AUSTRALIA READY TO DISRUPT GLOBAL CARBON FIBRE MANUFACTURING

AUSTRALIA READY TO DISRUPT GLOBAL CARBON FIBRE MANUFACTURING

AUSTRALIA for the first time has the capacity to produce carbon fibre from scratch and at scale, following the launch of a wet spinning line at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus, outside of Geelong.

The university worked alongside the CSIRO and an Italian manufacturer to develop the machine, which was considered the "missing lin...

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RISE OF THE MACHINES HAS WORKERS SWEATING

RISE OF THE MACHINES HAS WORKERS SWEATING

UP TO 3.8 million Australian workers are fearful their job may soon be terminated by a robot, a new survey has shown.

Airtasker's 2017 Future of Work study revealed that around 16 per cent of Australians believe their current role will be made redundant by a machine within the next five years, with 71 per cent of the population believing ...

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ALIBABA'S AUSTRALIAN 'GOLD MINE'

ALIBABA'S AUSTRALIAN 'GOLD MINE'

CHINA-based ecommerce giant Alibaba has launched its Australian and New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne.

The online marketplace, similar to eBay but esteemed as Amazon, takes in more than 12.7 billion orders a year from 430 million users.

Jack Ma, Alibaba group founder and executive chairman, was in Melbourne at the weekend to launch the...

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WHY BRISBANE IS COMING OF AGE AS A TECH HUB

WHY BRISBANE IS COMING OF AGE AS A TECH HUB

SIAN Havard has hired hundreds of people for some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Facebook, Google, Expedia, and Unruly, and now she has returned to her hometown of Brisbane to launch consultancy the Milkshake Group.

So why would a top-level HR professional with global experience in these superstar companies return ...

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FOUR WAYS YOU SHOULD PROTECT YOUR IT SYSTEMS FROM EXTREME WEATHER

FOUR WAYS YOU SHOULD PROTECT YOUR IT SYSTEMS FROM EXTREME WEATHER

SHANNON Overs, co-founder of onPlatinum ICT, sees it too often, perhaps half a dozen times per year businesses that do not have adequate protection from extreme weather events.

The lightning storms and heat of summer, and once-in-a-100-year disasters such as the Brisbane Floods of January 2011, can disrupt communications and destroy esse...

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IOT GROUP ORDERS FIRST PRODUCTION OF ROVA DRONE

IOT GROUP ORDERS FIRST PRODUCTION OF ROVA DRONE

IOT Group (ASX:IOT) has ordered production of 40,000 units of the ROVA flying selfie drone from Chinese technologies manufacturer, Shenzhen AEE Technology for delivery in March 2017.

IOT says it placed this initial order after receiving a very positive response from potential customers to the ROVA drone during its sales and marketing campaign...

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IOT GROUP UPS THE SELFIE STAKES WITH NEW FLYING CAMERA DRONE

IOT GROUP UPS THE SELFIE STAKES WITH NEW FLYING CAMERA DRONE

TAPPING into the instant sharing and gratification market, ASX technology company IoT Group (ASX:IOT) is set to take selfies to a whole new level with its soon to be released flying selfie camera, ROVA.

In line with the Sydney-based company's mantra of creating new and useful technology accessible to everyday people, IoT Group is breaking...

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BRISBANE TECH STARTUP FINDS FIRST GOVERNMENT CLIENT IN EUROPE

BRISBANE TECH STARTUP FINDS FIRST GOVERNMENT CLIENT IN EUROPE

TECH startup TrademarkVision has released its new 'deep learning' algorithm, which has enhanced its image recognition technology as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) becomes the first government organisation to begin using the product.

The integration of the algorithm into the Brisbane-based startup's im...

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VALVE BLOWS STEAM FOLLOWING $3 MILLION FINE

VALVE BLOWS STEAM FOLLOWING $3 MILLION FINE

THE Federal Court has ordered Valve Corporation to pay a $3 million penalty for breaching Australian Consumer Law for misleading its customers about its refund policy. In March last year the Court found Valve made false or misleading representations to consumers through its popular platform Steam, an online gaming hub which has attracted ...

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FLAMINGO SETS SIGHTS ON US BACKED BY $23M ASX DEBUT

FLAMINGO SETS SIGHTS ON US BACKED BY $23M ASX DEBUT

SYDNEY fintech Flamingo has made its debut on the ASX under Cre8tek's $23 million reinstatement to the market. The listed technology solutions company acquired Flamingo last June, before raising $3 million in an oversubscribed capital raising led by Otsana Capital and relisting under the ticker CR8. Flamingo has developed an Intel...

