Emerging Technology

New technology is constantly transforming how consumers live, buy and interact with businesses such as yours. Investigate the latest technology trends and how they’re set to change the way you do business.

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How big data analytics can help your business

In today’s growingly digital-centric society, it would be hard to find anyone who would argue against the idea that the internet ‑ and the devices it connects ‑ have become cen...

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Why play is the secret to keeping up with business tech

“Since the ancient Greeks, every generation has said that the pace of change has never been so fast. They’ve always been right but I think this time it is especially true.” Tec...

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What do a vegan dairy and real estate styling business have in common? They used new tech platforms to help fund their growth, without a bank manager in sight.

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How big data analytics can help your business

In today’s growingly digital-centric society, it would be hard to find anyone who would argue against the idea that the internet ‑ and the devices it connects ‑ have become cen...

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Why play is the secret to keeping up with business tech

“Since the ancient Greeks, every generation has said that the pace of change has never been so fast. They’ve always been right but I think this time it is especially true.” Tec...

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Into the Abyss

Michela Ledwidge and Stuart Ridley take a deep dive with Nasir Ahsan and Masood Naqshbandi of Abyss Solutions into the world of underwater autonomous drones revolutionising map...

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Beyond 2020: How technology is defining your business' future

Welcome to the world beyond 2020: Where smart houses know exactly what temperature will keep us comfortable and the fridge can automatically remind you or your retailer to repl...

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IoT: Making a big bang in healthcare and retail

Connected devices are fundamentally changing the way healthcare and retail operations are using technology. And it’s not going to slow down.

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NBN future: How will your industry change in 10 years?

The big principle of the nbn™ is to give everyone in our nation fast, reliable internet access. It’s a simple idea with a lot of future-proofing potential for your business and...

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Not just entertainment: How virtual reality can work for your business

Thanks to VR, visitors can spend minutes rather than seconds on sites, and the more time they spend, the longer you have to convert interest to a sale.

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Decode business tech jargon

Your go-to resource to decode tricky tech jargon.

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Virtual Reality: Revolutionary or redundant?

With rapidly changing technology and big bets being placed by companies like Google, Facebook and eBay, Virtual Reality (VR) is about to have its moment. So who is using it wel...

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The latest technology from CES 2016

We round up the best up-and-coming technologies from The Consumer Electronics Show, and look at how these revolutionary ideas can be applied directly to your business.

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To attract and retain, making 2016 your year of learning and development

Technology is the key to staff training that can help make this year the education year. So stop looking for the best talent and start growing it, says Jeff Haden.

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Are the days of accountants numbered?

Automation and technology is disrupting businesses across Australia, with finance predicted to be among the most affected. So should accountants be worried?

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Staying on top with GeoOp

Running a jobs-driven business with a mobile workforce can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be.

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Sealing the deal with Docusign

Signing on the dotted line doesn’t need to slow down your workflow with a suite of new apps.

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Making paper(less)

The idea of a paperless office has been on the cards for the world since 1975. It’s 2015. What’s happened?

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Hotels serve up business lessons with tech

The hotel and hospitality sector goes back thousands of years, but in recent times it’s led the way when it comes to using tech to improve operations.

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Virtual Guardian: Technology meets HR

HR can be one of the most complicated areas for small business including strict regulations and legal obligations. But tech is helping simplify the process.

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Data, research and the new social landscape

Facebook IQ could change how Aussie businesses market themselves online.

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Trend watch: Frictionless mobile payments

Mobile payments open a world of new opportunities for small businesses in Australia looking to accept credit card and smartphone payments.

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Amazon Dash and the future of retail

Technology is rapidly changing the way that Retailers, both online and offline, operate. We look at the Amazon Dash, and how it’s reflective of changing customer demands.

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Tesla's Powerwall helps businesses in their darkest hour

The ability to help keep your business up and running during a blackout could save the day, ensuring your customers don't take their business elsewhere.

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Your business' virtual reality

A quick visit to new surroundings might help you seal the deal with customers. We look at what’s coming onto the market and how you can make virtual reality a business reality

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Can Bitcoin benefit your business?

Much has been made of Bitcoin – an anonymous, unregulated currency. But is it worth the time and investment?

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What are computers doing to our brains?

As we offload more of the storage of information to technology, might we humans be losing the art of remembering? Find out about the repercussions of ‘outsourced memory’ and le...

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5 Ways Beacon marketing can change retail

Beacon technology promises to turn the shopping experience on its head – or at least that’s what Retailers hope.

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Business innovations to take off in 2015

From 3D printing to reality computing, here are four tech trends set to take off in 2015. Find out how they could help improve business efficiency.

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Is the Blackberry back?

Remember when BlackBerry was the king of the smartphones? Times have changed since then but the Canadian manufacturer is hoping to gain some of its former business-friendly moj...

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Inspired By Films: Future tech we want to see

Films and books dream big – what was once just imaginings on the page or screen can become everyday technology. Being open to ideas could be the next start-up goldmine. Here we...

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Bluetooth Beacons: Retail hope or hype?

Beacons, small bluetooth gadgets that can communicate with smartphones, are one of the hottest technologies on trial in the Retail industry.

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Artificial intelligence not dumb science

Since computers were invented, we've given them information and told them what to do. What if they could decide what to do with the data themselves and become smarter in the ba...

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Smartwatches worth your time

On average, a mobile phone user checks their handset a staggering 150 times a day. With a smartwatch, you can stay on top of your day by simply glancing at your wrist while you...

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The Net: Now Your Smartphone, Soon Your Shoes

In the next few years, everything from trains to shoes will connect to the internet. Things will have built-in sensors that will transfer data over the network, and the informa...

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The best business gadgets of 2015

Straight from CES 2015, the biggest consumer electronics conference in the world, Krishan Sharma rounds up the business gadgets that help you cut down on business administratio...

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5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2015

This year will be all about data and what it can do. Read on to discover how these tech trends will change the way you run your business.

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Technology trends that will help give your business the edge in 2015

There’s been more than a few “light bulb moments” in the innovation of new technology avenues for small businesses. Here are six trends primed to deliver success in 2015.

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Customisation goes 3-dimensional

Manufacturers and Retailers have come a long way since Henry Ford famously stated 100 years ago, “You can have any colour you want, as long as it’s black!” Customisation is a m...

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How is technology transforming daily life

Smart mobile devices are reinventing the average Australian’s workday with almost 50 per cent saying they are doing work after they get home. What's surprising is the percentag...

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Rise of the vending machines

Vending machines may be shaped like a box, but the thinking behind them is outside the square.

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RFID: The new retail hero or all hype?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has a million applications, but is Retail one of them?

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How 4G boosts diagnostic images for Qscan

Fast connections are essential for Qscan Radiology Clinics. The business's 16 centres in Brisbane are linked by fibre-optic lines, and out in the field its consulting doct...

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7 gadgets that will make you productive (in the car)

Always on the road? Safely boost in-car productivity with 7 top gadgets.

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The highly speculated Apple Watch is here, almost

The ultimate accessory for your iPhone has arrived. Earlier this morning, Wednesday, September 10, Apple announced their entry into the wearable market with the long-rumoured A...

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In the market for a 3D printer? Here's what you need to know

Before you invest in a 3D printer, there are some key things to be aware of which could ultimately save you time, money and frustration. Here’s what you need to know.

5 Tech Releases To Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder
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5 Tech Releases To Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

From the most useful tools and gadgets to have when you’re working on the go to futuristic boardroom projectors, here are the technological wonders that could help you work sma...

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Top 5 time saving tips to beat the clock

Research shows all Aussie small business owners want for Christmas is a better work/life balance.