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Ahab’s secret weapon

Before he abandoned his palaces for a hole and then a cell, Saddam Hussein had a reputation for being a bit of an adrenaline...

Lessons from a LinkedIn lush: Why I regret becoming an open networker

One of the decisions I made when I joined LinkedIn was to become an “open networker.” I’m on a list that says I am open to connecting. Three years later and I have thousands of first-degree connections. Now... I kind of regret it.

This guy is dragging sidewalk signs into the digital age with his unique innovation

Carpet cleaner and inventor David Ranger has developed the WAYO board, a 39-inch high definition digital sign board that he believes is the world’s first mobile digital sign board that can deliver content in real-time via the Internet.

Innovative bike helmet prototype folds like a hand fan for easy storage

We're conditioned to expect sturdiness from our protective head gear, but this prototypical helmet being developed by DoYouVélo? turns the concept on its... well... head. The honeycomb...

Did you make a submission to Commercialisation Australia? Now what?

With the news that Commercialisation Australia (CA) is being axed in the 2014 Budget, what happens to businesses that had made an application prior...

Big data for small businesses – harness the power of big data for your...

Big data is usually considered exclusive to large enterprise - but with more services being delivered from the cloud, it is becoming viable for SMBs

WeTeachMe? Bringing a new paradigm to education

WeTeachMe is the brainchild of a diverse fivesome – Kym Huynh, Demi Markogiannaki, Martin Kemka, Rowan McSweeney and Cheng Zhu, two of whom are immigrants. Hyunh is a serial entrepreneur, Markogiannai, a Greek, is crazy about the arts; Kemka has an insatiable curiosity about the world; McSweeney, of Irish heritage, is the marketer with a love for Turkish delights; and Cheng is the group’s code Ninja. Together, they want to change the world we learn, and share knowledge -- kind of like the Spice Girls but with better shoes.

Want VC from Google? Here’s the guy who decides whether to invest in your...

Amin Zoufonoun is a senior member of Google’s Corporate Development team, which is responsible for evaluating, negotiating and executing Google's mergers, acquisitions and investments. In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about future opportunities for Australian startups and what he looks for when evaluating investments.

Light bulb changer: US patent 6,829,983

How many people does it take to change a light bulb? At long last, NONE! Inconveniences pepper our domestic existence. Whether it’s lifting and lowering...

The 6 greatest cybercrime scams and exploits of the last decade [How many caught...

In first place comes the MyDoom's mass infection. Damage caused by this worm is estimated to have exceeded $38 billion. Designed to send spam mails through infected computers, its first attack took place in 2004. It sent so much spam from computers worldwide that it slowed down the internet by 10%!

Vale Leonard Nimoy: an inspiration to entrepreneurs

Are all entrepreneurs Star Trek fans? Probably not. But many are. Why? Because Spock made it ok to be different. Nimoy's portrayal of Spock touched the...

Parramatta Eels climb onboard the daily deals bandwagon

The Parramatta Eels are all over this daily deals malarkey like footie shorts that have just gone through a very hot wash. In an NRL first, the team will offer fans “unprecedented access” to discounted local business services and activities via the brand-spanking new EelsDeals, a dedicated daily deals platform. Accessible via Facebook, email, Twitter, the Eels iPhone App and word of mouth, each day will see a local business deal promoted to Parramatta club fans.

If you want privacy, now might be the time to learn sign language [VIDEO]

The interwebs has reduced an individual's privacy, there is no doubt about that. But, when it's online, in most instances, the person given up...

Meet Nubis, Anthill 2013 Cool Company Award WINNER [Online Business Category]

Show your support for this outstanding company. Tweet this article. “Like” this post. Leave a comment. Share the love! Anthill Cool Company Awards The Cool Company Awards...

In 1994, the internet was still largely misunderstood by most people [VIDEO]

This is a video from the U.S. Today Show in 1994. The team debate was the '@' symbol was and, then comes the question 'What...

Thinking is so overrated: Google ruins Sudoku for everyone [VIDEO]

Sudoku. What a wonderful puzzle game. Calisthenics for the brain. Keeps the ol' gray matter in fighting trim, yes, it does. To which Google replies: Pppbbhhhhttt.

No need for disco balls at your next office party. A slab of Heineken...

Beer bottles fitted with LED lights, sound and motion detectors! Heineken takes beverage packaging to a whole new level.

Do you see the same red as me? And, what has this got to...

I have to admit this is a question I have thought about, a lot. That may say something about my brain but it's questions...

These are the 10 top defence-tech startups selected for Techstars Adelaide accelerator

Out of the 10 finalists, six startups are from Australia, with companies from Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide joining the program.

Google’s Lars Rasmussen on the Google Maps story

It's a source of great satisfaction that one of Google's most beloved products, Google Maps, was developed right here in Australia (Sydney).

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Five essential ingredients for a humming homepage with James Tuckerman [FREE...

Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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