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E-Health

Dr Telstra: telco punts $100 million on e-health

There's a new doc in town: Telstra has announced an e-health unit.

Stuart Corner   Telstra is making a $100 million bid to be a major player in Australia's burgeoning e-health industry with the launch a new business unit.

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Connectivity

Tech prowess the new end game in state-of-the art stadiums

Stadiums are racing to deliver the apps and the tech experience expected by event-goers.

Matthew Hall   Imagine being able to order merchandise and food to your seat, check the queue times for toilets, monitor traffic jams and transport schedules to and from state-of-the-art sports stadiums and concert venues, as well as interact with performers on stage ... all with your mobile phone.

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Forecasts

iPad volumes slide but Apple forecast tops analyst estimates

Apple's fortunes still hinge largely on their phone sales, with iPad sliding and brand new products like the Apple Watch still unproven.

Christina Farr, Edwin Chan   Apple forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 per cent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets.

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy case may expose Apple's secrets

Gorilla tactics: Many expected GT Advanced's sapphire glass to feature in the iPhone 6, but Apple went with Corning's Gorilla Glass instead.

A key Apple supplier believes the public should be made aware of the details of an 'oppressive and burdensome' deal that lead to its bankruptcy, but it filed documents to court under seal because it faces fines of $US50 million per violation if it breaches Apple's confidentiality agreement.

Public Wi-Fi

Optus prepares to enter free Wi-Fi battle

Optus is understood to be courting local councils for a slice of public Wi-Fi action.

Andrew Colley   Optus is quietly preparing its strategy to challenge Telstra in the public Wi-Fi battle.

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Bytes

News bytes for week of October 20, 2014

goCatch catches investors; Australian executives underestimate big data's potential; taxpayers to pay for ATO's iPads and iPhones, and more.

Internet of Things

Forget self-driving Google cars, Australia has self-driving trucks

Coming through: Rio Tinto uses self-driving trucks in its  West Australian mining operations.

Matthew Hall   Automated giant trucks drive around the outback of Western Australia in a huge Internet of Things example.

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Equality

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches diversity effort

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he's determined to increase the number of women and minorities at the tech giant.

Microsoft CEO seeks to defuse furore over comments women should not ask for a raise but trust in "karma".

Workplace tensions and water cooler chit-chat at fictional Facebook corporation Stackswell

"It's not funny – that’s why it’s funny": co-creators Thomas Oscar and Jarra Vlasto.

Michael Koziol   If you can’t get enough office politics during the workday, this is the Facebook group for you.

Payments

Commonwealth Bank working to combine tap-and-go cards with Opal transport ticket

Commbank

Beverley Head   CBA is negotiating with the NSW Government to allow customers to use its tap-and-go payment cards and smartphone apps to pay for transport.

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Internet of Things

Companies warned to adapt to technology or go bust

Digital revolution: It offers big opportunities to companies and industries.

Matthew Hall   The internet is not just hype - it's here to stay and businesses that don't embrace it face a bleak future.

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Start-ups

Start-ups welcome the return of ESOP tax breaks

Cash-strapped Australian start-ups have long argued employee share schemes can help them offer a better package to employees.

Andrew Colley   The federal government has reintroduced tax breaks for employee share schemes, drawing wide praise from Australia’s start-up community.

Start-up

Australian technology innovators should have access to superannuation funds: Scott Farquhar

"It is another disincentive to stay in Australia if you have a tech sector start-up.": Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar.

Andrew Colley   Scott Farquhar, chief executive and co-founder of successful software exporter Atlassian, says financial regulations should be relaxed to help start-ups get access to Australia's $1.7 trillion superannuation capital pool.

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Cloud

PCs still a strong business for Dell

Angela Fox, new managing director of Dell Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne last week.

Lia Timson   Despite persistent predictions for the demise of desktops in the wake of tablet's rising popularity, sales of PCs are still growing, at least for hardware maker turned one-stop-shop Dell.

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Internet of Things

Aussie minnow joins global giants

Co-founder and CTO of dZhON Rob Gillan.

Stuart Corner   You have likely never heard of them and if the internet of the future works as planned, probably never will. 

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Bytes

News bytes for week of October 13, 2014

Huawei has signed another university deal, this time providing campus equipment and services.

Another Huawei uni deal, a workshop to work out what security is right for you and retail systems in the firing line.

Banking

Twitter teams with French bank for money transfer via tweet

French bank Groupe BPCE has struck a deal with Twitter for money transfer tweets.

One of France's largest banks is teaming up with social network Twitter this week to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets.

Search

Google gets 1000 forget requests a day

Google has received nearly 145,000 requests to scrub content from its search results.

Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past.

Innovation

3D manufacturing plant opens with Holden, Ford and Boeing on its books

Skate printed at 3D Central

Hannah Francis   Just months after Holden announced its departure from Australia, a new manufacturing revolution is quietly taking place.

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Smartphones

The soon-to-be-global smartphone company you've never heard of

Lei Jun, founder, chairman and chief executive of Xiaomi (seated) with his six co-founders.

Stuart Corner   And almost certainly can't pronounce. Its name is Xiaomi. It is only four years old and selling more devices than Samsung.

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