs strength whilst the conditioner helps your hair set to that desirable shape.

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

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June 18

Branded or Generic Drugs, Can You Tell the Difference?

Posted by on June 18, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Drugs, what would we do without them? From pain relief and hay fever to life threatening illnesses, all in some form have associated antidotes to lighten the burden on our bodies. Pharmaceutical companies across the planet invest trillions of dollars every year into developing and testing new remedies to solve our human illnesses. When one of these companies develops a new drug, lets say Glaxo-Smith Kline (GSK) for example, they can file a patent on the formula which gives the company 20 years protection to produce the drug without competition.

Branded or Generic Drugs, Can You Tell the Difference?

After this 20-year period other companies can begin developing the drug under their own brand and generally for a much lower price, referred to as generic drugs. Normally when buying different brands of food or electronics for example you expect different levels of quality. A typical example could be that you expect a more premium product when buying from Apple compared to purchasing from an unknown Chinese manufacturer. But, how does the drug market differ? Do you know the similarities that the drug market shares with other retail markets? In  this post I explore the everyday, over the counter drugs so keep reading to find out if your suspicions are correct or not.

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June 17

Xbox Users Rejoice at E3 with Microsoft’s Announcement of “Backward Compatibility”

Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 8:19 AM

Microsoft hit a home run on Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Attendees at E3 2015 voted them the star of the show, conquering the attention of all who attended and beating Song, Ubisoft and EA. All this popularity was generated off the back of the announcement of one shared and unanimous gaming desire: To be able to play old games on new consoles.

Xbox Users Rejoice at E3 with Microsofts Announcement of “Backward Compatibility”

Microsoft’s gaming division announced that backward compatibility will become available for popular video games that would have typically cost $60 and more. Besides the huge hype about unlocking consoles to play older games, they also teased us with some exclusive content from “Halo 5 Guardians,” loosely discussed launch dates for the highly anticipated game “Rise of the Tomb Raider” and explained their new partnership with Oculus Rift.

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June 16

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9 – Tech Battle and Battery Life

Posted by on June 16, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Smartphones have become a necessity for us to efficiently function in today’s society, and why not? They are amazing devices which give us access to the entire library of global history and knowledge at just a press of a finger away. Information that would have taken our grandparents weeks or even months to find in the local library is now accessible like never before. Yet, with any positive there is always a negative and in the case of mobile phones I’m sure many would argue is their battery lives.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9   Tech Battle and Battery Life

I recently wrote a post on the best tactics you could employ to preserve your battery life within any battery-powered device. These tactics included both methods for long term and short term preservation. Following on from this, with so much money being invested into developing the best smartphone by all the large players such as Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG and Nokia, I wanted to explore who was winning the race. Specifically, I’m going to look into who is throwing the most tech into their devices and ultimately providing a powerful enough battery to power it for the longest.

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June 15

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play Music

Posted by on June 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Tech giant Apple has finally announced it’s ready to move into the online music streaming industry. Once again, as with the Apple iWatch, iPhone and iPod, their arrival to the party in this industry is fashionably late. Yet, Apple always seems to have a knack of when to do something, and how to do it right. The iPhone, not matter whether you’re a fan or not, is a huge global success along with the iPod as well as Mac computers.

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play Music

So, what exactly does Apple Music hold in store for us? Well, one thing’s for sure and that’s the fact that Apple had to arrive to the party well prepared when facing-off with the other industry heavyweights. This latest venture brings it up against giants such as Spotify, Google Play Music and Tidal.

I suspect that most of you will be asking yourselves “what will Apple Music be offering which the competition isn’t already?”. If that’s the case, then hopefully the information below will help you gauge whether it’s a service that could potentially persuade you to switch or not.

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June 12

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (June Week 2)

Posted by on June 12, 2015 at 7:45 AM

The freebies hunt got a little interesting this week especially as Apple announced the launch of their new Apple Music streaming service. As I’m sure you can imagine there has been plenty of hype in the media from both Apple supporters and non-Apple supporters. The Californian based company has decided to take on the audio-streaming titan Spotify, which our freebie hunters are pleased to announce means a free (and lengthly) access to their new premium service.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (June Week 2)

If you are happy with your Spotify account then ignore the above and instead focus your attention on our other freebies from Google Play, Benefit Cosmetics, Pregnancy and Children’s expo and our regular favourite: Toluna. FYI – if you are a Spotify fan then check out the free 60-day Spotify Premium service here worth $24.

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June 11

Tactics to Extend the Life of Batteries in Your Devices

Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 8:01 AM

In today’s world our society is becoming more and more beholden to the electronic devices we that choose to have in our lives. I for one constantly worry about whether I will have enough battery to last the day if I don’t take my charger along with me wherever I go. Yet, with so many technology giants in existence today yielding vast amounts of wealth around the world (i.e. Samsung, Apple and Microsoft), I find it fascinating that they are still struggling to master the art of creating efficient batteries to meet our everyday mobile/tablet/laptop usage needs. 

Tactics to Extend the Life of Batteries in Your Devices

The majority of smartphones and other electronic devices with inbuilt rechargeable batteries today contain Li-ion variants (Lithium Ion), which – in a nutshell – simply aren’t up to the mark. Although I find the battery of my smartphone to be the bane of my life, I love the functionality and connectivity it gives me to the rest of the world. In light of this, I wanted to explore some of the best techniques we can all employ to get the longest running times and best value for money out of charging our batteries both in the longer and short terms.

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June 10

Airport Foreign Currency Rip-offs – How to Avoid Paying Too Much

Posted by on June 10, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Airport ATM machines can be a life saver when you really need them, but please don’t depend on them for exchanging currency all the time. If this is the first time you’ve had airport ATM’s brought to your attention, then don’t be fooled by the machines “No Commission” option. It’s basically a lie, as although it claims not to take commissions, the reality is that it actually gives you such a poor exchange rate that it might as well have just put a robotic hand into your pocket and pick-pocketed you on the spot.

Airport Foreign Currency Rip offs – How to Avoid Paying Too Much

Changing your money before you travel can sometimes be a nuisance. So doing it at the airport can seem like the natural thing to do, but this comes with its associated costs. There are plenty of resources online these days for people changing money or even buying travel cards, but there will still be some who use airport bureaus de change. Unfortunately, those of you who do will get ripped off because the exchange companies know that people generally use them as a last resort. Avoid being ripped off by knowing your way around confusing ATM and payment options while abroad.

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June 9

The Top Fashion Retail Guide for Student Discounts Across Australia

Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 8:12 AM

Student living is something that stays with us for a lifetime. If you are or were lucky enough to have the student experience you will remember those days of freedom and self-exploration. Your experience of growing from rebellious teenagers into self-sufficient young adults and the beginning of taking your future into your own hands no doubt brought both its pleasures and difficulties. It would have seemed for the first time like you actually had control of your life and its direction both academically and independently (if you chose to move away from home). 

The Top Fashion Retail Guide for Student Discounts Across Australia

Many challenges face students of today and one of the biggest hurdles is peer pressure on fashion. Conquering the art of time management, money budgeting and looking cool all bring their own restrictions. If you ever resorted to eating pot noodles for months on end to simply afford luxuries like going out or new clothing, well this should help put a stop to that. Automatic student discounts issued by retailers are something every student should take advantage of. So I wanted to give you guys a break down of which fashion retailers offer have which levels of discounts. Plus, I will also give you a snapshot on the types of fashion available from each one, their free shipping thresholds, frequency of promo/voucher codes as well as their current deals to top it off with.

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