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What happens when the internet connection stops at a startup [VIDEO]

Once it was horrifying to lose your wallet. Now, it's horrifying if you lose your internet connection. If you're in a startup, and the connection fails, all we can recommend is to watch your back.

Mind Controllers: Will computers soon know how to read our emotions?

Imagine a device that responds to your thoughts instead of your fingers. This capability is at the core of technology being developed by Emotiv, an Australian-born company headquartered in San Francisco. “It’s about total communication,” says Emotiv President Tan Le (pictured). “It’s about having a device that is sensing your bio-signals, so it’s truly understanding how you feel about certain things and how you are experiencing things, and tailoring experiences to you.”

Mobile-only broadband market to reach one billion by 2015

By the year 2015, one billion people globally will access the internet solely through mobile devices, according to new research from analyst Ovum. Yet another reason for the mobile industry to feel smug. But does this mean fixed broadband will go the way of Betamax, Commodore 64, and stone wash?

Is broadband jargon too hard to understand? 91% of Australians think so.

Compare Broadband, a broadband comparison site, recently conducted a poll which showed that 91% of Australians think that the use of complex jargon by internet services providing companies makes choosing a broadband plan difficult.

Will the NBN simply involve one monopoly supplanting another?

The establishment of an NBN, as currently proposed, creates a legitimate concern: will Australia supplant one great big monopoly with another great big monopoly? If the controlling body of the NBN displays monopolistic tendencies in pricing and management (which it may have to do given the proposed level of investment), then what benefits will we really be creating?

Emerging markets get hosed on broadband costs

Research has revealed that emerging consumers are paying far more on average than the rest of the world, despite earning the lowest wages.

Gov 2.0: What the next Government means for IT innovators

While the future shape of Government in Australia is still undecided, sufficient trends are emerging to enable IT managers to undertake some reasonable scenario planning. This is certainly not a time to sit around waiting for an answer, as the news is not all bad for government IT.

Talking Business Interview: Michael Lawrey on the upgrades ahead for Telstra

In this podacst, Leon and Garry talk with Michael Lawrey, Executive Director for Networks and Technology for Telstra. Lawrey talks about the promise and opportunities of fibre optic technology, what we call high speed broadband, and the changes we can expect to see as Telstra moves away from being a provider of telecommunications infrastructure and becomes a service provider, and what those services might be.

The internet a "fourth" utility, says Telstra’s consumer business director, Rebekah O’Flaherty

This week’s interview is with Telstra’s executive director of consumer business, Rebekah O’Flaherty. She says the internet has now become a fourth utility in Australia with some people prepared to go without food and drink to preserve their connection.

The internet a “fourth” utility, says Telstra’s consumer business director, Rebekah O’Flaherty

This week’s interview is with Telstra’s executive director of consumer business, Rebekah O’Flaherty. She says the internet has now become a fourth utility in Australia with some people prepared to go without food and drink to preserve their connection.

Aussies ‘won’t pay for digital info’

The latest instalment of Australia’s contribution to the World Internet Project finds that Australians are still flocking to cyberspace, with 80 per cent having used it in a recent 3-month period – up from 73 per cent in 2007. Yet, seven in ten Australians are unwilling to pay for news and information obtained from the internet.

Aussies 'won't pay for digital info'

The latest instalment of Australia’s contribution to the World Internet Project finds that Australians are still flocking to cyberspace, with 80 per cent having used it in a recent 3-month period – up from 73 per cent in 2007. Yet, seven in ten Australians are unwilling to pay for news and information obtained from the internet.

End of the Tyranny of Distance? Going global in the digital age.

The world is getting much smaller, which is a particularly good thing for Australia, writes Austrade’s Chief Economist Tim Harcourt.

An Aussie tech star talks about taking on the world (and winning)

This instalment focuses on Dr John Papandriopoulos, who in 2007 as a 30-year-old University of Melbourne research fellow revolutionised broadband by developing an algorithm that speeds up ADSL connections by up to 100 times.

Scandinavians push the envelope with latest wave of internet policies

Sure they might see just three hours of sunlight a day during the winter months and need to take out a mortgage in order to purchase a pint of beer at the local pub, but those Scandinavians have it all figured out when it comes to the World Wide Web.

National Broadband Network a leap into the future… at last

The Federal Government's new $43 billion National Broadband Plan promises to deliver Australians far more than fast movie downloads, writes telecommunications analyst Paul Budde.

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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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