5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Fleet CEO Flavia Nardini. Source: supplied

Welcome straight into Tuesday! Here’s today’s top tech news:

1. An Australian entrepreneur has launched a $US179 earpiece that will interpret 8 different languages on-the-fly. Lingmo International founder Danny May has gone from being a plumber to a tech entrepreneur launching his product at a United Nations event in Geneva. The Translate One2One, which improves with experience courtesy of IBM Watson’s machine learning, will go on pre-sale this week with deliveries scheduled for mid-July. Read more about the device before you go on your next overseas trip.

2. Rokt just closed Australian tech’s biggest capital raising round this year. The marketing tech firm secured a cool $US26 million led by Moelis Australia and backed by John Ho, Lachlan Murdoch, Greg Roebuck, Square Peg Capital and Time Inc, to exceed Deputy’s $US25 million in January and Unlockd’s $US23 million last month. Read more on how they’ll use that investment.

3. Australia needs a space agency, like NASA. This is according to Adelaide nanosatellite startup founder Flavia Tata Nardini, who has written an open letter to urge the government to set one up so that the country doesn’t fall behind in what’s becoming a lucrative industry. New Zealand did it last year and just last month saw a privately launched rocket fly out from its North Island, she said. Read more here.

4. Westpac customers were locked out of internet, mobile and phone banking over the long weekend. One of the bank’s overnight batch data processing processes failed, according to iTnews, resulting in issues on Saturday that continued into the public holiday on Monday. There were a “limited number” of customers still affected this morning.

5. Tesla will set up chargers at 31 shopping malls in Australia. The Stockland Group is spending $200,000 installing Tesla Destination Chargers, starting with Cammeray in northern Sydney then spreading to other sites in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in the next year. Read more.

Bonus: One startup entrepreneur says her obsession with her business is no different to parents obsessing over their kids. Discuss.

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