An online ‘erasure service’ for California minors – but can it work?

12:10PM | Thursday, 18 December 2014 | Lydia A. Jones

On the whole, consumers say they want their data to be left alone – but only sometimes.


Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

12:50PM | Thursday, 18 December 2014 | Bernard Keane

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

 | Technology

Queensland startup to allow people to feel a person’s heartbeat in their hand

12:14PM | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

A Queensland health startup is looking to raise $700,000 in order to fund a tech-enabled, wireless stethoscope for home use.

 | Technology

Bye Rupert: Aussie web browser extension gives you all the news that fits your views

12:01PM | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 | Kye White

Research suggests where an individual gets their news from depends on their political views, so it’s unsurprising that a tool has been developed by an Australian startup that helps users avoid sites they disagree with.

 | Technology

Can we please just get on with the National Broadband Network?

12:20PM | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 | Matthew Sorell

It is better to place a bottle of cheap wine and a jug of lemon squash on each table just to manage the crowd. The same lesson is now being applied to the NBN.

 | Technology

Friend or foe? How modern technology can be used to make a positive change in people’s lives

12:48PM | Tuesday, 16 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

Technology is a constant factor in everyday life and should be leveraged more often to tackle mental health issues, according to a clinical psychologist who started her own wellbeing app.

 | Technology

Voxiebox holographic technology moves a step closer to dream of commercialisation

12:01PM | Monday, 15 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

A South Australian startup is hoping to turn advanced holographic display technology into a commercially viable product.

 | Technology

Cloud software brings out the sun for NSW solar startup

12:50PM | Monday, 15 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

A NSW startup is leveraging cloud-based software in order to shake up the local solar energy market.

 | Technology

OurHome plans to make households nag-free

12:41PM | Monday, 15 December 2014 | Dinushi Das

The creators of shared living app Fairshare have released a new version of the app customised for parents to make the management and organisation of their households easier.

 | Technology

Love hurts: the costly reality of online romance fraud

12:50PM | Monday, 15 December 2014 | Cassandra Cross

Online dating and romance scams continue to lure in Australians with figures this week showing people have lost more than A$23 million this year alone.

 | Technology

Currency, bitcoin and payments systems: How the concept of money is being redefined

12:56PM | Friday, 12 December 2014 | Mark Pey

Innovation continues at a blistering pace across payments delivery channels of all kinds. Mobile payments in particular are booming, with Capgemini calling for 60% volume growth just in 2015 (by one count there are already more than 160 different mobile payments systems in the world).

 | Growth  | Technology

How Simon Hackett is transforming a historic mansion into a startup hub

12:17PM | Friday, 12 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Prominent investor and entrepreneur Simon Hackett has transformed a historic Adelaide mansion called Wavertree, once home to a colourful two-time South Australian premier and a TV studio, into a co-working, incubator and events space called Base64.

 | Growth  | Technology

More startup investments coming after Cisco invests in Blackbird Ventures

12:02PM | Friday, 12 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Cisco has become the first major corporate investor in Blackbird Ventures, with the move paving the way for more investments in promising Australian startups.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Technology

Best of the Web: What’s next for entrepreneurship? Europe versus Google; Investec’s PR blunder

12:13PM | Friday, 12 December 2014 | Cara Waters

One of the easiest ways to look foolish is to start making predictions about the future – just ask those who said online shopping was a passing fad.

 | Technology

The 10 biggest tech stories of 2014

12:11PM | Thursday, 11 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

With 2015 just around the corner, along with even more rapid change in the tech world, here’s a look back at the 10 biggest news stories to shake the tech world in 2014.

 | Technology

Perth-based VR games developers put in a valiant effort with Oculus Rift platform

12:29PM | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Kye White

Valiant, a multiplayer mounted combat game created for Oculus Rift by Perth-based independent game developer Offpeak Games, has been met with rave reviews.

 | Technology

Melbourne startup aims to make people feel safer in public areas

12:06PM | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

An Australian startup is looking to use crowdsourcing and mobile mapping technology to make people feel safer in public areas.

 | Financing a business  | Technology

Why content quality is more important than ever on Facebook

12:36PM | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Michelle Gamble

Facebook recently issued a strong warning to brands, advertisers and marketers to steer clear of promotional posts if they don’t want to disappear from users’ news feeds.

 | Social media

Why ethicists and engineers need to start talking to each other: Waleed Aly

12:26PM | Tuesday, 9 December 2014 | Kye White

Ideally, engineers would work side-by-side with ethicists when developing new technology, according to journalist and academic Waleed Aly.

 | Technology

Most Australians would rather give up their TV than their smartphone: Survey

12:56PM | Friday, 5 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A majority of Australians would rather go without television than their smartphone, while the number of users using their mobile phone for just calls and SMS has fallen to just 9%, according to a new survey.

 | Technology