5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Photo: Games of Thrones/ IMDb.

Here’s the top tech news for Tuesday:

1. ANZ has become the first Big Four bank to be on all three major digital wallets. Today the bank joined Samsung Pay, adding to their existing Apple Pay and Android Pay capabilities. This is in stark contrast to the other three majors – Commonwealth, Westpac and NAB – that have resisted getting onto Apple Pay, pending a dispute with the tech giant about access to its hardware. Read more on the situation here.

2. Foxtel’s winter came last night. For Australians, the only legal way of watching the new Game of Thrones season is through the pay television provider or its streaming service Foxtel Now. But the catch up system failed for many people last night trying to watch the season premiere, triggering a wave of discontent on social media. Foxtel subsequently apologised, but then later said HBO in the US also struggled with the high demand.

3. Australian online wine retailer Vinomofo has missed its revenue forecast. The AFR reports its 2017 financial year revenue of “around $70 million” was more than $10 million short of what investor Blue Sky Private Equity was expecting last year.

4. The pain of the broadband tax should be spread around more evenly, says TPG. iTnews reports TPG, a telco that will be severely hit by the proposed $7.10 levy to help the NBN build infrastructure for unprofitable rural areas, stated that the tax should also be applied to mobile, fixed wireless and even “over-the-top” streaming services.

5. Watch an American try to learn the rules of cricket. Google’s current “doodle” graphic leads to a cricket game to commemorate the final of the women’s World Cup to be held this week. Business Insider USA’s Matt Weinberger tries to make sense of all the “pitching” and scoring “points” — but still has a lot of questions about a game.

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