Monthly Archives: January 2015


Holograms a Reality

January 30th, 2015

Everyday holograms are one step closer to reality, with Microsoft unveiling its vision for the future of Windows. Among a myriad of other features, Windows 10 will include the new HoloLens headset, technology designed to overlay holographic images in the real world. With the hardware being refined as we speak and a range of holographic applications also in the pipeline, […]

China Slowdown a Big Risk for Australia

January 16th, 2015

The economic slowdown in China continues to threaten Australia. In its latest report on global economic prospects, the World Bank said any major shock from China, coupled with falling commodity prices, would be a double blow for exporters like Australia. However, positive signs are emerging for a managed slowdown as China opens new doors and the Australian economy continues to […]

Rental Growth Slows

January 9th, 2015

Rental growth is slowing across Australia, with advertised rents stable as home values continue to rise. According to the latest CoreLogic RP Data quarterly rental review, advertised rentals on a national basis increased by 2.6 percent and combined capital city rentals increased by just 1.8 percent in 2014. With rental growth at its lowest level in over a decade and […]

Hot Home Design Trends for 2015

January 6th, 2015

As the new year kicks into gear, it’s a great time to think about improving your home. Whether you want to maximise profits on an investment property or simply make your home a nicer place to be, there’s more innovative products and ideas out there than ever before. From bedrooms to bathrooms, from bold modern colours to soft natural tones, […]

The Truth about Placebos

January 5th, 2015

A placebo is defined as a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment, often given to patients as a control in medical research. This rather clinical definition doesn’t begin to describe the placebo effect, however, a mystery of modern medicine where symptoms improve as a result of taking, well – nothing. With placebos found to work in multiple trials and some […]

Words of the Year

January 2nd, 2015

Some words made more of an impression than others in 2014. Whether using the ranking systems of Google or analysing lookup rates in online dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster, it’s never been easier to analyse the impact of specific words on global culture. From ‘sociopath’ and ‘misogynistic’ through to ‘OK’ and the word ‘culture’ itself, the biggest words of 2014 offer […]