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.


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

Most Australians would rather give up their TV than their smartphone: Survey

12:56PM | Friday, 5 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A majority of Australians would rather go without television than their smartphone, while the number of users using their mobile phone for just calls and SMS has fallen to just 9%, according to a new survey.

 | Technology

“Flying robots won’t be toys anymore”: The Australian startup using drones to revolutionise the surveying industry

12:40PM | Friday, 5 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

An Australian startup is hoping to revolutionise the surveying and building industries by using a cloud-based platform to create 3D images from data gathered by drone aircraft.

 | Growth  | Technology  | Start-up Profiles

Is Stephen Hawking right? Could AI lead to the end of humankind?

12:41PM | Friday, 5 December 2014 | David Dowe

The famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, has revived the debate on whether our search for improved artificial intelligence will one day lead to thinking machines that will take over from us.

 | Technology

Best of the Web: Sweet durian nights; the not-so-sharing economy; and tackling that diversity issue

12:54AM | Friday, 5 December 2014 | Bronwen Clune

If you thought raw was just something people occasionally did to “detox”, then you obviously have not met a dedicated fruitarian.

 | Technology

What local social network startups need to do to thrive

12:15PM | Thursday, 4 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

Social network startups in Australia need to “carve out their niche” if they are to survive and prosper in a highly competitive environment.

 | Social media

Apple’s attempt to own the term “app store” rejected by Federal Court

12:52PM | Thursday, 4 December 2014 | Karen Coombs

The Federal Court yesterday rejected Apple’s attempt to own the term “app store”.

 | Technology

A new way to fix those frustrating websites

12:39PM | Thursday, 4 December 2014 | Michael Kearney and Sarah Dods

Whether it is doing your banking, looking up details of a flight or checking out some government services – if a website doesn’t work the way we want it to, it can be a very frustrating experience.

 | Websites

How Australia’s newest technology can be used to save its oldest languages

12:31PM | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

An app development team has turned to the Northern Territory with the aim of preserving Australia’s oldest and most endangered languages.

 | Technology

Caution over the EU’s call for global forgetfulness from Google

12:08PM | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 | Dan Jerker B. Svantesson

Just how much information Google should remove from its search results when requested is being tested by the European Union which wants to extend its influence beyond its borders.

 | Technology

New social network hopes to bring neighbours together

12:33PM | Tuesday, 2 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

An online social networking platform is looking to solve a problem many believe was created by the internet itself.

 | Technology

Smartphone sales growth about to slow dramatically, warns IDC

12:09PM | Tuesday, 2 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The growth rate for smartphones is set to slow dramatically over the coming years, both in terms of volume and revenue, according to a forecast released this week by IDC.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology

Adelaide 3D software startup partners with US toy giant

12:28PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

Makers Empire, an Adelaide startup that specialises in 3D printing software, has announced a partnership with US toy giant Sphero.

 | Technology  | Start-up Profiles

Dimmi hopes its new apps will let it take a bigger bite out of the restaurant bookings market

12:03PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Restaurant booking startup Dimmi has released its mobile app, with chief executive Stevan Premutico telling Private Media Australians are increasingly choosing to book restaurants from their smartphones rather than their PCs.

 | Technology  | Websites

Putting a startup on the map: Simon Hackett joins investors pouring $5 million into Spookfish

12:42PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Internode founder and BlueChilli investor Simon Hackett has joined a group of investors who are injecting $5 million in capital into geospatial mapping firm Spookfish.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology

NBN Co promises broadband rollout across 419 towns and suburbs by June 2016

12:49PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The NBN Co has released a list of 419 towns and suburbs set to receive the national broadband network by June 2016, representing a total of 1.913 million homes and business premises.

 | Technology  | Government and Regulation