Life & Technology - 2GB 29th November, 2015

Qantas – in partnership with NIB – will be getting into health insurance in the first half of next year. So why are we talking about health insurance on a technology radio show? Well, the scheme – called Qantas Assure – will reward its members for meeting their step goals.

 

The actual technical details and rates won’t be unveiled until next year, but we assume it’s going to be something like “earn 10 frequent flyer points if you take 10,000 steps in a day”, and we could potentially see bonuses for doing it consecutively or for meeting your fitness goals for an entire month. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more offers like this in the future!

 

Following Pandora’s purchase of music streaming Rdio’s assets, I had a chat to Teresa Corbin from ACCAN about what the move to cloud services means for consumers, and the move away from tangible ownership to monthly subscription. Download our podcast to listen to the interview, and read more about what happened with Rdio here.

 

It feels like we’re talking about buying back to school devices earlier and earlier each year. I had a chat with Glen Gregory from Harvey Norman to find out why, and to get the lowdown about what parents are buying. Listen to the podcast for more on this!

 

If you’ve got an American Express issued credit card and a recent iPhone, you can now use Apple Pay in Australia. Read more about this here!

 

Many of us still use the humble padlock, but Australian company Dog & Bone has updated it for the 21st century. Charlie had a chat with Dog & Bone Director Lee Ranchod to learn a little more about his Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone activated LockSmart padlock. Read more about LockSmart here, and if you're interested, you can pre-order it here.