Good morning. Here’s what you need to know this hump day.
1. The Aussie keeps heading north. Weak US data and yesterday’s RBA governor’s statement helped push the Aussie dollar higher again overnight. It is sitting at its highest level since September 21, this morning above 0.7150. That also meant the Aussie’s rally for Tuesday’s session of 1.15% was the largest percentage gain in nearly a month.
2. Microsoft is cool again. The tech giant has made some massive announcements at its Windows 10 hardware event, with many saying the new products could be the comeback the brand needs. As well as its two new premium flagship smartphones, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, which can seamlessly turn into a computer, Microsoft also unveiled its first laptop — and it says it’s twice as fast as a Macbook Pro.
3. China continues to be the hot topic around markets as traders and investors try to gauge what exactly is going on. It’s hard to know anything exactly other than the 7% growth target is probably a stretch now. But, trying to get some clarity from the fog BI US’s Linnette Lopez has press ganged some of the brightest China minds into a great article to try and get a handle on what’s really going on.
4. Science can literally save your life, or at least that’s what many of us are thinking after watching “The Martian”. This weekend the blockbuster became the highest-grossing movie to be release in October. And while it has science fiends and movie buffs raving about its scientific accuracy and realism famous astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson has has taken the opposite approach. See more here.
5. Atlassian JIRA is splitting into three. It’s one of the most successful business apps in the world and today it has announced it will be splitting into three separate products.
1. JIRA Software, designed for Atlassian’s software developer core fanbase, helping them track how they build apps and services just as it’s always specialised in.
2. JIRA Core, for those who want to use it outside the programming role, like Alba.
3. JIRA Service Desk, for service workers — a lot of IT help desks use JIRA to track user problems and requests.
6. GIFs are funny until someone gets hurt. This gif that shows a bunch of men boarding and disembarking a golf cart as it flies across a football field is making the rounds on Twitter. In fact @Senongo sums it up perfectly by saying: it has “so many characters and subplots, it’s like a Shakespearean tragedy.” While many are pointing to the gif’s humour (it has been retweeted 45,000 since being posted on Oct. 2), the truth is it actually resulted in a lawsuit and some injury. Take a look:
This gif has so many characters and subplots, it's like a Shakespearean tragedy pic.twitter.com/rUYl1SOGIc
— Senongo (@senongo) October 2, 2015
7. ‘The king of British private equity’ thinks the European Union will disintegrate in 15 years’ time. Guy Hands, one of the UK’s most prominent private equity investors, thinks Europe is facing its biggest crisis since the Second World War. With the perfect storm brewing — weak leadership, political extremism and record immigration – Hands says all this will tear apart the 28-nation trading bloc by 2030.
“I’m not sure in 15 years time the European Union as we know it will exist. And I’m pretty sure if it doesn’t exist we’ll have wars in Europe. Whether they’re internal wars or wars between countries I don’t know but as sure as night follows day, we’ll have wars. And that really scares me,” he said.
8. Paddle boarding never looked so enticing. A drone enthusiast has captured the beautiful moment two curious whales approach a paddleboarder off the coast of Esperance, Australia. The idyllic footage of the lone paddleboarder, the crystal clear water, and the whales — who appear to be swimming as a couple — create a stunningly peaceful scene. No wonder it has been viewed over 1.6 million times in less than two weeks.
9. Interested in the future of technology and healthcare? We’re holding a panel discussion on the subject in Sydney next Monday morning with some outstanding experts, including Sean Hogan, the global vice president of IBM Healthcare, and Patrick Brennan, professor of medical imaging at Sydney University, as part of our Smarter Health partner series on collaboration, big data and connectivity in the healthcare sector. It should be of interest to clinicians, IT industry workers, developers and investors with an interest in health advances. You can register your interest here.
10. We know Facebook’s interview questions. Tech giants in Silicon Valley are known for asking stupidly hard interview questions, and Facebook is no different. While it has often been regarded as one of the best places to work in the tech industry getting a job there isn’t easy. So if you’re looking for a programming job or a position doing marketing, give these questions a crack before heading into your next job interview.
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