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ICE Solair first look

This solar air conditioner sounds good in theory, but isn't so good in practice.

9 May 2012 | This air conditioner has a thermal panel to reduce the compressor load and save electricity usage - but does it work?

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Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

A robot that takes care of the household vacuuming is an attractive idea, but just how good a clean do these machines give you?

17 Mar 2014 | Compare robotic vacuum cleaners from top brands including iRobot, LG, Samsung and Hoover to find the best one for you.

Identity theft

Fraud Week aims to stop scammers

Relationship scams and fraud are under the spotlight during this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week.

16 Jun 2014 | Know who you’re dealing with to avoid being scammed, warns the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, as the ACCC announces that scam reports have shot up by 10% in 2013.

Identity theft affects 1 in 10 Australians

New survey says one million people have been affected.

13 May 2014 | A new survey by the Australian Institute of Criminology suggests that identity crime is one of the most common crimes in Australia.

ACCC admits to security breach

Personal data of newsletter subscribers made accessible online.

15 Apr 2014 | The ACCC admits to privacy breaches from several of its websites that exposed email addresses of subscribers to its newsletters.

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

Work-from-home scams

Far from dying out, work-from-home scams are more dangerous than ever.

29 Nov 2011 | Work-from-home offers can be tempting, but they can make you vulnerable to identity theft. We reveal the top five scams, and explain how to protect yourself from them.

Unnecessary insurance policies

There are some insurance policies you can definitely live without.

13 Aug 2011 | We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

Phony SMS identity theft scam

Beware identity thieves posing as banks to steal your money.

23 Nov 2009 | Identity thieves are posing as bank officers to get your personal and financial details via SMS.

ID fraud

Nearly half a million Australians were victims of identity fraud last year.

24 Aug 2008 | It's estimated there were 499,500 victims of identity fraud in Australia last year - 383,000 incidences of credit or bank card fraud, while 124,000 people had their identities stolen.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a relatively rare crime — but you still need to be vigilant.

18 Sep 2007 | Identity theft is a crime where your personal details are used by another person to commit fraud or access your money.

iFrogz

Headphones review

13 sets of headphones were tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.

8 May 2014 | We review 13 headphones, including Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser, to find the ones with the best sound quality to help you choose the best headphones at the right price.

IGA

Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Frozen fish product reviews

We trawl the supermarket freezers to find your best frozen fish options.

21 Mar 2012 | We review over 100 frozen fish products, including uncoated, seasoned, battered and crumbed varieties to uncover your best options.

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Smart homes a growing security risk

Hackable home on the way as the ‘Internet of Things’ smart devices open up security gaps and bring bigger risks to the connected household.

15 Dec 2014 | Santa could be leaving a security nightmare under your tree this year, with so-called smart devices increasingly becoming the target of cybercriminals.

Peak data looming disaster

Could we be running out of room on the Wi-Fi spectrum?

7 Apr 2014 | User demand for wireless internet and other services is testing the radiofrequency spectrum, according to a report by the CSIRO.

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

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Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

iiNet

New campaign against data retention regime

Stop the Spies campaign fights mandatory metadata retention

10 Oct 2014 | A new campaign called Stop the Spies is rallying against the government's proposed law for a mandatory data retention regime, expected to be introduced into parliament in October.

Cyber criminals target home routers

Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.

19 Jun 2014 | Hacked routers make hidden attacks without users realising and Australian internet users are at risk.

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Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

IKEA

High chair reviews  

We test more than 40 high chairs in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more.

11 Nov 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they're ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

11 Aug 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Safety gate and barrier reviews

We tested 51 safety gates and barriers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Lindam, Target, Safety First and more.

10 Jul 2014 | Closing off certain rooms or stairs with a safety gate or barrier is key when your baby becomes mobile. Our tests can help you decide what to buy.

IKEA PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror glass recall

Falling mirror can shatter, posing a risk of laceration injury.

4 Nov 2011 | IKEA is recalling PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror glasses sold between the 1st August 2009 and the 1st April 2011.

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Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

Imports

The cut flower industry

A beautiful bouquet of flowers may have an ugly back story.

9 May 2012 | We outline some concerns around imported cut flowers that might make you re-think that beautiful bouquet.

Income protection

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The incomes of Australians are in decline, according to new ABS wage data.

5 Jun 2014 | Weekly income is on the decline for the first time since 2008, according to new ABS wage data

ASIC prosecutes Virgin Money for misleading life insurance advertising

Virgin Money pays more than $30,000 in penalties for misleading advertising of their Quick & Easy direct life insurance.

1 May 2014 | Virgin Money has been fined by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for misleading advertising of their Quick & Easy direct life insurance.

Life insurance

How to make sure you're financially prepared should the worst happen.

25 Oct 2013 | It’s more important than ever to know how much you’re paying for life insurance and what you'll get in return. We look at term life insurance policies from 15 insurers and 10 large industry super funds.

Income protection insurance

Income protection insurance can help cover your ability to earn an income.

4 May 2011 | CHOICE teamed up with Rice Warner Actuaries to evaluate agreed, indemnity and superannuation policies.

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Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range..

19 Dec 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

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Induction cooktop reviews

Looking for faster, energy-efficient cooking for your kitchen? An induction cooktop could be just what you're after.

14 Feb 2014 | Induction cooktops can cost thousands of dollars, but our test results show you don’t always have to pay top dollar for a good one.

Induction cookware buying guide

Your current cookware may not be suitable for your new induction cooktop. We outline what to look for when shopping for induction cookware

6 Dec 2013 | Think about your style of cooking and keep in mind that each induction cooktop can respond differently to cookware.

Infa-Secure

High chair reviews  

We test more than 40 high chairs in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more.

11 Nov 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they're ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

Safety gate and barrier reviews

We tested 51 safety gates and barriers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Lindam, Target, Safety First and more.

10 Jul 2014 | Closing off certain rooms or stairs with a safety gate or barrier is key when your baby becomes mobile. Our tests can help you decide what to buy.

Change table reviews

Forty-four change tables tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Boori, Ikea, Childcare and more.

27 Mar 2014 | Our test results reveal which change tables are stable, strong and, most importantly, safe.

Playpen reviews

Few playpens pass all our safety tests, but some are still worth considering.

5 Dec 2013 | There's no current mandatory or voluntary Australian standard for playpens, and we found some models that pose potential safety risks.

Booster seat reviews

Many children have restraints that are too big for them and graduate to adult seatbelts too early.

12 Sep 2012 | We review 12 new booster seats suitable for children aged from about four to eight years, looking at ease of use and ease of fitting.

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

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Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

A robot that takes care of the household vacuuming is an attractive idea, but just how good a clean do these machines give you?

17 Mar 2014 | Compare robotic vacuum cleaners from top brands including iRobot, LG, Samsung and Hoover to find the best one for you.

Insect repellants

Mosquito repellents review

As Australians begin their mass annual migration to the country’s lakes and beaches, CHOICE finds out which mosquito repellents actually repel mozzies

6 Nov 2013 | We test 15 mozzie repellents to determine their effectiveness and whether or not they meet their claims. The recommended products provide the best protection against mozzie bites.

Insomnia

Body clock is affected by what we eat and when

Diet has an impact on the body's circadian clock, research has found.

11 Jul 2014 | Travellers with jet-lag, teenagers who sleep till mid-afternoon, and sufferers of narcolepsy and insomnia may need to change their diet and mealtimes.

Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation could be adversely impacting your life in many ways.

11 Aug 2011 | As Australians adopt busier lifestyles, we’re also becoming more sleep deprived. CHOICE outlines why you may need more zzzzs.

Children and sleep

We look at some common causes and solutions to a child's sleepless nights.

9 Jul 2008 | There are many causes of sleep difficulties, so it’s important to get the diagnosis right.

Sleep aids

Over-the-counter products are short-term solutions, but there are other ways to improve sleep.

9 Jan 2005 | Estimates vary, but something like 10–40% of the population has trouble from time to time either getting to, or staying, asleep.

Insomnia

We spend a third of our lives, or an average of 24 years sleeping – and yet up to 95% of us at some time have trouble sleeping.

23 May 2000 | Dr Alison Vickers examines the causes and offers advice on returning to a regular sleeping pattern.

Insulation

Home heating guide

Follow our tips to keep warm and save yourself money this winter.

20 May 2014 | Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

Insulation scheme scrapped

19 Feb 2010 | The government's troubled $2.5 billion home insulation program and the solar hot water program will be scrapped.

Home insulation buying guide

The government's home insulation bungle has demonstrated the importance of knowing what's what.

