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

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 »

Agritech

It’s time to put agrifood tech to the test

- April 12, 2021 2 MIN READ

Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion of agrifood technologies and Australian agricultural innovation. Part of this broad trend has seen investment in agrifood tech in Australia grow from US$29.9 million in 2017 to US$90.8 million in 2019, according to AgFunder. There has been a significant increase in capital investment into developing agrifood technologies,… Read more »

Insights

Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap: Canva’s rise, Clubhouse plays Twitter, Slack’s Australian slog

- April 11, 2021 5 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology and startup world. Ignition Lane works with ambitious business leaders to apply the Startup Mindset to their technology, product and commercialisation problems.  This wrap goes out free to subscribers every Saturday morning. Don’t forget you can catch Gavin Appel… Read more »

News & Analysis

How to fix a phone with water damage

- April 9, 2021 4 MIN READ

If you’ve ever gotten your phone wet in the rain, dropped it in water or spilt liquid over it, you’re not alone. One study suggests 25% of smartphone users have damaged their smartphone with water or some other kind of liquid. Liquid penetrating a smartphone can affect the device in several ways. It could lead… Read more »

Cryptocurrency

How a simple Apple App Store scam stole $1.3 million worth of bitcoin from one cryptocurrency investor

- April 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

A man lost 17.1 bitcoin – worth $1.3 million today – in an Apple app store scam that serves as a warning to people wanting to track their cryptocurrency on smart phones. Over the course of a few years, Phillipe Christodoulou banked up the bitcoin, watching as its value started to climb last year, according the Washington Post.… Read more »

Global tech

Facebook’s latest data breach: what happened and why it’s hard to know if your data was leaked

- April 7, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries. And while this figure is staggering, there’s more to the story than 533 million sets of data. This breach once again highlights how many of the systems we use aren’t designed to adequately protect our… Read more »

News & Analysis

Labor’s new energy policy will offer discounts on electric vehicles and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power

- March 31, 2021 2 MIN READ

Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in modest initiatives costing $400 million over several years. The announcement, to be made Wednesday, comes as Labor debates its platform at a “virtual” national conference involving some 400 participants. At present only… Read more »