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Consumers won’t be able to use PEXA anytime soon but it might streamline the buying and selling of property. Dan Peled/AAP

Explainer: how the paperless property market works

The paperless property market is now a reality and it could provide a faster more efficient sales. But its unlikely any consumers will be using the system themselves.
Viewed through human activities, the Internet is becoming ever more heterogeneous as more non-Western populations get online. genista/Flickr

Reimagining the Internet as a mosaic of regional cultures

Mapping Web usage shows a new picture of the Internet, one without its core in the West, but rather a mosaic of online regional cultures that mirror offline regional cultural identities.
Nine’s new online streaming service means it can reach beyond its metro boundaries, and regional broadcasters are not happy. Shutterstock/Antonio Guillem

Regional TV fights back as more programmes are ‘broadcast’ online

The rise on live streaming of television programs is breaking down the protected geographical barriers on what you can watch, and the regional broadcasters are not happy.
Phones out, but today’s students are less likely to have Facebook or Twitter open. Phones image via www.shutterstock.com.

So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square

Young people are starting to skip the very public postings of some of social media's original platforms. Why? And where will that leave the companies that rely on our willingness to divulge everything?
In a world that is already filled with clutter, simplicity is a strong message. Google

Yes, Google has a new logo – but why?

Google has unveiled its new logo, adopting a sans-serif typeface and retaining the same colours as before. But is it better or more practical than the logo it replaces?
Security experts discovered that the iVote practice server was vulnerable to tampering; after checking that the same weakness affected the real voting server, they alerted the authorities. Vanessa Teague and Alex Halderman

Thousands of NSW election online votes open to tampering

UPDATED 3PM: The NSW Electoral Commission has now publicly commented on the security flaw we uncovered. But we're concerned that it does not seem to understand the serious implications of this attack.
The good, the bad and the ugly on the web. Web by Shutterstock

How to avoid bogus health information on the web

Health is one of the biggest topics searched for on the web, yet despite its importance a large portion of this information is inaccurate, anecdotal or biased. According to Pew Research, 72% of internet…
It could happen to anyone – there’s no stereotype in the victims of online romance scams. Suus Wansink/Flickr

Love hurts: the costly reality of online romance fraud

Online dating and romance scams continue to lure in Australians with figures this week showing people have lost more than A$23 million this year alone, with average individual losses at A$21,000 – three…
Cyber bullying is on the rise and can strike anytime. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Action on cyberbullying: token gesture or the way forward?

The reaction to the federal government’s plans to clamp down on cyberbullying has ranged from hostility from some libertarians to scepticism about yet another government attempt to make the internet safer…
Some websites can drive you crazy. Flickr/Jonathan Brodsky

A new way to fix those frustrating websites

How many times have you been looking for information online, only to find yourself going round and round in circles? Or you’ve spent too long poking around a website trying to find what you need, only…
Kjellberg argues his low-budget method is a ‘winning concept’. YouTube.com

YouTube games star PewDiePie is playing for global dominance

Does the name Felix Kjellberg sound familiar? How about PewDiePie? … Still nothing? Clearly you’re not one of the 31 million subscribers to YouTube’s most successful channel, PewDiePie, starring 24-year-old…
Your computer has a special fingerprint that can give away details of your online browsing. Flickr/Sandra Nahdi

Tracking your digital fingerprint online raises privacy issues

Just how much information we give away about ourselves as we browse the web has been raised again by a tracking device used in thousands of websites. Researchers at Belgium’s University of Leuven have…
The Khan academy is trying to bring education to the world, but how? Online learning image from www.shutterstock.com

Yes, we Khan: pioneering education for anyone, anywhere

From preschool to PhD, education is afflicted by a malaise. Many students, teachers, parents and politicians, feel that with all the effort and money spent, we should be doing better. Salman Khan, founder…

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