4 Feb 2010 | We run through the options for insulating your home.

Insurance

Travel insurance alcohol exclusions

Does travel insurance cover you if you've had a drink?

9 Dec 2014 | We might enjoy relaxing with a drink on holidays but most travel insurance policies say they won't pay if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Are there ever any exceptions?

Travel insurance review

How do you get the right travel insurance without having to book a second holiday to get over the headache of buying travel insurance for the first one?

12 Nov 2014 | We compare over 80 travel insurance policies from 30 insurers offering cover for backpackers, singles, couples, families and seniors. Check our recommendations to find the best travel insurance policy for you.

Funeral insurance

One funeral insurer has answered the call of consumer groups and released a fairer insurance policy.

10 Nov 2014 | Funeral insurance purchased too early can end up costing more than the costs of the funeral itself.

Cheap health cover, members only

Check if you can join a restricted membership health insurance fund – they deliver top policies at lower prices.

7 Nov 2014 | Restricted health funds are open to former and current employees and their families working in many industries from defence, forestry, electricity, transport and steel workers to bank, health and education workers.

Insurance comparison sites at issue in financial system inquiry

Suncorp, IAG and others say the sites don't serve consumer interests.

5 Sep 2014 | The insurance industry continues to take a dim view of insurance comparison websites, but ASIC thinks they could serve a good purpose.

Rebuild costs double sum insured

Consumer NZ finds home owners could be under-insured if they trust insurance companies.

21 Aug 2014 | How much should you insure your home for? A Consumer NZ investigation has disturbing implications for Australian home owners.

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Compare the Market fined for false claims that it, well, compares the market

12 Aug 2014 | Insurance comparison website Compare the Market has been fined by the ACCC for falsely advertising it compares more private health insurance funds than its competitors.

CHOICE will establish consumer voice in travel industry

New travel hub project to provide information and advocacy for Australian travellers.

5 Aug 2014 | CHOICE is kicking off a major project for travel consumers, following industry deregulation.

Coles' partnership with GE Capital raises concerns

Supermarket's joint venture with GE Capital could have repercussions for consumers.

31 Jul 2014 | With supermarket giant Coles announcing a looming joint venture with credit provider GE Capital, consumers could be getting more than they bargained for when they signed up for flybuys.

Home insurance premiums come down as levees go up

Suncorp calls for more flood mitigation efforts by towns and councils.

30 Jul 2014 | The construction of a new levee to protect the Queensland town of Roma against floods has led Suncorp to announce a reduction in home insurance premiums by an average of 45%.

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How much are you paying to insure your home for flood risk?

16 Jul 2014 | A lot has changed with flood cover on home insurance, and a lot has remained the same. How are insurers pricing flood into your home insurance premium?

High cost of dental care due to private health insurance premiums

The Australian Dental Association says much of the money spent on dental care goes to insurance premiums and out of pocket costs.

4 Jul 2014 | Australians are spending $7.4bn on dental care, much of which is going to insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the ADA.

Home insurancerisk information not shared with homeowners

Victorian report calls for full disclosure.

3 Jul 2014 | Victoria’s Fire Services Levy Monitor has released a report that calls on the insurance industry to reveal to consumers the risk information they use to set premiums.

Health insurance comparisons

We cut through health insurance jargon to help you decide what’s best for your budget.

30 Jun 2014 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

Home insurance and climate change

Premiums could rise by as much as 92% in high-risk areas.

5 Jun 2014 | A report by the Climate Institute calls for homeowners to have better access to natural disaster risk information.

ASIC prosecutes Virgin Money for misleading life insurance advertising

Virgin Money pays more than $30,000 in penalties for misleading advertising of their Quick & Easy direct life insurance.

1 May 2014 | Virgin Money has been fined by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for misleading advertising of their Quick & Easy direct life insurance.

Home and contents insurance claim

Homeowners affected by Cyclone Ita have started to claim on home and contents insurance.

17 Apr 2014 | North Queensland is facing a massive recovery after Cyclone Ita. Follow our tips to lodge your home and contents insurance claim.

Car insurance switch

Research from Roy Morgan shows women are more likely to compare, switch and ditch their car insurance.

16 Apr 2014 | More Australians compare car insurance before they renew their car insurance policies.

Health insurance complaints down

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

Pet insurance reviews

We review pet insurance and compare 17 pet insurers in Australia to reveal the best.

4 Apr 2014 | Pet insurance reviews from CHOICE not only reveal the best value cover but also expose common traps.

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Home owners find little value for money when it comes to home warranty insurance.

6 Mar 2014 | Home warranty insurance is supposed to protect homeowners from incompetent builders, but it doesn’t do much to protect against unscrupulous ones.

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Home owners find little value for money when it comes to home warranty insurance.

6 Mar 2014 | Home warranty insurance is supposed to protect homeowners from incompetent builders, but it doesn’t do much to protect against unscrupulous ones.

Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

4 Mar 2014 | Car insurers' preferred smash repairers are producing poor quality repairs.

Should you drop extras insurance

Private health insurance is increasingly expensive and your extras health insurance may not give you value for money

28 Feb 2014 | Extras health insurance is meant to help with smaller ongoing costs, such as a dental check-up or new glasses or contact lenses. But how much does it really help?

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Is the insurance industry missing the mark when it comes to mental health risks?

6 Feb 2014 | The insurance industry’s indiscriminate approach to risk assessment around mental health can mean the denial of cover, higher premiums or rejected claims, even if the illness is under control.

Home and contents insurance reviews

Keep hikes to your home and contents policy at bay with our complete guide to home and contents insurance.

17 Jan 2014 | We review 64 home and contents insurance products from 29 different brands right across Australia, including AAMI, GIO, NRMA and Suncorp.

Life insurance

How to make sure you're financially prepared should the worst happen.

25 Oct 2013 | It’s more important than ever to know how much you’re paying for life insurance and what you'll get in return. We look at term life insurance policies from 15 insurers and 10 large industry super funds.

Surviving hospital: infections

The last thing you need from a hospital stay is to contract a preventable infection.

23 Oct 2013 | Hospital-acquired infections can have serious consequences, including repeat surgery – or even fatalities – and cost Australia $1bn a year. CHOICE checks up on the situation.

Car insurance reviews and comparison

Driven to distraction by increasingly complex car insurance? Use our comparisons to find the best cover at the right price.

28 Aug 2013 | We review 44 car insurance policies for each state and territory.

Insurance comparison sites  

Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

22 Aug 2013 | Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

Time to end the funeral insurance rip-off

Consumer groups call for reforms

21 Aug 2013 | CHOICE joins other consumer organisations in calling for reforms to Australia’s funeral insurance industry.

Car insurance fact sheet

Tips on how to find the right car insurance.

20 May 2013 | Even if you drive a bomb you don’t think is worth insuring you’re still wise to take out some form of insurance.

Home and contents premium hikes

Why is the insurance industry playing fast and loose with the flood cover issue?

31 Jan 2013 | Premium hikes over the last year have often come with the addition of mandatory flood cover, but it’s not clear flood risk has anything to do with it.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

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Government recommends a fresh take on insurance claims handling.

1 Mar 2012 | In the wake of the government's inquiry, CHOICE questions whether the industry’s moves so far have meant better protection for consumers.

Insurance premiums hiked up

Home and Contents premiums hit the stratosphere.

20 Jan 2012 | Since the start of the year CHOICE members have been sharing hair-raising stories of premium hikes for home and contents insurance, mainly due to the addition of flood cover.

Insurance code changes

The insurance industry is set on making consumer-friendly changes to its code of conduct.

9 Jan 2012 | A year after the flood events that devastated Queensland, the insurance industry has vowed to make some consumer-friendly changes.

The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.

21 Nov 2011 | Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

Shonky Award for insurance industry based on solid evidence

With notable exceptions, insurance industry has not served flood victims well

26 Oct 2011 | CHOICE's Shonky Award to the Insurance Industry is based on information provided by those dealing face to face with the many consumers who have had flood claims denied.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shoddiest services and the shonkiest products.

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE's annual showcase of the worst of the worst consumer products and services.

Home and contents insurance fact sheet

Choose the right policy and beware of underinsurance.

20 Oct 2011 | Estimates vary, but some say up to 80% of Australian homes are underinsured.

Insuring jewellery

It's traumatic enough losing your jewellery without having to worry about insurance problems as well.

17 Oct 2011 | It’s a good idea to check your contents insurance policy to make sure you have the right cover in case your jewellery gets stolen.

Unnecessary insurance policies

There are some insurance policies you can definitely live without.

