Adds extra seats

Qantas adds extra seats to its Boeing 737-800s, increasing the number from 168 to 174. The extra rows are added by making the lavatories smaller and reconfiguring the rear galley. The seat pitch is unchanged. The interiors and seat covers are also being changed. CEO Joyce, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad are present […]

Hangouts design changes

Google changes its hangouts design for android phones and adds some new features. It is now easier to send attachments. The new design also allows to send more than one photo at a time. Composing messages is more intuitive. The changes also include tweaks that will improve battery life, improve speed and fix a few […]

Newday appearance

Rend Collective perform two concerts at the Newday program at Norfolk. They first have an evening of worship and then do a late night show in front of thousands of fans. They also sang songs from their upcoming album As Family We Go.

iOS display darkening feature

Google Maps iOS app gets a feature where the display gets darker colors after evening to make it easier to read. This Night Mode has been available in the android app.

Dinosaur eggs seized

Authorities raid a house and seize 231 fossilised dinosaur eggs and skeletal remains at Guangdong province. The skeletons are identified as a Psittacosaurus. The residents have been interrogated.

Sells one million shares

Bezos sells more than 1 million shares of Amazon amounting to $532 million. It is his largest stock sale ever. He still owns nearly 83 million Amazon shares, or about 18% of the company.

Facebook account hacked

Koirala’s Facebook account is hacked. Random messages are being sent from her account. If u get any messages from me pl don't open it..I have not sent u Amy msg.. It's a Virus… Someone has hacked… — manisha koirala (@mkoirala) July 16, 2015

Joins tumblr

NASA starts multiple blogs on tumblr. It will share photos, text and videos in its main blog. The second blog is by astronaut Peggy Whitson who chronicles her training. The third microblog posts photos of Jupiter taken by NASA’s Juno mission and other astronomers. The last blog is by Curiosity Rover from Mars. The agency continues to add new platforms […]

Twitter, Shopify partner

Twitter adds a buy button on its website. Users can browse products from over 10000 merchants on Shopify and purchase directly from Twitter. Twitter: Users will get access to offers and merchandise they can’t get anywhere else and can act on them right in the Twitter apps for Android and iOS. Sellers will gain a new […]

Releases Sway for free

After 10 months of beta testing, Microsoft makes the full version of Sway, its online presentation software, available for free online. It is available for free download immedaitely on Windows 10 PCs and tablets with a Windows Phone app arriving in coming months. Your invaluable feedback has helped us improve Sway to meet your needs.

Shares fall

Twitter shares plunge on the New York Stock Exchange, dropping 5.6% to $29.27 which is the lowest level ever. The share price has fallen a total of 45% in four months. Co-founder Dorsey: We haven’t done a great job at aligning the entire company around our total audience strategy.

One dead in Perth shooting

One woman in her thirties dies after a shooting incident in Perth. Police are called to Mayfair Street after gunshots are heard at 2 AM. They arrest two men. The street is cordoned off and forensic experts are also present to investigate. A neighbour: I opened my window to tell the people to be quiet and […]

Queensland quake

An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the richter scale strikes off the coast of Queensland about 110km east of Fraser Island at 1.38pm. Following this, there is another quake of 5.2 magnitude at 2.46pm in the same area as the first earthquake and then finally an aftershock measuring 3 at 4.30pm. There is no tsunami alert and […]

Ladies-only parking introduced

Frankfurt airport introduces women-only parking places. The ‘Ladies Parking’ spaces are closer to the airport, have CCTV coverage, are better lit, and have more exit points. Women’s groups have labelled this move sexist.

New flights to Japan

Qantas announces two new flights to Japan. Flights will depart from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport followed by the departure of a flight from Brisbane to Tokyo’s other airport, Narita, over the weekend.  Launch celebrations will happen over the weekend with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure […]

Reduces flights to Perth

Qantas reduces flights to Perth. It removes one Airbus A330 flight per day from Melbourne to Perth. A return flight from Perth to Melbourne is discontinued. Most of the flights from Sydney to Perth will now use smaller Boeing 737 instead of the present Airbus A330. These small changes to our east-west flying allow us to add wide body domestic […]

Makes wage deal with pilots

Qantas strikes a deal with pilots that freezes their pay for 18 months. After this, there will be a 3% pay rise. This deal comes after a lot of negotiation and follows a major restructure that includes 5000 job cuts. This frees up some money for Qantas to buy Dreamliners for its long haul flights. […]

