5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Here we are again for another week, and here’s what you need to know.

1. Samsung’s new The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are here. The company unveiled its new products overnight at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The S6 is the first metal Galaxy and comes with two variations of glass – regular and curved. Samsung even abandoned some of its earlier principles to highlight the new design. That means it’s not waterproof, you can’t swap out the battery and there’s no slot to insert extra memory.

Read about the cool features it does have here.

2. Australian MPs are using an adult Snapchat-like app to share secrets. Wickr, an app that sends private messages that can be anonymous, self-destructing and untraceable, is said to have been the preferred method of communication for ministers during the February 9 leadership spill. Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Alex Hawke are reportedly just some of the politicians who have been using it. Wickr is so powerful even the US Government can’t hack it.

3. Outdoor advertising on your smartphone is coming to Australia. Adshel is rolling out a network of 3000 beacons across Australia, that communicate with nearby smartphones through Bluetooth. It will be the country’s first, large-scale, data-rich outdoor advertising product. Already popular among shopping centre retailers, the technology is used as a form of push marketing to attract passing customers. Read more about it here.

4. Quickflix has added a record number of new subscribers but profits are still elusive. The local video streaming service saw its losses more than double to $8.592 million for the half year to the end of December. However, revenue for the DVD and streaming media group was up 7% to $9.212 million.

“The streaming market is attracting major media and entertainment players and will continue to be very dynamic,” Quickflix said. “The company continues to progress discussions with potential strategic partners and investors in relation to growth opportunities with Quickflix.”

5. Surfing is the new golf for tech entrepreneurs. There is a new trend in Silicon Valley: surfing. Tech entrepreneurs – from rookies to expert surfers – have started to hit the waves together and they call themselves the Silicon Beach Surfers.

About 300 entrepreneurial-minded folk meet several times a month to hang out, network, and shred some waves. Read more about it here.

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