13 Aug 2011 | We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

Income protection insurance

Income protection insurance can help cover your ability to earn an income.

4 May 2011 | CHOICE teamed up with Rice Warner Actuaries to evaluate agreed, indemnity and superannuation policies.

Flood insurance reforms

Government asks for input on flood definition in insurance policies.

5 Apr 2011 | Queenslanders who thought they were covered for floods are starting to find out they aren't.

Credit protection insurance sham

Credit protection insurance makes an easy dollar for lenders and insurers, but for consumers there are far smarter options.

2 Mar 2009 | Our investigation concludes that credit protection insurance is a rip-off, as other options give you far better and cheaper cover.

Private health insurance buying guide

Find out how to find a better policy and save.

28 Jan 2009 | Broadly speaking, you can choose hospital cover and extras/ancillary cover. These are available separately or combined.

Travel insurance buying guide

Are you paying too much to insure your holidays? Here's how to find a good deal on travel insurance.

1 May 2008 | This article helps you decide on insurance for international travel, tells you about cover and exclusions and gives tips about how you can save money.

Private health insurance

Private health insurance premiums are rising and consumers are finding their policies have hidden exclusions and high gaps.

20 Sep 2007 | Premiums have increased 33% since 2001 even though the Government promised stable premiums when it introduced 30% rebate & Lifetime health cover.

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Travel insurance alcohol exclusions

Does travel insurance cover you if you've had a drink?

9 Dec 2014 | We might enjoy relaxing with a drink on holidays but most travel insurance policies say they won't pay if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Are there ever any exceptions?

Rebuild costs double sum insured

Consumer NZ finds home owners could be under-insured if they trust insurance companies.

21 Aug 2014 | How much should you insure your home for? A Consumer NZ investigation has disturbing implications for Australian home owners.

Home insurance premiums come down as levees go up

Suncorp calls for more flood mitigation efforts by towns and councils.

30 Jul 2014 | The construction of a new levee to protect the Queensland town of Roma against floods has led Suncorp to announce a reduction in home insurance premiums by an average of 45%.

flood-cover

How much are you paying to insure your home for flood risk?

16 Jul 2014 | A lot has changed with flood cover on home insurance, and a lot has remained the same. How are insurers pricing flood into your home insurance premium?

Home insurancerisk information not shared with homeowners

Victorian report calls for full disclosure.

3 Jul 2014 | Victoria’s Fire Services Levy Monitor has released a report that calls on the insurance industry to reveal to consumers the risk information they use to set premiums.

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Tech reliability survey 2014

The brands you can trust for tablets, desktops, laptops and more.

18 Nov 2014 | The CHOICE reliability survey asks thousands of members to rate their desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, tablets and external hard drives for reliability, repairs and service.

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 14 low-cost laptops to see how much bang you get for very few bucks.

16 Oct 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 14 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

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Ceiling fan reviews

CHOICE compares 16 ceiling fans priced between $65 and $425 including AC and DC powered models.

29 Oct 2014 | If you don't want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models.

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Interest-free deals

We find interest-free deals can slug you with hefty fees.

18 Nov 2013 | Long-term payment deals can cost you hundreds of dollars in fees alone, even if you pay everything off within the interest-free period.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

CHOICE encourages you to know your consumer rights!

15 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

CHOICE guide to renovating your home

The CHOICE Guide to renovating your home will help you save time, money and heartache.

12 Mar 2013 | Home renovation will be one of the biggest and costliest challenges of your life. But with our help, it can also be one of the most rewarding.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy with this CHOICE guide

8 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy this summer with the latest CHOICE guide.

21 Dec 2012 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

The pros and cons of lay-by

Lay-by can be a cheap and convenient way to budget but you should be aware of the pitfalls.

22 Oct 2012 | Lay-by can take the sting out of Christmas shopping, but the fine print can sometimes include tricky conditions such as expensive cancellation fees.

Shoppers in the dark on interest free deals

A CHOICE shadow shop of major retailers reveals lack of disclosure of interest rates, fees and conditions.

20 Dec 2011 | CHOICE looked at some interest-free payment offers available with six major retailers, and sent a shadow shopper to the stores.

Credit card interest

Financial institutions are using unfair practices to squeeze every last cent of interest from customers.

25 Jan 2010 | CHOICE reveals which providers are bucking this trend to treat their customers fairly.

Store finance deals buying guide

Low-cost deals for those who pay on time, exorbitant interest rates for those who don’t — and a warning about deals to avoid.

3 Nov 2006 | Store credit deals are lucrative for finance companies and can be profitable for retailers too, but for consumers they’re a real mixed bag.

Interest rates

Best high interest savings accounts

Who will provide the most bang for your buck when it comes to savings?

29 Sep 2014 | Don't leave your hard-earned money in zero interest paying transaction accounts, use a high interest account instead.

CHOICE renews call for banks to pass savings on to home loan customers

We challenge the banks to pass on an out-of-cycle interest rate cut to consumers.

7 Aug 2014 | With banks enjoying lower funding costs, home loan customers are reporting they've successfully asked their banks for discounts.

Fixed home loans competition heats up

ME Bank is now undercutting the five-year fixed home loan rates of CBA, Westpac and NAB.

31 Jul 2014 | Fixed home loan rates are falling further and smaller lenders are in some cases offering the best rates.

Low interest rates and high debt could trigger crisis warns BIS

A cocktail of low interest rates and high debt are creating the conditions for another financial crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements.

30 Jun 2014 | The peak body for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has pointed to a "precious window of opportunity" to bring interest rates back to normal.

Banks offer risky home loans

Banks are approving home loans that can get you into serious trouble when interest rates go up.

6 May 2014 | Banks and other lenders have loosened strict lending guidelines and are once again approving risky loans such as no deposit home loans, 40-year loans and mortgages with a guarantee for first-home buyers.

Top fixed loans from banks and credit unions

Fixed interest rates for home loans are currently at historical lows, but beware of the fees.

22 Apr 2014 | To take a fixed interest rate for all or part of your loan can protect you against rates going up.

Credit card interest survey

Our survey results show the banks are pretty good at obscuring high credit card interest rates.

1 Jul 2013 | A recent CHOICE survey revealed 48% of Australians don't know their credit card interest rate. We think its time the federal government enabled consumers to make unbiased comparisons of credit products based on their actual spending and repayments over time.

Compare, ditch and switch

If your bank isn't giving you the very best deal then it's time to Compare, Ditch and Switch.

8 Oct 2012 | The RBA has once again cut the cash rate, but has your bank followed suit? If not it's time to Compare, Ditch, Switch and save!

Disappointment over pay-day loan reforms

Government reforms receive a mixed response from consumer advocates .

28 Jun 2012 | Consumer advocates are left disappointed, after industry lobbyists water-down the Governments pay-day loan reforms.

Compare, ditch, switch & save

Cut through the interest rate confusion with our Compare, Ditch & Switch comparison tool.

12 Jun 2012 | Cut through the interest rate confusion with our Compare, Ditch & Switch comparison tool.

No justification for banks to raise interest rates

The Big Four are playing by their own rules, and you can too.

16 Feb 2012 | There is plenty of competition in the Australian market, which is why raising rates is just bad business.

Shoppers in the dark on interest free deals

A CHOICE shadow shop of major retailers reveals lack of disclosure of interest rates, fees and conditions.

20 Dec 2011 | CHOICE looked at some interest-free payment offers available with six major retailers, and sent a shadow shopper to the stores.

Reforms to payday lending

The Government has announced significant changes to payday lending regulations

30 Aug 2011 | Last week the government announced significant changes to the regulation of High Cost Short Term Lending, better known as Payday Lending.

Move-your-money

To celebrate World Consumer Rights Day, move your money from accounts that simply top up the profits of banks.

14 Mar 2011 | $153 billion worth of Australian money currently sits in everday transaction accounts that earn little or no interest.

How to cope with interest rate increases

Rates are on the rise again.

6 Apr 2010 | The RBA increased interest rates by 0.25% in April 2010.

Credit card interest

Financial institutions are using unfair practices to squeeze every last cent of interest from customers.

25 Jan 2010 | CHOICE reveals which providers are bucking this trend to treat their customers fairly.

High interest savings accounts guide

Traditional and internet savings accounts compared.

15 Jan 2008 | If you've got money parked in an everyday transaction account paying next to nothing interest, you could be earning much more by switching to an account with a better rate.

Store finance deals buying guide

Low-cost deals for those who pay on time, exorbitant interest rates for those who don’t — and a warning about deals to avoid.

