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.

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PTSD relief potential in MS pill

Laboratory mice have been shown to forget adverse memories when on an MS pill.

27 May 2014 | Gilenya, a pill approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis, has shown promise in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hyundai ix35 Highlander

Hyundai and Holden issue recalls

All Holden VF Commodores and WN Caprices made between 8 March 2013 and 22 May 2014 join Hyundai ix35s sold in Australia in the past three years in being recalled.

26 May 2014 | Holden has joined Hyundai, which recalled the ix35 Highlander SUV, in issuing national recalls of the popular Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice.

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2014 Budget hole looks likely

Savings measures already counted by the Abbott government may not yet pass the Senate.

26 May 2014 | The Abbott government's budget will likely fall short of its projected savings due to opposition in the Senate.

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Melanoma rates drop for young Australians

Sun safety message appears to be sinking in for younger people.

26 May 2014 | Sun safety message appears to be working as research reveals a drop in melanoma rates for younger Australians.

Player kicks in AFL game.

ACCC looks at AFL's variable pricing strategy

Fans' Association angered by surprise changes to seat reservations.

23 May 2014 | The AFL Fans Association has lodged an ACCC complaint about the league's variable pricing regime.

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Ethical electronics guide released

Want to know which electronics company looks after workers best or makes an effort to use conflict-free minerals?

23 May 2014 | A guide which grades 39 electronics companies on their ethics throughout the supply chain has been released as part of Baptist World Aid's Behind the Barcode Series.

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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.


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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