Aussie News Roundup - 4/17/2013
G’ day! Here’s a bit of news from Down Under this week. Enjoy…
Samsung Launches Smart TV with Aussie Accent
Samsung has launched the first voice-controlled TV that responds in an Australian accent.
The technology company developed it’s system with linguists at Macquarie University to determine a database of about 250,000 questions people might ask their television, from what Tom Cruise movies are on tonight to what time does the football start on Friday night…. [Read More]
Population to Hit 23 Million Next Week
The 23 millionth Australian, due to arrive next week, could be a baby called Jack or even a young Pom. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the nation’s population is set to hit 23 million people on April 23 at 9.57pm (AEST), but there’s only a 40 per cent chance he or she will be home grown… [Read More]
Aussies Get Too Drunk
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s annual poll has revealed 40 per cent of Australians – 4.5 million people – drink to get drunk and almost a third (31 per cent) feel guilty afterwards.
The poll, to be released today, also reveals 75 per cent of Australians believe the nation has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse and 78 per cent believe it will continue or worsen over the next decade… [Read More]
$10 Flights Across Australia
Budget airline Tiger Airways’ website has crashed after it offered $10 airfares today. The airline launched its “$10 fare frenzy” sale at midday today, one of the biggest sales in its history.
The $10 airfares are available on return trips across 16 routes including Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney to Cairns and Melbourne to Perth, for travel between certain dates from October to December this year… [Read More]