Technology

Online shopping set to skyrocket

New research shows nearly one in two Australians buy something on the internet every month and the proportion is expected to jump sharply later this year.

As Australia’s ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers brace for the arrival of US-based ecommerce behemoth Amazon, RoyMorgan Research revealed that in any given four-week period last year, just over 8.7 million Australians (44.2 per cent) aged 14 and over bought one or more products via the internet.

Hobart posties first to pilot new e-vehicles

Australia Post is using Hobart as the first capital city in the country to pilot five new three-wheel electric vehicles that will allow posties to deliver more small parcels.

From March 20, the new e-vehicles will service the suburbs of Bellerive, Howrah, Montagu Bay, Mornington, Rosny Park, Tranmere and Warrane.

The new e-vehicles have three times the parcel carrying capacity of the postie motorbike and can hold up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time.

Older Australians go digital

Older Australians are embracing digital life with nearly four in five people (80 percent) aged 65 and over online, a new government report reveals.

That figure represents an upward trend, as four years ago only 65 per cent of older Australians were online.

The report Digital lives of older Australians, published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), explores the extent of online engagement of Australians aged 65 plus.

Funding to help Qld seniors avoid elder abuse

The Queensland Government has promised $18.6 million in funding to help older people to stay active, improve their social lives and avoid social isolation and potential elder abuse.

Queensland Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said 47 organisations would share the funding over three years.

It includes over $7.6 million for elder abuse services, nearly $8.6 million for social isolation services and around $2.4 million to prevent barriers to accessing services.

More Queensland seniors to get tech-savvy

More Queensland seniors will be able to catch up with friends and family online, pay bills or surf the net with funding from the state government and Telstra.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program will provide more than $780,000 to public libraries run by 38 councils and Indigenous Knowledge Centres – with Telstra contributing $200,000.

Enoch said the initiative would help older Queenslanders gain basic technology skills, including how to use an iPad, navigate social media and shop online.

Older Australians and the Internet: Bridging the Digital Divide

In recent years, the internet has become an essential tool for living. Whether making bookings, receiving updates on superannuation or shares, downloading university lectures or filling in government forms, the internet is the first option for more and more Australians.

More people use internet-based communications to stay in touch with friends and family quickly and cheaply. Health and business services are increasingly migrating to the web, seeking lower costs and easier access.

Help flies to heart attack victims

A 23-year-old university graduate has developed a drone which can carry a potentially life saving defibrillator to heart attack victims within minutes.

In a statement released by the Netherlands’ TU Delft University, engineering graduate Alec Momont said that the drone can fly at speeds of up to 100km/h.

"Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only eight per cent survive," Momont said.

Looking after your online estate

Do you have a Facebook account, store photographs on your computer or on Instagram, do you write a blog, use emails and apps?

If so, you need to think about what happens to them and who has access to them when you die. You can include instructions for them in your Will.

A free online workshop at 12pm on 11 November aims to address these potential problems.

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