Here’s what’s happening in tech right now.
1. Everyday appliances you can buy at Harvey Norman or JB Hi-Fi are now appearing on Amazon Australia. The homepage is still only showing books, but occasionally other products pop up into public view. Today, Business Insider spotted items from Dyson, Sunbeam and Huawei. Check them out here.
2. And with the US giant’s launch expected any day now, Australian retailers better shape up. A recent experience with Kogan’s refund policy reminded me why Australian retailers could fall behind Amazon. Read more here.
3. TechnologyOne posted its 8th consecutive year of record profits. The Brisbane-headquartered software and services company made a net profit of $44.5 million for the 2017 financial year off $273.25 million revenue – both up from last year. The impressive results came despite a very public spat with the Brisbane City Council earlier in the year.
4. An app that matches “desperately ill” patients to drug trials in the US is heading to Silicon Valley to try to secure series A funding. The AFR reports HealthMatch, which is solely staffed by the two founders, won the first-ever TechCrunch pitch contest in Australia last week. The software helps both patients looking for treatment and pharmaceutical companies struggling to find the right volunteers.
5. Mark Bouris is heading a new government taskforce that will report on the benefits of Australian small businesses in going digital. The prominent businessperson joins the panel along with former Microsoft Australia boss Pip Marlow with a goal to report back to the government in February. Read more here.