Phone explodes in man’s face in store

FOR some strange reason, this Chinese shopper tried to bite into his smartphone causing a large explosion to engulf him and others

Huge new apprentice intake starts at CQ mines

Gracemere man Dwayne House is one of 41 new apprentices from Central Queensland who are starting training with BMA.

It's the largest intake for BMA in several years

300 workers needed for 500,000-panel solar farm project

A proposed locality plan of the new 400.67ha Munna Creek Solar Farm, which was approved by the Fraser Coast Regional Council last week.

The solar farm was recently approved by the council.

Global phenomenon earns 23yo $250,000 a month

11-year-old Aucklander Katharina Weischede has started making money from her own brand of slime. Picture: The Spin Off/Facebook

THERE’S a strange substance making some savvy people a lot of money

Start the money lessons early on in life

LEARNING FOR LIFE: Outside the classroom, students can learn plenty of money lessons within the home.

Literacy learning is important from a young age.

Radio Rentals to pay out $20 million in refunds

Radio Rentals has been pulled up for past poor customer service.

Includes a $6.1m refund to customers and write-offs of default fees

Glencore 'optimistic' workers will agree to EA today

Oaky North workers could be about to agree to a new enterprise agreement which would stop their 195 day occupation at the picket line.

195 day dispute could finish between Glencore and workers

New cafe owner travels the world before settling on Yeppoon

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE: Bell Jar owner Carl Ellis is keen to bring his customers something a little different.

Carl Ellis brings experience of European cafes to Capricorn Coast.

High profile CQ businessman says economy is on the way up

"I think there is some exciting times ahead for Rockhampton, I am not in the one bit influenced by negativity.”

Failed company collapses owing $1.6 million

THE four-day Wanderlust Festival at Novotel Twin Waters in November attracted huge crowds, but the company running the event has collapsed leaving debts of $1.6 million.

Wanderlust promoter left debts of $1.6 million

Australia’s haves and have nots

Australia is not as lucky as it might appear on the surface.

Not all of us enjoy a hefty slice of the national endowment we celebrate

How to break up with money

Melissa Browne, the author of Unf*ck your Finances knows how to break up with money.

‘How I succeeded in breaking up with money’

How to fast-track a home deposit

Harry Aznavoorian, 27, is buying his first home with help from his parents.

Housing conditions improve but deposits are still a stretch

Five steps to a financially stable life

GET SMART: Paul Clitheroe recommends regularly setting aside money for savings and avoiding high-interest debt that funds purchases of no lasting value.

Five steps to achieving financial independence

Apple’s smart speaker to hit Australian stores

IN a surprise announcement, Apple has revealed its first smart speaker will go on sale on February 9, with Australia one of the three countries to be able to buy...

Amazon's supermarket with no checkouts

The online retail giant can tell what people have purchased and automatically charges their Amazon account.

Some customers will never have to line up at a checkout again

Is Apple killing off the iPhone X?

Apple is supposedly struggling to justify iPhone X production because of poor sales

APPLE could cancel its new iPhone X smartphone as soon as winter

Rocky business leader's must-read message for all operators

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce president Peter Fraser.

Advice on how to move forward in today's economy

Top 11 revealed and voting opens for CQ's best restaurant

Get your vote in now to decide who is CQ's #1 taste bud tantaliser.

'Heads before hearts' on Sekisui development

MASSIVE INVESTMENT: The Yaroomba Beach development is expected to inject $1 billion into the Coast's economy and generate more than 1400 jobs.

Business council boss says put heads before hearts

New postcode restrictions for home loans

The Commbank has announced a range of changes to make it tougher for borrowers.

Home loan customers will be forced to come up with fatter deposits

Rocky candidates' mixed responses on economic development

Artist impression of what was proposed for inside the Smart Hub.

The good, the bad and the indifferent discussing Advance Rockhampton

Sex workers group responds to 'dirty secret' story

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES: Could be more easily spread in the community if sex workers were to give in to client's demands for unprotected sex.

Disputing foreign workers were to blame for industry problems.

Building your prosperity through property

People like investing in something they understand - everyone lives in a property - plus you can see, touch and perhaps even drive past the asset you own.

The three simple investing principles you have to know

OPINION: Fixation with coal starting to look like socialism

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison pictured holding a piece of coal during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, in February.

Honestly, what is up with our politicians' preoccupation with coal?

Having a smartphone can really get in kids’ hair

KIDS who use smartphones are twice as likely to get head lice as those who don’t, with one particular online trend blamed for the increase.

Apple battery scandal: You weren’t ‘paying attention’

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, centre, poses for a selfie with customers during the debut of the iPhone X. Picture: Justin Sullivan

The tech giant has apologised for deliberately slowing down iPhones

Internet savages new Nintendo product

Nintendo has made it possible to own a house.

Nintendo probably didn't expect such a bad reaction

Amazon to launch $5 a month music service

Amazon has revealed plans to launch its Echo range of smart speakers in Australia, as used by David and Emily Bain, and their 20-month-old son Liam. Picture: Ian Currie

New Amazon speaker can also deliver Aussie cricket sledges