October 9, 2018 Chris Riddell

Google+ is being closed amid a new data breach

and Australia launches it’s first homegrown Digital bank

There is no doubt that 2018 will be known as the year of the data breaches from businesses both inside and outside of the walls of Silicon Valley. Alphabet, the parent company to Google, have just announced the closure of Google+, their social media platform. It follows yet another data leak for the giant, and increased pressure on transparency around how data is managed, used and shared in our digital world.

In the last few hours, we’ve also seen Australia launch the first homegrown digital only bank – ‘UP’, from South Melbourne technology firm Ferocia. Backed by both Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Ferocia started work on the project more than 6 years ago and promises to simplify banking, and use real-time data visualisation to give customers the most “non bank feel” possible.

Healthcare is also a big topic as we move into the end of 2018, with wearable technology now well beyond just measuring steps and movement.

It’s the era of future wellbeing for humanity, and we’re living longer than ever.

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