‘An inspiration to all’

Tendulkar pays homage to Kalam at Kalams residence where his body is being kept. The nation mourns the loss of a great person. Former President of India, a renowned scientist, an inspiration to all, a terrific human being…RIP Dr. Abdul Kalam      

YouTube unlinks from Google+

Google announces that users will no longer need to use Google+ to comment on YouTube videos. Horowitz: In the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google…We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is […]

‘One of India’s most accomplished leaders’

President Obama extends his condolences on the event of Kalams death. He pays rich tributes and says that Kalam served as an inspiration to millions of Indians. A scientist and statesman, Dr Kalam rose from humble beginnings to become one of India’s most accomplished leaders, earning esteem at home and abroad. An advocate for stronger […]

Passengers survive plane crash

A single-engine Piper Cherokee 6 crashes into a lake in Queensland. All six people including the pilot are alive. One woman has a back injury. The plane hit a downdraft and rapidly lost altitude before crashing on to the lake. Local Resident: I drove out and I saw a plane in the middle of the lake. […]

Offers free Beats headphones to students

Apple offers a free Beats Solo 2 headphone to students who buy a iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro with the Educational Pricing. The headphones cost 199$ if bought alone. The offer is only for students in the USA and Puerto Rico. School faculty, staff, and parents can also take advantage of this offer.

Arrested on drug suspicion

Snoop Dogg is arrested on suspicion of narcotic drug use after a concert in Sweden. He is taken to the police station for tests and is released a few hours later. They made me pee in a cup — didn’t find shit. On my mamas im sick and tired of the pigs. N America n […]

Plane crash kills three

A small plane crashes in Tokyo. single-engine propeller falls into a row of houses and causes a fire. The pilot, one of the passengers, and one woman from the house die. Resident. There was kaboom! I ran upstairs, then I saw the house just over there on fire, with a tail of the plane sticking out […]

Big Church Day Out performance

Rend Collective perform live at Big Church Day Out. They are on stage for about 45 minutes. Some of the songs they sing are Build Your Kingdom, Praise Like Fireworks, Be Thou My Vision, 10000 Reasons.

Joy To The World music video

Rend Collective release the official music album for Joy to the World (You are My Joy), from the album Campfire Christmas Volume 1. Some parts of the video allow viewers to sing along. We love the old hymns and carols of candlelight services too much to do Christmas without them… but that’s not to say we haven’t re-imagined […]

Tendulkar, Warne discuss T20

Tendulkar meets Warne to discuss all-star T20 matches featuring retired greats that will be held in baseball stadiums across the USA. 28 players, including Glenn McGrath, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Brian Lara and Wasim Akram, have signed on for fixtures. Caught up with this legend & great friend @SACHINTENDULKAR for our final planning meeting, watch […]

Sells house for $26 million

Spielberg sells his Malibu mansion for $26 million. The house is sold in an off-market deal and not in the multiple listing service. The house features seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a massage room and a home theater. Outside the house are a swimming pool and spa, and a two-bedroom guesthouse. Spielberg […]

Launches extra Gold Coast flights

Qantas announces extra flights to the Gold Coast from late October. The fares are discounted fares and can be purchased online from today. Melbourne to Gold Coast tickets start at $99 one way. Domestic CEO, David: We will introduce a daily Boeing 737 service between Melbourne and the Gold Coast starting on October 25

Tests online stores

Facebook is testing a feature that allows some small and medium businesses to sell products through their pages. Users can browse products on the company Facebook profile pages and either buy directly from their facebook page or be redirected to the company’s website. The feature is being tried in both mobile and desktop sites.

A380 grounded

A Qantas A380 flight is grounded in Los Angeles following a failure in its hydraulic system. There appears to be a contamination of the fluid in the system. Engineers find thick contaminants clogging the filters. Passengers are being flown back in a Boeing 747 and alternative arrangements are being made till the problem is sorted.

