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Inside NAB's first concept branch: photos

Inside NAB's first concept branch: photos

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is looking to smarten up its branches going forwards, and last month unveiled its very first concept store in Melbourne. ZDNet Australia went to take a look behind the scenes at the branch's mix of smart self-service technology and open-plan design.

January 15, 2012 by in Apple

Inside CommBank's Kaching: photos

Inside CommBank's Kaching: photos

The Commonwealth Bank has made a to-do list as long as its proverbial arm for the future of its NFC-enabled, pay-anyone app Kaching!, which includes support for virtual currency, like Facebook Credits, coupons, deals and an eventual partnership with Google for its Wallet product. Take a look inside the first iteration of Kaching! and our chat with CommBank chief marketing officer, Andy Lark.

October 24, 2011 by in Mobility

Inside CBA's tech-heavy office: photos

Inside CBA's tech-heavy office: photos

It's taken 18 months from go to woe, but the Commonwealth Bank has begun moving over 300 staff per week into its lavish new tech-filled offices on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. ZDNet Australia was invited to tour the offices with the bank's chief information officer, Michael Harte.

September 21, 2011 by in Apple

Ten catastrophes: All-time worst tech industry executive decisions

Ten catastrophes: All-time worst tech industry executive decisions

IT, software and computer companies are certainly not without their share of poor executive decisions and mismanagement. While dozens of notable examples could have made our list, these were by far the top top 10 worst in the history of the technology industry, causing many billions of dollars of lost revenue or resulted in the downfall of entire companies.

September 1, 2011 by in Banking

Steve Wozniak on Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder and longtime friend Steve Wozniak talks about his "unbelievably fortunate partnership" with Steve Jobs. Wozniak also reveals what Jobs said to him in recent months about his illness. He spoke with Erica Hill, co-anchor of CBS News' "The Early Show."

October 6, 2011 in Banking

The Future Of... Shopping

What store has the new iPad in stock? Who has the best deal on platform beds? Where can I buy Lady Gaga's sunglasses? In the future, technology will put the answer to these questions at your fingertips. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explores the ultimate personal shoppers of tomorrow.

April 11, 2011 in Banking

Guy Kawasaki: How to 'enchant' users

At a Churchill Club event in Mountain View, Calif., author and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki shares some tips from his new book, "Enchantment," on how to get users excited about a product. His three pillars of enchantment for business include: likability, trustworthiness, and a great cause. He says that right now marketers are focused on engagement, and he wants to change the conversation to enchantment.

March 18, 2011 in Banking

The month ahead: Partnerships and products expected

The kids are back at school, conventions are back on the calendar, and tech companies are laying the groundwork for the holidays. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz preview September's anticipated holiday offerings and trade show announcements.

August 31, 2009 in Banking

Who will benefit most from the cloud?

At the OpenSource World event in San Francisco, Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, explained that many developing countries are skipping over acquiring their own servers and going right to the cloud. Because of the cost effectiveness, the move may spur their economies and create jobs. This could also hold true for the U.S. government, currently creating its own cloud as well.

August 13, 2009 in Banking

What drives solar stocks?

At the Intersolar Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Vishal Shah, solar equities research analyst at Barclays Capital, predicted that the U.S. market will remain a strong force for solar stocks as commercial projects continue to grow. In addition, he says, many other countries--China, India, and Japan, among others--have added government incentives to their solar strategy.

July 15, 2009 in Banking

Freemium: The first business model of the 21st century

At the Revenue Bootcamp Conference in Mountain View, Calif., Chris Anderson, author of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," discusses how different companies use the free-to-premium, or freemium model to not only make money, but often keep customers at a higher rate than fully paid services. There are many economies--ones of status, time, information and more--and the trick is to get people to trade their money for one of them.

July 15, 2009 in Banking

Going from free to premium

How do you get your customers to pay for what they already get for free? Panelists at the Revenue Bootcamp Conference stress listening to your users, doing lots of testing, and not being afraid to make mistakes in the beginning. Panelists include Will Harvey, co-founder and chairman of IMVU; Scott Hintz, co-founder of TripIt; and Alice Lankester, former vice president of marketing at Photobucket. Moderator: Joyce Chung of Garage Technology Ventures.

July 14, 2009 in Banking

What's working and what's not in SEO?

At the Revenue Bootcamp Conference in Mountain View, Calif., panelists discussed the best ways to drive traffic to your site. Dion Lim, COO of SimplyHired.com, stresses his company's success with partnerships--if you make people money, he says, they'll be your friends for life. Neil Patel, a Quick Sprout Blogger, says to develop relationships with bloggers to generate buzz, and Anita Cohen-Williams, founder of MySearchGuru, claims that organic SEO is not dead--rather, it's still very important. The panel was moderated by Charlene Li, founder of The Altimeter Group.

July 13, 2009 in Banking

Tomorrow's smart grid

At the Churchill Club's 11th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends, venture capitalists discuss whether the smart grid and smart meter trends will continue to produce innovation and what the motivating factors will be.

May 29, 2009 in Banking

The future of clean-tech investing

At the Greentech Media and Groom Energy, Enterprise Carbon Accounting Summit in Burlingame, Calif., venture capitalists discuss the outlook of investing in smart grids, carbon management, and energy-monitoring tools. At debate is how to invest capital in an efficient way.

May 15, 2009 in Banking

Are Super Bowl spots recession-proof?

Amidst financial turmoil, businesses are forking over enormous sums of money to secure airtime during Super Bowl Sunday. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about the expected lineup (of commercials, not football players). Diaz covers which companies are in, out, and new on the scene.

January 28, 2009 in Banking

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