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Consumer groups have approached the FDA to make thrid party online delivery platforms display nutritional information. In a letter to FDA ...
01 Apr 2021
As of March 31st, 2021 Microsoft has stopped supporting the Cortana mobile apps that were developed for Android as well as iOS. Launched in ...
31 Mar 2021
The highly anticipate mobile game Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is available for download on both Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store. W...
25 Mar 2021
In 2020, more Chromebooks were sold than Macs. Though Microsoft still have a commanding lead over its competitors, for the first time since ...
19 Mar 2021
In a recent internal company post, Facebook announced that it was planning to build a version of Instagram that would be safe to use for chi...
18 Mar 2021
On March 18th, Sony introduced the world to their new virtual reality controls for the PlayStation 5 PSVR system. The company launched the...
18 Mar 2021
According to Sony's earnings report, the company has sold 4.5 million PlayStation 5 units worldwide in 2020. The PS5 has been one of the mos...
14 Mar 2021
Two big updates for smart tech; multiple outlets are reporting that Apple has stopped manufacturing the original HomePod and will be, "focus...
12 Mar 2021
The company that created the popular Talking Tom app, Outfit 7 investments Ltd or Outfit7 for short was acquired by a group of Asian Investo...
08 Mar 2021
Kings of Leon created a lot of buzz when they announced that they will offer their latest album 'When you see yourself' as a non-fungible to...
05 Mar 2021
China's emotion recognition technology has received criticism from human rights groups that are calling for a ban on technology that t...
02 Mar 2021
New Zealand's Broadcast Minister Kris Faafoi has informed representatives of both Google and Facebook to make deals that will bolster the co...
01 Mar 2021

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What is information technology?

These days the term IT is used so frequently that it can be difficult for many to articulate what it actually means. The term can be misleading because the information in information technology does not adhere to the conventional meaning of the word. In this context, information refers to computer-related information systems. Information technology is a catch-all term that includes research, design, development, management, support, and implementation of these systems.

This is why IT news can be about a variety of companies and myriad topics, from data security at manufacturing firms to automobile electronics, if it involves computing and computer information, it qualifies as information technology.

Information technology in Australia

In 2016, 640,000 people working in Australia's tech section. According to Deloitte, this number is expected to increase to 722,000 by the year 2022. This rapid growth is fueled by the fact that information technology is not just a part of every consumer's life but is playing a bigger and role in business operations as well. These days all businesses need IT services and solutions and this has led to an increase in demand for tech professionals.

There is a lot of IT news in Australia that you should keep up with as it impacts business, the consumer market as well as everyday life. The impact of information technology can have on everyday life can be illustrated by the media code legislation that led to tensions between the Australian government nad tech giants Google and Facebook. During the discussion, Facebook made a startling decision to block all news on Facebook in Australia. Citizens woke up to a very different platform than the one they are used to seeing every day. A survey by Roy Morgon revealed that 37% of Australians get their news from social media sites like Facebook. That's quite a significant section of the population that has to adapt where they get their latest IT news, business news or important government updates because a tech company made a rash decision.

Australia's biggest tech companies

When people think about big tech companies, names like Appple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are the first that come to mind. These companies have a presence around the globe but are based in the United States. Though they may not be as well known as the examples given above, Australia is home to some of the world's largest tech companies. We've listed 3 of them below

1. Altassian

With a market cap of USD 18 billion, Altassian has quickly become one of the world's largest tech companies. The company was founded by Australians Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar back in 2002. Altassian provides tools and builds platforms for businesses. One of their best-known products is JIRA which is used widely for project management.

2. REA Group

The REA group has a market cap of USD 9 billion. The group specializes in digital advertising for properties. They own and run some of Australia's most popular residential and commercial property websites that include realestate.com.au, realcommercial.com.au, and Flatmates.com.au.

3. Xero Ltd

With a market cap of USD 5.5 billion, over 1.5 million subscribers for its accounting software, and a presence in over 180 counties, Xero is a pretty big deal in the tech industry. Founded is 2006, Xero provides cloud based accounting software to businesses around the world and currently employs over 2300 people. The company has offices in Australia, New Zealand as well as the united kingdom.

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