Guy Kawasaki loves Australia; between the gun control, the fact we don’t have to show identification to take a domestic flight, and compulsory voting, he reckons it’s a pretty good place to be.
Though the percentage of women in the company has not changed over the last year, Apple has upped the representation of groups historically underrepresented in tech in its new US hires.
RMIT University is set to roll out new coding courses taught through Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, the first Australian institution to do so.
Westpac is set to launch PayWear, its own wearable offering allowing customers to make tap and go payments on contactless-enabled terminals.
Armourcell is a peel-and-stick square that can be slapped onto the back of mobile phones to protect a user’s mobile phone from wireless breaches.
The Australian Government is gearing up to introduce draft legislation that will force tech companies such as Facebook and Google to decrypt messages sent by their users for Australian law enforcement agencies.
Talent has announced the opening of applications for its annual Talent Unleashed Awards, which look to uncover strong local entrepreneurial talent.
Tayble allows customers to look at a restaurant menu and order as soon they take a seat. The mobile app also acts as a discovery platform for nearby venues.
For Robot Circus, innovating in the mobile space meant looking towards developing engaging titles that would serve as a social enterprise.
Targeting university societies, Qnect allows users to browse through events where the ‘attending’ list only reveals those who have paid for a ticket.
The banks wanted to bargain as a group with Apple for access to the NFC controller in iPhones in order to offer their own digital wallet services rather than use Apple Pay.
Vampr has taken inspiration from the contemporary dating app model to develop an app that allows musicians to more easily connect with each other.
Stackla has raised $4 million in a fresh funding round, with backing coming from existing investors Bailador Technology Investments.
It’s been six years since Steve Jobs passed away, but we still can’t stop talking about him as we continue to be inspired by, and debate, his legacy. Such is his standing that yet another film has been made about his life, with Steve Jobs set to hit screens around Australia tomorrow.
All these acquisitions seemed ‘hot’ new inroads at that time, but have now seemed to have fizzled into a quasi acqui-hiring strategy for bigger players. Apple did indeed need Topsy, but perhaps just not for social analytics. This has opened up the space again for competitors as social media practitioners have been left out wondering where to fill the Topsy void.