Payments startup Xiippy named the best in Queensland tech

- November 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

Privacy-focused payment startup Xiippy was the big winner from the River Rival pitch competition that closed out Brisbane’s Something Tech conference last week, taking out both the judge’s award for Best in Product and tying for the Best of the Best award with diabetes medicine subscription service Stripped Supply. Xiipy is encouraging retail merchants to… Read more »


Web developers are among 10 IT roles added to the federal government’s national skills shortage list

- October 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The National Skills Commission has added 10 more IT-related occupations to its list of skills facing national shortages, once again highlighting the need to train more technology talent in Australia. Web developers, database admins, and business analysts are now among jobs on the Commission’s official skills shortage list which informs Australia’s migration and skills development policies.… Read more »

Cryptocurrency accidentally sent a customer $10.5m, and by the time they noticed, she’d bought a house in Melbourne

- September 1, 2022 2 MIN READ

Major cryptocurrency trading platform accidentally sent a woman $10.5 million instead of the $100 refund she requested – and didn’t notice until seven months later. Now the platform is trying to recover its money, $1.35 million of which the woman, Thevamanogari Manivel, used to buy her sister a home in the Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn. The… Read more »

Other tech

Bunnings and Kmart drop facial recognition as privacy commissioner takes a closer look

- July 28, 2022 3 MIN READ

Kmart and Bunnings have temporarily halted their use of facial recognition in stores pending an investigation from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). It was last month revealed that Wesfarmers-owned Kmart and Bunnings, and whitegoods retailer the Good Guys, quietly began using facial recognition in some stores without express consent from their customers. While… Read more »

Future of work

The big bucks in tech come from working remotely

- July 15, 2022 3 MIN READ

Remote tech workers are paid nearly twice as much as their full-time office counterparts, a global survey from Landing.Jobs has found. Technology professionals in every region reported higher salaries if they were fully remote or had flexible working arrangements compared with people working full office jobs, according to the Global Tech Talent Trends 2022 survey. On average,… Read more »

Global tech

How Uber ignored the law, lobbied and exploited anger to go global

- July 13, 2022 3 MIN READ

Uber’s strategy was clear from the outset: move quickly into markets, operate with dubious legality, create a critical mass of demand, and deal with the consequences later. Now a trove of over 124,000 internal files from Uber – including messages between executives and internal briefing notes – has revealed the scope of the company’s market… Read more »


National Audit Office says the Morrison government wasted millions in tendering on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme

- June 29, 2022 3 MIN READ

The government mishandled $163 million worth of contracts for the Entrepreneurs’ Programme by favouring incumbents, not measuring tender applicants against the stated criteria, and failing to mitigate against conflicts of interest, a report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found. In 2019, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources (DISER) put service provision… Read more »

The IT Crowd

Finding IT workers is a big problem for a third of Australian companies

- June 23, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australian businesses continue struggling to find staff, including IT professionals, as the ongoing labour shortage worsens. Almost one third (31% of employers the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveyed said they couldn’t find suitable candidates for jobs. Tom Joseph, Head of Industry Statistics at the ABS, said businesses weren’t getting many applicants for open job roles… Read more »


Tesla chair Robyn Denholm says Western Sydney is a ‘technology powerhouse’

- June 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

Western Sydney is poised to produce Australia’s next generation of IT workers and high value tech companies, according to Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm. In her acceptance speech for the inaugural Florence Mary Taylor Innovation Medal, Denholm described her upbringing in Milperra, a suburb just past Bankstown in Southwestern Sydney. “My parents owned a service station in the… Read more »

Cyber security

Atlassian just had a big cybersecurity scare on its Confluence Server

- June 8, 2022 2 MIN READ

Spare a thought for admins running Atlassian Confluence Server or Data Centre on the weekend after a cyber security company discovered bad actors actively exploiting a previously undiscovered vulnerability in those Atlassian products. On Friday morning, Steven Adair, President of security firm Volexity, tweeted about the vulnerability, saying it was “10/10 on the badness scale”. “Get your… Read more »


The most anyone now wants to pay for the $4 million NFT of Jack Dorsey’s 1st tweet is $42,000

- April 19, 2022 2 MIN READ

The man who bought an NFT of Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey’s first ever tweet for nearly $4 million tried to auction it for $65 million – but the highest bid came in at less than $400. Sina Estavi, CEO of Malaysian blockchain company Bridge Oracle, famously jumped at the opportunity to buy a copy… Read more »


$1.3 billion defence drone project canned as Budget spends $10 billion on boosting offensive cybersecurity capabilities

- April 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The government’s REDSPICE cyber security program – a $9.9 billion centrepiece to last week’s budget – has come at the cost of a $1.3 billion Sky Guardian drone project which has already set taxpayers back $10 million, senate estimates revealed on Friday. Despite the $9.9 billion headline figure championed by the Treasurer in his budget speech, a… Read more »