Four startup trends to watch in 2015

12:22PM | Friday, 19 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

From the continued growth of bitcoin to increased activity by US investors in the Australian startup scene, here are four trends to watch in 2015.


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.

 | Technology

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