5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Wet iPhone in a bowl of rice. (Source: Samsung/YouTube)

Welcome to Tuesday:

1. A prominent US tech investor says now’s the perfect time for Australian women to demand equal pay. Women Founders Network founder and Ideaslab senior advisor Renee LaBran told Business Insider during a trip to Sydney that being a smaller country gives Australian women a great opportunity to set a new precedent at both policy and cultural levels. Read more here. On other news, former Google Australia boss and now ANZ exec Maile Carnegie is already doing okay though, more than eliminating the pay gap.

2. An Australian fintech wants $10 million to head overseas. Consumer invoice and payment app Credit Clear has opened a series A capital raising round after claiming it has reached 1 million end users since its launch in July through its enterprise customers. Read more here.

3. IoT Group founder and former CEO Simon Kantor has died. The AFR reports that Kantor, who was sacked last year by ASX-listed firm he created, had visions for a tech company that would take on Apple and Samsung but later ran into trouble with internal disputes and investor and regulatory scrutiny. The cause of death is unknown.

4. An ASX-listed mobile health firm G Medical Innovations just had a big win. The Australian reports its medical-grade smartphone sleeve, Prizma, has just gained approval from Chinese regulators. That opens up the biggest market in the world to the “doctor in the pocket” that tracks medical data from the user’s body, like heart rate, temperature and oxygen levels.

5. Samsung just burned Apple with its new ad. The rivalry continues with the latest ad that coincides with the iPhone X launch, which depicts the journey of a man over the years always finding his iPhone is missing a feature that Samsung phones already have. You can probably guess the ending.

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