IoT boss faces accusations + Apple pre-game

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Business | My favourite story in this morning’s newspaper sections was Yolanda Redrup’s exclusive in the AFR that the “chief executive of ASX-listed internet of things company IoT Group has been accused of inappropriately acquiring the operations of another start-up company he co-founded for the group, without getting the permission of his co-founder or paying him out”. Redrup also reported that investors had raised $100 million for tech-focused businesses in the superannuations sector. She also spoke to WiseTechs’s Richard White on his ten-year plan. Elsewhere, Michael Bailey reported on a $25,000-a-year school for training angel investors, while entrepreneur Steve Baxter contributed a guest opinion on why Australia shouldn’t look to universities for innovation.
The Australian’s tech section featured David Swan’s write-up of design marketplace Envato launching a new subscription model. Swan also reported exclusively that listed HR tool LiveHire had secured Telstra Health as its first big client. Meanwhile, Supratim Adhikari reported on a Queensland start-up that wants to help charities and other organisations take payments from within a video, as well as Deliveroo saying rider backlash in the UK wasn’t an issue in Australia.
Nicely Done: At iTnews, Ry Crozier revealed that Westpac was about to “begin work stitching a range of cloud and IT infrastructure components together into standard patterns and services that can be used and re-used by its business groups”. Also at iTnews, Paris Cowan reported that South Australia is the next government to trial smartphone payments for public transport.

- Phil Sim
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  • The government finally came out with the details of what it will give back to telcos to help them with data retention, which includes nearly $40 million for Telstra. [ARN, CIO, Computerworld, iTnews, ZDNet, Channelnews, The Register]
  • Meanwhile, the ACCC also launched an inquiry into whether to declare a wholesale roaming service, which somewhat predictably didn’t go down with Telstra.  [ARN, AFR, CRN, Computerworld, Computerworld, iTnews, iTWire, ZDNet, Channelnews] The ACCC also released an issues paper to examine the impact of emerging technologies like OTT apps, the NBN rollout and mobile data [ZDNet, AFR, iTnews, iTWire]
  • Steven Kiernan at CRN reported that Empired had started an IoT trial with SA retailer Peregrine, using Microsoft technology, while over at ZDNet Asha McLean wrote a user story on how GPT Group is using data visualisation tool Tableau to arrive at the best income-generating retail mix at its shopping centres.
  • Former Internode boss Simon Hackett is back in the game as CEO of ASC-listed battery start-up Redflow. [Computerworld, Delimiter, ITWire]. He wasn’t the only bigwig making a move, with former Westpac CIO Bob McKinnon becoming the new chairman of retail tech startup Sprooki [Business Insider, The Australian]
  • The PwC review of the problems with the National Disability Insurance Scheme found that the drama were the cause of a “series of compounding issues” rather than a “single catastrophic event”. [Computerworld, Delimiter, iTnews, ZDNet]
Consumer | With Apple’s big show looming in the very-near future, Chris Griffith at The Australian thought it a good time share his thoughts on what Apple must produce on Thursday morning to stay ahead of the competition.
Though he wasn’t too fussed by rumors of Bluetooth headphones and a thinner profile, Griffith did say that increasing storage to 256GB and offering water-resistance are particularly exciting features that could be in Thursday’s announcement. That would however only serve to bring the iPhone in line with high-end Android devices which offer IP68 waterproofing and support for 256GB microSD cards. At the same time, Griffith reckoned that Apple will need to bring its A-game for its follow up to the market leading Apple Watch, thanks to Samsung’s well received Gear S3 reveal just last week.
Other Apple-flavoured stories for the day included one from  Paul Smith at The Fin who got his hands on the latest Telsyte Australian Smartphone and Wearable Device Market Study. Campbell Simpson at Gizmodo had some leaked shots purported to be of the iPhone 7 in a dark black finish. Alex Kidman at Finder and Spandas Lui at Lifehacker explained how to watch the iPhone 7 launch in the early hours of Thursday morning. Trevor Long at EFTM explained how iPhones will transform this week with the iOS 10 release, and though not directly Apple related Ray Shaw at iTWire covered some of the latest Bluetooth earbuds whose timely releases must surely be a coincidence.
Adam Turner at SMH Tech wrote up his impressions of Alcatel’s Vision VR headset from IFA in Berlin. The device is unique amongst its peers by being completely standalone, so no cables like the Oculus, Vive and PSVR, and it’s not just a smartphone holder like the GearVR. At the same time though, Turner notes that without a healthy ecosystem of content and apps, it’s possible the Vision might not get a seat at the table with other more popular VR headsets. David Richards at ChannelNews and Daniel Tyson at Ausdroid both had that one when it was revealed, and Turner also reported on Lenovo’s new Phab2 Pro smartphone at IFA.  
Despite GadgetGuy Thomas Bartlett’s protests that Samsung Australia’s repair/replace/refund language wasn’t quite formal enough to dubbed a recall, Samsung have gone ahead and removed any confusion in the matter by making it official. Not only that, but Ausdroid writer Scott Plowman said that the first Australian Note7 explosion has finally occurred, with one Whirlpool user showing off his charred device to the forum. Claire Reilly at CNET, Chris Jager at Lifehacker, Chris Griffith at The Australian, Jason Murray at Ausdroid and Fergus Halliday at ChannelNews all explained how that recall process is going to work.
In reviews, John Davidson at The Fin was first off the block with his postmodern Samsung Gear S3 appraisal, framed as a dialogue between the Gear S3 (anthropomorphised as ‘Pinocchi S’) and the Blue Fairy. Chris Griffith at The Australian tested Intel’s newest Compute Stick, and Steve Wright at Stevivor checked out F1 2016.
- Craig Daveson
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  • Matt Sainsbury at DDNet embarked on his yearly pilgrimage to Japan and begun counting down the DDNet top 100 games.
  • Michelle Starr at CNET penned three very spacey articles.
  • Thomas Bartlett at GadgetGuy summarised some of the new gadgets shown off at IFA 2016.
  • Trevor Long at EFTM thought Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoSound speakers were pretty good looking.
  • David Swan at The Australian covered Optus’ missteps thus far in its EPL coverage.
  • Andrew Colley at SMH Tech covered NBN’s investigation into Nokia XG.FAST tech.
  • David Richards at ChannelNews said Dick Smith’s directors would face a grilling in NSW court yesterday.
  • Frederique Bros at PC World provided five tips for women interested in a tech career.
  • Jason Cartwright at techAU covered Sydney’s Airport’s Electric Blu bus.