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SMSGlobal takes out top Mobile Monday 2010 Mobile Industry Award

Over 160 members of the Australian mobile industry gathered in Melbourne on Monday night for Australia's inaugural Mobile Industry Awards. Hosted by not-for-profit industry collective Mobile Monday, the purpose of the awards is to recognise Australian talent and celebrate the achievements of this growing industry segment.

Imagine if life had a progress bar [What your business can learn from video...

We all now understand that the past decade has let consumers build a 'social layer' on top of their everyday lives, using services such as Facebook and Twitter to capture their social lives on the web. In this clip from TEDxBoston, proud Princeton "dropout" and mobile-entrepreneur Seth Priebatsch considers the next layer in progress: the "game layer" (a pervasive set of motivating 'dynamics' that will reshape education and commerce).

Three ways retailers should use mobile to attract customers this holiday shopping season

Have your competitors already started singing ‘Tis the Season’ to woo customers? As the battle for shoppers heats up, there’s a better way for retailers to give themselves an added advantage: attracting new customers, generating repeat business, and improving campaign analytics with easy-to-execute mobile marketing programs. Nishma Shah explains three simple methods for targeting mobile users.

Andrew McKnight, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Andrew McKnight's MIA is an evolution from two previous McKnight ventures -- Limeworks, a website content developer and manager, and Shazam, an app that recognises the song playing on a mobile device and tells the user how to share it and buy it. When MIA finally did "emerge," it was the continent's leader in the mobile tech niche, he says, generating more than $15 million in annual revenue.

Is Telstra bribing its new customers? [Or just awarding ‘Loyalty Bonuses’?]

Recently, I was in the market for a good business plan for my mobile account. I found Telstra the best in terms of network coverage, so I decided to give them a call to see if they could sweeten the deal. Happily, instead of the advertised three months of credit, I was offered six months. "Yes, sign me up!" Then, the salesperson said something very amusing...

Small businesses that use Facebook and Twitter enjoy higher online revenues, survey finds

Australian small businesses that use social media as part of their online business strategy are more likely to achieve greater revenue returns from their websites than those that don't, according to a new research report launched by Melbourne IT. The results also found mobile applications on the rise and confusion around cloud computing.

Utilibill Lite (SMART 100)

This innovation came to life when we realised a gap in a developing segment in the telecommunications market. With telecommunications becoming commoditised, many entrepreneurs have joined the groundswell of companies offering innovative product mixes in voice, Internet, data, PBX, and hosting segment. While there are plenty of wholesale providers of these services, No one in the market has delivered an end-to-end BSS/OSS platform (front, middle, and back office solution) for these innovators. Utilibill Lite empowers such players to be competitive and offer first-class service while minimising overheads that were previously required to set up a telco.

Do you have content you could monetise on the iPad?

Agius had an endearing story to tell, which involved him travelling to New York and adopting a series of fake identities to snap up 20 iPads on the weekend of the US launch, several months before the much coveted device became available to Australian early-adopters. Together, we spent the afternoon discussing the new device and its possible commercial applications.

Meet Ralph Simon: "The Father of the Ring Tone"

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. At X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas, Ralph will address various ways Australian Internet start-ups can find capital or smart support for their company and commercial ideas In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about the 'next' round of mobile technologies and what he thinks about Australian innovation.

Meet Ralph Simon: “The Father of the Ring Tone”

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. At X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas, Ralph will address various ways Australian Internet start-ups can find capital or smart support for their company and commercial ideas In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about the 'next' round of mobile technologies and what he thinks about Australian innovation.

X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas Pro Day Conference

Sponsored Promotion: If you are developing digital media ideas across platforms, attend the Pro Conference Day and explore: innovation in media and technology; international business opportunities; and new platforms, applications and content.

X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas Pro Day Conference

Sponsored Promotion: If you are developing digital media ideas across platforms, attend the Pro Conference Day and explore: innovation in media and technology; international business opportunities; and new platforms, applications and content.

Australia's ranking as a 'networked' nation is on the slide, according to World Economic...

According to the World Economic Forum, Australia is slipping as a 'networked' nation. The organisation's annual survey of 133 nations for its Global Information Technology Report (2009–2010) ranked Australia as the world's 16th most 'networked', falling from its 14th place held over the past two years.

Australia’s ranking as a ‘networked’ nation is on the slide, according to World Economic...

According to the World Economic Forum, Australia is slipping as a 'networked' nation. The organisation's annual survey of 133 nations for its Global Information Technology Report (2009–2010) ranked Australia as the world's 16th most 'networked', falling from its 14th place held over the past two years.

Research: Smart phones and dumb employees are a toxic mix

Smart phones have brought both the world and the office to the palm and pocket, enabling increased productivity for the workforce on the move. However, this new-found freedom has exposed a mountain of previously secure company information to the threat of theft and destruction at the hands of cyber criminals.

Australia's clickerati don their best irony fuelled tees for the 16th Annual AIMIA Awards

Sure, they may have the coordination of an engineer in O-week and the optical capabilities of Arthur Dent after three Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters but that didn't stop Australia's web glitterati (Or is that 'clickerati'?) from donning their best converse sneakers, their thickest of black horn rimmed glasses and their favourite irony fuelled Threadless tees to party hard at the Peninsula Function Centre in Melbourne's Docklands.

Australia’s clickerati don their best irony fuelled tees for the 16th Annual AIMIA Awards

Sure, they may have the coordination of an engineer in O-week and the optical capabilities of Arthur Dent after three Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters but that didn't stop Australia's web glitterati (Or is that 'clickerati'?) from donning their best converse sneakers, their thickest of black horn rimmed glasses and their favourite irony fuelled Threadless tees to party hard at the Peninsula Function Centre in Melbourne's Docklands.

Hacks and geeks ponder media’s ‘Humpty Dumpty’ moment at Media 2010

How is the media handling the digital ecosphere? Matthew da Silva discussed the view from the wall with key players in attendance at last month’s Media 2010 conference, a Sydney ideas forum sponsored by Fairfax Digital.

iPhone app to help you avoid banana skins and other slapstick footpath nasties

The myriad apps making their way on to the App store range from functional to preposterous. However, here's one that at first appears a bit of a gimmick, but could actually prove quite useful. The app displays a transparent screen of what's in front of you while you carry on working in the application of your choice. For example, writing a text message or tweet.

Victorian government adopts Creative Commons as its default information licensing system

In a first move by an Australian government, the Victorian parliament has adopted Creative Commons (CC) licensing as its default licensing system for access to public sector information (PSI).

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