Business IT

 

Leadership

Is chief information officer a dead end on the path towards becoming CEO?

Bernie Brookes (left) has stepped down as Myer chief executive and has been replaced by Richard Umbers.

Sylvia Pennington 11:11 AM   Myer's CIO was recently elevated to the top job, but he's in a very small minority.

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Components

Google challenge to iPhone opens modular door for Toshiba

Toshiba

Pavel Alpeyev and Takashi Amano   Google's key ally in its challenge to the smartphone status quo is a company that Apple's iPhone drove out of the market.

Acquistions

HP to buy Aruba Networks

IS HP on a new buying spree?

Jeremy C. Owens   Technology company buys second largest Wi-Fi equipment manufacturer for $US2.7 billion.

Mobile

Google confirms plans for mobile internet service in US

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, speaks during a keynote session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Brian X. Chen   It’s official: Google wants to offer a wireless service, but not like just any other phone carrier.

Investors keeping an eye on cornea-based biometric banking

The future may be bright for Stephen Mason's biometric tech.

Beverley Head   Sydney optometrist Stephen Mason should know soon if his cornea-based biometric technology can be successfully commercialised.

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Devices

Google rolls out Android for Work tools

Android for Work will provide improved security and management features for corporations that want to give their employees Google's smartphones.

Michael Liedtke   Another skirmish brewing in the battle of smartphones.

Apple ordered to pay $675m for patent infringement

Apple says it will appeal the outcome that it infringed three patents of Smartflash.

Andrew Chung   Federal jury finds Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash.

Women in Tech

Burston starts up her passion project to inspire women

Jo Burston picked up some tips for her motivation arsenal from Sir Richard Branson.

Sylvia Pennington   You're a 40-something entrepreneur with a list of achievements after your name. What next?

Start-ups

Tech start-ups should have mining's 'no liability' status, says investor

Mines are able to rely on 'no liability' structure because there is no certainly they will succeed. Same for start ups, argues Tony Surtee.

Beverley Head   Australia should extend the mining sector's No Liability corporate structure to technology start-ups, according to serial entrepreneur and tech-sector investor Tony Surtees.

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M-payment

Work under way for Australian rollout of Apple Pay

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says Apple Pay is more secure than traditional credit card systems.

Beverley Head   After a slow-burn start, the technology planets are now aligning for a digital wallet and mobile payments explosion.

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Australian start-up Monetise goes back to college

Entrepreneur by night: Silverman's Monetise app lets consumers gauge returns from banking products.

Matthew Hall   The first item on most budding entrepreneurs' to-do lists is to find investors and funding. Gideon Silverman had another plan.

Production

Factory conditions for people who make Apple gadgets barely improving

Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in Longhua, China in 2010. Foxconn, a major supplier of Apple was said to be improving workplace conditions.

Hayley Tsukayama   Apple's latest report on the conditions in its supplier factories included an announcement that it was banning "bonded labour" in its supply chain.

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Expertise

How to ensure you're never over the hill for a job in tech

Run up that hill and plunge into new ways of doing things.

Sylvia Pennington   We have some suggestions to help technology workers who, after 45, find themselves on the descent.

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Funding

New funding would value Snapchat at $24 billion

Snapchat, which makes a mobile application for sending photos and videos that disappear within seconds, wants to raise as much as $500 million.

Leslie Picker, Sarah Frier   Snapchat is seeking a new round of funding that could value the company as high as $US19 billion ($24 billion).

Electronics

Sony to spin off even more of its electronics businesses

Focusing on 'engines of growth': Sony president Kazuo Hirai.

Sony's boss says he would keep splitting the vast business into self-operating units in a bid to drag it out of the red, while forecasting an ambitious $5.37 billion operating profit in three years.

Demerger

Tinder, Amazon, IBM lead tech giant spin-off rumours

It's a break up: Tinder could be split from the rest of its sister companies.

Tinder and Match.com may be spun out of parent group IAC in one of several obvious demerger deals that could be struck this year.

Prezi shapes up as a strong alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint

Prezi's head of international, Drew Banks, in Sydney.

Hannah Francis   Cloud presentation software Prezi is shaping up as a viable alternative to the tried and true Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Big data

Big data to create sharemarket 'walk through' landscapes

Dr Ian Oppermann, who was developing applications that would make full use of the NBN while at CSIRO, now will apply big data to level the financial playing field.

Beverley Head   When CSIRO's then ICT head Ian Oppermann visited Sirca last year the was a client, but the meeting turned into a job interview.

IT manager 'defrauded unis of $110,000'

Brett Roberts is accused of defrauding three universities through the use of fictitious invoices.

Michaela Whitbourn   A former IT manager who worked at three of NSW's universities allegedly issued "fictitious" invoices to defraud his employers of more than $110,000, a corruption inquiry has heard.

Red Balloon descends on staff incentive schemes

In the cloud: Red Balloon.

Stuart Corner   Australian gift website Red Balloon is expanding into the employee reward market.