News & Analysis

Space accelerator Moonshot just backed 11 startups shooting for the stars

- April 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Space tech incubator Moonshot has nearly trebled its planned investments in local space startups, backing 11 ventures, rather than the four it had planned for 2021. As Moonshot beds down its space tech accelerator and pre-accelerator programs, CEO Troy McCann said they were overwhelmed by the quality of the applicants. “We coordinated a whopping 225… Read more »

Cryptocurrency

Dogecoin explodes!

- April 16, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Meme joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin more than doubled in price in the last 24 hours, briefly hitting a high of US28c today, and currently sits around 80% up for the day Elon Musk’s favourite Twitter shout out has climbed nearly 300% for the week, putting it into the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation for the… Read more »

Global tech

Google has lost its legal fight with the ACCC over misleading consumers about location data

- April 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Google and Google Australia misled consumers about its use of personal location data, according to Australia’s Federal Court in a landmark legal decision. Consumer watchdog the ACCC took Google to court in October 2019 over the use of location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018, in a world-first enforcement… Read more »

Fintech

Zip raises another $400 million as co-founders sell down $19 million worth of stock

- April 16, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Zip Co. (ASX: Z1P) has raised another A$400 million via a seven-year unsecured convertible notes to fund its international expansion plans. The not-yet profitable BNPL’s latest raise follows a similar $1.5 billion raise by Afterpay (ASX: APT) via convertible notes due in 2026. Co-founder and COO Peter Gray said they were “very pleased with the… Read more »

News & Analysis

The video game sector says Australia’s migration rules are starving the industry of talent and growth

- April 15, 2021 3 MIN READ

The local video game industry wants to make skilled migration easier in order to attract and retain talented workers. Speaking at a parliamentary committee hearing into the skilled migration program on Monday, industry representatives lamented the opportunities gone begging because of a system that is not fit-for-purpose. Dr Jens Schroeder, a director at the Interactive… Read more »

Antler Australia

Portant helps project managers put reporting on autopilot to free up their work day

- April 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

In today’s business world, reporting takes up an inordinate amount of time for both staff and management. Portant is an automated reporting platform that empowers users to easily create professional reports. “We believe companies waste too much time on reporting.Project managers spend 75% to 90% of their time communicating, with a high percentage of that… Read more »

Deep Tech

If Neuralink’s monkey can play Pong with its mind, imagine what humans could do with that tech

- April 15, 2021 5 MIN READ

Some weeks ago, a nine-year-old macaque monkey called Pager successfully played a game of Pong with its mind. While it may sound like science fiction, the demonstration by Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink is an example of a brain-machine interface in action (and has been done before). A coin-sized disc called a “Link” was implanted… Read more »

News & Analysis

Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- April 14, 2021 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Wednesday and Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim readers.  Don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.40pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus. Here’s the latest tech news from around the world.  Apple launch It started with Siri dropping hints breathlessly described as “leaking” by some media – “Hey… Read more »

News & Analysis

Canadian building management giant BGIS is setting up its IoT shop in Adelaide

- April 14, 2021 2 MIN READ

Canadian building management company BGIS will expand its Australian operations centre in Adelaide to monitor clients across the Asia Pacific. The global company plans to utilise the latest Internet of Things technologies in Adelaide, South Australia to remotely control buildings in other states and countries through internet-connected devices and sensors. This includes the monitoring and… Read more »

News & Analysis

Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- April 13, 2021 2 MIN READ

Happy Tuesday and welcome to the latest tech news from around the world.  Don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.40pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus. Microsoft’s Nuance Microsoft’s had its wallet out for some time, looking to buy something, with TikTok, Pinterest and Discord all reportedly on the… Read more »