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What A Booming Economy Means For The Midterms

Despite a wave of controversies, President Trump's popularity seems to be rising ever so slightly, according to a couple of recent polls. The bump may be linked to the fact that more Americans seem to be crediting Trump for the nation's healthy economy. And that has raised one of the central …

Voting

New iCentral Space at St Leonards

<b>Heaps of Tech Founders. Best value for money in Sydney.</b><p>We are in the final stages of committing to a large space next door to St Leonards railway …

Infosec

US Cops Just Got One Step Closer To Killing People By Drone

If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they're supposed to protect. On …

Law Enforcement

Xiaomi hits $1 billion revenue in the world's fastest growing smartphone market

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s ambition to make his company the largest smartphone vendor in India is playing along quite nicely.<p>The Chinese company had a …

Huawei's Mate 9 phablet coming to the US on January 6 (with Alexa on board)

Huawei officially unveiled the Mate 9 back in November. The phablet, which is already available in quite a few European and Asian countries, is now coming to the US. The Chinese manufacturer has announced that the device will go on sale in the US tomorrow, January 6.<p>The Mate 9 will retail for …

Mobile Technology

Willow's smart breast pumps slide into moms' bras

Smart breast pumps aren't novel, but a new product relieves moms from the hassle of having to hold up a device or be chained to a power outlet while pumping. Willow's smart breast pumps are two individual motorized cups that mothers can slip into their nursing bras and go about other tasks instead …

Apple invests $1 billion in massive tech fund

Apple's latest tech investment may come with the added bonus of getting in Donald Trump's good graces.<p>Apple (AAPL) confirmed on Tuesday that it is investing $1 billion in a massive new technology fund from Japan's SoftBank Group, which has recently drawn the attention of the president-elect.<p>"We've …

Venture Capital

4moms shows off tech-packed Moxi stroller at CES 2017

Between charging your phone and lighting your path, 4moms' newest device will keep parents going.<p>Ever feel like you're just being wasteful spending so much time walking with your child? Okay, maybe not -- but baby-tech developer 4moms has designed a stroller to get even more out of those trips to …

CES

Two dryers, one machine: Samsung's craziest appliance ever?

Yeah, it surprised us, too. But Samsung's multi-unit washer/dryer pair is seriously bonkers.<p>Let's face it, laundry day just isn't fun. Fortunately, large appliance manufacturers have been hard at work in 2016 dreaming up new ways to to simplify this otherwise arduous task.<p>We've seen sinks …

Domestic Technology

2017 Could Be The Year Brains Connect Without Speaking A Word

Another year begins, and another science fiction concept is becoming science fact. 2017 will be the year when brain-to-brain communication between humans takes a major step forward.<p>If that sounds incredible, consider that it’s already happened in studies with rats, mice and monkeys, and in a …

The Brain

It just got far easier to manage an Airbnb rental

One of the things preventing the sharing economy from swallowing traditional operators is professionalization and standardization of services.<p>There’s …

Hospitality

Someone is learning & practicing how to take down the Internet

This is serious and genuinely alarming.<p><b>Bruce Schneier</b> is the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient, an IBM Company, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman …

Cybersecurity

China's internet is getting creepier and creepier

Here you have a country that suppresses free speech and censors information allowing use of what the rest of the world knows as the information superhighway.<p>Naturally, a great number of the exits in China are blocked.<p>But there are levels to this stuff. Censorship on China's internet can move …

China

7 things to know about China’s economy

Given the extraordinary impact China’s economic growth has on the rest of the world, it is perhaps not surprising that speculation about the …

Port of Melbourne to be sold for $9.7 billion

The Port of Melbourne will be sold to a consortium led by QIC Ltd for $9.7 billion.<p>The Victorian government announced the decision on Monday, calling …

Bot economy growth is outpacing early app growth

by Julie Verhage<p>Move over apps, it's time for the bots to shine.<p>A new note from Citigroup highlights just how much faster the bot economy is growing …

