THE NEWS WRAP: Apple files patent for Siri-like desktop virtual assistant with advanced features

8:23AM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Kye White

Apple has filed a patent in the US for a new desktop virtual assistant that is very similar to Apple’s iOS assistant Siri, AppleInsider reports.


Australian Sports Tech Network launches new website to foster partnerships and showcase local talent

8:41PM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Broede Carmody

The Australian Sports Technology Network (ASTN) has launched a new website in order to promote local startups and tap into the multi-billion dollar global sports technology market.

 | Business planning

Google+ now allows fake names – is that a good thing?

8:13PM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Google+ has been loosening its restrictions on the Google+ real names policy over the past few years by allowing maiden names and nicknames.

 | Planning  | Technology  | Social media

THE NEWS WRAP: Chinese government excludes Apple products from is procurement budget

8:21AM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Kye White

The Chinese government has excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money, government sources told Reuters.

 | Planning

GIVE and take: the startup hoping to enliven consumers’ growing sense of social responsibility

8:38PM | Wednesday, 6 August 2014 | Kye White

An Australian startup wants to redirect some of the billions of dollars worth of advertising, spent by companies all over the world, to charities.

 | Planning

New initiative to lend a helping hand to Adelaide tech startups

8:50PM | Wednesday, 6 August 2014 | Broede Carmody

Launching a tech business in Adelaide is set to become easier thanks to Furio.

 | How to start a...

Five app store optimisation techniques we used to generate 400,000 downloads

8:42PM | Wednesday, 6 August 2014 | Matthew Ho

App store optimisation (ASO) is a practice to improve your app store ranking. It’s SEO for mobile apps.

 | Planning  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT  | SEO for start-ups

Why governments will always fail with technology projects like the NBN

8:18PM | Wednesday, 6 August 2014 |  David Glance

The most recent audit report of the NBN, released this week, has ultimately judged the entire project as “rushed, chaotic and inadequate”.

 | Planning  | Technology

Alphatise gets ready to take on e-commerce giants by “putting the consumer in the driver’s seat”

8:00AM | Tuesday, 5 August 2014 | Kye White

After two years development and having already raised $3 million in funding, Sydney-based e-commerce startup Alphatise has launched.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Lack of dedicated incubators and accelerators holds back booming Australian health startup sector

8:21PM | Monday, 4 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australia’s health tech startup scene is booming, both in terms of interest and innovation, but funding remains a major issue for startups, according to a leading figure in the sector.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Management

First episode of That Startup Show taped in Melbourne

8:07PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A who’s who of the tech and startup scene gathered in Melbourne to watch the filming of the first episode of That Startup Show, a new web and TV series aimed at the startup community.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Business advice and education

Meet the co-founders of a $300,000 tech business – who have never met

8:22PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Nina Hendy

The tyranny of distance isn’t an issue for two Australian men who have built a $300,000 tech startup in just a year.

 | Planning

THE NEWS WRAP: USB security is 'fundamentally broken'

8:17AM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Kye White

Security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell say USB security is fundamentally broken, and there’s no easy fix.

 | Planning

Three years is an eternity for startups, but we need one more year

7:31PM | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Alan Jones

Before you chuck in your full-time job and begin the startup journey, how do you know for sure an accelerator or incubator is going to improve your chances of success?

 | How to start a...

Startmate opens applications for 2015 intake

7:32PM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Sydney-based mentor-driven seed funding program Startmate has opened applications for its 2015 intake, with the iconic program now entering into its fifth year.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Workspace

FRIDAY TIDBITS: Guess the news source, #startupproblems, startup guy fashion

7:00PM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Followers of startup news (and yes, we assume that is you), this is one to have some fun with.

 | Planning

Tin Alley beta winter internships set to begin for 2014

7:40PM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The Tin Alley beta program has finished the selection process for its winter internship program, with benefits anticipated both for students and the startups they’ll work for.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

The top four e-commerce platforms: which one is right for you?

7:29PM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Adam Arbolino

Having a quality e-commerce platform behind your brand is critical in maximising your sales and turning your ‘bricks’ into ‘clicks’.

 | Planning

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless: Best of the Web

7:59AM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Cara Waters

You shouldn’t waste your time taking a Myers-Briggs personality test according to Joseph Stromberg who explains in Vox why it's totally meaningless.

 | Planning

NEWS WRAP: Sales are up but shares are down for Amazon

7:16AM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Kye White

Amazon shares have fallen after it announced strong sales and a big loss.

 | Planning