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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


Online, gamified learning is where it’s at in education

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 October, 2014 09:00

To really be a leader in the education-technology space, it takes more than just hooking up some students with Internet access and publishing content online. For the founder of MCI Institute, Denise Meyerson, it’s about using technology to shake up conventional teaching methods and improve student outcomes.

Updated: New NSW transport apps in the works

By Rebecca Merrett | 03 October, 2014 15:38

Transport for NSW, in partnership with Deloitte, has announced the winning entries from its Codeworks hackathon, which took place 20-21 September.

Australian scientists claim world record for preserving quantum information

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 October, 2014 16:21

Australian scientists from the University of NSW have claimed a world record for preserving a single quantum bit held in solid state.

AURIN to release new data analysis tools for smart cities

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 October, 2014 12:54

The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is set to launch new housing and data analysis tools that will help researchers and policy makers build smart cities through smart urban planning.

Humans versus machines: Who will be employed in future?

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 October, 2014 13:54

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.

3D printing hard to ignore: Jorgen Collinson

By Rebecca Merrett | 09 October, 2014 16:58

3D printing, the future of manufacturing, is infiltrating many industries, making it hard to ignore, says Jorgen Collinson, a technical specialist at Optus who has long studied the technology.

50% of app testing in the cloud by 2017

By Rebecca Merrett | 09 October, 2014 15:22

More CIOs are tapping into cloud infrastructure and analytics for application quality and testing purposes, a research study has found. Participants expect that almost half of their apps will be tested in the cloud by 2017.

Deakin University taps into context-aware tech and AI with apps hub

By Rebecca Merrett | 07 October, 2014 16:30

Deakin University is using context-aware technology for its apps hub, with plans to add artificial intelligence to enhance its capabilities.

Digitising healthcare: The state of e-health in Australia

By Rebecca Merrett | 07 October, 2014 09:00

We look at several examples of how digitisation is transforming the healthcare industry.

Windows 10 could salvage 8, but is it compelling enough for enterprises to upgrade?

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 October, 2014 14:31

Several CIOs have welcomed news of Microsoft’s Windows 10, arguing it will make amends for what Windows 8 failed to deliver to enterprises, even as they question its third-party applications compatibility.

Satellite radar measurements map the seafloor

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 October, 2014 00:01

An international team of scientists have created a map of the seafloor using satellite radar measurements of ocean surfaces.

Mobile payments to grow 60.8% by 2015: Capgemini

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 October, 2014 14:04

Mobile payments are projected to grow by 60.8 per cent to 47 billion transactions through to 2015, up from 29.2bn in 2013, according to Capgemini’s World Payments Report 2014.

Commonwealth Bank seeks data scientist

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 September, 2014 16:22

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is seeking to recruit a lead data scientist to provide insights for its Customer Engagement and Decision Science (CE&DS) team.

Macquarie University takes gamification to new level

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 September, 2014 11:55

Macquarie University is developing a simulation game for postgraduate students studying biodiversity, where they will learn to explore, survey and publish data on a virtual world, using tools and skills they would employ while undertaking fieldwork in the real world.

Code for Australia to prototype VANZI’s vision of a 3D modelled country

By Rebecca Merrett | 17 September, 2014 12:24

Virtual Australia & New Zealand Infrastructure (VANZI) is a step closer to modelling Australian cities and towns – including buildings, roads, railway and power lines, and water pipes – in 3D with volunteer group Code for Australia agreeing to develop a prototype for this project.