Perpetual cooling made possible with Alexium's new Phonon product

Perpetual cooling made possible with Alexium's new Phonon product

Alexium International Group (ASX: AJX) has announced a breakthrough technology for thermal management in textile- and foam-based consumer products. The South Carolina, USA-based performance chemicals provider has a focus on flame retardancy and thermal management, with an innovation model to address market gaps with patent-protected technolo...

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Credit loss provisions send Prospa into the red

Credit loss provisions send Prospa into the red

Fintech lender Prospa (ASX: PGL) saw its revenues hit the wall in April and May, with pressures on its small business clients winding back nine months of 10 per cent annualised revenue growth. The slowdown in loan originations led to expectations for a 4 per cent growth rate for the full FY20, while the company today announced a 'prud...

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CelluAir develops virus-filtering mask material from renewable sources

CelluAir develops virus-filtering mask material from renewable sources

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Adelaide-based incubator Innovyz have formed a joint venture that will bring mask material made from agriculture waste to the market. The JV startup CelluAir will commercialise the virus-filtering material which was developed by QUT process engineer Dr Thomas Rainey and his...

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WhiteHawk lands milestone $5.9m cybersecurity contract

WhiteHawk lands milestone $5.9m cybersecurity contract

The following article is sponsored content in partnership with WhiteHawk. Business News Australia does not give financial advice. WhiteHawk Limited (ASX:WHK) has been contracted by a US federal government CISO (Chief information Security Officer) to implement WhiteHawk's Cyber Risk Radar. News of the contract resulted in a substan...

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ACCC takes Google to court over personal data use

ACCC takes Google to court over personal data use

As Google prepares to face the US House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee along with other tech giants, the online search and advertising behemoth has a new legal challenge to contend with on the other side of the world here in Australia. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched legal proceedings in the F...

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Australian brands failing users on data privacy

Australian brands failing users on data privacy

A new report from Deloitte shows that Australian brands are missing the mark when it comes to data privacy, with only 16 per cent offering consumers the option to opt-in to marketing activities. The firm's sixth annual assessment of the privacy practices of Australia's top 100 consumer brands, the Deloitte Privacy Index 2020, foun...

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Magnis Energy Technologies fast-charged by EV battery breakthrough

Magnis Energy Technologies fast-charged by EV battery breakthrough

Shares in Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX: MNS) have almost quintupled since the start of June following approvals for a battery cell factory in Townsville and promising results from its Tanzanian graphite project, and now the group's board has even more to be happy about. The company announced today its New York State-based partner C...

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Bega Cheese launches AI innovation to protect bees

Bega Cheese launches AI innovation to protect bees

Bega Cheese (ASX: BGA) has marked its entry into the honey aisle with the launch of the Purple Hive Project, an initiative designed to protect honey bees from the threat of the destructive Varroa mite. The pest has crippled bee colonies around the world, and while the mite is yet to hit the Australian industry it is only a matte...

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Rapid COVID-19 detection test sends AnteoTech shares soaring

Rapid COVID-19 detection test sends AnteoTech shares soaring

Technologies developed in Brisbane and Melbourne may contribute to a new 15-minute test for COVID-19, harnessing nanocoating to speed up results for saliva and blood tests. Brisbane-based AnteoTech (ASX: ADO) has successfully developed a proof-of-concept in-house for two types of tests - one for antigens with swab samples from the no...

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Australia's preparedness for autonomous vehicles on the right track

Australia's preparedness for autonomous vehicles on the right track

Preparedness for the introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in Australia has improved over the last year, but more can be done to engage the public about the advantages of the technology according to a new report. KPMG's report, the 'Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index', ranks 30 countries on 28 key indicators of AV prepared...

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FBR completes walls of first display home using bricklaying robot

FBR completes walls of first display home using bricklaying robot

Fastbrick's (ASX: FBR) bricklaying robot, Hadrian X, finished building the structural walls of the company's first display home in Dayton, Western Australia over the weekend. It took just three and a half standard shifts for Hadrian X to build the structural walls of the display home, with the robot deployed on Tuesday, 7 July and...

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Federal Government to pump $1.35 billion into Nation's cyber security capabilities

Federal Government to pump $1.35 billion into Nation's cyber security capabilities

More than $1.35 billion will be invested into the nation's cyber security capabilities over the next decade by the Federal Government. $1.35 billion will be delivered to the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), whilst $1.6 million will be provided to enhance the cyber security of Austra...

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COVID-19 has changed the future of retail: there's plenty more automation in store

COVID-19 has changed the future of retail: there's plenty more automation in store

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced its single biggest investment in logistics infrastructure, spending A$780 million to replace up to 1,300 workers with robots. It plans to build one semi-automated and one fully automated distribution centre in south-west Sydney. About 650 jobs will be created at the new centres, to ope...

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FBR shares drop like hot bricks after JV falls through

FBR shares drop like hot bricks after JV falls through

Perth-based robotic technology company FBR (ASX: FBR) has lost its second joint venture in the space of 18 months, after a deal with Brickworks Building Products was abandoned due to COVID-19 uncertainty in the Australian residential construction market. FBR has announced today the two parties mutually agreed to discontinue the ...

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State-based actor commits cyber attack against Australian organisations

State-based actor commits cyber attack against Australian organisations

A sophisticated cyber attack launched by a state-based actor is targeting Australian organisations on a broad scale, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Speaking to the press this morning the PM disclosed the entity was targeting a variety of Australian organisations across a range of sectors including all levels of government, in...

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Telco industry failing small businesses, says Ombudsman

Telco industry failing small businesses, says Ombudsman

Problems with telecommunications services are costing many Australian small businesses time and money, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's latest systemic investigation report. The Ombudsman says a lack of communication and collaboration between telco operators and small businesses is leading to financial losses. ...

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FBR bricklaying robot speeds up 300 per cent

FBR bricklaying robot speeds up 300 per cent

Robotic technology company FBR (ASX: FBR) has today announced a major milestone in the commercialisation journey of its bricklaying Hadrian X product, after achieving a new peak laying rate of more than 200 blocks per hour. The Perth-based company says its second Hadrian robot (H02) has significantly improved its average la...

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How technology helps find the right people in times of crisis

How technology helps find the right people in times of crisis

Despite the continuing advances of technology, in times of crisis it's human hands we need the most to guide us through. On the front lines, it's people who make all the difference. Whether that's doctors and nurses, fire fighters and emergency responders, or even supermarket workers and call centre operators, an organisation&...

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Tritium pioneers streamlined charging and payments solution for electric vehicles

Tritium pioneers streamlined charging and payments solution for electric vehicles

A new charging solution launched today by Brisbane-based Tritium promises to simplify the payment process for charging electric vehicles (EV). Called Plug and Charge, the technology enables an EV and a charger to communicate and authorise payments directly from the driver's account, without the need for a card or tapping to pay. T...

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Job sharing portal BenchOn sees spike in SME sign-ups

Job sharing portal BenchOn sees spike in SME sign-ups

With Australian talent sharing platform BenchOn reporting a 275 per cent increase in remote work opportunities, founder and CEO Tim Walmsley believes portals that reallocate jobs will help the economy bounce back faster, especially in regional areas. After making its name supporting large corporates and government agencies, this month Ben...

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