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Why your internet feels slow and jumpy, even when you’ve paid for high-speed NBN

- September 20, 2021 3 MIN READ

Of the 8.2 million homes and businesses active on Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) in July 2021, 77% are now reported to be on a broadband plan that delivers speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps). This is plenty to accommodate a typical household’s needs for video streaming (Netflix high-definition resolution, for instance,… Read more »

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LivePreso ramps up real estate deal with REA Group

- September 12, 2021 2 MIN READ

Automated digital content platform LivePreso has expanded its relationship with REA Group to the commercial and developer side of the online real estate business. The relationship between LivePreso (formerly SalesPreso) and REA dates back to 2014, with the group becoming early adopters of the platform for real estate agents to make data-driven sales presentations. More… Read more »

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Technology is key for refugees starting new lives in Australia, but not everyone has equal access

- September 12, 2021 3 MIN READ

As evacuees and refugees from Afghanistan start their new lives in Australia, their ability to navigate the digital world will be crucial. Our research, published this week, reveals how newly arrived refugees use digital technologies as they begin this new chapter. Importantly, new arrivals will need some level of digital know-how to participate in QR… Read more »

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The rise of ABBAtars: How Star Wars technology is bringing Swedish pop stars back to life in their 70s

- September 8, 2021 3 MIN READ

Swedish pop group ABBA is returning to the stage in a virtual concert with the help of image technology used in a Star Wars movie. ABBA’s popularity has endured over the 40 years since their last album, racking up a staggering 17 number one hits, over 16 million weekly global streams and selling almost 400 million… Read more »

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Victoria is ramping up its sportstech focus with a $4 million innovation centre

- September 8, 2021 2 MIN READ

Victoria is looking to bolster its reputation as the nation’s sporting capital with a new innovation centre to accelerate the commercialisation of sportstech. The state government is backing the Australian Sports Innovation Centre for Excellence in the inner-city suburb of Cremorne with a $4 million investment. Victorian innovation, medical research and digital economy minister Jaala… Read more »

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Clean Energy Finance Corp chips $5 million into $16m seed raise for a new alt-meat contender

- September 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

A new, Sydney-based alternative proteins startup has joined the race for fake meat market share in Australia, raising $16 million in a seed round. Leading the investment in All G Foods was the federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which chipped in $5 million through its Clean Energy Innovation Fund alongside several prominent angel investors. The… Read more »

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A quantum startup using synthetic diamonds to accelerate computing has raised $13 million in seed funding

- August 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

Canberra-based computing science startup Quantum Brilliance has raised US$10 million (A$13m) in seed funding. The investment into the Australian-German full-stack quantum accelerator startup, which emerged from The ANU’s research group in diamond quantum science in 2019, was co-led by the QxBranch founders’ and the CSIRO’s VC fund, Main Sequence, with other backers including CP Ventures, Investible,… Read more »

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Digital signage startup Mandoe has built a Canva-like marketing platform for small business

- August 18, 2021 2 MIN READ

Digital advertising software startup Mandoe has launched a self-service platform for small businesses harness the power of digital signage. The startup has worked with blue chip clients such as David Jones, Boost Juice, Rip Curl, Spec Savers and Australia Post for more than a decade and is power bringing the same marketing potential to smaller… Read more »

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Mushroom-based alt meat startup Fable plants a $6.5 million seed round

- August 12, 2021 2 MIN READ

Fable Food Co, a plant-based meat alternative using mushrooms, has raised $6.5 million in seed funding. Blackbird Ventures led the round, joined by Silicon Valley VC AgFunder, Aera VC, a fund specifically focused on sustainability, and Better Bite Ventures, along with Singapore based Ban Choon Marketing and former-Sequoia Capital partner Warren Hogarth. The funding is… Read more »

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Social enterprise venture Xceptional has a new skills CV to help neurodiverse people find the perfect job

- August 11, 2021 2 MIN READ

Social enterprise startup Xceptional has developed a new tech platform for neurodiverse people looking a job to highlight their skills to employers. CEO and founder Mike Tozer said autistic people exhibit highly sought-after skills including acute levels of concentration, high attention to detail, logic and reasoning, persistence, accuracy, an excellent memory and employee loyalty, but… Read more »

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Tesla chair Robyn Denholm is leading a new, high-powered Australian tech lobby group that wants to create 190,000 jobs by 2025

- August 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new industry lobby group pushing for greater support for the growth and investment in Australia’s tech sector has been formed by the nation’s leading tech unicorns and venture capitalists. The Tech Council of Australia has 23 founding members, including Canva, Afterpay, Atlassian, Safety Culture and Culture Amp, as well as US tech giants Google,… Read more »

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Accounting platform Xero is now in the app business

- August 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed business accounting platform Xero is taking on Google and Apple at their own game, launching an app store selling Xero-connected apps. The Xero App Store lets small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers purchase apps to help run their companies, and went live last week. Xero app partners in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand now… Read more »

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FASTER, HIGHER, SMARTER: Tech hits the podium at the Tokyo Olympics

- August 1, 2021 3 MIN READ

Given Japan’s long-time position as a high-tech leader, Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics were a natural way to show off the country’s know-how and manufacturing capability – and as the spectacular drone display of the opening ceremony gave way to the everyday competitions of the next two fortnight, new technologies were everywhere. That drone exhibition – in which a… Read more »