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BetterDriver: Just what a young driver’s parent could order

The GPS/Internet-based gadget – the size of a mobile phone — fits on the dashboard of young drivers and tracks how well he or she performs on the road, giving parents the opportunity to review the safety of their children.

How to stick it to your credit card provider: taking advantage of the latest...

The cost of everything keeps going up, but from July 1, there is a way for small business owners to cut one specific cost. If you have a business credit card, the new credit card reforms can help you make massive savings and clear your debt faster. Chances are, you didn't even know these changes were coming.

Solving everyday problems: when the wind blows, your umbrella turns inside out [VIDEO]

It's winter. It's raining, cold. Then, the wind hits. And your umbrella does that magical thing of turning itself inside out once the wind...

Look after your backend

Who doesn’t want to be part of a fast-growing business? Rapid growth, however, can spell the downfall of your company if your backend operations are not in order.

What car battery makers’ ‘Gold Rush’ presages

This huge emerging market has triggered efforts to create a $10 billion traction battery company to obtain the key materials in places as far afield as Kazakhstan and Bolivia.

Pizza … mmm … Pizza: the beauty of efficient delivery in motion [VIDEO]

I'm still not completely sure why pizza can be the most awesome thing to eat, but sometimes, it just is. Usually when the pizza arrives, the last thing you think about before you tuck in, is how it got to be there.

How to make $6 billion and still be bankrupt [I'm talking about the CBA]

The CBA is making a profit and yielding a handsome return on investors' funds, despite not having enough liquid assets to cover its own debt. How can this be? The answer lies in the Balance Sheet – understand it, and in the event of a downturn, you and your business will withstand the worst.

Why create a program to support over 50s entrepreneurs? Isn't that ageist?

Many baby-boomers might be nearing retirement but most are far from retired. Many members of this very driven (and notoriously outspoken) generation are embracing the freedom of an empty nest, turning their backs on once stable corporate careers and employing wisdom earned to serve their own ends.

What will government limbo do to small business' already shaky confidence?

Confidence in the federal government's polices hit its lowest point since August 2008 in the latest Sensis Business Index quarterly survey. What will the hung Parliament resulting from the election do to that already shaky confidence? The mind boggles.

Snazzy Napper: Anthill's search for the world's most brainless innovation continues

The product developers describe the innovation as "the snazzy way to sleep while you travel". What they don't explain is how this innovation hasn't yet caused race riots in a country already irrationally fearful of similar headware and community centres. Could this be the most brainless innovation ever?

Anthill's SMART 100: Winners revealed! (2010)

They represent the spoils of skunkworks and the rigours of R&D laboratories. They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries old and new, from organisations both large and small. They're innovative, Australian and they're changing the world, one idea at a time. Yes, it's time to reveal the SMART 100, 2010.

Making plants "happy" lands Geomite Biomineral second place in Anthill's SMART 100

As the new century dawned, this inventor/innovator focused on sustainable agriculture -- farming techniques that strive to work with the environment, not against it. His latest venture in that discipline -- Geomite Biomineral Development -- has landed him the runner-up spot on the SMART 100.

Innovation designed to assist other innovators scores top spot in Anthill's SMART 100

Caroline Hughes transformed her frustration into a business that boasts a suite of online tools that make the R&D tax claim process more accessible and far less intimidating. For that, Hughes and her company top the charts in Anthill's SMART 100.

Beer innovation hits the spot and gets served with third place in Anthill's SMART...

BeerVaults is the messiah of all adventurous beer lovers who wish to try exotic new beers but not at exorbitant prices. Its in-built reservoir with cooling carbonation technology not only maintains the temperature and freshness of beer but it also hit the spot with our maven judges.

Service to audit doctors stacks up at number four in Anthill's SMART 100

A doctor will do a better job is he or she compares patient treatment and outcomes to those performed by peers. That's the core idea behind SurgicalPerformance, a website that allows physicians to audit themselves and see how their work stacks up against others in the field.

Primary school advertising prodigy wins Labor's endorsement [VIDEO]

Yesterday, the Australian Labor Party endorsed a "special election message" from Harrie, aged 11 years old. According to the Labor Party's description on YouTube: "Harrie sent this through to us and we thought it was worth sharing with everyone. Thanks Harrie." Real? Fake? Ingenious? Or cringe-worthy? That's for you to decide.

If you've ever worked in tech support, this will crack you up

The first in a series of four videos, The Website is Down has been driving technical support staff to tears (for both reasons) since it first appeared on Blip.TV over two years ago. It's not for everyone but if you've ever tried to provide guidance to the digitally illiterate or found yourself butting heads with technical support this is sure to make you chuckle. Salty Language Warning: Moderate

I couldn't give a damn whether Abbott is a misogynistic, churchy freak. But if...

Five minutes of overheard conversation in any Australian watering hole or bus-shelter this week will tell you that Tony Abbott is a misogynistic mad monk and that Julia Gillard is a political assassin controlled by faceless apparatchik of the union movement. But are these the factors that will steer Australia in a direction that will create an economically secure and culturally harmonious nation for decades to come?

Anthill's SMART 100 Readers' Choice Award Winners Revealed

They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries old and new, from organisations both large and small. They are the spoils of skunkworks and represent the rigours of R&D. Above all else, they sure have a lot of friends!

Cardlimbo revealed as SMART 100 Readers' Choice winner, 2010

Often the best ideas are the simplest. And what could be more simple than an online marketplace for gift cards, the premise behind Anthill's SMART 100 Readers' Choice winner for 2010.


Generating Web Traffic with Mark Middo and James Tuckerman [FREE REPORT]

Not all websites are created equal. That’s the first – and perhaps harshest – lesson when venturing into the ever evolving world of online marketing. Websites don’t draw visitors just by existing; they require love, attention and an understanding of how search engines think. In this Cheat Sheet, Anthill Magazine’s James Tuckerman and guest Mark “Middo” Middleton share their combined wisdom on generating web traffic for new and old websites.


Seven steps to crafting the perfect email, with James Tuckerman [FREE...

We are all bombarded by emails every day. We bombard others with emails. It’s a congested superhighway of e-promises, lead magnets and chit chat out there. So how on Earth are your emails going to stand out? James Tuckerman is a man who knows a thing or ten about online marketing. In this cheat sheet, he shares seven steps to achieve two very clear goals: Opens and click throughs.


New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...