3 Nov 2006 | Store credit deals are lucrative for finance companies and can be profitable for retailers too, but for consumers they’re a real mixed bag.

Internet

Social shopping network Cuzin to beat Australia tax

Local crowdsourced startup Cuzin aims to help consumers get around geoblocks.

11 Dec 2014 | A community of buyers and sellers will alert other users to savings and sales from all around the world.

How many Australians watch Netflix?

New research finds how many Australian households are really using international streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Vudu.

24 Nov 2014 | New research from CHOICE has found an increasing number of Australians are dodging online geoblocks and purchasing movies and TV shows directly from overseas.

NBN and the fight for fibre

What next for the national broadband network?

14 Nov 2014 | The NBN rollout continues with work on the fibre to the node network expected to start in 2015. At the same time, internet service provider TPG is building its own fibre network in apartments and offices in major cities. Does this mean that the coalition's scaled down plan has missed the mark?

Microsoft bundles cloud storage with office suite

Tech giant bundles unlimited cloud storage and office suite into single subscription package.

29 Oct 2014 | Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage and Office 365 bundle costs less than competitors' standalone cloud storage services.

New campaign against data retention regime

Stop the Spies campaign fights mandatory metadata retention

10 Oct 2014 | A new campaign called Stop the Spies is rallying against the government's proposed law for a mandatory data retention regime, expected to be introduced into parliament in October.

Bitcoin EFTPOS trial launched

Cyber currency gets its own card.

25 Sep 2014 | An Aussie startup is trialling a new bitcoin EFTPOS debit card, as the ATO declares bitcoin and other cyber currencies assets rather than money.

Fritz!box 7490 modem-router review

This sleek gadget offers much more than your average ADSL modem-router. It's NBN-ready and has a built-in phone system for a home or small business.

10 Sep 2014 | This do-everything ADSL modem-router with built-in phone system has all the bells and whistles for a home user or small business.

Australian internet use skyrockets

Internet use around Australia has risen sharply, ACMA research finds.

15 Aug 2014 | Australians’ internet use has jumped significantly nationwide, with online access via mobile phones the biggest growth area.

Groupon to remove currency conversion fees

A hidden fee charged for purchases in Australian dollars on voucher site Groupon is set to be removed.

14 Aug 2014 | Australians using the voucher site Groupon will soon not have to worry about asking for a refund on the currency conversion fees charged when making purchases on the site.

Facebook forces extra app for mobile chat

Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.

4 Aug 2014 | Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.

catch-of-the-day-hacked

Online retailer admits customer information stolen, three years after attack.

23 Jul 2014 | Australian-run daily deal website recently reveals data breach from early 2011, which may have compromised user details, passwords and credit cards.

Adobe patches Flash Player

A flaw in the well-known software program could allow hackers to steal your login details if you don't update your browser.

10 Jul 2014 | Flash Player hole could let hackers steal login details for sites such as eBay, Twitter and Google. Browser updates are critical to patch vulnerability.

Printed e-label breakthrough

Advance in printed diode technology has potential to connect paper to the internet.

9 Jul 2014 | Printable e-labels provide yet another means of data storage and communication embedded in or on objects, with a new development potentially enabling communication at mobile phone frequencies.

Online dating company breached privacy of 254000 Australians

Hackers accessed the personal information of a quarter of a million Australians' online dating profiles because Cupid Media failed to properly encrypt it.

26 Jun 2014 | Australian online dating company, Cupid Media, failed to protect the privacy of 254,000 Australians, resulting in their personal information being stolen by hackers.

Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

Heartbleed internet security flaw

Security flaw still a threat on more than 300,000 web servers worldwide

24 Jun 2014 | The Heartbleed bug is still far from being fixed, months after it was revealed to be a security threat on up to two-thirds of the world’s websites and it also affects up to a third of Android users.

Facebook, Vodafone and Optus go back up after outages

There were a number of outages across mobile and social media services yesterday.

20 Jun 2014 | What was going on yesterday? Facebook, Vodafone and Optus all experienced outages.

Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

CHOICE-opposes-piracy

7.30 program misrepresents CHOICE’s position.

19 Jun 2014 | The ABC’s 7.30 misrepresented our position on online piracy, and we want to set the record straight.

Cyber criminals target home routers

Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.

19 Jun 2014 | Hacked routers make hidden attacks without users realising and Australian internet users are at risk.

Dodo warned over failing to send data usage alerts

An ACMA investigation of seven major telcos has found Dodo was the only one to have breached the data usage notification requirement.

19 Jun 2014 | Internet service provider Dodo has been given a formal warning by ACMA for failing to send data usage alerts to its fixed broadband customers back in 2013.

Consumers to get movie downloads sooner

Studios to cut delay from cinema release to DVD and digital download to encourage consumers to buy rather than download illegally.

17 Jun 2014 | Movies will now be available to Australians on DVD and download three months after their release in Australian cinemas.

Easyflix first to land on Chromecast

Local video streaming service is on board new Google dongle.

12 Jun 2014 | EzyFLix has outpaced local competitors including Quickflix, Foxtel’s Presto and the ABC’s iView in the race to Chromecast.

Everything you need to know about three strikes

The government has flagged new anti-piracy measures – but what will they mean for consumers?

29 May 2014 | CHOICE tells you what you need to know about anti-piracy measures coming to Australia.

Telstra to build a bigger wifi network

Plans to roll out Australia's largest Wi-Fi network.

21 May 2014 | Telstra announces plans to roll out a bigger Wi-Fi network nationwide.

ISP ONEseniors collapse strands elderly

Thousands of vulnerable elderly left without internet and emergency landline phone services after ISP ONEseniors goes into administration.

8 May 2014 | Thousands of elderly people have been left without internet and landline phone services by the collapse of ISP ONEseniors. The company, which specialised in discounted internet and phone services for the over-55s, went into administration leaving its elderly customers effectively cut off.

20 years of spam

After two decades, rubbish messages and email-based security threats still make up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.

1 May 2014 | 20 years ago two US lawyers sent the first commercial spam email. Today spam makes up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.

30 Apr 2014 | Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.

Heartbleed internet security flaw

Security flaw puts the sensitive information of millions of users at risk and forces system changes on major global websites.

16 Apr 2014 | The Heartbleed bug isn’t a problem with PCs or software, but with the internet itself, so antivirus software on your PC won’t fix it.

Peak data looming disaster

Could we be running out of room on the Wi-Fi spectrum?

7 Apr 2014 | User demand for wireless internet and other services is testing the radiofrequency spectrum, according to a report by the CSIRO.

Optus security flaw fixed

Telco accidentally left "back door" open to hackers.

4 Apr 2014 | Optus has removed a cable modem security flaw which could have compromised the accounts of tens of thousands of its customers.

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Media hubs and streamers

Seven media hubs and streamers put to the test in the CHOICE labs.

26 Mar 2014 | With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.

Online dating

Our investigation shows paid and free online dating sites including RSVP, eHarmony and Oasis Active may use members' private information and photos in advertising.

27 Feb 2014 | Are paid online dating sites eHarmony and RSVP and free online dating sites Oasis Active and OkCupid worth the money and time?

Online storage reviews  

Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.

27 Feb 2014 | Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Internet smartcams review

We test 20 internet-enabled cameras that can keep an eye on home from anywhere.

4 Dec 2013 | We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.

Dual-band wireless router reviews

Our latest look at dual-band wireless routers.

28 Nov 2013 | We test and compare 10 dual-band wireless routers.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

19 Nov 2013 | The next console to step into the ring against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but costs far less than the big boys. Does it deserve a place in your living room?

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

18 Sep 2013 | Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

Killing CAPTCHA

Consumer groups fight for a new web authentication system that is fair for all users

5 Sep 2013 | Consumer groups want to end the use of CAPTCHAs, which discriminate against blind and vision-impaired consumers.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

Google Glass  

Google gives you the internet in the blink of an eye

16 Aug 2013 | Google Glass has lots to offer if you want internet searches and directions, or to take a photo without reaching for your phone.

Death to the Australia Tax?

CHOICE welcomes the IT price inquiry’s recommendations

29 Jul 2013 | The recommendations released by the IT price inquiry are a win for consumers - but will there be follow-through?

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Desktop search tools

Missing some files? These hard drive hunters could find what you're looking for.

22 Apr 2013 | Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.

Google to shut down Reader

CHOICE says to back up your RSS subscriptions before it's too late.

15 Apr 2013 | Google Reader will be defunct as of 1 July, giving consumers less than three months to back up their RSS subscriptions and find another service.

Parliament summonses tech giants

Parliament calls on Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to explain high IT prices.

