Technology, Innovation & Science

App/tech business of the week- Lazy Frog Booking

Lazy Frog Booking is a travel booking website that provides users with the ability to search for deals on flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals and travel insurance.

More compensation for misleading NBN ads

Internet service providers Dodo, iPrimus and M2 Commander will compensate almost 6,000 customers after admitting they likely breached consumer law by offering national broadband network speed plans they could not deliver.

PlusLife banks on support boost

Bone and tissue bank PlusLife was on the brink of closing in recent years due to a lack of support.

Rideshare market heats up

Five ridesharing operators have launched in WA during the past year, each bringing something different to the table.

Home broadband getting cheaper, says ACCC

Internet plans over the national broadband network are getting cheaper, a new report says, despite recent criticism from retailers that their NBN costs are too high.

Segnut keeps wheels turning

A local business offering the potential to reduce maintenance downtime in the mining and related industries has secured a national distributor for its fast-release nut design.

The future is yours, if you’ve got game

AI is unlikely to take over fields that require human creativity, critical thinking and emotional intelligence.

TPG lifts guidance, iiNet and Internode in hot water

TPG Telecom has lifted its full-year guidance after first-half underlying profit rose, but the internet provider’s two subsidiaries, iiNet and Internode, are being forced to compensate 11,000 customers following an investigation by the consumer watchdog.

ECU research behind cyber startup

SPECIAL REPORT: A startup company backed by Perth dealmakers John Poynton and Harry Karelis illustrates the commercial potential of cyber security.

Carnegie plans solar in Timor Sea

Federal government agency National Energy Resources Australia has approved a $200,000 grant to Carnegie Clean Energy, to cover nearly half the cost of installing solar power at Eni Australia's Blacktip wellhead platform in the Timor Sea.

Govt facing ICT challenge

SPECIAL REPORT: Three major reviews have called for a big shake-up of the state government’s information and communication technology (ICT) strategy.

Govt releases new skilled visa scheme

The business sector has cautiously welcomed the federal government's announcement of a new visa scheme aimed at attracting high-paid and highly skilled workers to Australia, with the changes effectively reversing some of the stricter rules announced last year when the 457 visa sub-class was abolished.

WA startup secures growth capital

Western Australia-based employee management platform Definitiv has secured a seven-figure investment from a Singapore-based consultancy firm, which now has minority stake in the Perth technology business.

Nuheara approved for government program

Shares in local tech firm Nuheara soared today after the company announced it had become an approved supplier to the federal government’s hearing services program, which was allocated a $539 million budget this year.

CV Check $2.5m share sale

The wife of CV Check founder Steven Carolan has sold a 16.2 per cent stake in the business in an effort to improve liquidity and allow new investors into the company.

Security firm in $8m SA buy

Security services provider Threat Protect Australia has continued with its acquisition growth strategy, purchasing a South Australian security monitoring business for about $8 million.

ClearVue in $6m IPO

Building materials company ClearVue Technologies has launched its prospectus, aiming to raise up to $6 million via an initial public offering.

WA tech firms raise $5m

Two local tech companies have raised more than $5 million, with medical firm Proteomics International Laboratories securing $3.4 million via the exercise of options.

Waste plant developer locks in supply deal

The private consortium planning a $400 million waste-to-energy plant in Rockingham has signed a 20-year supply agreement with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council and been selected as the preferred tenderer by the City of Cockburn for a similar supply deal.

Sky to raise $15m

Local tech company Sky and Space Global has tapped investors for $10 million and has launched a $5 million share purchase plan, with funds to be spent on the design and construction of its first batch of nanosatellites.