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 »

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 »

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

7 charts that explain the 2020 Australian budget

- October 7, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The budget deficit is projected to hit $213.6 billion, a record 11% of GDP, before winding back: Instead of falling, as predicted in the last budget, debt will climb: There’s spending and tax cuts a plenty: It’s expected to bring about a bounce-back in economic growth: But much depends on the assumptions, including a return… Read more »

News & Analysis

Budget 2020 has a $37 billion boost for business

- October 6, 2020 4 MIN READ

Tax cuts aren’t the half of it. The personal income tax cuts promised in the budget will cost A$17.8 billion over four years. The measures aimed at supporting businesses – the temporary instant tax write off of capital investments, the temporary ability to use losses to reduce previous tax payments, the JobMaker hiring credit and… Read more »

News & Analysis

Budget 2020: Treasurer says ‘we have your back’ as income tax cuts kick in early

- October 6, 2020 4 MIN READ

Accelerated tax cuts, cash splashes for pensioners, massive incentives for business to invest and a subsidy to hire unemployed people are the centrepieces of the Morrison government’s COVID-19 budget. More than 11 million taxpayers will get a tax cut backdated to July 1, giving lower and middle-income earners tax relief this financial year of up… Read more »

Global tech

Facebook is merging Messenger and Instagram chat features for Zuckerberg’s benefit, not yours

- October 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

Facebook Messenger and Instagram’s direct messaging services will be integrated into one system, Facebook has announced. The merge will allow shared messaging across both platforms, as well as video calls and the use of a range of tools drawn from both platforms. It’s currently being rolled out across countries on an opt-in basis, but hasn’t… Read more »

News & Analysis

The 6 tech sectors the CSIRO thinks will drive Australia’s economic recovery

- October 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

Over the next few years, science and technology will have a vital role in supporting Australia’s economy as it strives to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. At Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, we’ve identified opportunities that can help businesses drive economic recovery. We examined how the pandemic has created or intensified opportunities for economic growth… Read more »

News & Analysis

Melbourne is starting to lift restrictions ahead of schedule – here’s what you need to know

- September 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced an end to the curfew and a COVID-safe return to work for 127,000 Melburnians, as restrictions were eased at midnight Sunday night. He has also flagged a provisional early lifting of many other aspects of the lockdown on October 19. The downward trend in new COVID-19 cases has been… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia is going to introduce US-style insolvency laws for when small companies get into financial trouble

- September 24, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Morrison government will make sweeping changes to the insolvency system to improve the chances of saving small businesses hit by the pandemic. The reforms – which are described as the most significant for three decades – will cover three quarters of businesses currently subject to insolvency, almost all of which have less than 20… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia’s new ‘clean energy’ technologies being opened up for investment

- September 22, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Morrison government will tell its refocused clean energy agencies and the clean energy regulator to give priority to investment in five low emissions technologies and report how they are accelerating them. The technologies are clean hydrogen, energy storage, low carbon steel and aluminium, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon. The government last week… Read more »

News & Analysis

‘A dose of reality’: the Morrison government’s $1.9bn techno-fix for climate change is a small step

- September 17, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Morrison government today announced A$1.9 billion over ten years to develop clean technology in industry, agriculture and transport. In some ways it’s a step in the right direction, but a far cry from what’s needed to drive Australia’s shift to a low emissions economy. The big change involves what the money is for. The… Read more »

Cyber security

A Chinese data company profiled Atlassian co-founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes among 35,000 Australians

- September 14, 2020 4 MIN READ

National security is like sausage-making. We might enjoy the tasty product, but want to look away from the manufacturing. Recent news that Chinese company Zhenhua Data is profiling more than 35,000 Australians isn’t a surprise to people with an interest in privacy, security and social networks. We need to think critically about this, knowing we… Read more »