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In business circles, Groupon will, for a long time, be known as the Chicago-based startup that scored itself a $1.35 billion valuation within a year of launch. For the rest of the world, it is a website that harnesses collective buying to get consumers cheap products and services. But for ambitious startups, the model could also be employed to sell their own goods and services (and never buy advertising again).
When the Apple iPad came out, I think I speak for most folks when I said, “Ooo, another premature Apple release!” (with emphasis on that initial bleat). This is because Apple, in my opinion, tends to push its products on us a little too early. Hence Blackberry’s confident stride into the same as yet tentatively-described ether; the Blackberry Playbook.
Poor Myspace. It's been on its last air-guitar-riffing, crowd-surf-groping, drug-fuelled stagger for several years now. Indeed, the only thing that has kept its face from plunging into the vomit-filled toilet bowl of obscurity has been the way musicians have used the platform to self-promote... until now.
When I first heard the term, crowdsourcing seemed to be just another in a long line of combined words the technology industry just love to smugly smush together because they adore acknowledging their own intelligence. I might sound bitter. And you would too if your professional life was governed by editors who happily employ bat-wielding goons to work anyone over if caught attempting such invention.
That's the big selling point of Google Instant: it shaves, on average, two-to-five seconds from every search you do. That's a valuable chunk of time, right there: that's the time it takes me to take a sip from my cup of coffee, or if I'm feeling particularly dexterous, grab a nibble from the adjacent chocolate chip cookie.
In the fruit and vegetable aisle, organic produce was labelled as such, and an unattractive bunch of specimens they were, too. The tomatoes looked like they'd been bludgeoned from the bush with a nail-studded bat and kicked all the way to the store. The potatoes had obviously been in a brawl with the onions.
Yesterday, saw the NSW Minister for Small Business, Frank Terenzini, congratulate the winners of the second annual Tech23 Business Innovation Awards, an event organised by Slattery IT with support from the Australian Technology and Innovation Pathways programs from Industry & Investment NSW
123educateme has found that if an employee spends more than an hour a workday on non-work tasks, it could cost their employer more than $6,200 a year. If that figure is expanded to account for the population of Australia, the amount of lost productivity could amount to a staggering $5 billion.
According to internet broadband comparison site Compare Broadband, 75% of Australians would switch service providers should they elect to implement the Government's voluntary filter. This comes at a time when three of Australia's largest ISPs, iPrimus, Optus and Bigpond, have agreed to filter out child abuse and child pornography as part of the Government's system.
Google Wave began saying its goodbyes a few days ago when development of the communication/collaboration facility software was suspended by the company. The website will be maintained until at least the end of the year.
When someone says "nanotechnology" to me, I get very Star Trekkie. My ears begin to taper elvishly. My eyebrows arch inquisitively. I embrace a peculiar affection for sticking my head into an upturned bowl. I develop a fondness for soaring arias and cavorting with semi-clad women of an emerald hue. But I have been corrupted by an unnatural relationship with television in my youth.
Marathon Robotics, a Sydney-based robotics company founded by three University of Sydney PhD students, has won a $57 million contract with the United States Marine Corps to trial its "Rover" robotic system as a live-fire marksmanship training utility.
In a development that's unlikely to be nearly as amusing as a toilet flush simulator, iPhone is losing ground to its competitors, likely to heighten rivalry between hardware and app developers alike. We've already seen how an almighty stink can arise over iPhone app developers. Take the case of Pull My Finger versus iFart.
CSIRO and CUCBM are collaborating in a revolutionary new CO2 injection system that approaches the coal seam laterally rather than vertically, which, they believe, will increase the flow rate of the CO2, benefitting its underground storage.