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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 Does Not Deserve Choice's Shonky Award

Opinion: Talk about adding insult to injury. Consumer advocacy group Choice has piled one of its Shonky awards on Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, and isn’t pulling any punches in what it says is “an extreme pocket warmer with a nasty tendency to catch fire.” That, and some more colourful language, is punishment for Samsung’s apparently “fiasco”-grade handling of its Note7 recall in Australia, but there’s some serious dirty laundry being aired by Choice with this particular Shonky.

Signing The TPP Has 'Almost No Positive Benefit': Choice

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an economic free trade agreement between Australia and 12 countries including the United States and New Zealand, has been signed by government representatives in a NZ ceremony today. It now goes in front of Parliament for review and a vote, but consumer advocacy group Choice has said it will have a minimal financial benefit at best, and will open Australia up to myriad international legal issues.

Melbourne House Fire Sparked By Hoverboard: How To Stay Safe

25 fire fighters battled to save a family home overnight after a self-balancing board ignited while charging in a bedroom. No one was hurt, but the house was severely damaged. Frustratingly, the Christmas present was said to be purchased specifically because it met Australian battery standards.

Here are some tips to stay safe.

Your Hoverboard Might Catch Fire

Before you go buying the latest fad toy for your kids (or yourself) this Christmas, think again. Your self-balancing smart electric scooter — or hoverboard, if you want to call it that — might catch fire while charging.

Your Car Might Be Using A Lot More Fuel Than The Sticker Says

Consumer group CHOICE is calling on car companies to ‘come clean’ in its new campaign, following road tests that show some cars exceeded their fuel consumption claims by over 30%. This comes right on the heels of the Volkswagon smog check scandal, with over 11 million vehicles worldwide being rigged to cheat official emissions tests.

Choice Wants To School Malcolm Turnbull On Piracy

Not a fan of the proposed code to bust pirates for downloading copyright-protected material? Consumer group Choice isn’t either, and wants your help to school Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Choice Unwraps Australian Refund Rights

After many, many gifts were given and received yesterday, Choice is reminding consumers that they are protected by Australian law, and faulty products can be returned — even if they’re digital.

CHOICE Slams Government Piracy Plan, Labels Site Blocking As Internet Filter In Disguise

Depending on how long you’ve been following the Federal Government’s attempts to interfere with common sense and the internet in Australia, you may or may not recall that there was once a plan to filter the internet based on a mysterious government blocklist that was ripe for abuse. Consumer group CHOICE recalls the filter, and says that the government’s site blocking proposals to combat piracy are an attempt to re-introduce the controversial filtering plan.

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