13 Feb 2013 | Tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft are now being forced to answer for the higher prices they charge Australian consumers.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Online family history services

The internet is opening a treasure trove for family history researchers.

6 Dec 2012 | It's easier than you think to find your family tree online, as more records are digitised and made available on free government websites.

Online shopping checklist

Make sure you ask some important questions when buying online.

21 Nov 2012 | With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.

Online education courses

Online learning platforms can suffer from bad design, poor delivery or worse.

30 Aug 2012 | The online education and training industry is growing, and without doing some research you could end up with no accreditation, or just be stuck with a poorly designed, ineffective course.

CHOICE takes aim at online geoblocking

We've told the Attorney General’s department to protect consumers who bypass online geoblocks.

29 Aug 2012 | Geoblocks prevent consumers from getting a better deal, and help companies discriminate on price.

Have you paid too much for IT products?

We want to hear if you’ve paid more for digital products because you’ve bought them in Australia.

2 Aug 2012 | We're asking for examples of price discrimination on computer, software, gaming, and music products.

Groundhog Day on Australia’s price gouge

Technology industry has predictable reaction to IT pricing inquiry.

30 Jul 2012 | Industry groups claim that the costs of doing business in Australia are driving up the prices of IT hardware and software products.

CHOICE lodges submission on IT price discrimination

CHOICE research has found that Australians are paying 50% more for IT products.

18 Jul 2012 | New CHOICE research shows that Australians are paying 50% more for computers, software, games and music.

Optus loses TV recording court battle

Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.

10 May 2012 | Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.

Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture 2012

The Hon Susan Ryan AO outlines the obstacles facing older people using the web

23 Apr 2012 | Each year, CHOICE invites a prominent Australian to deliver the Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture to ensure Ruby’s legacy as a champion for Australian consumers. On March 14 2012, the lecture was delivered by The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Guide to online health advice

With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust for reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

14 Mar 2012 | With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust to give you reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

HD webcam reviews

The world wide web is your stage with these eight high definition webcams.

9 Nov 2011 | Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

FetchTV first look

CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.

26 Oct 2011 | FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.

Telstra USB 4G broadband modem

It's not the cheapest wireless broadband option, but its one of the fastest.

13 Oct 2011 | Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.

Powerline networking

Network your home instantly using its existing electrical wiring.

29 Aug 2011 | Powerline devices provide a simple home networking alternative or addition to traditional Ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi.

Build a better browser

CHOICE Computer's pick of the best add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

13 Apr 2011 | All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.

Shortcut keys for Windows

A quick reference guide to the most useful key combinations.

11 Feb 2011 | This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

Do you need a landline

Should you think about ditching your home phone altogether or is there life in the tried-and-true service yet?

9 Feb 2011 | We look at existing landline and mobile options as well as some cutting-edge alternatives.

Sony Media Network player review

Hook this handy device up to your TV to enjoy video, audio and image files stored on your network.

4 Jan 2011 | The Sony SMP-N100 also provides access to over 20 internet TV channels under Sony’s BRAVIA Internet banner.

The power of the web

Avenues like Twitter and Facebook offer a lot more than just social networking.

20 Oct 2010 | Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Family tree software reviews

More expensive software can contain extras that are of limited value.

30 Apr 2010 | We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.

Mobile banking

The popularity of the iPhone is changing the face of mobile banking.

30 Apr 2010 | The latest Nielsen research has found that 61% of online consumers who use a mobile phone will consider an iPhone in the next year.

Internet filter

Controversial internet filter to be introduced, despite widespread criticism.

18 Feb 2010 | A mandatory internet filter is to be introduced, the federal government announced late last year.

Smartphone data usage

Avoid bill shock with our data usage guide.

27 Jan 2010 | Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.

Best Christmas shopping sites

CHOICE members nominate their favourite virtual stores.

10 Nov 2009 | We save you time and effort by bringing you a list of the best online sites for books and CDS, clothes, electronics, as well as as cosmetics and fragrances.

Hidden fees in phone cards

CHOICE uncovers the hidden traps with international prepaid phone cards and what their blaring posters don’t tell you.

25 Sep 2009 | Extra costs, such as “service” fees that gobble up credit even when you’re not making calls are often not advertised on the posters or phone cards.

Miro review

Is the internet the future of TV? We take a look.

13 Aug 2009 | With thousands of internet TV "channels" available, how do you find something worth watching?

Wireless networking at home

Wireless networking allows you to access the web anywhere in the home.

7 May 2009 | CHOICE reveals the issues you need to consider before you incorporate Wi-Fi into your home networking environment.

The future of broadband

Plans to upgrade the broadband network need to be carefully considered

29 Apr 2009 | In April 2009 the Federal Government announced it will establish a new company that will invest up to $43 billion over 8 years to build and operate a National Broadband Network.

Spam filtering review and compare

Clean up your inbox with these no-cost junk email fighters.

3 Mar 2009 | Spam is not only annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Here's how to combat the ever increasing stream of junk.

ISPs policing your internet use

Watch out! If certain music industry representatives have their way, internet service providers will be required to police your use of the internet.

19 Feb 2009 | The music industry reports a reduction in CD profits, which has motivated them to push for control over how consumers access and store music.

Government internet filter puts consumers at risk

Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.

19 Feb 2009 | CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.

Save with VoIP and naked DSL

Can using VoIP with Naked DSL cut your phone bill in half?

21 Jan 2009 | VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and uses an Internet connection to make and receive telephone calls.

Email scams how to avoid them

Email scams are on the rise, but commonsense is the best defence.

3 Dec 2008 | Almost 70 percent of all email in Australia in August 2008 was spam and we rank in the top 10 list of countries.

Make a Christmas e-card

Make your own Christmas e-card in a few simple steps.

28 Nov 2008 | Have some festive fun with your computer this Christmas. There are lots of things you can do to make personalised cards, decorations and even install some cute Christmas lights onto your computer.

Google Chrome review

Google polishes up its web presence.

1 Oct 2008 | Do we need another web browser, when we already have Interet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and others to choose from?

Wireless internet

There are desktop and roaming plans but is it the high-speed internet alternative for you?

1 Oct 2008 | Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network.

Online restaurant guides

Deciding where to eat on Friday night? Check out a restaurant guide website.

29 Sep 2008 | CHOICE's verdict on which ones offer the most useful information, and how to know which reviews you can trust.

Make an online album

How to create an online photo album.

13 May 2008 | One of the advantages of digital photography is that your photos no longer have to be locked away within a physical photo album.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Net filtering software review and compare

Keep your child safe from internet nasties with net filtering software.

15 Jan 2008 | Internet filtering software helps to block unwanted content. But is your child really safe to browse the Web unsupervised with one of these programs in place?

Free software

There's plenty of free software on the internet, but is it any good?

19 Sep 2007 | Free software is appealing because you can find useful office and multimedia applications without the hefty price tag. But there are a few drawbacks to consider.

Digital Life

Virtual worlds could be the future of the internet.

13 Sep 2007 | There are different types of virtual worlds — some are more like games, some are chat forums and others simulate a life-like world.

ADSL2

ADSL2 is the new kid on the broadband block.

7 Apr 2007 | More households are opting for broadband over dial-up internet services, looking for better speeds and fewer delays and disruptions.

Cut Phone Costs With Skype

Saving money with internet telephony with Skype.

3 Apr 2007 | Long-distance phone calls can keep you in touch with far flung friends and loved ones, but you don’t want to have to mortgage your house to pay for them.

Shopping comparison sites

Shopping comparison websites can help you sniff out a good deal.

3 Apr 2007 | Where do you go to find the best deal? Let your mouse do the walking and search for the best price on one website.

Shopping online buying guide

With a few precautions, shopping on the internet can be a safe and enjoyable experience.

10 Jan 2007 | With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.

Update firmware

Want to upgrade your computer for free? Here’s how.

3 Jan 2006 | Firmware used to be read-only — it limited what the hardware could do. Nowadays, however, most firmware can be updated to give your hardware new features and capabilities.

Internet security

Smart homes a growing security risk

Hackable home on the way as the ‘Internet of Things’ smart devices open up security gaps and bring bigger risks to the connected household.

15 Dec 2014 | Santa could be leaving a security nightmare under your tree this year, with so-called smart devices increasingly becoming the target of cybercriminals.

Social shopping network Cuzin to beat Australia tax

Local crowdsourced startup Cuzin aims to help consumers get around geoblocks.

11 Dec 2014 | A community of buyers and sellers will alert other users to savings and sales from all around the world.

Smart not hard petition

Sign our petition and view the campaign video.

