Briefly: Virgin Goes Regional, Video Game Dinosaurs, How Fast Will The Libs’ NBN Be?

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Virgin Australia launches regional airline operation, RBA cuts interest rates, Top 15 video game dinosaurs.

  • Virgin Australia has officially launched its new regional airline operation, imaginatively titled Virgin Australia Regional Airlines. The company unveiled two re-branded aircraft today following the acquisition of Skywest Airlines last month. “By integrating Skywest Airlines into the Virgin Australia Group, we unlock new opportunities to grow our services to regional Australia and significantly increase our charter presence in the high growth fly-in-fly-out markets,” Virgin Australia’s CEO John Borghetti said. The new regional operation will be based in Western Australia, bringing Virgin’s total to 32 aircraft operating over 800 services per week to 41 different destinations.
  • Our buddies over at Kotaku have put together a list of the best dinosaurs in video games, and why not? We’d also like to point out that Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble are actually dragons. Tch, eh?
  • Bad news if you’re planning a trip to the USA: The Aussie dollar fell by a full cent against the greenback today and is now approaching parity with the USD. The Reserve Bank Of Australia just announced a cut of 25 basis points to the target cash rate — it’s now at a record low of 2.75%. This came as a surprise to many economists who last week forecast no change. Read the full report at Business Insider Australia.
  • If you’re wondering how NBN speeds will differ between a Labor and Liberal government, the ‘How Fast Is The NBN?’ website provides some fascinating answers. The site simulates uploads and downloads of content on the two plans from both the Coalition and the Labor Party with examples ranging from Facebook high-resolution photo uploads to how long it would take to download a 2GB episode of Game Of Thrones.

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