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.


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

Google adding Inbox by Gmail to Google at Work, issues new warning to webmasters

2:49PM | Tuesday, 24 February 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google has begun a trial of a Google at Work version of its Inbox by Gmail app, with the search and mobile giant also rolling out new warnings on websites that contain malicious software.

 | Technology

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.

 | Technology

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