Crowd Mobile completes $3.8 million funding round, an overseas takeover and an IPO

1:11PM | Friday, 23 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Think your day has been busy? Spare a thought for Crowd Mobile, which announced the takeover of a Hong Kong-based company on the same day as its initial public offering, after completing a $3.8 million pre-IPO funding round.


Why technology hasn’t made life more stressful; Meet the woman who wants to make the “Starbucks of nail salons”: Best of the Web

1:08AM | Friday, 23 January 2015 | Cara Waters

Among New Year’s resolutions this year unplugging digitally seemed to be almost as popular as losing weight and quitting smoking

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StartupAUS: What we learnt from Startup Muster

1:44PM | Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Peter Bradd

Startup Muster launched with quite a lot of fanfare in April last year. It was a highly ambitious project, which aimed to help show government, investors and the media what's really happening in the Australian startup scene.

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Windows 10: Holograms are coming, but Internet Explorer is dead

1:15PM | Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Microsoft has unveiled a series of major innovations alongside its cross-platform Windows 10 operating system, including holograms, large-screen versions of its Surface tablet and a major overhaul of its licensing, with Internet Explorer set to be replaced.

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An aide Bemoir: startup aims to use NFC to make social media more intimate

1:18PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

An Australian startup is looking to leverage near field communications (NFC) technology to allow people to tell stories through their most beloved possessions.

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Cloud market to reach heights of $650 million by 2020, as businesses look to the skies

1:18PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Australian businesses will help grow Australia’s cloud communications market to reach $650 million by 2020, according to research released yesterday by technology analyst firm Telsyte.

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Facebook: friend or foe?

1:02PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Steve Ellen

In the landscape of our social media options, Facebook is at the summit. It’s even assisted in overthrowing governments and enabled coordinated worldwide change.

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Fake accounts won’t get you anywhere on Twitter

1:55PM | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Aleksej Heinze

If followers are simply accounts that do not have any human interaction or just re-tweet everything that your account says, they are of very little value.

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Is social media the weak link in the fight against cyber attacks?

1:47PM | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Alastair MacGibbon

While there will always be a balance between utility and security, what is critical is for these companies to place value on the data and reputation of end users. The fact is, the convenience and massive consumer traction these sites offer come with a price.

 | Technology  | Social media

Health tech startup uses wearables to help seniors have more mobility

1:26PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Two-year-old health tech startup mCareWatch is attracting interest in overseas markets with a smartwatch and platform that can help carers to monitor seniors both inside and outside the home.

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Is Bitcoin one big Ponzi scheme? iPhone separation anxiety; and Teju Cole on Charlie Hebdo: Best of the Web

1:49PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Kye White

A lot has been written about the collapse of bitcoin in the last week as the price drops below $US200 ($A243) for the first time since 2013.

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Artificial Intelligence should benefit society, not create threats

1:16PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Toby Walsh

Some of the biggest players in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have joined together calling for any research to focus on the benefits we can reap from AI “while avoiding potential pitfalls”.

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Out with the keyboard as talk takes over typing

1:55PM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Michael Cowling

With the recent acquisition by Facebook of voice-recognition company, all four major players in the post-PC market (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook) now have a significant infrastructure for hands-free communication with your device.

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Facebook launches pilot trials of Facebook at Work

1:53PM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Facebook has begun trials of its Facebook at Work service, a cloud-based platform that allows business to create social networks for staff, with the project led by an engineer who launched one of Sydney’s most successful startups.

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Google Translate: instantly translating foreign language text

1:22AM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

Google's latest update for Google Translate allows users to point their smartphone’s camera at foreign text and receive an instant translation which is overlaid on the screen.

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Where’s the baby? How Tago wants to help you never lose or misplace a thing

1:18PM | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

If you or someone you know often misplaces their keys, remote or phone then this Australian startup is here to help.

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Private investors get on the Dog and Bone – smartphone tech startup raises $2.46 million

1:49PM | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Kye White

Mobile technology startup Dog and Bone has raised $US2 million ($A2.46 million) from private investors which will be used to accelerate the roll out of patent-pending technologies.

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Devices and enterprise software to lead IT spending growth in 2015: Gartner

1:30PM | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Global spending on devices and enterprise software is projected to grow in 2015, but data centres and telecom services is set to remain sluggish.

 | Planning  | Financing a business  | Technology

Videos and photos drive social media use: Facebook gets it as Twitter struggles

1:11PM | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | David Glance

With the pervasiveness of social media, it is still an unanswered question as to how fundamental a role it plays in everyone’s lives. Part of the complexity comes from the fact that we regard social media as being a uniform thing.

 | Social media

Wearable tech could turn us into navel-gazing slaves to the smartwatch

1:16PM | Monday, 12 January 2015 | Andre Spicer and Carl Cederström

Were you to wander around Las Vegas this week you’d be in for a surprise – the usual office-weary conference goers have been replaced by the sparkling spectacle of technology replete with Silicon Valley hotshots, super-fast 3D printers and hovering drones.

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