Monday, May 29, 2023

Booktopia partners with VitalSource to avail digital textbooks via Bookshelf®

Booktopia, one of Australia’s largest online bookstore, and VitalSource®, a premier education tech provider, have teamed up to provide Booktopia clients access to digital textbooks for the first time through Bookshelf®, VitalSource’s eReader platform. University students purchasing textbooks through Booktopia can learn more about this new etext option here.
Pan Koutlakis, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at EatClub

Aussie app EatClub takes on US dining booking giant Open Table

Restaurant dynamic pricing platform, EatClub, has launched a new booking technology to take on booking giants, Open Table and others. The new tech, online table booking system, enables diners to book directly with a venue via Google, social media or the venue’s website.

Oxford Risk finds that wealth mangers ‘rely on intuition’ for their assessments

More than half (52%) of Australian wealth managers claim to rely on mainly intuition when assessing client risk suitability and recommending appropriate investments, research from behavioural finance experts Oxford Risk says. The study with wealth managers who collectively manage assets of around $232 billion, found that they are not just relying on their intuition.
Dr. Michael Winlo, Managing Director at Emyria

Emyria gets $2.5m placement led by Sixty Two Capital and Taylor Collison

Emyria Limited (Emyria) has received firm commitments from strategic investors in a well supported $2.5m placement jointly led by Sixty Two Capital and Taylor Collison. Emyria Limited is a clinical drug development and care delivery company focused on accelerating drug development and improving patient outcomes in neuroscience and mental health.

About 5 million Aussie families to get no reprieve from rising energy bills

Australia is in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, with out-of-control energy price rises and inflation being made worse by reckless govt spending. Yet, mainstream Australian families have been ignored in this year’s Federal Budget. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, IPA analysis shows that average household energy bills will rise 39% by this time next year from March 2022 levels according to Australian Bureau of Statistics CPI data and Budget forecasts.

Report: 7 in 10 Aussie organisations fell victim to ransomware in 2022

Sophos, a pioneer in delivering cybersecurity as a service, released its “State of Ransomware 2023” report, which found that the rate of ransomware attacks declined in Australia in 2022 with 70% of firms saying they were a victim to ransomware compared to 80% in 2021. In 69% of ransomware attacks against surveyed Australian organisations, adversaries succeeded in encrypting data with 53% of those that had data encrypted paying the ransom, up from last year’s rate of 43% and higher than the 2023 global average of 47%.

Barteos launches to help Australian businesses monetise wasted capacity

Barteos, an Aussie-based barter network and digital currency platform offering free access to new clients, launched and enables businesses to monetise idle or wasted capacity. Most businesses have wasted capacity which they can convert into a tradable digital currency called a ‘Trade Dollar’. This allows them to get assets, goods or services they need, through the barter network, without using their revenue, resulting in growth and better profits.

Here are the top three telecom infrastructure trends to watch in 2022

A new approach to towers, growth of neutral hosts, and an expansion of private networks. Those are three strong trends to consider in telecom infrastructure for 2022. A strong recovery post-pandemic has further accelerated the transition of society moving to digital platforms.

Curtin partners with LGP to tackle obesity with medicinal cannabis

Curtin University, and Perth's Little Green Pharma Ltd (LGP), have joined forces to explore the use of medicinal cannabis treatment options for obesity and related health issues. Led by Prof. Marco Falasca from Curtin’s Medical School, they will identify combinations of cannabinoids that may produce effects in the gastrointestinal tract to induce a feeling of fullness and a decrease in appetite, leading to weight loss and even diabetes reversion.

Lyka Pet Food buys Happy Tales Kitchen, becomes leader in dog food

Following on from their acquisition of The Wholesome Dog in April 2021, this latest merger confirms Lyka’s strong positioning in the fresh pet food space, with the pet wellness company serving over 4 million bowls of healthy, human-grade meals to thousands of happy puppers across Australia since its inception in 2018. Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) recently released their ‘Pets and the Pandemic’ report [1], which estimates that the Australian pet market grew to $30B in 2021, with $13B spent on food alone. Due to the Covid-19 puppy boom, a whopping 69% of households now have a pet, with pet parents stating that taste preferences and the quality of food are the most relevant deciding factors when selecting food.