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Games industry and audience calls for new blood during PAX

Professionals and community at annual Australian Penny Arcade Expo showcase changing attitudes

6 Nov 2014 | We went to PAX Aus 2014 in Melbourne and found the local and international games industry abuzz with calls for greater representations of female, LGBT and religious interests in video games.

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ACCC recalls Infinity electrical cabling

Cabling a fire and electrocution risk for 40,000 homes and premises.

5 Nov 2014 | Testing has found Infinity electrical cabling could result in electric shock or fires due to poor insulation around the wires.

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How does the new Thermomix stack up?

We put the latest model through its paces.

4 Nov 2014 | How does the new Thermomix model stack up against the old? CHOICE takes the TM5 for a spin.

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WA car insurance increases

WA launches a public consultation on new compulsory third party insurance system to provide better cover, but for higher prices

3 Nov 2014 | WA launches a public consultation on new compulsory third party insurance system to provide better cover for people with serious injuries but for higher prices

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Big jump in complaints about mobile excess data usage charges

Shrinking data limits and more mobile services to blame.

31 Oct 2014 | Complaints about excess data usage charges have jumped by a quarter and replaced mobile coverage as the top problem for telco customers, according to the industry ombudsman's annual report on consumer complaints.

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Government introduces metadata retention bill

Data capture could also target piracy.

30 Oct 2014 | The federal government has introduced its controversial data retention bill into parliament that would compel internet service providers to retain a set of user metadata for two years.

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Gift cards can be a waste of money

NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox warns consumers to redeem gift cards as soon as possible after receiving them.

30 Oct 2014 | Gift cards that expired before they could be redeemed was the number one complaint from consumers to NSW Fair Trading.

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Microsoft pushes cloud storage sky high

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.

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Financial adviser review sites invite customer feedback and ratings

Qualifications can be checked, but not conflicts of interest.

28 Oct 2014 | As the government eases the burden on the advice industry by reshaping the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms, the announcement of three new financial adviser review websites this month is timely.

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Government announces new register of financial advisers

A welcome move, but it still won’t give consumers the protection they need.

24 Oct 2014 | A register alone isn’t going to clean up the advice industry. What we need is strong consumer protections in legislation.

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