Fintech

Why Mastercard’s new ‘smile to pay’ face recognition payment system could cause some big problems

- May 27, 2022 4 MIN READ

Mastercard’s “smile to pay” system, announced last week, is supposed to save time for customers at checkouts. It is being trialled in Brazil, with future pilots planned for the Middle East and Asia. The company argues touch-less technology will help speed up transaction times, shorten lines in shops, heighten security and improve hygiene in businesses.… 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 »

Women in tech

Applications for female founders to join EnergyLab’s climate accelerator close this weekend

- May 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

Applications for EnergyLab’s Women in Climate and Energy Fellowship (WICEF) close this Sunday, May 29. EnergyLab is Australia and New Zealand’s largest climate tech startup accelerator and innovation network dedicated to reaching net zero emissions. The organisation recently signed on Ampol as a partner, with the fuel company providing funding and expertise to support EnergyLab’s… Read more »

Diversity

An Adelaide coding school is helping Indigenous students crack the tech sector

- May 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

Defence SA employee and Aeronautical Engineering student Justyce Manton came across tuition-free coding school 42 Adelaide through her professional mentor, who suggested it would complement her skill set. Little did she know at the time, her world was about to be opened to a new world of education, relationships, and cultural development. “42 Adelaide provides… Read more »

Fintech

NAB is getting into BNPL

- May 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

In another blow for the already crowded buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) sector, another major bank is getting into the space, with NAB announcing its own pay-in-four instalments offering. The bank’s opened pre-registration for customers today for the NAB Now Pay Later product They will be able to access up to $1,000, split purchases into four payments, use… Read more »

Advice

How to get deals done for your startup

- May 26, 2022 6 MIN READ

The main way tech startups grow is through creating technology that solves valuable problems for their customers but another way they grow is through cutting smart deals with other companies.  The first few deals I negotiated were content licensing deals, first for Microsoft’s online efforts and then for Yahoo, back in the mid-to-late 1990s. Since… Read more »

Tesla, autopilot, car, self driving
Other tech

Now that Australia’s had a serious accident involving a self-driving car, it’s time to open AI’s black box and decide who’s responsible

- May 25, 2022 4 MIN READ

  The first serious accident involving a self-driving car in Australia occurred in March this year. A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when hit by a Tesla Model 3 in “autopilot” mode. In the US, the highway safety regulator is investigating a series of accidents where Teslas on autopilot crashed into first-responder vehicles with flashing lights… Read more »

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Funding

Agriculture carbon reduction startup Regrow Ag plants $50 million Series B

- May 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

US-based Australia agtech startup Regrow Ag has raised $50 million (US$38m) from leading American investors to help the farming sector meet net-zero targets. The round is led by Tom Steyer and Katie Hall’s Galvanize Climate Solutions. Existing investors including Cargill, Main Sequence Ventures, Ajax Strategies, Neglected Climate Opportunities (NCO), Microsoft’s M12 and others returned, joined… Read more »

People

Time declares Mike Cannon-Brookes as one of the world’s top 100 influential people

- May 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

Time Magazine has named Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes as one of the 100 most influential people of 2022.   The tech entrepreneur and net zero advocate is listed among 18 people, including former Google ethical AI computer scientist Timnit Gebru, and New Zealand film director Taika Waititi, in the innovators category. Apple CEO… Read more »