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Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos now a US$100 billion mogul

Jeff Bezos is the world's newest US$100 billion mogul.The Amazon.com founder's fortune is up US$2.4b to US$100.3b as the online retailer's shares jumped more than 2 per cent on optimism for Black Friday sales. Online purchases...

Weird Science: What separates us from cranks?

The moon landing and climate change are hoaxes, vaccines cause autism, 9/11 was a set-up, and our minds are secretly being controlled with chemtrails in the sky.Is scepticism toward these kinds of unfounded beliefs simply a matter...

Warning for Australian companies ahead of Amazon launch

Australian retailers selling via Amazon Marketplace risk having the e-commerce giant rip-off their products for its private label range, the head of rival eBay has warned.Speaking ahead of the imminent launch of Amazon's local operation,...

Xero to expand Hawke's Bay operations

Global software company Xero has reconfirmed its commitment to expand its Hawke's Bay staffing levels, easing any doubt following its decision to leave the New Zealand stock exchange.Although the accounting software firm announced...

Benjamin Liu: There is a dark side of artificial intelligence

It seems nowadays artificial intelligence is everywhere. Dubbed the "new electricity", AI is transforming the ways we work, learn, and play. But it has a dark side.No, I am not talking about the existential threat it poses...

Facebook helps users reveal exposure to Russian disinformation

Facebook is creating an online tool to allow users to determine if they might have been exposed to Russian disinformation during the 2016 presidential election and its fractious aftermath, the company announced Wednesday.The new...

Essential gadgets for your Christmas wish list

Wondering what to get yourself for Christmas? Our gadget guide is here to help. If you've got an inner child to satisfy, you're in luck: this Christmas must feature the most tech-heavy range of toys ever. There are plenty of options,...

The reality behind the bitcoin bubble

David Larkin pays all of his bills in bitcoin.The 32-year-old Melbourne IT worker is a true believer in the cryptocurrency and its potential to revolutionise the world of banking and finance.But unlike buy-and-hold speculators...

Nasa reveals first 'alien' comet from another solar system

A newly discovered object passing through our solar system is shaped like a giant cigar with a reddish hue and comes from another star system, astronomers have revealed. The asteroid, named Oumuamua by its discoverers, is about...

Roger Moroney: Stay on the road but off the phone

I like a surprise but there were none to be had when I read about a recent police blitz aimed at unearthing drivers who were somehow unaware there had been a law amendment some time back barring the use of cellphones while behind...

Blis Technologies reports first-half net loss as revenues tumble

Blis Technologies reported a net loss in the first half as trading revenue tumbled, in particular in its North American market, but is optimistic of an improvement in the second half as sales normalise. Blis reported a deficit of...

Michelle Dickinson: Swallowing a digital pill

Have you taken your medication today?Life is busy and studies show that 70 per cent of medicines are taken incorrectly, with many forgetting to take them on time or failing to finish a course of treatment. Technology now has...

Weird Science: Spider silk in your ear?

Would you want a spider web inside your ear?Probably not.But if you're able to put aside the creepy factor, new research shows that fine fibres like spider silk actually improve the quality of microphones for hearing aids.Scientists...

Meet Atlas, the terrifying 2 metres, 77kg humanoid robot that can do backflips

Standing 2 metres and weighing in at 77kg, Atlas is a robot that you really don't want to argue with.Just months ago, Boston Dynamic's humanoid bot became an object of ridicule after a series of accidents at a government 'robo olympics'...

Gadget review: Propel's Star Wars Battle Drone

What is it? Probably the best gift you could give the Star Wars obsessive in your life this Christmas. Propel, a United States drones company, has released three models based on Star Wars Tie Fighters, Speeder Bikes and X-Wing Starfighters,...