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Mobility scooters

02 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.  More »

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2009 Bloopers

17 Dec 2009 | Some of the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) highlights from our 2009 CHOICE videos.  More »

Washing machine recall

15 Dec 2009 | See the list of washing machines that are being recalled.  More »

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Maclaren stroller recall in USA

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.  More »

Costco opens in Australia

17 Jul 2009 | Thousands of shoppers were up early to throng the store, about three times the size of a large supermarket, to check out the hype of low prices and unusual product offerings such as grandfather clocks, diamond rings and king crab legs from Russia.  More »

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

03 Jul 2009 | The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.  More »

Beware digital gold diggers

06 Nov 2009 | Unscrupulous types are selling over-priced set-top-boxes door-to-door with empty promises of Government reimbursement.   More »

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

04 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.  More »

Children's snack bars unhealthy

31 Jul 2009 | Children’s snack bars can be as fattening as some chocolate bars, according to new research by Australian parents and a leading nutritionist, who are calling for better food labelling on the snacks.  More »

Phony SMS identity theft scam

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

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Paracetamol no better than placebo for back pain

24 Jul 2014 | Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain, according to a large Australian study.  More »

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Carbon tax repeal savings must be passed on: ACCC

23 Jul 2014 | The ACCC says it will come down hard on electricity and gas retailers who fail to pass on savings resulting from the repeal of the carbon tax.   More »

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Diagnostic imaging tests ordered by GPs increase forty-five per cent

23 Jul 2014 | Sydney University research reveals that medical imaging diagnostic tests, including CT and MRI scans, ordered by GPs increased 45% over 10 years.  More »

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Industry super funds trump retail in best-of list

23 Jul 2014 | Corporate superannuation fund Telstra Super tops SuperRating’s list of the best-performing balanced investment options for 2013-14.  More »

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Passwords under attack

23 Jul 2014 | A spate of high-profile attacks on sites such as CNET and Catch of the Day highlight the vulnerability of passwords. Password managers such as LastPass or 1Password will store your passwords, although some vulnerabilities have been found, they're still the best bet to safely store log-ins.  More »

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Catch of the Day owns up to 2011 hacking

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.  More »

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Child labour allegations hit Samsung's Chinese factory

18 Jul 2014 | Samsung has suspended business with a factory in China amid allegations it’s using children to make mobile phone components.  More »

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'Greener' Apple's buy-back program

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.  More »

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Carbon tax repeal impact on cost of living remains unclear

17 Jul 2014 | The carbon tax has been repealed by the Senate but how much consumers will save as a result remains unclear.   More »

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Tax scams on the rise and getting trickier

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.   More »

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