28 Aug 2014 | Tell the government to work smarter not harder to stop internet piracy.

Massive global ID theft nets 1.2 billion passwords

Cyber-attack by Russian criminals targets 420,000 websites, according to US security firm claiming to have discovered the breach.

6 Aug 2014 | US firm Hold Security reveals one of the largest data breaches of all time. Individual and corporate usernames, passwords and email addresses put at risk across the world.

catch-of-the-day-hacked

Online retailer admits customer information stolen, three years after attack.

23 Jul 2014 | Australian-run daily deal website recently reveals data breach from early 2011, which may have compromised user details, passwords and credit cards.

Tax scams on the rise and getting tricker

Six thousand complaints so far this year.

17 Jul 2014 | The ATO and the ACCC are warning consumers not to fall for the latest round of phone and email scammers who pose as government officials during tax filing time.

Online dating company breached privacy of 254000 Australians

Hackers accessed the personal information of a quarter of a million Australians' online dating profiles because Cupid Media failed to properly encrypt it.

26 Jun 2014 | Australian online dating company, Cupid Media, failed to protect the privacy of 254,000 Australians, resulting in their personal information being stolen by hackers.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

20 years of spam

After two decades, rubbish messages and email-based security threats still make up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.

1 May 2014 | 20 years ago two US lawyers sent the first commercial spam email. Today spam makes up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.

Peak data looming disaster

Could we be running out of room on the Wi-Fi spectrum?

7 Apr 2014 | User demand for wireless internet and other services is testing the radiofrequency spectrum, according to a report by the CSIRO.

Online storage reviews  

Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.

27 Feb 2014 | Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

18 Sep 2013 | Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Online family history services

The internet is opening a treasure trove for family history researchers.

6 Dec 2012 | It's easier than you think to find your family tree online, as more records are digitised and made available on free government websites.

Protecting your privacy on Facebook

Are you sharing more than you realise?

14 Nov 2012 | Do you really know how to maintain your privacy on Facebook and keep your personal information safe?

Mobile banking

The popularity of the iPhone is changing the face of mobile banking.

30 Apr 2010 | The latest Nielsen research has found that 61% of online consumers who use a mobile phone will consider an iPhone in the next year.

Web browser software review and compare

Our browser showdown reveals performance winners.

11 Feb 2010 | Is bigger really better? We test five leading web browsers for speed, safety and versatility.

Smartphone data usage

Avoid bill shock with our data usage guide.

27 Jan 2010 | Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.

Government internet filter puts consumers at risk

Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.

19 Feb 2009 | CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.

Online bank fraud

How to stay safe when banking online.

26 Sep 2008 | Have you ever received an email that looked like it came from your bank, instructing you to urgently click on a link because of a security upgrade or some other matter?

ID fraud

Nearly half a million Australians were victims of identity fraud last year.

24 Aug 2008 | It's estimated there were 499,500 victims of identity fraud in Australia last year - 383,000 incidences of credit or bank card fraud, while 124,000 people had their identities stolen.

Net filtering software review and compare

Keep your child safe from internet nasties with net filtering software.

15 Jan 2008 | Internet filtering software helps to block unwanted content. But is your child really safe to browse the Web unsupervised with one of these programs in place?

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a relatively rare crime — but you still need to be vigilant.

18 Sep 2007 | Identity theft is a crime where your personal details are used by another person to commit fraud or access your money.

Internet service providers

NBN and the fight for fibre

What next for the national broadband network?

14 Nov 2014 | The NBN rollout continues with work on the fibre to the node network expected to start in 2015. At the same time, internet service provider TPG is building its own fibre network in apartments and offices in major cities. Does this mean that the coalition's scaled down plan has missed the mark?

Smart not hard petition

Sign our petition and view the campaign video.

28 Aug 2014 | Tell the government to work smarter not harder to stop internet piracy.

Cyber criminals target home routers

Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.

19 Jun 2014 | Hacked routers make hidden attacks without users realising and Australian internet users are at risk.

Dodo warned over failing to send data usage alerts

An ACMA investigation of seven major telcos has found Dodo was the only one to have breached the data usage notification requirement.

19 Jun 2014 | Internet service provider Dodo has been given a formal warning by ACMA for failing to send data usage alerts to its fixed broadband customers back in 2013.

Telstra to build a bigger wifi network

Plans to roll out Australia's largest Wi-Fi network.

21 May 2014 | Telstra announces plans to roll out a bigger Wi-Fi network nationwide.

Telstra tests 4G network on flights

New 'Skinet' system provides fast internet on trial flights.

12 May 2014 | Telstra has begun testing a new system for fast in-flight internet access, but it's still early days.

ISP ONEseniors collapse strands elderly

Thousands of vulnerable elderly left without internet and emergency landline phone services after ISP ONEseniors goes into administration.

8 May 2014 | Thousands of elderly people have been left without internet and landline phone services by the collapse of ISP ONEseniors. The company, which specialised in discounted internet and phone services for the over-55s, went into administration leaving its elderly customers effectively cut off.

Peak data looming disaster

Could we be running out of room on the Wi-Fi spectrum?

7 Apr 2014 | User demand for wireless internet and other services is testing the radiofrequency spectrum, according to a report by the CSIRO.

Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

Do you need a landline

Should you think about ditching your home phone altogether or is there life in the tried-and-true service yet?

9 Feb 2011 | We look at existing landline and mobile options as well as some cutting-edge alternatives.

Smartphone data usage

Avoid bill shock with our data usage guide.

27 Jan 2010 | Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.

ISPs policing your internet use

Watch out! If certain music industry representatives have their way, internet service providers will be required to police your use of the internet.

19 Feb 2009 | The music industry reports a reduction in CD profits, which has motivated them to push for control over how consumers access and store music.

Wireless internet

There are desktop and roaming plans but is it the high-speed internet alternative for you?

1 Oct 2008 | Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Internode

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

Investment

Banks in no hurry to take up superannuation reforms

Sluggish rollout of MySuper means high management fees will be slow to fall.

13 Oct 2014 | A mere $13 billion in bank-owned and other retail funds has been transferred to MySuper funds, leaving $77 billion grandfathered in high cost funds.

Superannuation fee disclosure has room for improvement

ASIC investigation finds inconsistent adherence to new disclosure rules.

14 Jul 2014 | A recent ASIC investigation into fee disclosure practices in the superannuation and managed fund industry has found plenty of cause for confusion.

Crowdfunding risks and rewards

Is it time to regulate crowdfunding in Australia?

25 Jun 2014 | Should crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Pozible be compelled to offer better protections for funders?

Comparing superannuation funds

You could be surrendering as little as $300 or as much as $1245 in annual superannuation fees with your existing fund.

7 Apr 2014 | You could be paying fees up to $1245 each year on a $50,000 superannuation nest egg. CHOICE outlines your best super fund options and explains how to beat the super fee slugs.

Are Australian superannuation funds overexposed to the share markets?

Australian retirees and near-retirees may be vulnerable to another GFC through their super accounts.

1 Apr 2014 | A recent report by the Financial Services Council (FSC) reveals that Australian superannuation funds are more heavily invested in the share markets than a number of other countries with comparable retirement schemes.

Life insurance

How to make sure you're financially prepared should the worst happen.

25 Oct 2013 | It’s more important than ever to know how much you’re paying for life insurance and what you'll get in return. We look at term life insurance policies from 15 insurers and 10 large industry super funds.

MySuper rollout

Have you made a choice about where your super money goes?

9 Sep 2013 | MySuper is here to make superannuation less confusing and more transparent for average Australians

Saving for your children's education

The sooner you start saving, the better.

29 May 2012 | The cost of putting your child through school has increased by 70% over the past 10 years.

National Guarantee Fund Submission

CHOICE makes follow-up submission on the National Guarantee Fund.

28 May 2012 | We're calling for greater consumer representation on the board of the National Guarantee Fund in a recent submission to financial regulators.

Future proofing your super

Is your superannuation account protected against another GFC?

21 Feb 2012 | With the Euro zone and US economy looking shaky, what’s left of your super nest egg may once again be out on a limb.

Investor Compensation Reviewed

We're calling for substantial changes to the way in which the National Guarantee Fund is run.

15 Dec 2011 | The Australian government is reviewing the way in which investors are compensated when their stockbroker acts without authority or becomes insolvent.

Financial-advisor-reforms

The proposed new “best interest duty” for financial advisers is long overdue.

26 Sep 2011 | CHOICE has been calling for an overhaul of the financial services industry for more than 20 years. The federal government's Future of Financial Advice(FOFA) reforms will hopefully resolve some of the issues.

