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Value of taxi licences plummets across Queensland, even without Uber

On the Gold Coast, sales averaged $552,693 in 2014 and dropped 68 per cent to $175,766 in 2017.<p>In Ipswich, licence values dropped 64 per cent to …

Brisbane

This chart illustrates the staggering difference in housing affordability between London and the rest of the UK

While housing across the country has become more than twice as unaffordable on average in the past two decades, the gap between so-called "prime" central London areas — where housing is most unaffordable — and the UK's most affordable areas has widened by an even bigger factor.<p>Statistics released …

China is on a global investment binge

The purchase of Swiss agribusiness Syngenta by ChemChina for US$44 billion - the largest ever foreign takeover by a Chinese firm - along with the unsuccessful US$14 billion approach from Chinese insurance firm Anbang to buy Starwood Hotels and Resorts, demonstrates the growing clout of Chinese …

Berlin just showed the world how to ensure housing stays affordable

Beginning January 1, many Berlin housing project residents can expect a cut in their rent. The cost of public housing in the city is just too high, the Berlin Senate ruled today, and from now on the rent tenants pay will be directly linked to how much they earn.<p>In a city with high numbers of public …

Brisbane's unique approach to urban living, take note Sydney

Launched recently by the NSW government, the Bays Precinct can learn a bit from inclusive Brisneyland, and create an inner-urban sanctum that is fun …

For people with hearing loss, these speakers sound loud and clear

Hearing loss sucks.<p>I spent too much time in my youth standing just a few feet away from booming concert speakers, and I pay for it now whenever I try …

Britain to pay for migrants to be flown home from Calais

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, says that the government will spend more than £7 million over the next two years to ease pressure on Calais<p>Britain is to pay for migrants to be flown from Calais to their home countries and help fund "dedicated facilities" for those having their asylum claims …

3 charts that show the stock market is almost in a bubble

Back in February, I looked at U.S. market valuations based on several different metrics, concluding that valuations were quite high—at or above the levels that prevailed before major corrections.<p>This morning, I was reviewing several data points and realized that valuations had evolved even higher …

On Managing Developers

I’ve been a software engineer, a novelist, a journalist, and a manager–and managing developers is easily the trickiest thing I’ve ever done. (Not the hardest. But the trickiest.) I don’t pretend to be an expert, or a great manager. But I can assure you I am someone who screwed up a lot along the …

Tesla's biggest problem is that it's selling the wrong car

And Elon Musk's electric-car maker is moving fast. In less than 10 years, Tesla has captivated both the technology and automotive worlds. Its market cap is $25 billion, and yet the company produces, so far, one car at one factory.<p>At the end of 2014, a bunch of questions arose about whether Tesla's …

Crude oil crashed after another massive inventory build

Another day and more new lows for crude oil prices.<p>On Tuesday afternoon in New York, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil crashed further below $43 a barrel, a new six-year low for the commodity.<p>Near 5:02 p.m. ET, WTI was down over 2% to trade around $42.65 a barrel.<p>The latest decline …

Oil

A Currency Trader And $200 Million Worth Of His Clients' Money Have Vanished

Joe Lewis, 59, is being investigated by police over almost $200 million which he claimed was in clients' accounts but now no longer exists. It is rumoured that professional footballers and golfers have lost money in his investment scheme.<p>In an email sent to clients a fortnight ago, Mr Lewis …

Scientists Listen In To The Seismic Soundscapes Of Human Activity

What's shaking? Human transportation networks<p>Planes, trains and automobiles create the noisy background to our lives--especially in urban areas. In addition to getting us from point A to point wherever-we're-headed, the swift movement of transportation creates plenty of noise and vibrations. But …

Amazon's Latest Plan To Make Its Cloud Business Really Huge

Jeff Bezos believes that Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud which hosts applications, could become its biggest business.<p>Today at the reInvent conference, AWS leader Andy Jassy said that Bezos and the "rest of the leadership team" believe "it is very possible that AWS could be the biggest …

Luxembourg tax files: how tiny state rubber-stamped tax avoidance on an industrial scale

