To stop the machines taking over we need to think about fuzzy logic

3:25PM | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | Simon James

Amid all the dire warnings that machines run by artificial intelligence (AI) will one day take over from humans we need to think more about how we program them in the first place.


Soon smartwatches will listen to your body to work out how you’re feeling

3:12PM | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | Andrew McStay

Final details of Apple’s new smartwatch have finally arrived at the firm’s glitzy Spring Forward event.

 | Technology

What Aussie iOS developers think of the Apple Watch

3:59PM | Tuesday, 10 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australian iOS developers are excited about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch and say “wearable-first” will soon be the new “mobile-first”.

 | Technology

Apple releases its watch and makes a surprise move into the area of medical research

3:48PM | Tuesday, 10 March 2015 | David Glance

Apple’s event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center was widely expected to focus on the release of the Apple Watch.

 | Technology

Microsoft innovation centre adds to South Australia’s booming tech scene

3:44PM | Friday, 6 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Microsoft has launched its second Australian Innovation Centre, with the South Australian centre aiming to graduate more than 40 startups, provide training to at least 250 people and create at least 80 jobs over the next 18 months.

 | Planning  | Technology

Getprice set to merge in deal to fuel growth across Asia-Pacific region

3:39PM | Friday, 6 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Pioneering Australian e-commerce site Getprice is set to merge with one of its south-east Asian counterparts, PricePanda, in a deal that is set to create one of the largest comparison shopping services in the Asia-Pacific region.

 | Growth  | Technology

Technology doesn’t judge: How smartphones can help to address domestic violence

3:30PM | Thursday, 5 March 2015 | Laura Tarzia and Kelsey Hegarty

The internet and smartphone apps are readily available to large numbers of people. They allow users to access help, information, or support anonymously and privately.

 | Technology

We are all suspects now thanks to Australia’s data retention plans

3:35PM | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 | Bruce Baer Arnold

Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence & Security (PJCIS) last week endorsed the data retention bill, which means we’re all suspects now.

 | Technology

How the digital age has changed our approach to death and grief

3:12PM | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 | Tony Walter

What can we learn from Leonard Nimoy, who knew he was dying, and used Twitter as a means to make peace with this fact, and to say goodbye to his friends, family and fans around the world.

 | Social media

High-flying Simon Hackett-backed aviation app wins industry award and major defence contract

2:11PM | Friday, 27 February 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

AvSoft Australia has taken out Australia’s top prize for civil aviation innovation, with the electronic flight bag app also winning a major contract with the Australian Army.

 | Growth  | Technology

A case of pay to (Google) Play? Android app store getting paid search ads

2:05PM | Friday, 27 February 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google has announced it is going to begin introducing paid search results for apps into its Google Play app store, with the news drawing a mixed reaction from Australian app developers.

 | Growth  | Technology

Technology as a social lifeline for kids with Asperger’s

2:44AM | Friday, 27 February 2015 | Stefan Schutt and Rebecca Ng Lye Ee

For some people, such as those on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, technology can be a vehicle for personal and social growth.

 | Technology

White collar crime and metadata: beware of building a new honeypot

2:22AM | Friday, 27 February 2015 | John Selby

With the struggle by law enforcement agencies to keep pace with new technologies has come calls by the agencies for additional investigatory powers.

 | Technology

Smartwatches to give IoT startups a leg-up

2:44PM | Thursday, 26 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

The growing popularity of smartwatches will help raise public awareness of internet-connected devices in the home, car and workplace, according to the founder of car monitoring startup GoFar.

 | Technology  | Start-up Profiles

Early adopters of IoT tech seeing significant reduction in business costs: report

2:47PM | Thursday, 26 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

There are significant revenue and productivity benefits for businesses embracing the Internet of Things (IoT). However, Australian companies largely remain indifferent to internet-enabled products and devices, according to new research.

 | Technology

Eye tracking is the next frontier of human-computer interaction

2:29PM | Thursday, 26 February 2015 | Melodie Vidal

Eye tracking devices sound a lot more like expensive pieces of scientific research equipment than joysticks – yet if the latest announcements about the latest Assassin’s Creed game are anything to go by, eye tracking will soon become a commonplace feature of how we interact with computers.

 | Technology

Meet the deep learning tools that can beat you at classic arcade games – without reading the manual

2:26PM | Thursday, 26 February 2015 | Toby Walsh

Think you’re good at classic arcade games such as Space Invaders, Breakout and Pong? Think again.

 | Technology

Explainer: Australia’s ‘three strikes’ plan to curb illegal downloads

2:34PM | Wednesday, 25 February 2015 | Adrian Storrier

Following last week’s release of a draft “three strikes” scheme by Australian ISP and telecommunications industry body Communications Alliance, the issue of online copyright infringement is again up for debate.

 | IT

Dr Google can improve older people’s health – if we bridge the technology gap

2:14PM | Wednesday, 25 February 2015 | David Tuffley and Amy Antonio

With more health information going online every day, it has never been easier to proactively manage our health. The problem is, the people who would benefit the most seem to be using it the least.

 | Technology

It's not 'what' but 'who' you connect with in metadata retention

2:56PM | Tuesday, 24 February 2015 | Luke Heemsbergen

The purpose and implementation of the Australian government’s proposed metadata retention scheme is making less sense as political pressure mounts to get the legislation passed. So what’s going on?

 | Technology  | Government and Regulation