Unearth your refund

Paying kickback commissions you didn't even know about? CHOICE outlines an easy way to reclaim your money.

15 Dec 2009 | You can choose who receives the sales and advice kickbacks from your investments. But weigh up the pros and cons before making any changes.

Options trading seminars

Is options trading a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme or a low-risk strategy to profit from volatile markets?

15 Sep 2009 | Options trading is promoted as a "high profit and low risk" strategy to make money. It sounds great, especially if you believe the claims.

NIB shareholder warning

Direct Share Purchasing Corporation and Hassle Free Shares offer to buy shares at below market value.

13 Aug 2009 | NIB has issued a warning to its shareholders about an offer they may receive from Hassle Free Shares.

Rebuilding your super

There are ways to take control of your superannuation. We answer your most frequently asked questions.

25 May 2009 | The global financial crisis has decimated many Australians’ retirement savings. What steps can you take to rebuild your nest egg? CHOICE looks at your options.

Investing in gold

Gold is considered a safe haven in uncertain times, but will it lose its shine?

7 May 2009 | As shares and property crashed and the world nudged closer to recession, canny investors steadily turned their attention to one of the world’s oldest asset classes – gold.

CHOICE guide to buying shares

The plunging share market is attracting bargain hunters. CHOICE guides first-time investors through their options.

23 Mar 2009 | Despite the market hitting a five-year low, the worst may not be over, with further ups and downs likely in this volatile economic environment.

A warranty for your investments

What is an investment warranty and does it mean your money in a mortgage trust is safe?

3 Jun 2008 | You wouldn’t buy a telly without a warranty … so why would you invest without one?

DIY super – the facts

We give you the facts without the advertising hype and expose the dangers.

12 May 2008 | Setting up your own super fund can give you control and flexibility but it’s also risky. If your accountant or financial planner recommends it make sure it really will give you the best deal before you jump.

Super in a volatile environment

What are your options for securing your retirement?

12 May 2008 | Your June statement might show the worst return in years. Will you have enough money to retire? Should you switch investment options to manage stockmarket risks?

Capital-protected investments

A guarantee on your investment sounds great but it can be deceptive.

30 Apr 2008 | Experts say capital protection comes at a cost: most of your money is used for a low return/high-security investment to provide the capital guarantee.

Early release super schemes

Schemes promoting early access to super have got consumers and the scheme promoters into hot water.

30 Mar 2008 | Financial services watchdog, ASIC, has been busy chasing and charging promoters of illegal early-release super schemes.

Wraps and master trusts

Wraps and master trusts can provide convenience and choice, but beware high fees and adviser kick-backs.

1 Mar 2008 | Wraps and master trusts dominate as one-stop-shops for accessing a wider range of investments.

Automated property valuations

Are they reliable or just a waste of money?

21 Feb 2008 | Websites that offer automated property valuations often use emotive language to sell their services.

Margin loans

Borrowing to invest can make your money work harder but it's a risky strategy in a volatile market.

7 Feb 2008 | The margin loan is secured against the investment you make with it and/or other investments you have.

Ease into retirement

The "Transition to Retirement" rules allow older workers to access their super before they retire.

17 Jan 2008 | If you're 55 or over you can access your super to start an income stream without having to retire.

Ethical investing

You might be surprised where some ethical and sustainable funds invest your money.

26 Aug 2007 | State governments' super funds are investing millions of dollars of their employees’ super in gambling, cigarette and oil companies?

Managed funds buying guide

Want to invest your money but not sure where to start? A managed fund might be what you’re after.

20 Feb 2007 | Based on the type of fund you choose (for example: shares, property and/or cash), the fund manager decides which assets to invest in.

Index funds

We compare Australian share index funds and profile a low-cost Exchange Traded Fund.

6 Mar 2006 | Index funds are the most cost-effective way to get investment returns reflecting (before fees).

Investment tax stratergies

Minimising the tax you pay on investments is all about good planning

3 Feb 2006 | It is possible to plan your investment strategy to reduce tax, without taking too much risk.

Negative gearing

An easy way to profit from residential property or a fashionable way to lose money?

7 Jan 2006 | Negative gearing is being promoted as a way small investors can make money from the property market, but are these claims are too good to be true?

Financial planning step-by-step guide

Be sure you take all the steps possible to ensure your planner is working hard for you, not just looking after their own interests.

10 Sep 2005 | Follow this six-step guide to improve your chances of getting a high standard of service and advice from a financial planner.

Super choice survival guide

How to get the greatest benefit from super choice.

6 Jan 2005 | According to our recent online survey on attitudes to fund choice, 59% of those surveyed were fairly or very satisfied with their current fund, while 10% were dissatisfied.

Iomega

Portable hard drive reviews  

We review and compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD, including models from LaCie, Buffalo, Seagate and Thunderbolt.

4 Jun 2014 | Portable hard drives can carry all your data, but which one should you buy? We compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD.

iOS

Aussies lose two digital music services in one week

Samsung and Telstra announce plans within a week of each other to pull the plug on Music Hub and BigPond Music by end of year.

27 Nov 2014 | Samsung has announced plans to shut down its Music Hub streaming service, and Telstra will close its downloadable music store, BigPond Music, at the end of 2014.

Office for iPad released

Full versions of free Office apps for iOS now allow editing, with Android to follow.

17 Nov 2014 | Microsoft has updated its Office apps for iOS to allow editing, giving mobile users free access to the productivity suite on iPhone and iPad.

Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.

Facebook forces extra app for mobile chat

Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.

4 Aug 2014 | Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.

Cloud backup

Online backup can offer crisis-proof peace of mind, but there are pitfalls. We show you how to select the right service for your needs.

19 Jun 2014 | We test and compare 11 cloud-based backup services.

Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

Apple announces road map for future

Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models

3 Jun 2014 | Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

Cyber criminals attack major companies daily

'Friendly hacker' tells how we're all vulnerable to criminal net attacks.

22 May 2014 | Professional hacker Jonathan Brossard outlines the latest targets for cyber criminals, upcoming threats and how you can reduce your risk of attack.

Apple in lawsuit win against Samsung

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.

30 Apr 2014 | Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.

Samsung Galaxy S5 unhappy snaps

Software bug affects camera in early production models.

30 Apr 2014 | Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.

Apps price rise

Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.

7 Apr 2014 | You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

Mobile money managers

Monitor your money with your smartphone.

22 Jan 2014 | We've checked out 10 financial apps that let you keep track of your spending or budget on the go.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

First look: Tech21 Impactology

We get our hands on the shock-resistant Tech21 smartphone case and screen film

26 Nov 2013 | This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

TV on the net  

When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.

9 Jul 2013 | Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Apple iPhone 5 heads up

We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.

18 Sep 2012 | The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

2012 Apple TV first look

A quick review of Apple's updated set-top box

20 Mar 2012 | We get hands on with the new 1080p Apple TV, and check out some of its new features.

New iPad for 2012 first look  

Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.

16 Mar 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

iPad

Apple and App Store AIDS research donation campaign

App Store campaign enlists developers to create enhanced apps, and donates portion of worldwide sales

26 Nov 2014 | Proceeds from the promotion will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

Tech reliability survey 2014

The brands you can trust for tablets, desktops, laptops and more.

18 Nov 2014 | The CHOICE reliability survey asks thousands of members to rate their desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, tablets and external hard drives for reliability, repairs and service.

Office for iPad released

Full versions of free Office apps for iOS now allow editing, with Android to follow.

17 Nov 2014 | Microsoft has updated its Office apps for iOS to allow editing, giving mobile users free access to the productivity suite on iPhone and iPad.

Apple-launches-buyback-program

Tech giant offers up to $250 trade-in for old iPhones and iPads in all Apple retail stores across Australia.

18 Jul 2014 | Apple has launched its “Reuse and Recycle” trade in program in Australia, giving customers the opportunity to grab up to $250 of store credit for their old iPhones and iPads.

Household tech habits changing

The average Australian home now has up to eight wireless devices.

2 Jun 2014 | New research shows the average Australian household has up to eight wireless devices, and relies less on broadband out and about.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

Telstra to build a bigger wifi network

Plans to roll out Australia's largest Wi-Fi network.

21 May 2014 | Telstra announces plans to roll out a bigger Wi-Fi network nationwide.

Mothers Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.

5 May 2014 | Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.

Apps price rise

Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.

7 Apr 2014 | You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Ebook reader reviews

We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.

25 Mar 2014 | Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

Remove your e-footprint

How to exit from the internet, including social media.

