Gadgets

Apple kills off passwords and releases iPhone 14, as AirPods hit $400

- September 8, 2022 3 MIN READ

Apple’s latest hardware refresh event incorporated the usual accoutrements – including a rugged smart watch, updated earbuds and next-generation iPhones – but for many users it is the release of iOS 16, and its passwordless logins, that promises to be the game-changer. Demonstrated at the company’s WorldWide Developers Conference in June, the new Passkeys are… Read more »

Cyber security

An Australian who sold spyware he wrote as a teen to stalkers has been arrested following a 5 year global hunt

- August 2, 2022 3 MIN READ

At least 44 Australian victims have been identified after the arrest of a 24-year-old man named as the alleged author of remote access trojan (RAT) spyware, who allegedly made up to $400,000 by selling the ‘stalkerware’ to more than 14,500 people in 128 countries. Called Imminent Monitor (IM), the application allowed users to monitor and… Read more »

Venture Capital

Investment titans on the rocky road ahead for startup venture capital

- July 8, 2022 3 MIN READ

In a year marked by rising inflation, economic chaos, imploding financial markets, a tighter VC market and retreating institutional investors, many entrepreneurs are likely wondering how they can possibly convince investors to buy into their big ideas. It’s a conundrum faced by even successful executives like Bob Iger, a 15-year CEO of entertainment giant Disney… Read more »

Data

Google hoovers up more personal data than Facebook

- May 26, 2022 3 MIN READ

Google collects more personal data about its users than any other big tech company, an analysis has found just days after Facebook petitioned the ACCC for an exemption from regulation because Apple’s privacy crackdown is costing it money and market share. A deep analysis of the voluminous privacy policies of Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google by… Read more »

Opinion

Here’s where to find the best paying jobs as an IT contractor in Australia

- May 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

Tight supply and increasing demand have pushed prices for IT contractors skyward, new figures have confirmed – yet while Sydney may be Australia’s largest city, it’s not the place where contractors can make the most money. That prestigious honour goes to Canberra – where, the newly released Hays Technology Contractor Rates Guide 2022 found, contractors across most… Read more »

Politics

NSW has set out a 20-year roadmap to ramp up critical R&D

- May 6, 2022 3 MIN READ

With research and development investment lagging Victoria and the OECD, New South Wales is doubling down on its competitive advantages in areas like AI, quantum computing, and nanotechnology, the state’s head scientist revealed in launching the state’s new 20-year R&D strategy. The NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap – whose creation was recommended as part of the state government’s… Read more »

Data

Why artificial intelligences needs to be retrained to improve diversity

- March 11, 2022 3 MIN READ

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems must be systemically retrained to eliminate gender bias, industry analysts have advised amidst warnings that male-dominated development teams must be re-educated to build robotic automation systems that better reflect society. Those workers – which have rapidly become commonplace in everything from logistics centres to police forces and automotive manufacturing plants – have been programmed for a range… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

Russia and its oligarchs are using cryptocurrency to get around global financial sanctions

- March 4, 2022 3 MIN READ

Harsh economic sanctions were meant to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but there are already signs that Russia’s government and wealthy oligarchs may be using cryptocurrency to work around Western financial controls. Backed by tax havens around the world including Switzerland and Monaco, direct sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and the wealthy oligarchs that support him have… Read more »

Cryptocurrency

Quantum computing could be just as a few years away from creating a day of reckoning for cryptocurrencies

- November 10, 2021 3 MIN READ

Researchers are working to head off the collapse of cryptocurrency markets that, experts warn, could happen when quantum computers become strong enough to break the encryption underlying Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies – estimated to come by 2035. That timeline represents an existential threat for Bitcoin and its ilk, which rely on mathematical encryption so… Read more »

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Other tech

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman says small business cops it hardest when problems arise with telcos

- September 24, 2021 3 MIN READ

Complaints about telecommunications providers declined last year for the third year in a row – but a surge in complaints from small businesses suggests that Australia’s telecommunications providers are still falling short of their promises of improved customer service. Phone and Internet-related complaints declined 6.1% during the 2020-21 financial year, according to the Telecommunications Industry… Read more »

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Cyber security

Cybercrime reports in Australia are now being lodged every 8 minutes

- September 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

The volume of cyber security attacks has grown so much during the COVID-19 pandemic that victims were lodging a new cybercrime report every 8 minutes, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) reported, as it launched its latest annual report into Australian cybercrime. With over 67,500 reports of cybercrime received during the 2020-21 financial year, the ACSC… Read more »

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Cyber security

Scammers have moved in on Australia Post’s delivery problems with SMS ‘flubots’

- September 3, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australians must be extra cautious about what messages they click on in coming weeks, after Australia Post’s three-day hiatus on package pickups created a new window for cybercriminals tweaking the Flubot ‘smishing’ attack to tap uncertainty around COVID test results, vaccines, and deliveries. More than 5,500 Australians have told the ACCC Scamwatch service that they have received text… Read more »

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Advice

Go1’s Andrew Barnes says incubators are not the ‘silver bullet’ startup founders hope they’ll be

- August 25, 2021 4 MIN READ

Startup incubators have their value but they aren’t a “silver bullet”, the CEO and founder of recently anointed Australian unicorn Go1 has warned as the six-year-old company gets ready to invest its newly acquired $272m ($US200m) VC windfall. The success of the newly-minted unicorn wasn’t always assured, CEO and founder Andrew Barnes told a recent ‘Ask Me… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

The RBA says there’s no chance cryptocurrencies will become legal tender in Australia

- August 4, 2021 3 MIN READ

Cryptocurrency is unlikely to ever become legal tender in Australia, a Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) executive has concluded during a Parliamentary hearing exploring competition, data privacy and fintech innovation issues. Despite watching the emerging cryptocurrency market for the past eight years, Dr Anthony Richards, head of the RBA’s Payments Policy Department said, “we just… Read more »