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HOW SYDNEY STARTUP CANVA DISRUPTED DIGITAL DESIGN

HOW SYDNEY STARTUP CANVA DISRUPTED DIGITAL DESIGN

THE Australian start-up scene, although growing rapidly, is still relatively immature and venture capital funding is difficult to come by. Therefore, it is no small feat that in just over three years, Sydney start-up Canva has built an online design platform which now services more than 10 million users across 179 countries.

To date...

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AUSTRALIA'S NEXT GOLD RUSH: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

AUSTRALIA'S NEXT GOLD RUSH: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

INTELLECTUAL property expert David Martin sees a new gold rush coming in Australia, but it has nothing to do with mining.

There are 88 million patents registered in the G20 nations - the major proportion of the world's pool of innovation - but international companies are rarely filing for protection in the Australian market, and that...

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BRISBANE STARTUP CUTS DOWN GRUNT WORK IN DUBAI

BRISBANE STARTUP CUTS DOWN GRUNT WORK IN DUBAI

A BRISBANE-based startup has hit pay dirt in the Middle East with its reporting and data management platform. Gruntify has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Government's facilities management division, Duserve, to provide maintenance and security software solutions. The department has recently been commissioned t...

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UNIVERSAL BIOSENSORS SHARES SURGE AFTER FDA APPROVAL

UNIVERSAL BIOSENSORS SHARES SURGE AFTER FDA APPROVAL

UNIVERSAL Biosensors (ASX:UBI) is trading up 16.95 per cent today following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of Siemens Healthineers' Xprecia Stride Coagulation Analyzer.

The hand-held device uses test strips developed and manufactured by UBI at its Rowville facility, in Victoria, to help monitor and assess patients taki...

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ASX COMPANY GOES BRAINCHIP OR BUST ON VEGAS TABLES

ASX COMPANY GOES BRAINCHIP OR BUST ON VEGAS TABLES

BRAINCHIP Holdings (ASX: BRN) has upped the ante on casino security, launching its latest technology to combat cheating at the tables. The company's new spiking neural network-based 'Game Outcome' technology will be initially rolled out across all baccarat tables in one the most prestigious casinos in Las Vegas. The techno...

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REDBACK SECURES MONEY AND MARKETING FROM $9.3 MILLION INVESTMENT

REDBACK SECURES MONEY AND MARKETING FROM $9.3 MILLION INVESTMENT

REDBACK Technologies has received a $9.3 million investment from energy retailer EnergyAustralia, to further develop its Generation 2 Smart Hybrid Solar Inverter System.

Under the partnership, EnergyAustralia will promote the energy management system to its 1.7 million customers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Ca...

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AUSTRALIA NO LONGER IGNORED BY PAYROLL SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS

AUSTRALIA NO LONGER IGNORED BY PAYROLL SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS

PAYROLL Metrics has brought an Australian solution to a problem typically ignored by international software developers.

The Melbourne-based company has developed new cloud-based payroll and workforce management software to bring Australia up to speed with the rest of the developed world.

The product brings together the three most important...

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ROSIE THE ROBOT HELPS FINTECH START-UP FLAMINGO TO A $24M IPO

ROSIE THE ROBOT HELPS FINTECH START-UP FLAMINGO TO A $24M IPO

ROSIE the artificial intelligence robot, created by Dr Catriona Wallace of Flamingo, has been helping companies since its inception in 2014 to turn around shockingly low online sales conversion of financial services products. Now, Flamingo is subject to an initial public offering (IPO) ahead of a $23.8 million ASX listing next month.

Dr Walla...

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'JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE' OF DIGITAL INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE

'JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE' OF DIGITAL INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE

AUSTRALIA is one of the best health innovators in the world, but has a poor record in commercialising new technology, says Jannsen Australia and New Zealand managing director Bruce Goodwin.

It is something that Johnson & Johnson, Jannsen's parent company, hopes to solve through events such as its recent HaTCHathon.

The Sydney event...

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THE DRINKING APP THAT KILLED 'THE WHITE NINJA'

THE DRINKING APP THAT KILLED 'THE WHITE NINJA'

THEY call it the white ninja; that one friend who always conveniently leaves their wallet in the car, or forgets their credit card when it's time to foot the drinks bill. Fortunately, Brisbane-based tech entrepreneur Rodney Cohan (pictured) developed smartphone app Drinkz to combat the antics of the white ninja, all while keeping trac...

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