News & Analysis

The tech startup behind the wildly successful SWEAT app by Kayla Itsines has now redeveloped a smartphone app to trace biological threats

- October 27, 2020 2 MIN READ

Flinders University in South Australia has teamed up with a company that made its name developing a popular fitness app to create an app that can track and trace biological threats. The Torrens Resilience Institute (TRI) at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia worked with web and mobile app developer PixelForce to develop the smartphone… Read more »

Covid-19

FREE MELBOURNE: Shops, restaurants, and pubs reopen this Wednesday as lockdown laws ease

- October 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced the most significant easing of Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions since the state went into “stage 3” lockdown on July 9. From 11.59pm on Tuesday night, retail, restaurants, cafes and bars will finally be able to open up in Melbourne. Gatherings of up to ten people outdoors are now allowed from… Read more »

Covid-19

Commonly asked questions about what you can and can’t do in Melbourne and Victoria right now

- October 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

Victoria recorded one new case of COVID-19 on Monday, another fantastic result that suggests the coronavirus outbreak there is now being well controlled. Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday the state was “well placed this weekend to be able to make very significant announcements about a further step to opening”. Yesterday there were 3 new… Read more »

Global tech

Is releasing the new iPhone 12 without a charger really a smart waste-reduction move, or clever cash grab by Apple?

- October 19, 2020 4 MIN READ

Apple has released its new smartphone, the iPhone 12, without an accompanying charger or earbuds. Users have harshly criticised the company for this move and will have to purchase these accessories separately, if needed. While some see it as cost-cutting, or a way for Apple to profit further by forcing customers to buy the products… Read more »

Business strategy

Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap: Twilio’s tear on Segment acquisition, JigSpace hits the big Apple, Canva adds 10m users

- October 18, 2020 7 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 that every Monday at… Read more »

Insights

Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg’s advice for women to ‘lean in’ and be more confident doesn’t help – and the data shows it

- October 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

  “Just be more confident, be more ambitious, be more like a man.” These are the words of advice given over and over to women in a bid to close the career and earnings gaps between women and men. From self-help books to confidence coaching, the message to “lean in” and show confidence in the… Read more »

Insights

Troubling times lead to even bigger concerns about data privacy standards

- October 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

Whether it’s for personal or professional purposes, our reliance on technology has never been greater. From ordering groceries or joining a social media craze like TikTok, to running a business or simply safely visiting a restaurant, chances are you’ve become accustomed to uploading your personal information online over the past six months. While this reliance… Read more »

Global tech

Google’s self-driving car project, Waymo, has launched its autonomous taxi in the US

- October 15, 2020 3 MIN READ

The age of the driverless taxi has arrived – at least in parts of Phoenix, Arizona. Self-driving car company Waymo, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced its autonomous vehicles are now available to the general public (or at least paying customers). The service is only available in a limited area for now, both because… Read more »

News & Analysis

Two brothers who created an anti-theft motorbike tracker have turned their solution into a startup

- October 13, 2020 2 MIN READ

When brothers Nathan and Trent Torkar went looking for affordable and reliable ways to protect their motorbikes from theft, they couldn’t find a solution. So they decided to invent one using a portable GPS tracker. The result is their security startup Solid GPS, which works on everything from bikes to cars, trailers and caravans, helping people… Read more »

Deep Tech

CICADA TURNS 20: Morse Micro is the startup you create when the inventors of Wi-Fi go back to the drawing board

- October 13, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s first ever incubator, Cicada Innovations. To date, Cicada Innovations has incubated more than 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise in excess of $450 million in venture capital and government grants, create hundreds of jobs, build local manufacturing capability, file more than 500 patents and trademarks,… Read more »