Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.
The Australian Parliament has once again ignored the will of the people, giving bipartisan support and safe passage through the Senate of a highly unpopular piece of legislation which serves only the interests of large corporations. Cable provider Foxtel - jointly owned by Telstra and News Corporation - is cooing in delight at the news that its overpriced turf has been protected.
The Internet site blocking bill passed the Australian House of Representatives this week thanks to an unholy alliance between the ruling LNP coalition and opposition ALP. The free passage of this bill drives yet another nail in the coffin of Australian democracy, demonstrating that the political elites no longer represent the will of the people but rather the interests of offshore corporations.
Cloud based point of sale developer Kounta is again leading the way in mobile payments at the check out kiosk. In 2012, Kounta worked with PayPal to develop a cashless, cardless payment scheme requiring nothing but a smartphone. This year, the Aussie software developer is ahead of the pack again with its Apple Pay integration.