Tech companies betting big on Aussies' laziness when it comes to takeaways

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Liam Mannix 12:15 AM   A bunch of tech companies are betting on the internet "brainwashing" you into being too lazy to order your own takeout.

The coming revolution in energy storage

Elon Musk has his eyes on a mass deployment of batteries.

Chris Mooney   The economics of large scale energy storage are close to reaching a tipping point.

School of the Air sends art into space

Bailey Brooks with her winning picture that will be painted across the rocket that delivers the satellite into outer space

Eryk Bagshaw   Access to fast internet is set to transform the learning experience of isolated children.


iPad app failure delays 74 flights in the US

iPads have been used on American Airlines' flights for several years, but now pilots might have to temporarily go back to paper.

Jad Mouawad   American Airlines said that dozens of its flights were delayed after a software problem in its company-issued iPads prevented some pilots from getting access to airport maps and other navigational documents.

Samsung overtakes Apple as biggest smartphone maker, but profits slump


Having reclaimed the lead, Samsung posts a near 40 per cent fall in first-quarter net profit, missing analyst estimates.

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The storm photos that fooled Sydney

A surfer takes on the break in this edited footage from 2012, which re-surfaced during the Sydney storm.

Eryk Bagshaw   Internet pranksters have had a busy week in the wake of the Sydney storms.

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Self-drive cars, apps that find your pet: welcome to NSW future

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Google car: Self-driving cars seem inevitable, and this what they may look like.

Nicole Hasham   Runaway pets would be reunited with their owners through an electronic alert and speed signs could communicate with motorists under high-tech solutions to everyday problems being considered by the NSW government.

The 10 best (and worst) jobs for 2015

Companies like Uber are contributing to a tough outlook for cabbies.

If you're feeling rotten about your work, a new survey from a US job-search site has identified perhaps your best and worst options for a career change.

Derek Rielly: I…uh…might have downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club

Nearly 5000 members of the Dallas Thieves Club have had their collars felt in the Federal Court.

Derek Rielly   What surprises life throws at a man. Who knew that, one day, I'd be thrilled to've signed an overpriced two-year contract with Telstra's Big Pond, one hundred slugs a month for a paltry 200 gigabytes of downloads. And all wrapped up in Telstra's aggressive late-fees.

New battery could see smartphones charged in 60 seconds


Smartphones could be charged in less than one minute after scientists at Stanford University invented an aluminium battery so powerful it could revolutionise the industry.

Australians breaking their wallets to stay on top of technology

We're a nation of digital spenders, according the Cost of Being Digitally Savvy report.

Esther Han   The giant 3D television, those wireless Beats headphones, that life-saving app – the latest gadgets and biggest trends are hard to resist and breaking our technology budgets.


Nuke tourism: thousands descend on birthplace of the bomb

Larry Denson, with son Gage, takes photos of other family members in front of a Fat Man atomic bomb casing at Trinity Site.

Rick Rojas   In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the first detonation of the most destructive technology ever developed, the original test site becomes clogged with tourists taking selfies with warning signs and hawking pieces of fused-together sand for $20 a pop.

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3D printing

3D-printing provides 'robohand' to 7-year-old girl

Faith Lennox, 7, left, forms a heart with her newly 3D-printed hand.

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.


Exoskeleton boot makes walking easier, more energy-efficient

Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an exoskeleton boot that makes it easier to walk, burning less calories.

Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done.


Tim Cook blasts new laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook listens to U.S. President Barack Obama speak at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alta, California February 13, 2015.  The aim of the summit is to build support for beefing up cyber security laws in the wake of massive hacked at Target, Sony and Anthem.

Tim Cook   Apple CEO Tim Cook steps up his condemnation of a new religious freedom law in Indiana.

The tweet that added $1 billion to company's bottom line

Elon Musk: co-founded the company that became PayPal.

Elon Musk, the billionaire technology entrepreneur, has announced a "major" new Tesla product line that is "not a car", in a cryptic tweet which has left millions guessing.

Communication breakdown? Emails are the culprit

Some companies are banning emails.

Su-Lin Tan   Emails were a godsend when they replaced "snail mail" or the traditional letter but now they are starting to become a burden.

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US to stop collecting phone metadata if Congress lets law expire

Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia.

Mark Hosenball   US intelligence agencies will stop bulk collection of data documenting calls by US telephone subscribers in June, unless Congress extends a law authorising the spying.

Steve Wozniak on the future of humanity

"Computers are going to take over from humans," Steve Wozniak has told the AFR.

Paul Smith   Steve Wozniak says Apple needs a new market to keep growing. He's also resigned to computers becoming the masters of us.

It's not just older people who worry about keeping up with technology

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Miki Perkins   Many of us are familiar with the cold chill of horror that slips down our spine when a younger, cooler person casually mentions a technological phenomenon we know nothing about. Tumbled where? You favourited what, exactly? But it is not only older people who worry about keeping up with mercurial trends - one in five young Australians says they will be left behind by technological advances in the future. Tumbled where? You favourited what, exactly? But it is not only older people who worry about keeping up with these mercurial trends - one in five young Australians says they will be left behind by technological advances in the future. The Australian Institute of Family Studies surveyed 1600 people to find out if they felt left behind in the rapid-fire advance of technology, and a substantial minority - 40 per cent - said they did.