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Westpac and Samsung sign deal for fingerprint banking

There may soon be no need to go into the bank, with new technology allowing customers to do all their banking from a variety of smart devices.

22 May 2014 | Banking at your fingertips, literally. Westpac is collaborating with Samsung to innovate banking applications.

Woman looks stressed by bills

Poorest to be hit hardest by 2014 Budget changes

New figures from NATSEM and the Salvation Army show that those on low-incomes will be hit hardest by the budget changes.

22 May 2014 | New figures suggest that the poorest 20 per cent will pay $1.1bn more to the government than the richest households.

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Pension squeeze makes financial advice protections crucial

CHOICE tells Senate Committee that FoFA windback will cost consumers.

22 May 2014 | Australians will need more help to save for retirement making strong consumer protections for financial advice vital.

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eBay hacked, passwords stolen

eBay buyers are being urged to change their passwords as soon as possible to avoid being vulnerable to hackers.

22 May 2014 | Online retailer eBay has announced that a database containing sensitive customer information including encrypted passwords, names, addresses and dates of birth has been hacked.

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Aussie kids receive D- for exercise

Poor grades for Aussie kids in first ever physical activity health card.

21 May 2014 | Australian children rank among the worst in the world and narrowly avoid an overall fail in a new physical activity report card.

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Microsoft targets lightweight laptops with new Surface Pro 3

Tech giant promises lighter hybrid with larger screen, that's thinner than Apple's Macbook Air.

21 May 2014 | Microsoft sets its sights on the thin-and-light end of the portable computer market, pitching the Surface 3 as the hybrid to replace your laptop.

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Telstra to build a bigger Wi-Fi 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.

Overweight man takes a walk.

Consumers groups call for international obesity action

A coordinated global effort is required from governments to battle rising obesity deaths.

20 May 2014 | Consumers International and World Obesity Federation have proposed recommendations to take on the corporate interests behind unhealthy food promotion.

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Is the Medicare co-payment a tax?

Federal treasurer Hockey gets grilled on Q&A about the Medicare co-payment, health funding, education and election promises.

20 May 2014 | The coalition government is facing increasing pressure after it last week delivered what is widely considered to be the toughest Budget in recent memory.

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Gas vs electricity: time for a rethink?

Gas has long been cheaper than electricity, but that may be about to change. So is it time to switch?

20 May 2014 | With gas prices rising faster than electricity, it may be time to rethink our energy decisions.

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