Apps

Microsoft is closing its Skype offices in London and shedding 400 jobs

Microsoft has announced it is closing Skype's offices in London.<p>The tech giant, which paid $8.5 billion (£6.5bn) for Skype in 2011, will shut down …

European Union

Exclusive: Google may face over $400 million Indonesia tax bill for 2015 - government official | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia plans to pursue Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google for five years of back taxes, and the search giant could face a bill of more than $400 million for 2015 alone if it is found to have avoided payments, a senior tax official said.<p>Muhammad Haniv, head of the tax office’s …

Budget Deficit

Australia's Stock Exchange Was Just Badly Disrupted

Australia’s share market was badly disrupted on Monday by a technical snag that delayed the opening by 70 minutes and cut short the afternoon trading …

Stock Markets

Incubate vs. Accelerate

Recently, the NSW government announced its new offer for $190 million Jobs for NSW. As part of that, I noticed a growing trend to use the terms …

Lean Startups

'Don't Write Business Plans': Advice For Startups From One Of Silicon Valley's Top Seed Investors

“Don’t write business plans,” warns venture capitalist and angel investor, Dave McClure, of 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, McClure and many of his colleagues has a pedigree from Facebook and PayPal. His firm employs a “cast a wide net” approach, with a particular focus on emerging …

Venture Capital

Intercom Helps Businesses Track Whether Their Messages Are Actually Working

If you’re sending emails or other messages to your customers, there’s a standard way to measure your success — you look at whether they opened those messages, and whether the openers actually clicked.<p>But that’s setting the bar kind of low isn’t it? I assume you’re usually trying to drive some sort …

Marketing

A medical wearable device could save Jawbone

Jawbone's wearable devices have struggled to garner the attention of consumers over the past few years.<p>According to wearable shipment data from research firm IDC, the company doesn't even crack the top five on the wearable tech vendors list.<p>Meanwhile, rivals Apple, Fitbit and Xiaomi are running …

Wearable Tech

Silicon Valley is obsessed with these wool sneakers that claim to be the 'most comfortable in the world'

I'm sitting in a WeWork office in San Francisco that looks torn from a West Elm catalog, talking with Michael Brandt about Nootrobox, a subscription service for "smart drugs," or cognitive-enhancement supplements.<p>But I can't stop admiring his shoes — a pair of fuzzy gray sneakers.<p>"They're really …

Silicon Valley

Internaut day: The world's first public website went online 25 years ago today

On this day 25 years ago the world's first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages.<p>Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life …

Tim Berners Lee

SydStart & Sydney Startup Ecosystem Highlights 2014

Banks resist fintech push for open data regime

If banks were required to open their customer data to competitors, economic growth would be bolstered through financial services competition and …

Tencent's 'Super App' WeChat Is Quietly Taking Over Workplaces In China

Forget about office apps like Slack, or Alibaba’s DingTalk. In China, people don’t have much need for corporate communication tools because business is done on the country’s top social media platform: WeChat.<p>The app, called Weixin in Mandarin Chinese and operated by Chinese web giant Tencent, is …

China

Meet The Four Startups Helping Ford Develop A Robo-Taxi By 2021

Ford Motor says it is skipping over semi-autonomous cars and going straight to fully self-driving ones, with no steering wheel or pedals, by 2021. Ford shares Google’s view, which is that it’s too difficult to safely hand over control from a semi-autonomous car to a human driver in an emergency …

Autonomous Cars

This VC says funding startups outside Silicon Valley is like a 'breath of fresh air'

A general partner at Mountain View-based GV (formerly Google Ventures), Faris makes a point of creating ample time to explore other entrepreneurial hotbeds.<p>"I'm a fan of emerging ecosystems that are not in the Valley — other areas where the talent pools are unbelievable," he tells Business Insider. …

Silicon Valley