Great Barrier Reef Rival Australia

Scientists discover new reef that might be even bigger than the Great Barrier Reef

By on August 25, 2015 at 7:10 PM.

Scientists discover new reef that might be even bigger than the Great Barrier Reef

You know Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia that you’ve seen in countless videos and pictures? Well, it turns out there’s yet another similarly impressive reef that’s located near the same country. More →

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Scary New Tiny Fish Australia

These tiny fish can survive in volcanoes and they’re the stuff of nightmares

By on July 16, 2015 at 1:23 PM.

These tiny fish can survive in volcanoes and they’re the stuff of nightmares

No matter how technologically advanced we are, we keep discovering wondrous and frightening new forms of life. Just recently, a team of scientists discovered some new species of fish inside some volcanoes in Australia that are super tiny, but also incredibly scary. More →

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Viral Video Speak Australian

Hilarious video teaches you how to speak fluent Australian

By on July 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Hilarious video teaches you how to speak fluent Australian

Yes, Australians speak English, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always understand what they’re saying. Lucky for you, in case you’re planning a trip Down Under, a comic duo has recorded a short video that teaches you how to speak fluent Australian, and the video has gone viral on Facebook. More →

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Australia Kangaroo Fight Video

Why Australia rules: Video shows kangaroo fight spontaneously erupting in a suburban neighborhood

By on March 23, 2015 at 2:21 PM.

Why Australia rules: Video shows kangaroo fight spontaneously erupting in a suburban neighborhood

If somebody asked you to think of the most ridiculously stereotypical thing you could imagine happening in an Australian neighborhood, a spontaneous kangaroo fight in the middle of a street would likely be near the top of the list. A video posted last fall on the YouTube account of Steve’s Game Blog shows just that occurring, as it features two of the iconic marsupials duking it out right in front of one Aussie resident’s driveway. The only way it could be more Australian would be if the bipedal animals were slugging down giant cans of Foster’s in between blows.  More →

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Australian government considering lawsuit against Apple over eBook price-fixing

By on April 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM.

Australian government considering lawsuit against Apple over eBook price-fixing

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has urged local retailers to voice their concerns about eBook price-fixing as it considers a lawsuit against Apple and five of the world’s largest book publishers, The Financial Review reported on Thursday. “The ACCC has previously stated that impediments to emerging competition involving online traders is an area of priority,” a spokesperson said. “Competition concerns may arise where traders seek to restrict the discounting of products by way of respective arrangements with suppliers. Retailers with concerns should raise them with the ACCC.” The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a similar suit against Apple, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Group and Macmillan for allegedly conspiring to fix eBook prices. More →

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Australian court finds Google guilty of misleading consumers

By on April 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM.

Australian court finds Google guilty of misleading consumers

An Australian court on Tuesday ruled that Google engaged in “misleading and deceptive” advertising practices, Reuters reported. The court said that between March 2006 and July 2007, Google published search results for queries related to Honda Australia with paid advertisements for Honda competitor CarSales. The advertisements led users to believes that CarSales was linked to Honda Australia. The search giant argued that it was not responsible for misleading search results since it was merely a conduit for advertisers. The court disagreed, however, and ordered Google to set up a compliance program that will ensure paid advertisements will not mislead consumers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission praised the ruling, saying that Google and other Internet search engines will now be held responsible for “deceptive paid search results.” More →

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Apple offers refunds to duped iPad buyers in Australia

By on March 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Apple offers refunds to duped iPad buyers in Australia

Apple’s hot new iPad tablet has been a massive global success. The company recently announced that it sold more than 3 million new slates in fewer than four days of availability, making it the second most successful launch in the Apple’s history behind the iPhone 4S. Heat issues aside, Apple found itself in a bit of hot water earlier this week when Australian regulators took issue with Apple’s use of the term “4G” in its advertising. The new iPad indeed supports 4G LTE networks internationally, but is it not compatible with Telstra’s Australian 4G network. Apple argued in Federal Court on Wednesday that its iPad can connect to Australian HSPA networks which are considered to be “4G” in other markets, but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission didn’t bite and neither did the court. In the end, ABC News in Australia reports that Apple agree to issue a statement clarifying that the new iPad does not support Telstra’s LTE network, and it will offer a refund to any buyers who feel they have been misled by Apple’s 4G claims. More →

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Australian regulators claim Apple’s iPad is misleading consumers

