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Futurist Ross Dawson predicts the social technologies that will dominate in 2016

This week Ross Dawson released a list of extraordinary technologies he thinks will be commonplace seven years from now, in 2016.

Sprint-ing to keep up with the pace of change

Now, the American telecommunications outfit Sprint Network has created it's own version. Informative, intriguing and well presented, this video once again reminds us that we live in a rapidly developing technological age that few, if any, can keep up with.

Billboards for the ‘Cools’ hit city streets

In case you missed our mobile billboards roaming the busy streets of inner-city Australia to promote our 2009 Cool Company Awards, here's a pic, courtesy of Anthil Twitter follower @Tian_Yang, who captured and tweeted this image late yesterday. For his quick thinking and generosity promoting the Anthill brand, we'll be sending Tian award winning business documentary DVD, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (just 'cause we can).

Billboards for the 'Cools' hit city streets

In case you missed our mobile billboards roaming the busy streets of inner-city Australia to promote our 2009 Cool Company Awards, here's a pic, courtesy of Anthil Twitter follower @Tian_Yang, who captured and tweeted this image late yesterday. For his quick thinking and generosity promoting the Anthill brand, we'll be sending Tian award winning business documentary DVD, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (just 'cause we can).

Leaked Microsoft Courier footage: Is this the Tablet to rival Apple?

According to many, tablets are the future of media and will be the saviour of journalism. While the Apple Tablet remains one of the most hyped (and mysterious) upcoming devices, Microsoft has entered the fray. And guess what? Technology website Gizmodo has somehow scored leaked footage of what Microsoft is calling its Courier.

Words don’t do this mobile technology justice. Just watch.

Imagine that you are walking down the street with your mobile phone in hand and you'd like to know what is going on in your neck of the woods. You can now hold up your phone and, using your mobile phone's camera, see "tags" overlaid onto whatever you’re looking at. For example, you might observe a "Two for one coffer offer - Joe's Coffee." Or "Art Gallery Opening Today."

Read the most important books of the year in less than 30 seconds each

"Book Rapper was born out of the idea of earning money from doing the things that I love. I love reading books so I asked myself, how can I get paid to read books? I knew I didn't just want to do reviews because I think what a book is about is almost like the booby prize. I want to know what the big ideas are but more importantly I want to know how to apply them."

iPhone app review: TED Talks

Do you know TED? TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and refers to a conference that has taken place in California every February for the past 25 years.

Lifelogging everything you see and hear has almost arrived. Scared?

Hanging around Bell's neck wherever he goes is a device called a SenseCam, which takes pictures of whatever is in front of him at predefined intervals (generally within a few minutes) or when the sensor detects a change of light, signalling a change in environment. The pictures are stored on a server along with constant audio, some video and the rest of Bell's "life".

Research: Teens, geeks don’t dominate Aussie YouTube usage

The typical Australian YouTube user could just as easily be your grandmother as your brooding teenage son, according to the results of the first ever comprehensive study into how Australians use the popular online video site.

Research: Teens, geeks don't dominate Aussie YouTube usage

The typical Australian YouTube user could just as easily be your grandmother as your brooding teenage son, according to the results of the first ever comprehensive study into how Australians use the popular online video site.

The Telstra break-up, the NBN and the public good

Australia’s proposed National Broadband Network (NBN) has been thrust back into the headlines with yesterday’s news that the Rudd Government is taking Telstra over its knee with the firm intention of breaking it in two. Of course, Conroy’s Telstra play is all about the National Broadband Network and competition – more of it means better prices for consumers, and more opportunity for clever Australian startups.

iPhone app review: Oz Weather and Pocket Weather

The top two weather apps on the Australian iTunes store are Oz Weather and Pocket Weather. These two are the weather man/girl for your iPhone.

Sheesh, Rupert, would a subscription model KILL you?

The truly anarchical nature of the internet (despite attempts to control it) precludes the concept of the captive audience. Now, it’s a buyers’ market – and we have so very many options. Big media take note.

SMS payment for school canteen lunch orders now available via Easy Canteen

You might, from time to time, forget to give your kids money to pay for their lunch orders. Or perhaps your children have a habit of using the lunch money you give them to buy lollies instead of the alfalfa sandwiches for which it is intended. Either way, mHITs is hoping both parents and schools will sign up for Easy Canteen.

How to use Twitter for business… This time, it’s personal.

Developed by Australian digital marketing consultant Clare Lancaster, this 21-page eBook is designed to teach businesses how to increase website visitors, leads and sales by connecting with people using Twitter.

uberVU returns with improved online conversation tracking

Last week we discovered that the uberVU team has been hard at work transforming the product based on the initial feedback received from private beta testers. And the public beta version is now live.

Man invoices consumer brands for wasting his time. So far, four have paid.

Take Paul McCruddon, a London-based blogger and digital strategist at Imagination Digital who grew weary of brands believing that his time was less valuable than their own and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Adelaide bus commuters get free wireless entertainment platform

Margaret Thatcher once remarked that anybody over the age of 30 who used a bus could consider themselves a failure. Now, Adelaide commuters might be clamouring over one another to get on the bus thanks to a new free mobile entertainment platform.

iPhone app review: Concert Vault

Concert Vault is a simple, free app that adds another dimension to the humble iPod concept. Lazy Sunday afternoons with the speaker jack plugged into the iPhone, listening to concerts you were too poor or too unborn to attend are a real treat.

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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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