The Great Fragmentation

8:32AM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Steve Sammartino

It used to be that you’d get a job and stay with your employer your whole working life. Smart employers, and certainly startups, are now beginning to look for people with wide experience, otherwise known as ‘horizontal personnel’.

IT  | Managing people

Better in beta? Why early access games are a double-edged sword

8:50AM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Sam Hinton

Early access, as it is called, has been embraced as a way to support innovation in gaming. But just as many players have decried it as a cynical money grab that is damaging the industry.

 | Technology

Five app store optimisation techniques we used to generate 400,000 downloads

8:42PM | Wednesday, 6 August 2014 | Matthew Ho

App store optimisation (ASO) is a practice to improve your app store ranking. It’s SEO for mobile apps.

 | Planning  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT  | SEO for start-ups

Why governments will always fail with technology projects like the NBN

8:18PM | Wednesday, 6 August 2014 |  David Glance

The most recent audit report of the NBN, released this week, has ultimately judged the entire project as “rushed, chaotic and inadequate”.

 | Planning  | Technology

Google News changes how website details are added and maintained

8:26PM | Tuesday, 5 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google announced a major change to how news-related content is added and maintained on its Google News aggregation and search service last night.

 | Technology

Meet the Aussie startup hoping to Prezentt the future of slideshows

8:20PM | Tuesday, 5 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Perth-based startup Prezentt has launched its cloud-based slideshow service which it hopes will complement existing presentation apps such as PowerPoint.

 | Technology

Bigcommerce makes some big name hires as growth amps up

8:09PM | Tuesday, 5 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Bigcommerce, which looks set to be one of Australia’s startup success stories, today announced three senior hires in San Francisco, brought in to support the expansion of the Bigcommerce platform and rapid growth in number of merchants and online sales.

 | Technology

Hackers show the dangers of USB thumb drives, but this may be nothing new

8:21PM | Monday, 4 August 2014 | David Glance

As confirmation of just how vulnerable we all are to computer malware, two researchers presenting at this week’s Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas will demonstrate that we can no longer trust the ubiquitous USB thumb drive.

 | IT

First survey finds 2.8 million Twitter accounts in Australia

8:15PM | Monday, 4 August 2014 | Axel Bruns

Hashtags may be everywhere from the ABC’s Q&A talk show to the A-League Grand Final, yet we still know remarkably little about the structure and demographics of Twitter in Australia.

 | Technology  | Social media

Australian mobile app market booming as tech job growth outpaces the US and UK: Report

8:43PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australia’s tech jobs market is booming, with the rate of growth for tech jobs outpacing both the US and the UK, according to a new report by the Progressive Policy Institute.

 | Technology

Former AFL ruckman tackles entrepreneurial career, new student notes business is on the mark

8:19PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Former Port Adelaide AFL ruckman Hugh Minson is tackling a new career as a startup entrepreneur, with a venture called Nexus Notes that allows students to download university course notes.

 | Growth  | Technology  | Websites

Novelty app Yo! accuses Aussie nanosocial API of copyright infringement

8:03PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Novelty nanosocial app Yo! has allegedly accused Australian-based push notification API Oi! of copyright infringement.

 | Legal matters  | Technology

BEST OF THE WEB: Birthdays via the Internet of Things; the children of the valley; and the history of autocorrect

8:35PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Do numerous Facebook birthday messages from people in your extended circles mean anything to you? What about those ones from companies?

 | Technology

Melbourne indie game studio Loveshack gets Framed for international exposure

7:37PM | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Kye White

Framed, a game developed by Melbourne-based indie game studio Loveshack, has been selected to be part of this year’s Pax 10.

 | Technology

Dating website OKCupid admits to ‘experimenting’ on users: When is it OK to use your customers as lab rats?

7:52PM | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Eloise Keating

All is fair in love and war, according to online dating service OKCupid, which this week owned up to “experimenting” on its users.

 | Technology

Mozilla names Chris Beard its new CEO after Brendan Eich disaster

7:32PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Mozilla has finally named a new chief executive nearly four months after a firestorm of controversy engulfed the leadership of Brendan Eich within days of him taking the position.

 | Technology

What data retention is, and why it’s bad

7:05PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Bernard Keane

With the Australian government “actively considering” data retention, and ASIO chief David Irvine telling a Senate committee that it is crucial to intelligence-gathering, it’s time for a clarifier on exactly what data retention is and the concerns it raises.

 | Technology

Video-on-demand search engine has sights set on underserved market

7:55PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Kye White

With the proliferation of online video streaming services (everywhere, but here in Australia that is) Australian startup Gyde is offering users a new way to find video on the internet.

 | Technology

Winning BattleHack not as easy as (Raspberry) Pi

7:43PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Kye White

A late night hunt for a replacement Raspberry Pi and a sleepless night led to victory for a team of developers known as Gearbox in PayPal and Braintree’s Sydney BattleHack.

 | Technology

Local Measure secures ex-Twitter executive as COO

7:38PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | StartupSmart

Australian location-based social platform Local Measure has announced the appointment of former Twitter executive Sara Axelrod as its first chief operating officer.

 | Technology