5 Feb 2014 | It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

First look: Tech21 Impactology

We get our hands on the shock-resistant Tech21 smartphone case and screen film

26 Nov 2013 | This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

First-look-Parallels-for-Mac-and-iPad

We take a look at Parallels Access, which lets you run Windows software on your iPad.

26 Nov 2013 | Find out how you can run Office and any other Windows program on your iPad almost anywhere you go.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

TV on the net  

When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.

9 Jul 2013 | Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Apple announces iPad mini

A hands-on look at Apple's new iPad mini 7.9 inch tablet.

2 Nov 2012 | Apple's iPad mini throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Apple announces iPad mini

This smaller tablet plugs the gap between the iPod Touch and the iPad.

25 Oct 2012 | Apple's iPad mini announcement ends months of speculation and throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Apple iOS 6 first look

We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.

24 Sep 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Apple fined for misleading advertising

Apple has copped a $2.25 million fine for misleading consumers about its iPad's 4G capabilities.

22 Jun 2012 | The Federal Court has found that the technology giant contravened the Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers.

Apple may mislead with iPad 4G claims

The ACCC seeks orders against Apple for claiming the new iPad has 4G capabilities.

28 Mar 2012 | The ACCC says Apple's promotion is misleading because Australia’s 4G network runs on a different frequency to the one the iPad is capable of using.

New iPad for 2012 first look  

Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.

16 Mar 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

iPhone

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

17 Dec 2014 | CHOICE finds the best Next G phone for every user and budget.

Smartphone reviews  

Smartphones ranging in price from $99 to $1129 are put through their paces.

28 Nov 2014 | We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the latest models from Sony, Nokia and Motorola.

Apple and App Store AIDS research donation campaign

App Store campaign enlists developers to create enhanced apps, and donates portion of worldwide sales

26 Nov 2014 | Proceeds from the promotion will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.

iPhone 6 models revealed

Tech giant reveals 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, along with new Apple Watch, and takes on credit cards with a cashless mobile payment system

10 Sep 2014 | Apple has finally revealed its new, larger, iPhone models along with an Apple Watch and a new cashless mobile payments system. The announcements, revealed overnight at a special event in Apple’s home town of Cupertino, end months of speculation.

Apple-launches-buyback-program

Tech giant offers up to $250 trade-in for old iPhones and iPads in all Apple retail stores across Australia.

18 Jul 2014 | Apple has launched its “Reuse and Recycle” trade in program in Australia, giving customers the opportunity to grab up to $250 of store credit for their old iPhones and iPads.

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you trust to get you from point A to point B?

19 Jun 2014 | We've tested 19 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

iPhone 6 reports

Twitter images show front and back of two alleged iPhone 6 models believed to be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models due for release in September.

18 Jun 2014 | A highly-credible Australian blogger has leaked pics of the eagerly awaited Apple iPhone 6, clearly showing two new models in different sizes side by side.

Apple announces road map for future

Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models

3 Jun 2014 | Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.

Household tech habits changing

The average Australian home now has up to eight wireless devices.

2 Jun 2014 | New research shows the average Australian household has up to eight wireless devices, and relies less on broadband out and about.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

Telstra to build a bigger wifi network

Plans to roll out Australia's largest Wi-Fi network.

21 May 2014 | Telstra announces plans to roll out a bigger Wi-Fi network nationwide.

iPhone 6 reports

The iPhone 6 will not only be bigger but also higher resolution, with a 4.7-inch version in August and a 5.5-inch model in September, according to reports.

16 May 2014 | The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in higher resolution in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.

Apple in lawsuit win against Samsung

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

Mothers Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.

5 May 2014 | Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.

Samsung Galaxy S5 unhappy snaps

Software bug affects camera in early production models.

30 Apr 2014 | Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.

Free fix for iPhone 5

Apple is offering a no-charge repair for iPhone 5 power button problem.

28 Apr 2014 | Apple has admitted that a batch of iPhone 5 models has a faulty power button and will fix the affected phones for free.

iPhone battery life woes

Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.

9 Apr 2014 | A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.

Apps price rise

Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.

7 Apr 2014 | You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Mobile money managers

Monitor your money with your smartphone.

22 Jan 2014 | We've checked out 10 financial apps that let you keep track of your spending or budget on the go.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

First look: Tech21 Impactology

We get our hands on the shock-resistant Tech21 smartphone case and screen film

26 Nov 2013 | This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Apple’s new iPhone to cost more for Australians

The latest iPhones have not escaped the ‘Australia Tax’

11 Sep 2013 | The new products from Apple are up to 14% more expensive in Australia.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Apple iOS 6 first look

We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.

24 Sep 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Apple iPhone 5 heads up

We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.

18 Sep 2012 | The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

19 Jan 2012 | Consumers can now use their iPhones to scan food barcodes and instantly see traffic light information thanks to an app developed by The George Institute and BUPA.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Apple iPhone 4S first look  

CHOICE tries out the Apple iPhone 4S to see if it's a worthy upgrade.

17 Oct 2011 | We take a hands-on look at the iPhone 4S and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

iPhoto

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Photo Management Software

We test 12 programs that store and share your digital pictures.

30 May 2011 | Photo management software can bring order to digital-picture chaos.

IPL

How safe is laser and IPL hair removal?

We expose a number of untrained operators aiming lasers at your body.

20 May 2013 | A lack of regulation has led to a rise in untrained laser and IPL operators.

Women's razor reviews

Which women's razors shed those unwanted hairs and leave your skin silky smooth?

23 Nov 2012 | We have test results for 13 women's razors from Gillette Venus, Schick and Bic, priced from $0.70 to $16.

i Retail USA

Baby Jogger City Select stroller recall

The strollers have been supplied online directly from the United States and fail to comply with the Australian mandatory standard.

4 Oct 2011 | i Retail USA Baby Jogger City Select strollers have been recalled, because the strollers do not have wrist tethers for the carer, or red coloured brakes.

iRobot

Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

A robot that takes care of the household vacuuming is an attractive idea, but just how good a clean do these machines give you?

17 Mar 2014 | Compare robotic vacuum cleaners from top brands including iRobot, LG, Samsung and Hoover to find the best one for you.

First look: iRobot Scooba 390

Automated floor mopping sounds great, but can the iRobot Scooba 390 really take over this chore?

14 Jan 2014 | CHOICE put the iRobot Scooba to work on a gritty, grimy floor to see how it performs.

irons

Iron reviews

Are you about to spend too much? Our testers have found buying the most expensive iron is not always a guarantee for wrinkle-free clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | Irons are a less expensive alternative to steam stations, and there are plenty to choose from at varying prices that will get the job done.

Garment steamer reviews

These steamers are a gentler way of removing wrinkles from your clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | The latest garment steamers are put through their paces, including models from Conair, Kambrook, Jiffy and Homemaker.

Steam station reviews

You don't have to spend big bucks to get a good steam station.

5 Feb 2014 | Steam stations generate a lot of steam so you can effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes.

ALDI steam iron first look

We take a sneak peek at the ALDI Lumina Signature iron.

25 Jul 2012 | We've got in early to take a sneak peek at the latest ALDI iron, the Lumina Signature, available from 12th July.

Philips PerfectCare Iron first look

You’ll be steaming through the ironing in no time with this new steam station from Philips.

10 Oct 2011 | This no-fuss iron comes out ahead of most of the conventional irons tested by CHOICE, but it has an expensive price tag.

ISP

Google launches YouTube speedometer to compare ISP speed

Google's new tool tells consumers whether a different internet service provider could deliver videos faster.

14 Jul 2014 | Australian consumers can now compare their ISP's speed against others with Google's Video Quality Report.

Cyber criminals target home routers

Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.

19 Jun 2014 | Hacked routers make hidden attacks without users realising and Australian internet users are at risk.

ISP ONEseniors collapse strands elderly

Thousands of vulnerable elderly left without internet and emergency landline phone services after ISP ONEseniors goes into administration.

8 May 2014 | Thousands of elderly people have been left without internet and landline phone services by the collapse of ISP ONEseniors. The company, which specialised in discounted internet and phone services for the over-55s, went into administration leaving its elderly customers effectively cut off.

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Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

Italwin

Electric bike reviews

Test results for 18 electric bike options ranging in price from $1050 to $3299.

14 Jan 2014 | Electric bikes are gaining traction in the bike market and there are many reasons why you may prefer some assistance with your pedal power.

Itemised bill

Pricing issues

What you can do about misleading prices and other pricing inconsistencies.

13 May 2014 | What happens when a retailer displays more than one price? What can I do about misleading prices?

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