Data analysts Cambridge Analytica

Greg Foyster
The data analytics company behind the Trump campaign is wooing the Australian Liberal Party. But, do their claims about personality targeting stack up?

Whistleblowing to The Saturday Paper via SecureDrop

Erik Jensen
Introducing The Saturday Paper’s SecureDrop – an encrypted system for secure communications with whistleblowers.

Virtual reality sex therapy

Gillian Terzis
As virtual reality technologies have improved, the pornography industry was always going to be an early adopter, but are its claims of sex therapy are too far-fetched?

IFTTT technology and the Oticon Opn hearing aid

Gillian Terzis
The life-changing hearing aid that connects via Bluetooth to doorbells, appliances and fire alarms.

AGWA launches Aggie, the humanoid robot gallery guide

Gillian Terzis
The latest guide at the Art Gallery of Western Australia is on a mission to change perceptions with her strangely beguiling ways.

On-demand service app Jarvis

Gillian Terzis
An app offering an in-house butler service is the latest business promising more free time. But is time really the problem?

Computer coding for the future

Ruby J. Murray
Born in the computer age, ‘digital natives’ have little clue as to what goes on behind the reflective screen, leaving levels of tech literacy dangerously low.

Virtual and augmented reality at SXSW

Gillian Terzis

Is the latest virtual reality just advertising dressed up as empathy?

3D printing for surgery

Katie Silver
3D printing is revolutionising surgery, from implants to regeneration. Might organ donation become a thing of the past?

China's digital natives behind with the Great Firewall

Ruby J. Murray
While China’s young generation know their way around online censorship, they aren’t necessarily against it.

History lives on through interactive holography

Wendy Zukerman
Major advances in holography are the foundation of a project to preserve stories of Holocaust survivors for future generations as an interactive, personal experience.

Vibes app aims to make social media personal again

Gillian Terzis
A mood app hopes to avoid social media's corporatised environments of self-promotion.

Thync, a mood-managing wearable tech

Gillian Terzis
The latest wearable tech promises to alter our mood at the touch of a button, delivering electrical pulses to the temple.

Tor and the deep web going mainstream

Ruby J. Murray
Amid new anti-privacy measures, “deep web” networks such as Tor – The Onion Router – are becoming more popular, and not just among law-breakers.

Biohackers at the DIY BioFoundry

Gillian Terzis
Meet the team of biohackers useing a DIY lab to probe the possibilities of modifying natural biology, and the ethics of doing so.

The battle for open-access information

Martin McKenzie-Murray
A Melbourne-based PhD candidate’s online open-access publishing forum is a boon for those wishing to access texts and transcripts free. But at what cost to the authors of some of these works?

Augmented reality nail art

Gillian Terzis
Augmented reality promises to alter our perception of the world and ourselves, leaving us hanging on by our fingernails to what’s real.

LOLs, trolls and rickrolls

Gillian Terzis
If 'trolling' is an inescapable product of anonymity, could it also be a wellspring of creativity?

The signs of a dotcom crash

Ruby J. Murray
The signs are evident of another dangerously expanding tech bubble.

pplkpr app adds friends to the quantified self

Gillian Terzis
Emotional analytic apps to let your smartphone choose the company you keep.

The Genius of explaining the meaning of any text

Gillian Terzis
The open source website Genius has expanded to take in annotations on any text, from poetry to presidential addresses.

Brain-changing apps

Gillian Terzis
Can custom apps and video games really help us build up our mental muscle?

Social media for appy couples

Gillian Terzis
A new wave of social media apps is aimed at enhancing romantic relationships, like a Facebook for two.

US start-up aims to create virtual immortality

Gillian Terzis
A US company plans to use our social media presence to create a virtual avatar that will live on after we die. But will loved ones want to message us after we’ve departed?

Google's searches narrowing our experience

Wendy Zukerman
If Google is telling us what we want to know rather than surveying what is known, are its online search algorithms expanding our minds or reinforcing our biases?