Super City Coming to Korea

November 9th, 2012

We recently wrote an article about a great new mobile home that’s available – read more about it here – but today we bring you an even outrageous place to live.

With the announcement of Star Wars VII last week, it’s only fitting that South Korea have decided to create a city that wouldn’t look out of place amongst the cities that Luke Skywalker would visit.

In an attempt to boost tourism to the country, South Korea have started a project that could rival that of Dubai for it’s beauty.


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Living the High Life

October 17th, 2012

There’s motorhomes and campervans. And then there’s this: a mobile home with a difference (if not quite so mobile any more).

Bruce Campbell, an American engineer captivated by planes, has spent a total of $220,000 creating his dream home inside a decommissioned Boeing 727-200 jet.

The retired Olympic Airways jet was bought for $100,000 in 1999, and has since been converted into a mobile home. The fuselage has been stripped of its seating and now comprises a living area, bedroom and office – a renovation job which ended up costing $117,000.

It’s been an exhilarating project, the engineer decrees. The 727 jet now sits modestly tucked away in the woodlands of Oregon, and is becoming quite the tourist attraction.

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Which4U Australia – An Introduction

October 11th, 2012

If you are unfamiliar with Which4U Australia, you could be asking yourself exactly what you’ve stumbled across. So here is a small introduction to the fantastic online resource that we provide to help you. Our motto is ‘Compare. Choose. Apply & SAVE’ and that is what we intend to help you do.

Which4U.com.au is a price-comparison website. We compare credit cards, savings accounts, home loans, insurance, and more. We don’t make decisions for you or take any money for our service, we simply give you the best options that are available on the market.

It’s as simple as that.

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On top of helping you to save a few dollars on those products that we all need, we help you to keep ahead of the curve.  All of the latest money news is available daily on our site (you can subscribe to our feed on your smartphone via the code at the bottom of the article),  providing you with information on upcoming changes to financial products and guides on how to make sure you get the best deals.

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Colonic Irritation: Emoticons Double Text Message Charges

September 21st, 2012

SmartPhone Text Charges:) :( :) :( Smartphone users could be paying more for their text messages if they use common emoticons that include bullet points.

iPhone and Samsung smartphone users who regularly add a smiling face could end up sporting a frown after it was revealed that some are being charged twice for messages that include colons.

Telstra, Australia’s leading provider of mobile devices and broadband, has admitted that the punctuation caused a coding issue on certain models that reduced the number of characters that a single message could contain.

The terms of service stipulate a set of ‘non-standard characters’, including bullet points, that, when included, incurs greater charges if messages exceed 70 characters in length.

A spokesperson for Telstra said that the problem was caused by the technology used to send messages rather than the handsets. Customers should keep emoticon-laden messages shorter to avoid being charged double.

It is not a handset or a phone company rule but rather the technology used to send messages… Most phones allow customers to see how long their messages are.

Are you a Telstra client with an iPhone or Samsung smartphone? It might be wise to rein in the visuals and save yourself a packet.

Banking in Australia and Great Britain: A Comparison

August 30th, 2012

It’s not unusual for Aussies to shadow the UK’s developments, and in many cases, to learn lessons from them.

Firstly, there was the MPs expenses scandal, which struck the UK back in 2009. This prompted a small probe by Australia’s Daily Telegraph into the practices of Canberra MPs.

But it’s only really struck notoriety in 2012, with the report into MP Craig Thomson and the revelations about credit card misuse by a number of government departments.

There’s also the case of Australian banks. Having witnessed the collapse of Northern Rock in the UK and the considerable bailout afforded to the Royal Bank of Scotland, large Australian banks have kept revenues and profits high.

There will be few who argue against the merits of strong banks, particularly given the fate of European and American counterparts. Many of these are now under investigation for alleged manipulation of the inter-bank lending rate during the inception of the global financial crisis.

But for many, it’s hard to accept the banks’ ability to pull in record profits during a global financial crisis, when many are living on the breadline and trying to negotiate their way through a stuttering economy.

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Longer, But Better Days: Australians Adopt British Work-Life Balance

June 28th, 2012

Changing Office CultureShowering at the office? Shopping online during the day? Facebook and Twitter time?

It seems that Aussies have begun adopting a British work-life culture that extends far beyond normal office-hours, but they seem just fine with it!

UK-based company Mozy has found that the working day has extended to 12 hours as employees keep tabs on email and work accounts from 7am in the morning until 7pm in the evening.

But with that comes more flexibility, as workers have more freedom to perform ablutions at the office, do their shopping online, conduct their finances online, or spend time on social networks.

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