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An analysis of job postings on Freelancer.com has revealed that businesses are increasingly turning to mobile, with the number of jobs in the sector increasing by over 25 percent to 22,290.
Though Facebook launched its Internet.org movement earlier this year to get smartphones and tablets into the hands of those in developing countries, it will take years before any tangible results are seen, if at all. Other startups have decided to work with what they’ve got, and are bringing parts of the internet to people with ‘dumb’ or feature phones.
Just over a year after Australian startup 99dresses shut down, a new similar service has launched – so similar it’s even borrowing half of the other startup’s name. 99closets is another app which allows users to easily buy and sell their clothing.
Yumit turns dinner time into an interactive game through a special scale on which a plate of food is set, with sensors monitoring how much food is eaten. Each gram of food eaten turned into virtual energy that can be used in a game.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, a small leak will sink a big ship. The 20c change from the $4 we hand over for a coffee every morning can add up over time but, thinking them useless and wanting to get rid of heavy coins, most of us routinely waste our change.
At the end of another week, Alibaba has signalled its intentions to acquire a 20 percent stake in Chinese electronics chain Suning for $4.6 billion, Startups.co rescued virtual assistant startup Zirtual, and Vox Media got a $200 million investment from NBC Universal. Closer to home, Sydney on-demand cleaning startup WHIZZ raised $2 million.
Pizza chain Domino’s has attributed its strong growth in Australia over the last financial year to the company’s tech innovations, including its GPS pizza tracker.
Shell and The Australian, in partnership with the Department of Industry and Science, are calling on startups to apply for the fifth annual Innovation Challenge.
In theory, ridesharing is a great idea. It’s cheaper and often more convenient than taxis, but for some there are too many safety risks associated with getting into a car with a complete stranger. That’s where Perth startup Hitch-a-ride comes in.
The latest company to enter the startup space by way of a business building competition is Nescafé, which is calling for entries to its Headstart pitching competition.
Google has this morning announced a huge company restructure, launching its new holding company Alphabet. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page will serve as President and CEO of Alphabet respectively, while Sundar Pichai, currently head of product at Google, has been appointed as Google CEO.
This year seems to be the year of the self storage startup. First we got Melbourne’s Boxly, then came – and went – Rocket Internet’s SpaceWays, and Boxbird. Now Melbourne startup Spacelli wants to take a stab at the market.
Every driver thinks they’re perfect and that the problem lies with everybody else on the road. An Israeli startup is letting them prove it by providing a platform for them to share videos of bad drivers.
As the old saying goes, you can’t really understand someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. Opaque Multimedia has spun that saying out into a virtual reality experience that helps carers and families understand what it’s like to live with dementia.
After another busy week, a number of Australian startups have raised capital. iSeekplant raised $1 million, while Beat the Q Posse Group raised $5 million and HotDocs secured $2.2 million in a round led by AirTree Ventures. Also this week, Adidas acquired Austrian fitness startup Runtastic, and IBM acquired Merge Healthcare for $1 billion.