Mark Maples, from Angle Investing firm FLOODGATE has joined existing investor General Catalyst Partners in investing in Bigcommerce the Aussie founded e-commerce platform. This is the Series B (or second round of venture funding) and has secured $20 Million to help fund development, global sales and a brand overhaul. Continue reading
Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, now shows Australians up-to-date weather information in search results after a series of changes announced by the company late last week. Continue reading
A developer preview of the next major release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system has been released for Australian developers overnight. Continue reading
Toshiba’s Android-powered tablet, dubbed very originally the “Toshiba Tablet”, will go on sale from Monday iTech Report has learned. Continue reading
Apple has overnight announced the immediate availability of the developer preview of their forthcoming iCloud service, which will allow users to store content in “the cloud”. Continue reading
Apple’s developer conference is just around the corner, starting off early Tuesday morning Australian time, with the company confirming the next iteration of their Mac and iOS operating systems will be shown off as well as their new cloud service, “iCloud”. Continue reading
This morning at an event at the All Things D:) conference held in the United States, Microsoft revealed officially for the first time a glance at the next edition of Windows, internally dubbed “Windows 8″.
New features demonstrated to the audience include a tablet-centric interface which appears to overlay over the traditional Windows UI and boasts the Metro style — made popular by the company’s Windows Phone 7 UI.
The HTML-based and Windows 8 designed-apps will be able to “snap” next to traditional Windows software such as Office, which will continue to be available in a more Windows-7 like environment.
A number of Australians took to Twitter and tweeted their thoughts on the unveiling (a selection of tweets have been embedded below), with many looking favorably upon the announcement suggesting it might just work.
Others though were a lot more skeptical about the demonstration, worrying it may be overstepping the basics.
“It looks like a rainbow exploded all over the Windows 8 design team,” one Australian resident tweeted.
“Windows 8 looking great so far, but will it really satisfy power user base? Interface seems too touch centric to me, gimicky[sic].”
More information about Windows 8 will be revealed at an event to be held in California from September 13 to 16 by Microsoft called BUILD.
N.B. The following tweets are from Twitter where the location of the message sent was Australia.
Two months after Google and financial services giant MYOB announced a new campaign to bring Aussie businesses online with a website and free domain name, they’ve revealed over 12,000 Australian businesses have signed up.
The campaign, called “Getting Aussie Business Online” was announced at the beginning of March and takes advantage of both Google and MYOB’s services — Google provides $75 worth of advertising through their AdWords program, while Myob provides the hosting infrastructure and domain name registration.
Businesses which sign up for the program receive one free website hosted, a one year .com.au domain name registration free of charge and, as mentioned above, $75 word of advertising through Google as well as advice and support from Google’s sales teams.
Websites are created through the service using MYOB’S Atlas software, which they boast can allow users to get up and running within 15 minutes of creation.
In a post today on the Google Australia blog, Iarla Flynn, Head of Policy at Google Australia, said the program was helping to close the gap between Australian small businesses and their online presence.
“According to the MYOB Business Monitor, two-thirds of Aussie small businesses don’t even have a website,” Flynn wrote.
“We’re seeing the digital economy come to life, one small business at a time, through the Getting Aussie Business Online program.”
Flynn states that more than 12,000 Australian small business now have their own presence on the Internet through the program, with the program proving to be most popular in Western Australia where more just under 1,400 local businesses have joined.
That means there’s now approximately 38,000 spots left in the program, with 50,000 spots made available when the program was first announced.
Today’s news comes on the back of Minister for Broadband and Communications Stephen Conroy’s announcement at CeBIT Australia of the Australian Government’s new digital strategy to push the use of IT in our economy. Conroy also unveiled a new look website for the Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) website.