Tablets and hybrid apps soar, PC sales dip: The IT trends you need to be across

2:09PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Oliver Milman and Patrick Stafford

There’s a fundamental shift in the computer industry with tablets and hybrids replacing traditional desktop PCs. It’s time to look at how the shift will impact your business. BY OLIVER MILMAN and PATRICK STAFFORD.

Thinking of launching an online retailer? Meet Gerry Harvey

2:23PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Last night, while using a nearby “leisure computer”, the Taskmaster managed to catch an interview with Gerry Harvey. The same interview holds a hidden lesson for anyone thinking of launching an online retailer.

Google wins High Court case against ACCC over online ads

2:05PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The High Court says misleading sponsored links were displayed by Google, but it did not create them.

Gerry Harvey says he will dominate online retail: Five gems from his latest interview

2:56PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Last night, Gerry Harvey gave an interview on the future of online retail – here are five of his most interesting comments.

Online sales growth takes seasonal December slip

2:54PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Warwick Goodman

Online retail growth took a dip in December compared to the previous month, according to new figures, but an economist has played down concerns that eCommerce spending is on the slide.

Tech start-up stays Nimble with $1.5 million cash boost

2:44PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland-based tech start-up Nimble will ramp up development of its credit assessment and fraud prevention platform, after raising $1.5 million from a number of high-profile investors.

How Twitter is evolving into a must-have tool for start-ups

2:40PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

Are you using Twitter as part of your company’s marketing mix? If you’re still holding out, there are some very important reasons why you should get tweeting. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

HMV staff hijack Twitter feed, live-tweet mass layoffs

2:30PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A disgruntled employee of collapsed music retail chain HMV hijacked the company's Twitter account and started live-tweeting about mass lay-offs.

Why eBay liked the look of a Melbourne start-up

2:24PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Expectations are high for Melbourne start-up and eBay preferred shipping supplier Ship2Anywhere, which won two titles at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Shoes of Prey joins David Jones to launch in-store sales booths

1:40PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Shoes of Prey has taken a step towards the bricks-and-mortar world, teaming up with department store giant David Jones.

Apple shares plummet 10% after reporting mixed holiday results

1:34PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Questions are being asked about the product pipeline at Apple, with analysts suggesting the tech giant is entering a slow growth period.

Start-ups warned of top five digital threats set to strike in 2013

1:21PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Internet security company AVG has identified five digital threats facing businesses and consumers in 2013, prompting an expert to highlight how start-ups can respond to the trends.

4Cabling founder Nicole Kersh launches second start-up

1:42PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young Australian entrepreneur Nicole Kersh has launched a new website called,following the success of her first start-up 4Cabling.

Start-ups strut their stuff at CES 2013

1:06PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The 2013 International CES, the largest in the tech show’s 45-year history, has wrapped up, with start-ups grabbing attendees’ attention.

What online shopping would be like in real life

12:20AM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

Consumer dollars may be flocking online, but would you really tolerate the web shopping experience in a physical store? This great Google video suggests maybe not.

Cashed-up Dropbox snaps up Snapjoy

12:47PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up success story Dropbox has acquired online photo library Snapjoy for an undisclosed sum, less than one week after its acqui-hire of music streaming service Audiogalaxy.

The Project Factory offers Christmas promo tips after launching Santa Panic!

12:37PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Sydney-based digital production company has highlighted the importance of creating a narrative for time-sensitive games, after launching Christmas-inspired iPhone game Santa Panic!

Growing, going or gone? Growth of 1,700 start-ups to be tracked by Guy King’s Start Chart

12:00AM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian entrepreneur-turned-investor Guy King is tracking the growth metrics of more than 1,700 Australian start-ups via his new platform Start Chart, which he created as a side project.

How to get Google ads working in your favour this Christmas

12:53PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Ned Dwyer

Yesterday, StartupSmart examined how retargeting can amplify you marketing budget. The great news is, by following these key points, you can make it work for your business this Christmas. BY NED DWYER.

Kogan becomes a telco, targets dissatisfied customers with prepaid SIMs

12:36PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Internet entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan is moving into telecommunications, with his company now selling pre-paid 3G cards for use with smartphones and tablets.