By on March 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Australian regulators claim Apple’s iPad is misleading consumers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Tuesday claimed that Apple is using misleading promotions for its new iPad tablet, Reuters reported. The ACCC will ask an Australian high court on Wednesday to order the Cupertino-based company to make customers aware of the true technical capabilities of the device, correct its current advertising and refund any affected buyers. Apple’s newest iPad can utilize 4G LTE networks, however it can only do so in North America. The company has still advertised the device as a “4G” tablet in countries where it is not compatible. Australian carrier Telstra offers the country’s only 4G LTE network, but it uses different spectrum than carriers in the United States and Canada. More →

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WikiLeaks founder to run for Australian Senate

By on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

WikiLeaks founder to run for Australian Senate

WikiLeaks announced that its founder and leader Julian Assange is planning to run for a seat on the Australian Senate, the Associated Press reported on Saturday. Despite being under house arrest in England and facing sex crime allegations in Sweden, the group said it is possible for Assange to run. “We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter. The group also announced that it would be supporting a candidate who will run against Prime Minister Julia Gillard for her seat of Lalor. “The name of the Lalor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time,” the group said. Assange has criticized Gillard for her lack of support as he faced the threat of extradition to the United States over WikiLeaks’s release of classified U.S. documents. While Australian police have said that WikiLeaks and Assange have not broken any Australian laws, Gillard condemned the action, calling it “grossly irresponsible.” More →

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Nokia fined in Australia for spamming customers with text messages

By on January 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

Nokia fined in Australia for spamming customers with text messages

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has fined Nokia for sending spam-filled text messages to its customers. Nokia had been sending messages with tips on how customers could take advantage of their phones’ features, Reuters said Tuesday, but the government agreed Nokia should allow its customers to opt out of receiving the messages. “Some businesses are still not getting SMS marketing right,” Australian Communications and Media Authority chairman Richard Bean told Reuters. “The same rules apply to SMS marketing as for email marketing, and the same rules apply to all businesses, big and small.” More →

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Samsung overtakes Apple in Australia despite patent attacks, becomes No.1 phone vendor

By on December 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM.

Samsung overtakes Apple in Australia despite patent attacks, becomes No.1 phone vendor

As Samsung continues to field repeated patent-related strikes from Apple in Australia and around the world, the Cupertino-based company’s aggressive stance seems to be having an unforeseen side effect in some cases. As Apple continues to inadvertently help Samsung advertise its products across the Australian region, market research firm IDC revealed on Monday that the South Korea-based electronics giant passed Apple in the third quarter to become the No.1 mobile phone vendor in Australia and New Zealand. Read on for more. More →

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Australian court overturns Samsung tablet ban in Apple patent case

By on November 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

Australian court overturns Samsung tablet ban in Apple patent case

Samsung recently won a appeal lawsuit against Apple in Australia that overturned a ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country. An appeals court, which recently said the ban was “not terribly fair” to Samsung, explained that the original judge in a lower court had made a mistake in approving Apple’s request for an injunction against the tablet. “We cannot see how Samsung’s conduct in refusing the offer of an early trial could properly be weighed,” the appeals court said, noting that the original court “erred in principle” for basing part of its decision on a ban on that ruling. Samsung is allowed to resume sales of the tablet beginning on December 2nd, Bloomberg noted. “The ruling clearly affirms that Apple’s legal claims lack merit,” Samsung spokesman Nam Ki Yung remarked. Read on for more. More →

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Australian Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban ‘not terribly fair’ to Samsung, appeals judge says

By on November 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Australian Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban ‘not terribly fair’ to Samsung, appeals judge says

An appeals judge in Australia recently said that a ruling which banned Samsung’s local subsidiaries from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was unfair to Samsung. “The result looks terribly fair to Apple and not terribly fair to Samsung,” federal court justice Lindsay Foster said on Friday. Samsung’s lawyer Neil Young said the lawyer in the original case, federal court justice Annabelle Bennett, failed to take into consideration the “dire consequences” that the ban would have on Samsung during the holiday shopping season. “We contend that the primary judge made a series of fundamental errors in her disposition of the interlocutory application,” a Samsung attorney said. “They were all errors of principle.” Samsung hopes to hear whether or not the injunction will be lifted early next week. Samsung’s Australian counter suit against Apple, in which Samsung is seeking a ban on Apple’s iPhone and iPad products, will be held in March. The two companies have legal battles ongoing around the world, including in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Japan and the United States. More →

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