Here’s the pick of the tech news for Thursday:
1. I proudly wore my Samsung smartwatch to make a payment at a pub but went home rejected. Check out my review of Samsung Pay as used on a Gear S3 watch, where it failed to successfully pay for my pub meal and my groceries. And I might not be the only one having issues. Read more here.
2. A Sydney fintech just raised $2.4 million – from its own customers. Share market roboadvisor firm Simply Wall St said that it had overwhelming demand from its own retail investor clients when it made a call out for a capital raising round. And potential institutional investors were questioning why the startup wasn’t focusing more on high net worth customers, which was sort of not the point of the business. Read more here.
3. Even a federal minister admits Australia has a problem with getting kids into science and mathematics. But a University of Canberra and Samsung Australia figured out a way to improve primary school students’ maths abilities by a year in just three weeks – with the children actually demanding maths time. Read more on how they did it.
4. The integrity of future Australian elections might be in danger if the AEC doesn’t get more funding. iTnews reports the Australian Electoral Commission’s computer systems are stuck in the 1990s but it has no funds to actually modernise – making it more and more vulnerable as time passes.
5. A Sydney entrepreneur has multitasked maternity leave. Sarah Wyse founded Wyse Women earlier this year to allow new mothers to find casual work that could exercise their professional muscles but not commit them to a big project or a permanent job. The platform has now attracted a broader base than just mothers, with plenty of women that are simply wanting a less-than-full-time load hopping on. Read more here.