The digital revolution is great, until it’s time to upgrade.
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Digital devices are ubiquitous. A new film looks at where they come from, who makes them, and where they end up when they're discarded.
Google employees may be getting a free lunch, but not its customers.
Unlike their counterparts in Europe, U.S. antitrust regulators and courts have tended to view 'free' products as outside their purview for enforcement.
Have Thiel and Hogan created a guide to beating the press in their lawsuit against Denton (far right)?
The revelation that PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel financed the Hulk's lawsuit against Gawker raises important questions in the battle between privacy and a free press.
Much mightier than any sword.
The generation of designers broke out of their studios and took the business world by storm. Their skills could also be turned to bigger world problems.
John Howland and Dr Mark Bilandzic, winners of the Digital Media mashup award in the Libraryhack 2011 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.
Innovation precincts are great, but what Australia really needs is a creative space that brings thinkers and doers together to help spark start-ups.
We just don’t have what they have.
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We have never had a sparkling startup tech sector in Australia, but that doesn't mean we should try and emulate Silicon Valley.
For the people, by the people, enraging the people.
A "Yelp for people" app that offers crowdsourced opinions on people is a terrible idea, and probably illegal.
New Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, has his sights set on Silicon Valley.
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The new Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, wants to promote tech start-ups in Australia. But is that such a prudent policy?
The new iPad Pro reminds us that firms like Apple are favouring incremental change rather than tackling technology's big challenges.
A biohack event called Rock’n Roll BioTech, held at Aalto University in Helsinki, brings people together to learn about the fundamentals of molecular life-sciences outside of conventional circles.
There's a new counter-culture movement that is seeking to bypass the bureaucracy of science and hack biology for the benefit of the masses.
Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle.
Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
Sharing is earning.
The sharing economy could bring about the end of capitalism: that’s the provocative claim made by economic journalist Paul Mason. But research indicates that it actually has many possible futures.
Can the inner city of Johannesburg become the flat white that is proving the perfect brew in London’s East End?
Drawing on models that have proved hugely successful in major cities around the world, Wits University is creating a large and ambitious Digital Innovation Zone.
How can technology be harnessed to teach children in an effective way?
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How can we prepare children for a tech world while fighting the distractions it inevitably brings?
The European Commission is taking a much tougher line on Google than the FTC did.
The EU is accusing Google of abusing its dominance in search, yet a similar antitrust case in the US led to a settlement. What counts for the divergent outcomes?
Silicon Roundabout in London is still no Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley has become a synonym for innovation and, with its ecosystem of super-moneyed venture capitalists, it is world renowned as a hub for new products and software. Europe meanwhile has struggled…
“Mr Page? Mr Brin? Phone call for you.” “Not now, we’re busy innovating.”
According to TechRepublic, Google produced two of the five worst tech products of 2009 – Android 1.0 and Google Wave. The fact that Google remains dominant suggests that, while not infallible, it’s rich…
Silverstone is at the heat of the UK’s Motor Valley cluster.
Silicon Valley is the classic example of a business cluster. Less well known but also very successful are the machinery and agriculture clusters in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. Naturally the UK also…
Let there be light on new innovation.
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It’s been a while since Fred Astaire played a CSIRO scientist in the 1959 movie of Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach. Still one premise of the film holds true: you can’t always predict where your research…
For many Australians, the lure of the Valley is the feeling of being in a place that understands their risky business.
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There were some raised eyebrows when the smiling faces of Atlassian founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes appeared at the top of Business Review Weekly’s annual young rich list. The business…