Australian virtual reality startup opportunities cleared for take-off ahead of Samsung launch

1:26PM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

An Australian virtual reality pioneer has highlighted the business potential of immersive content as Samsung Gear VR headsets are set to be rolled out to selected customers aboard Qantas flights, ahead of an upcoming launch of the product.

Growth  | Technology

Bandaids on broadband – Has Turnbull got what it takes to fix the NBN?

1:00PM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Stephen King

The rules around the NBN have moved rapidly over Christmas.

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How long does it take for a web page to die? PC gone mad and the source of Tony Abbott’s woes: Best of the Web

1:53AM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Kye White

In The New Yorker, Jill Lepore explores efforts to archive the internet.

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Pinterest to pin down users with more ads

1:56PM | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Pinterest will start to push more ‘Promoted Pins’, otherwise known as ad content, on to its users in coming weeks.

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Turnbull’s new government startup will push open data, unitary sign-in

1:33PM | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 | Harley Dennett

The federal government’s new Digital Transformation Office will adopt open data projects along with its remit to improve the customer experience online.

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NBN “augmentation phase” nightmare: Cables connected for 18 months, but still no high-speed internet

1:57PM | Friday, 23 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Residents of multi-dwelling units (MDU) are complaining that they have waited over a year to get national broadband network services activated, despite cables and equipment being installed to their apartments.

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Crowd Mobile completes $3.8 million funding round, an overseas takeover and an IPO

1:11PM | Friday, 23 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Think your day has been busy? Spare a thought for Crowd Mobile, which announced the takeover of a Hong Kong-based company on the same day as its initial public offering, after completing a $3.8 million pre-IPO funding round.

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Why technology hasn’t made life more stressful; Meet the woman who wants to make the “Starbucks of nail salons”: Best of the Web

1:08AM | Friday, 23 January 2015 | Cara Waters

Among New Year’s resolutions this year unplugging digitally seemed to be almost as popular as losing weight and quitting smoking

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StartupAUS: What we learnt from Startup Muster

1:44PM | Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Peter Bradd

Startup Muster launched with quite a lot of fanfare in April last year. It was a highly ambitious project, which aimed to help show government, investors and the media what's really happening in the Australian startup scene.

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Windows 10: Holograms are coming, but Internet Explorer is dead

1:15PM | Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Microsoft has unveiled a series of major innovations alongside its cross-platform Windows 10 operating system, including holograms, large-screen versions of its Surface tablet and a major overhaul of its licensing, with Internet Explorer set to be replaced.

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An aide Bemoir: startup aims to use NFC to make social media more intimate

1:18PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

An Australian startup is looking to leverage near field communications (NFC) technology to allow people to tell stories through their most beloved possessions.

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Cloud market to reach heights of $650 million by 2020, as businesses look to the skies

1:18PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Australian businesses will help grow Australia’s cloud communications market to reach $650 million by 2020, according to research released yesterday by technology analyst firm Telsyte.

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Facebook: friend or foe?

1:02PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | Steve Ellen

In the landscape of our social media options, Facebook is at the summit. It’s even assisted in overthrowing governments and enabled coordinated worldwide change.

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Fake accounts won’t get you anywhere on Twitter

1:55PM | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Aleksej Heinze

If followers are simply accounts that do not have any human interaction or just re-tweet everything that your account says, they are of very little value.

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Is social media the weak link in the fight against cyber attacks?

1:47PM | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Alastair MacGibbon

While there will always be a balance between utility and security, what is critical is for these companies to place value on the data and reputation of end users. The fact is, the convenience and massive consumer traction these sites offer come with a price.

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Health tech startup uses wearables to help seniors have more mobility

1:26PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Two-year-old health tech startup mCareWatch is attracting interest in overseas markets with a smartwatch and platform that can help carers to monitor seniors both inside and outside the home.

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Is Bitcoin one big Ponzi scheme? iPhone separation anxiety; and Teju Cole on Charlie Hebdo: Best of the Web

1:49PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Kye White

A lot has been written about the collapse of bitcoin in the last week as the price drops below $US200 ($A243) for the first time since 2013.

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Artificial Intelligence should benefit society, not create threats

1:16PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Toby Walsh

Some of the biggest players in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have joined together calling for any research to focus on the benefits we can reap from AI “while avoiding potential pitfalls”.

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Out with the keyboard as talk takes over typing

1:55PM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Michael Cowling

With the recent acquisition by Facebook of voice-recognition company, all four major players in the post-PC market (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook) now have a significant infrastructure for hands-free communication with your device.

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Facebook launches pilot trials of Facebook at Work

1:53PM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Facebook has begun trials of its Facebook at Work service, a cloud-based platform that allows business to create social networks for staff, with the project led by an engineer who launched one of Sydney’s most successful startups.

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