Malware infecting hard disk firmware remained hidden for 15 years – but who’s responsible?

2:12PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | Alan Woodward

It sometimes seems that whenever security researchers discover some new exploit or malware that allows the monitoring of remote computers, the finger is quickly pointed at the US intelligence agencies.


How much will Australia’s metadata retention plan really cost?

2:51PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | Philip Branch

The metadata retention debate is heating up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott telling us the cost of not going ahead with compulsory retention of metadata will be incalculable and will represent a form of unilateral disarmament in the face of criminals.

 | Technology

Upgrade to core HTTP promises speedier, easier web

2:04PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | Peter Maynard

Like much of the internet HTTP has been around for decades, but a recent announcement reveals that HTTP/2, the first major update in 15 years, is about to arrive.

 | Technology

Can Microsoft HoloLens succeed where Google Glass stumbled?

2:07PM | Thursday, 19 February 2015 | David Hancock

There are plenty of business uses for augmented reality, as long as it aims to be more of a productivity tool than an intrusive fashion item.

 | Technology

Popular friends on social media can help save you from disasters

2:50PM | Thursday, 19 February 2015 | Manuel Cebrian, Caron Chen, Pascal Van Hentenryck and Yury Kryvasheyeu

Research shows friends can help save you in the event of any natural disaster, especially if they’re your popular friends.

 | Social media

Why apps fall foul of Apple: poor information and too buggy main reasons for App Store rejections

2:31PM | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

Bugs and a lack of information account for a large number of app rejections by Apple’s App Store.

 | Technology

Is Apple making an electric car to battle Tesla, Google or Climate Change?

2:02PM | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 | David Glance

If you thought it has been a while since you heard any more rumours about the long-awaited Apple TV, they are about to be replaced by even more exciting possibility that Apple may be about to build an electric car

 | Technology

Metadata legislation will help fight child sex abuse: Abbott

2:45PM | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 | Michelle Grattan

Tony Abbott will seek to shore up his case for the government’s controversial metadata legislation on Wednesday by highlighting its use in child sex abuse and child pornography investigations.

 | Technology

Melbourne medical startup applies smart tech to help doctors diagnose

2:02PM | Tuesday, 17 February 2015 | Kye White

Melbourne-based startup CliniCloud is merging the Internet of Things and home healthcare, to help doctors provide accurate diagnoses.

 | Planning  | Technology

What happens when a self-driving car meets a road rage driver?

2:11PM | Tuesday, 17 February 2015 | Jonathan Roberts

Driverless cars could soon be cruising Australian roads if South Australia gives the go-ahead to reforms to its road legislation.

 | Technology

Four email problems that even titans of tech haven’t resolved

2:21PM | Monday, 16 February 2015 | Tom Jackson and Emma Russell

For personal or social exchanges, instead we’re increasingly using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and others. But the office email inbox is as busy as ever – and this is a real problem for the millions of workers who have become so dependent upon it.

 | Technology  | Leadership

Google’s new ‘medical search’ feature is not as useful as it would appear

2:15PM | Friday, 13 February 2015 | David Glance

Google has rolled out a new health search feature that details basic facts about 400 common medical conditions.

 | Technology

Hackett-backed UltraServe cloud e-commerce platform checks social media to see when servers need to scale

2:31PM | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

UltraServe, an e-commerce platform backed by entrepreneur Simon Hackett, has added a new feature that tracks social media activity in order to pre-emptively scale its infrastructure before demand starts growing.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | IT

Fear the great motivator for Charmsafe app creator

2:49PM | Thursday, 12 February 2015 | Eisha Gupta

The fear of family and friends not knowing whether or not she disappeared prompted Elena Zuban to create a safety app called Charmsafe.

 | Technology

Latest BlueChilli Disrupt@Scale intake highlights systemic gender diversity problem in tech

2:12PM | Thursday, 12 February 2015 | Kye White

A lack of female startup founders in BlueChilli’s latest startup program is a reflection of problems in the broader industry, rather than the recruiting process.

 | Technology

Banning kids from using technology is counter-productive

2:24PM | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 | Joanne Orlando

Taiwan recently made the unprecedented move of banning children two years and younger from using any form of digital technology.

 | Technology

It’s not just your TV listening in to your conversation

2:04PM | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 | Michael Cowling

Be careful what you say in front of your new television, following reports that Samsung’s new Smart TVs are now being programmed to listen to every word you say.

 | Technology

Will Fitbit discover love in a nation's heartbeats during Valentine's?

2:37PM | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 |  David Glance

Fitness tracker company Fitbit have analysed heart rate data from people living in the Seattle and Boston metropolitan areas around the time that the 2015 Superbowl was playing.

 | Technology

Logging out? Why young people love to hate Facebook

2:47PM | Monday, 9 February 2015 | Brady Robards and Ariadne Vromen

Researchers, journalists writing about research, and young people themselves have been writing about the perceived decline of Facebook for a while now. But is it true?

 | Social media

The great connectors; Slack’s founders on how they became a $1 billion company in two years: Best of the Web

2:50PM | Friday, 6 February 2015 | Cara Waters

Walter Isaacson, known for his biography of Steve Jobs, has just published The Innovatorsand draws from the themes in that book for this Vanity Fair article, ‘The Great Connectors’.

 | Technology