Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
Samsung's latest smartphone is full of tips and tricks to help differentiate it from the sea of other Android-operated devices. Yet these "key features" come off more as marketing gimmicks than advances in smartphone technology.
As renewables surge, total electricity supplied by coal-fired generators is at its lowest level since the start of the NEM, in 1998. Meanwhile, electricity demand and emissions continue to drift lower.
Australia has been spruiked to "be to uranium what Saudi Arabia is to oil" by gullible politicians and media. Pity uranium is worth a tiny fraction of oil and makes next to no difference to Australia's economy.
Gas prices are high and rising, hurting energy users across the country. But, through a combination of energy efficiency and renewables, there is a solution – and by chasing it, we can boost export profits.
Australian electricity retailers are now offering online use monitoring systems to customers, but a road-test of one such platform shows utilities have a long way to go before they can be considered 'open'.