5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

circa 1952: William Randolph Hearst Jnr, son of the newspaper magnate. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Here’s the top tech news to start your week:

1. One Sydney startup incubator is using robots and hydrogen cars to fight the local skills shortage. Deep tech hub Cicada Innovations usually has startups working in secret, but this week will they will let university and high school students take a peek to entice them into tech and science careers. Check out some of the futuristic sights they will see.

2. A Sydney rental management startup Hometime has raised $1.5 million. StartupSmart reports the company, which provides property management services for AirBnB and other short-term landlords, will use the money to go national and expand its current team of 15.

3. Self-driving cars are now legal in Australia’s most populous state. The news comes a few days after the NSW government announced it would trial a driverless bus in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. Transport for NSW is planning to drive Volvo XC90s around to test out the possibilities of autonomous vehicles on the local roads. Read more.

4. Corporate customers of Uber have been warned the app collects sensitive data that’s shared with third parties insecurely. iTnews reports security firm Appthority’s findings that the new version of the app collects more data than previous versions and dropped the requirement that it is delivered with transport layer security (TLS).

5. The Australian who built a streaming giant in Asia with more subscribers than Netflix says Australian investors didn’t want to know him two years ago. AFR reports Rich Lister Patrick Grove’s Kuala Lumpur-based iFlix now has more paying eyeballs than the US streaming giant in several south-east Asian markets and has attracted $US133 million of investment this week from media company Hearst.

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