An unprecedented international investigation into tax deals struck with Luxembourg has uncovered the multi-billion dollar tax secrets of some of the world’s largest multinational corporations.<p>A cache of almost 28,000 pages of leaked tax agreements, returns and other sensitive papers relating to …

Uber told to scrap unaccredited drivers service by Victoria's taxi regulator

Victoria’s taxi regulator has demanded that Uber scrap its service that allows unaccredited drivers to pick up passengers.<p>The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) has issued a “cease and desist” letter to Uber over its UberX offering, citing safety concerns. Queensland and New South Wales have already …

Amazon bolsters hybrid cloud case with AWS Directory Services

GRUBER: Apple's Entry Level iPads 'Work Against The Foundation Of Apple’s Brand'

Apple is offering 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB storage on iPads and iPhones. Previously, Apple's iOS line up had 16, 32, and 64 GB of storage.<p>Apple should have double the entry level, too, says Gruber.<p>The 16 GB option is simply not enough for most people using the iPhone or the iPad. They run out of …

The Mac is back: Why Apple just set an all-time Mac sales record

Apple’s Mac business, now 30 years old, just had its best three months in history. Apple shipped 5.5 million Macs last quarter, up almost 1 million units—a 20% increase—from the year before.<p>The Mac’s big performance comes as a bit of a surprise. The broader PC industry has been shrinking—or flat at …

How Australia Perfected Solar Power and Then Went Back to Coal

In the 1980s Australia led the world in solar technology. Fast-forward to 2014, and one of the country's largest solar farms has been canned. So what happened?<p><i>All images courtesy of the Clean Energy Council</i><p>There was a time in the 1980s when Australia led the world in solar technology. To begin …

Why Google's Larry Page Only Buys Companies That Pass His Crazy Toothbrush Test | Inc.com

Acquiring other companies is a growth strategy used by businesses to bring new products or services, talent, and clients under their company umbrella-or to effectively shut down competitors.<p>Buying out companies can be a risky business, yet Google does it regularly and it seems only to feed its …

Hyperlapse For iPhone Will Revolutionize Wildlife Films

As a biologist, my first thought after hearing about Hyperlapse – Instagram’s new app for making time-lapse movies – was this: nature videos.<p>Hyperlapse records a film and shows frames at intervals so it looks like time has elapsed quickly. The app is simple to use. Tap a button to start and stop …

3 Reasons To Keep A Watchful Eye On The Forex Market

The pound slumped to a four-month low against the U.S. dollar and the euro on Tuesday after the annual rate of inflation in the U.K. fell more than expected, making it less likely the Bank of England (BoE) will hike interest rates in 2014.<p>To date, the BoE has been hotly tipped to be the first of …

A third of people have nothing saved for retirement

A third of people (36%) in the U.S. have nothing saved for retirement, a new survey shows.<p>In fact, 14% of people ages 65 and older have no retirement savings; 26% of those 50 to 64; 33%, 30 to 49; and 69%,18 to 29, according to the survey of 1,003 adults, conducted for Bankrate.com, a personal …

Credit Suisse Gives Point-By-Point Breakdown Why Tesla Is Better Than Your Regular Car

Credit Suisse's Dan Galves and Shreyas Patil are not about to get in their way.<p>In a note Thursday announcing they had begun covering the firm with an "outperform" rating, meaning it will outperform a benchmark indicator, the pair say that the fight between electric vehicles and international …

Mozilla Stops Developing Its Persona Sign-In System Due To Low Adoption

If you don’t know about Mozilla’s Persona sign-in and identity, you’re apparently not the only one. Citing low adoption rates, Mozilla has decided to give up on this project and is allocating its developer resources to different projects. Mozilla will continue to host the service and patch security …

Why Tesla is focused on oil-rich Norway as it expands beyond the US

Just off the European E18 highway some 210km south of Oslo lies an industrial park called Brokelandsheia. It is an unassuming cluster of a few hundred workers, a small collection of warehouses, a Statoil gas station and a 24-hour cafe and hotel called Cinderella. Next week, the Cinderella cafe is …