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Europe is paving the way for Apple App Store changes in Australia for app developers

- February 14, 2024 3 MIN READ

Significant changes that Apple was forced to make to its App Store in Europe will likely pave the way for similar reforms in Australia. In the biggest changes to the App Store since it was launched, Apple relinquished some control over its platform earlier this month in response to the Digital Markets Act in the European Union.… Read more »

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Apple’s hoping its $5000 computer headset, Vision Pro, will be the new iPhone, but will we all walk around wearing augmented reality googles?

- January 30, 2024 4 MIN READ

Apple Vision Pro is a mixed-reality headset – which the company hopes is a “revolutionary spatial computer that transforms how people work, collaborate, connect, relive memories, and enjoy entertainment” – that begins shipping to the public (in the United States) later this week. Critics have doubted the appeal of the face-worn computer, which “seamlessly blends… Read more »

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Ignition Lane’s 2023 wrap

- December 29, 2023 5 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Tech 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. Here’s their review of all the big news… Read more »

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Airbnb will offer up to $15 million in compensation to Australians misled over accomodation prices

- December 20, 2023 2 MIN READ

Up to 63,000 Australians who used Airbnb between January 2018 and August 2021 may be eligible for compensation after the platform admitted it misled people by quoting prices for Australian accomodation in US dollars. The Federal Court has also hit Airbnb Ireland – the parent company that runs the Australian operations, including the website and… Read more »

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Microsoft pours $5 billion into Australia for TAFE skills training, AI, cloud centres and cybersecurity

- October 24, 2023 2 MIN READ

Microsoft is looking to sure up its position in its battle against AWS, partnering with the Australian government to improve cybersecurity as part of $5 billion spend over the next two years on cloud computing and artificial intelligence infrastructure. The capital expenditure was announced by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the Australian Embassy in… Read more »

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Apple’s new software update wants to know if you’re happy or sad. But why and for whose benefit?

- September 13, 2023 4 MIN READ

Apple’s iOS 17 operating system is expected to drop any day. The software update comes with several new features, including a tool for daily mood and emotion logging – a technique known to emotion researchers as “experience sampling”. Although there are caveats, certain mental health studies have shown that regularly recording one’s feelings can be… Read more »

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Google is now 25, but could AI herald an early demise for the world’s most popular search engine?

- September 4, 2023 4 MIN READ

Today marks an important milestone in the history of the internet: Google’s 25th birthday. With billions of search queries submitted each day, it’s difficult to remember how we ever lived without the search engine. What was it about Google that led it to revolutionise information access? And will artificial intelligence (AI) make it obsolete, or… Read more »

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SLAPDASH: Food delivery giant DoorDash served up $2m fine for more than 1 million spam messages

- August 16, 2023 2 MIN READ

Food delivery platform DoorDash has copped a $2,011,320 penalty from the communications regulator for sending more than one million texts and emails in breach of Australian spam rules. The NSYE-listed tech company, which launched aggressively in Australian in 2019 amid complaints from restaurateurs that they’d been signed up to the platform without their permission and… Read more »

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Meta’s Facebook subsidiaries have been smacked with $20 million in fines for misleading users over a free VPN that was harvesting data

- July 26, 2023 3 MIN READ

Two subsidiaries of social media giant Meta, Facebook Israel and Onavo Inc, have been fined $10 million each for misleading conduct, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law, over a virtual private network (VPN) service that was used to gather data on users and share it with Facebook’s marketing team.  Consumer watchdog the ACCC launched… Read more »

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Apple’s new VR headset, Vision Pro, hasn’t sent the crowds wild, but for now that’s not the goal

- June 14, 2023 3 MIN READ

Apple’s new Vision Pro mixed reality headset has generated a significant amount of buzz. Announcing it at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, chief executive Tim Cook said the virtual and augmented reality headset will allow users to “see, hear and interact with digital content just like it’s in your physical space […] seamlessly blending the… Read more »