PERSONAL FINANCE: Tightening the tax screws

The squeeze on individual taxpayers continued in this year’s budget with increased Vat and fuel levies, almost no fiscal-drag relief and a below-inflation increase in the medical tax credit that whittled away this benefit. This year’s additional burden comes on the back of a steady increase in income tax and indirect taxes over the past […]

Get a holiday that won’t break the bank

If you love cruises, you likely already know that they are fantastic value for money. Everything you might need is included in one low price, and for the budget-conscious holidaymaker, a cruise is an ideal choice. There are ways to make your money stretch even further when you book and embark on one of the […]

Nifty thrifting: A guide to clothes on a budget

Upcycling your wardrobe can be easy To many, thrift shopping can seem like an intimidating task. Endless rows of clothes and knickknacks sit in large, fluorescent-lit, musty-smelling rooms. Once you gain some experience and know what you’re doing, thrifting can be a very fun and rewarding experience. Here are some tips and tricks for mastering […]

Is Uber selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab?

If you read the tech press, you might have seen reports that Uber is pursuing a sale in Southeast Asia that would see Grab, its Singapore-headquartered rival valued at $6 billion, acquire Uber’s business in the region. Rumors of such a tie-in have been rife for a while. Uber sold its China business in exactly […]

Samsung saves Opera Max browser app from the deadpool

Opera Max lives on after Samsung acquired the mobile browser to save it from oblivion. The browser was one of the first data-friendly mobile browsers and it later added privacy-focused settings, including safeguards against insecure WiFi connections and a VPN. The popular app clocked up more than 500,000 installs, but that didn’t stop parent company […]

Nissan’s self-driving taxi is ready for passengers

Nissan will start testing its self-driving taxi service Easy Ride in a few days in hopes of launching it in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The automaker and Tokyo-based mobile developer DeNA will begin ferrying passengers in Yokohama on March 5th. Nissan’s autonomous cars will only be able to drive them along […]

Canada wants to help India lead ‘blockchain revolution’

India and Canada are linking up to promote the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Canadian government-backed researchers are joining forces with India’s vast tech industry to explore the use of blockchain in government and academic institutions, as well as businesses. India’s tech industry association Nasscom and Canada’s Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) said they would […]

Yukon government says new website may save $75K per year, amid rebranding backlash

Switch to open source software will reduce fees, staff time and pay for itself, says project lead Yukon’s recent visual rebranding that cost taxpayers $493,000 has attracted its share of ridicule, but a government director says the new website will eventually pay for itself. Mark Burns, director of e-services for citizens with Yukon’s Highways and […]