Stories by Rebecca Merrett


Aussie file compression startup wins qutbluebox Innovation Challenge

File compression startup, Clipchamp (not Pied Piper from TV series, Silicon Valley), has won $50,000 in a cash prize from its pitch at Queensland University of Technology’s qutbluebox Innovation Challenge.

mHITs allows users to top up their mobile credit using bitcoins

Australian-based mobile payment company mHITs today launched BitMoby, a service that allows people to use bitcoins to purchase credit for prepaid mobile phone accounts.

CoinJar launches Hedged Accounts for users to lock in Bitcoin prices

In response to Bitcoin price volatility, CoinJar is allowing users to lock in the fiat money price of bitcoins with the launch of Hedged Accounts.

Webjet Exclusives trials Bitcoin payments

Webjet today began trialling Bitcoin payments for its 'Webjet Exclusives' arm, which offers deals the travel agency has directly negotiated with suppliers. Webjet is the first online travel agency in Australia to embrace the digital currency.

New hard drive to teleport quantum states for 6 hours

Physicists at the Australian National University and University of Otago have developed a prototype hard drive that can store gigabytes of quantum data for six hours, making it easier to send the data across the globe.

University of Auckland moves 550 virtual machines to distributed cluster

The University of Auckland has moved 550 virtual machines to a distributed cluster for disaster avoidance without impacting daily operations as part of project to centralise its IT infrastructure.

Mixed responses from industry on data retention bill

The government's new data retention bill has drawn mixed responses from industry with iiNet and Electronic Frontiers Australia opposing the legislation while Telstra is voicing its support.

Government introduces data retention bill to Parliament

The Australian government today introduced a bill for mandatory data retention that will require telcos and ISPs to retain records of people's telephone and internet communications for two years.

Humans versus machines: Who will be employed in future?

Are we heading towards a world where humans will have to compete with machines? Futurist Ross Dawson addressed this concern at the Australian Computer Society's YITCon event in Melbourne this week, and spoke about how to stay ahead of the game when it comes to jobs in the future.

Australian Bitcoin exchange to enable users to pay bills and rent

Australian Bitcoin exchange plans to partner with billers such as utility companies, real estates or landlords, phone and Internet providers to enable users to pay for their bills and rent.

Ludlam urges Turnbull to keep spectrum for community TV

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has expressed alarm at a proposal by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to cut spectrum from community TV broadcasters.

Vend point of sale system adds Bitcoin support

Online point of sale provider Vend has partnered with DC POS (Digital Currency Point of Sale) to allow retailers to transact with bitcoins.

US trade officials say it’s their way or the highway on TPP

A new website is highlighting that United States trade officials could dictate to other countries their laws and regulations relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

EFA hits out at government's data retention plans

Civil liberties group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has voiced fears that the government is playing up concerns about terrorism to justify increases to its surveillance powers through a mandatory date retention scheme.

Airport stopover, multi-platform publishing apps Aussie winners in Talent Unleashed Awards

Australian entrepreneurs Amber Blumanis, creator of Stopover app, and Philip Andrews, cofounder of Liquid State, were announced as winners in the international Talent Unleashed Awards last night.