Afterpay shareholders to vote on $39bn Square merger

Afterpay shareholders are set to vote shortly to approve the BNPL company’s $39bn merger with Jack Dorsey’s US payments giant Square – now named Block, following a weeks-long delay. The virtual meeting, which will kick off at 9am, was pushed back due…

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Special ‘wallets’ to keep hackers at bay

Cryptocurrency is a risky business to start with, with a volatility that lets you gain or lose lots of money quickly. Further, you run the gauntlet of at least three more ways your investments can evaporate. Firstly, you could fall prey to scammers…

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Adobe Creative Cloud Express challenges Australia’s Canva

US giant Adobe has released a creative software platform that targets the market of successful Australian start-up Canva. Canva is one of the world’s most valuable start-ups with a $55bn valuation, thanks to its creative graphic design platform which…

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Elon Musk considers quitting his jobs

Elon Musk is never one to keep out of the media for long and this time the Tesla and SpaceX founder says he is thinking of quitting his jobs. It’s not an original thought with Blue Origin box Jeff Bezos quitting Amazon to concentrate on space and his…

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Amazon fined $1.82bn in antitrust case

What you need to know Apple Maps upgrade includes red-light camerasCrime stoppers Auror raise $30mMeta’s WhatsApp will allow crypto payments through Novi wallet in U.S.ACCC warns on mobile, broadband pricingBitcoin losses accelerate after breaching…

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Covid-19 test ‘rapid and accurate’

West Australian firm Alcolizer Technology hopes its rapid antigen test for Covid-19 will be available in Australia mid next year after a successful trial in Malaysia. The test, called Virulizer, was developed in collaboration with the University of…

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Tunstall Heathcare, Conpago target tech-savvy, older Australians

The increasing ability of older Australians to use technology is creating new opportunities for aged care service providers. The ranks of today’s seniors include more baby boomers with exposure to technology during their lives. They have learnt to…

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Samsung merges divisions

Welcome to The Download, The Australian’s technology blog for the latest tech news. What you need to know Telstra upgrades its hybrid cloud platform”Ambitious” payments shakeup welcomedOptus spends $1.5bn at 5G spectrum auctionTelstra locks 5G…

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Twitter CEO shakes up leadership team

What you need to know More than $US100m spent on virtual land salesNBN users stuck on sub-par plansElon Musk needs China; China needs him; the relationship is complicatedNvidia’s deal setback eased by soaring chip demandBitcoin and other…

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies smashed as investors seek safer ground

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies suffered steep declines – losing up to $500bn in value over a single day – as jitters over the impact of Covid-19’s Omicron variant rattled investors and sent them looking for safer ground. The downward spiral for…

Canva wins global Apple ‘connection’ award

Australia’s multibillion dollar online success story Canva has starred at Apple’s global technology awards. Canva’s graphics design platform which lets users create a host of social media graphics including designs, presentations and videos was…
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