Emerging Tech

Qantas' virtual reality project takes flight

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Could Qantas' punt on virtual reality totally redefine the in-flight entertainment experience, or is it simply an eye-catching gimmick?

Qantas to trial Samsung VR headsets

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Headsets will be available to customers in Sydney and Melbourne International first class lounges from mid-February, and first class cabins on select A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles from mid-March.

The new year will bring more than just an Apple Watch

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Now might be a good time to look beyond yet another me-too tablet or smartphone. Here are the tech trends set to grab headlines in 2015.

March of the mini-drones

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They're the ultimate in narcissism and they’re literally taking off. Meet the new drones that are in fact flying selfie sticks.

China business news digest

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Shanghai becomes first major city to abandon GDP growth target, and Chinese investment in overseas property sector increases 46 per cent in 2014.

Turnbull takes the digital bull by the horns

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Once considered a leader in policy-making to drive e-government service delivery, Canberra has lost its mojo. The creation of a Digital Transformation Office is a great opportunity to get things back on track.

Meet the geek's geek running Google's wireless shop

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Known in Silicon Valley as “the other Craig Barratt,” the former CEO of Atheros is on a mission to extend Google's reach via fibre, drones and satellites.

Coinbase opens first US Bitcoin exchange

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Bitcoin wallet operator opens the first regulated US exchange for the alternative currency.

Sony SmartWatch 3: The Walkman gets a new home

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It's official. The legendary Sony Walkman now sits inside a watch on your wrist, not in your pocket or around the waist.

Ingogo beefs up exec team

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Taxi app provider boosts its leadership team with two newly created positions as it plans a nationwide assault and new products in 2015.

Who holds the keys to the smart home kingdom?

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The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from. Nowhere is this more evident right now than amongst the Internet of Things, where a smart home standards war is looming.

Uber raises an extra $US1.6 billion

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Car-hailing service is swimming in money as it gets ready to fuel a rapid global expansion.

Laptops for the long haul: Two-day battery life is here

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We demand the impossible from our gadgets but with laptops we're actually getting close to having it all.

Netflix showcases stellar subscriber numbers

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Streaming-video service adds 4.33 million streaming subscribers globally in the fourth quarter, comfortably above its estimate.

Google Glass finally cracks

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Google's wearable spectacle was always a product looking for market but is the Glass gone for good?

The curse of thoughtless automation

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Here’s a prediction. By 2017, the single biggest way in which digital technology will annoy people is through intrusive and annoying algorithmic automation.

Android 'tough love' from Google

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Google is no longer fixing problems in anything but their latest (Android 5.0/Lollipop) or second-latest (Android 4.4/Kit Kat) versions, so is it setting up its users for a fall?

Uber CEO strikes conciliatory note in Europe

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Travis Kalanick says Uber is determined to make a positive impact on European cities.

The Melbourne start-up turning heads in Vegas

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been one wild and potentially fruitful ride for Strone Technology.

Cricket Australia locks in Apple TV deal

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Deal will reportedly see the creation of a Cricket Australia channel that will showcase match highlights, player interviews and historic matches.

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