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Wearable solar cells to replace heavy batteries for soldiers

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 August, 2014 16:48

Solar cells that can be stitched into clothing are going to replace heavy batteries soldiers need to carry on top of all their equipment while out in the field.

Men in IT earn almost $3k more in bonuses than women: research

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 August, 2014 11:07

New research from IT recruiter Candle has shown a gap between the bonuses that male and female IT professionals in Australia receive, with men on average receiving $2845 more in cash bonuses than women.

ATO’s Bitcoin 'double tax' could drive business offshore

By Rebecca Merrett | 21 August, 2014 13:57

Bitcoin advocates have spoken out against a ruling by Australian Tax Office that may force businesses to pay double the amount of GST for sales of products and services using Australian Bitcoin exchanges.

Contactless payments to replace PIN cards by 2020

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 August, 2014 13:33

Day-to-day transactions will mostly be done using contactless payment technologies by 2020, replacing credit or debit cards that require a PIN, market research firm IBISWorld has predicted.

Technology falling short for HR workers

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 August, 2014 15:48

HR teams are limited in their ability to do data analytics and are dissatisfied with their core IT vendors, new research has found.

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

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 August, 2014 12:07

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 (TPPA).

ANU makes atomic force microscopes 20 times more effective

By Rebecca Merrett | 15 August, 2014 15:02

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a technique to make atomic force microscopes 20 times more effective by sensing weight that is 100 billion times lighter than a mosquito.

How Deloitte Digital’s Kathryn Kerwick went from shunning ICT to loving it

By Rebecca Merrett | 14 August, 2014 16:20

Deloitte Digital Manager Kathryn Kerwick was adamant IT was not for her, until she realised it’s not all code.

Hackers, hipsters and hustlers – the dream team for innovation

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 August, 2014 16:23

When it comes to building innovative apps, websites and technology solutions, there’s more to making this happen than just a bunch of IT geeks.

Young IT gals are going to shake up businesses: Twitter Australia MD

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 August, 2014 12:53

Businesses better get ready to be shaken up and change for the better as a new generation of young IT women enter the workforce, says the managing director of Twitter Australia, Karen Stocks.

Smart grids could drive open data movement

By Rebecca Merrett | 07 August, 2014 12:30

The open data movement in Australia may get a boost if the 'Smart Grid, Smart City' project goes ahead, following a successful trial between 2010 and 2013.

EFA hits out at government's data retention plans

By Rebecca Merrett | 05 August, 2014 15:59

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.

Energy, resources firms immature in use of risk management tech

By Rebecca Merrett | 04 August, 2014 14:49

Many companies in the energy and resources sector are not mature when it comes to using enterprise risk management (ERM) technology, a new survey has revealed.

Bitcoin and the obscurity of the blockchain

By Rebecca Merrett | 31 July, 2014 14:38

Tracking Bitcoin transactions and identifying people on the blockchain is no easy task, leaving law enforcement agencies worried about criminals using it to do their dodgy business in private.

New e-health dashboard helps GPs benchmark performance

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 July, 2014 12:04

A new dashboard for e-health measures has been developed to help GPs benchmark their goals in primary healthcare against others nationally.