Australians Are Using 1000 Times More Data Than In 2006

So this is why your 4G connection is feeling slower as time passes: Aussies love mobile broadband way too much. A new report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) clarifies just how much: we’re using 1000 times more mobile data than we were in 2006.

Aussies Embrace Cloud Computing, Yet Most Remain Clueless About It

A new survey by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) suggests that 14 million adult Australians have accessed “cloud computing” services. However, a closer look at the data suggests that only a tiny proportion of them are fully taking advantage of cloud technologies.

Who You Will Buy Your Next Server From

Servers run the world, and global server sales were up 2.1 per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to Gartner. But which vendor you but them from still depends heavily on where you are in located and what you plan to use them for.

TimeStats Tracks How Much Time You Spend On Web Sites

Chrome: We keep reading about how much time we spend watching YouTube videos or goofing off on social networks. If you really want to calculate your own usage, timeStats is the easiest way to get actual figures in Chrome — and you can impose restrictions on yourself too.

What Kind Of Online Stores Sell The Most Stuff? [Infographic]

Whether your online business succeeds can depend on how much competition exists in that sector. Data from shopping software provider Bigcommerce suggests that there’s not much money in food or books, but you can do well in cars or jewellery.

Australians Have Worked Out Contract Phones Are Bad Value

Here at Lifehacker, we’ve long advocated the view that buying a phone on a contract is a bad idea — an outright buy and a prepaid or month-to-month contract is better value and gives you more flexibility. That approach is becoming more common: new statistics from Telsyste suggest that less than half the phones sold in Australia in 2013 were purchased as part of a long-term contract.

Why Managing Phones Matters More Than PCs Or Tablets

Need more proof that we’re living in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era, no matter what the official corporate policy says? Sales figures and forecasts from Gartner show that smartphones will continue to be the biggest-selling device platform for the foreseeable future, but tablets and PCs aren’t disappearing either.

Why Apple's $1 Billion App Revenue Month Isn't Great News For Developers

Overnight, Apple announced that it generated $US10 billion in app sales in 2013, including $US1 billion in December alone. Those figures are testament to the fact that the iTunes App Store is a huge revenue generator — but developers shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that money-making apps are still very much in the minority.

Do You Have Any Idea Which Cloud Services Your Colleagues Are Using?

Management panic over stealth installations of Dropbox and other similar consumer-oriented cloud storage and sharing services is relatively frequent these days. However, there’s no excuse for panicking if you have no idea whether it’s happening or not.

Why Supermarket Loyalty Schemes Aren't So Special

If you’re a member of Woolworths’ Everyday Rewards or Coles’ flybuys scheme, you’ll be used to receiving regular emails promising “special” offers and “bonus” deals that are just for you. But don’t delude yourself: 9.5 million Australians are signed up to those schemes.