Attends Hillsong Conference

Bieber attends the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, on Lentz invitation. Sydney, Australia. He pays for his travel and attends just like thousands of regular attendees. Bieber: I’m glad to know him [Lentz] He’s changed my life. Hillsong rep: People come from across the world to Sydney each year to attend Hillsong Conference. Justin is here – like […]

Arrested in Miami

  Tomic is asked three times by security guards to turn down loud music in his penthouse suite at Miami at the W South Beach Hotel. He refuses to obey and they call the police. He refuses to leave the room and resists arrest. He spends the night in a jail cell and pays $2000 bail to get […]

Airline honors Miller

Qantas rolls out the red carpet at the Mascot headquarters to honor 100 year old Miller, a WWII veteran and former Qantas pilot. CEO Joyce hands over a framed personal letter. Chief pilot Tobiano: We’re (Qantas) 95 years old so Captain Miller’s just a little bit older than us … what an amazing career.

Questions Froome performance

As Froome dominates the Pyrenees Mountain stage of the Tour, Armstrong questions if he is cheating 1. Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? Don’t ask me, I have no clue. @danieljcastille I’m not accusing anyone In fact, quite the opposite. I’m not interested (nor do I have the credibility) to opine there.


Tendulkar retires from test cricket after playing his 200th test match at the Wankhede stadium, He scores 74 in the first innings. India win the test match against West Indies. It’s getting a little difficult to talk but I’ll manage. The most important person in my life, and I’ve missed him a lot since he […]

Best Test Player of 21st century

Tendulkar is voted the Best Test Player of the 21st century in an online poll by Cricket Australia, receiving more than 16,000 votes. Second was Kumar Sangakkara, and third, Adam Gilchrist. He is the lone Indian player to be figuring in the top-10 list

Emergency landing

A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hobart develops a fuel leak and pilots see a warning light. They make a priority landing in Hobart. The passengers and crew are safe. Engineers assessed the aircraft and cleared it of any major problem. The plane is now back in operation.

Storms out of show

Goodrem has a verbal fight with fellow coach Jessie J and storms off the set of the The Voice, Australia, after a performance of Marilyn’s Monroe’s Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend by O’Callaghan. Goodrem says O’Callaghan’s performance has a good vibe, despite it not turning any seats. Jessie disagrees and continues to critique her. Goodrem takes off her microphone […]

Falls through stage

Diddy falls on stage as it gives way, ending up in a hole in the stage while performing at the BET Awards in LA at the Microsoft Theater. The opening in the ground was there for rapper Lil’ Kim to rise up through. The rapper later posts a video of the incident on instagram. I was getting so loose I […]

Worlds safest airline publishes a report naming QANTAS as the safest airline in the world for 2014. Qantas did not have any fatality during 2014. The rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency. The airline is named the leader in terms of real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, development of […]

Misses last bus

Tendulkar misses the last bus out of Great Haseley Oxfordshire. He tweets: In Great Haseley Oxfordshire. Missed the last bus, can anyone give me a lift. He also tweets three pictures of himself in the bus stand. Lots of tweeters offer to help and offer support. He seems to get help and reaches his destination safely.

One dies in bomb blast

A car bomb explodes outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo. One person is reported dead. At least nine are injured. A few foreign journalists are detained on suspicion, but are released. Italian foreign minister:  There were no Italian victims in the blast.  

‘Prime Day’ celebrates 20 years

To celebrate 20 years since its website opened, on July 15, Amazon will have a massive sale involving one of its most successful businesses — Amazon Prime. Prime Day, will feature thousands of deals for Amazon Prime members — more deals than on popular shopping day Black Friday. Deals will be introduced throughout the day beginning at midnight, sometimes as often […]

Fighter plane lands on highway

A Mirage 2000 fighter jet lands on the Taj Expressway as part of a military drill. The exercise is done to test if landings on highways are possible in emergencies. Fire fighters, emergency services and army personal are present to witness and check the incident.

Order first aircraft

McGinness and McMaster –a wealthy grazier — become friends when McGinness fixes McMaster’ car when it breaks an axle in a riverbed. Back in Brisbane, McGinness and Fysh tell McMaster about their plans for an air service, beginning with joy rides and air taxi trips. McMaster convinces business acquaintances to invest with them. With their former flight sergeant Arthur Baird […]

Low-flying pilot was tired, ill

Investigators release a report stating that the pilot who flew too low on a landing at Melbourne was tired, hungry and also had a cold. Qantas has promised to review its protocols and training after the report. While backup systems worked as they should have, including the intervention by the first officer and the automated warning […]

Movie projector pizza box

Pizza Hut makes a box that can project a movie from a smartphone. After eating the pizza customers put the provided lens into a hole in the box. When the phone is placed in the correct it will project an image. The box is being trialled in Hong Kong only, and includes a download code for a free movie.