5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Kerv contactless payment ring. (Source: Kerv)

Here’s what you need to know Thursday:

1. Rings, selfies and fingerprints are coming to replace PINs. A Mastercard exec has told Business Insider that all these innovations are in trial at the moment and expect that they will be available for Australian credit card holders next year. Check out the pictures and read more on how they work.

2. Mystery solved — Amazon is hiring for its first Australian fulfilment centre in outer Melbourne. Speculation about where the internet giant would set up had been rife since April when it declared its intentions to establish an Australian arm. Read more on what we know about the Dandenong South site here.

3. The name of a startup can have a huge bearing on how much funding it attracts. That’s the finding from a US study, which researched how various types of investors felt about names that were short or long; easy or difficult; or unique or generic. One thing’s for sure: don’t name your company Xobni. Read more on the findings here.

4. NASA has used Freelancer to ask for an origami expert to come forward. The space agency is seeking someone skilled in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding to help it design its radiation shield to protect people going to Mars. Read more here.

5. It’s not just Hilary Clinton in trouble over personal storage of emails. iTnews reports that the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission found a “reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct” by state energy minister Mark Bailey in using a personal email address to lobby unions over a merger. The minister has been stood aside.

Bonus: This isn’t technology, but here’s a very personal story on how I felt about the dual citizenship rule bringing down two senators in the past week. I also ran in a federal election without knowing I was a dual citizen – then the North Koreans intervened.

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