QLD Business Grants, Apple iOS 15 Updates & More News

Find out the latest in Queensland business grants, while Apple iOS 15 is finally here and Google has new tools to accommodate the travel industry. Read on for more news highlights this week.

Monday, 20 September 2021 News Highlights

  • More than 20 QLD events scheduled for 2022 will be receiving $581,500+ in funding. QLD local tourism support will be a part of the Economic Recovery Plan.
  • LinkedIn is gradually rolling out their dark-mode feature for mobile devices. The dark-mode feature allows for an easier-on-the-eyes reading experience.
  • Microsoft is implementing a password-free sign-on for consumer accounts. The IT company announced they are officially retiring from written passwords and rethinking a new secure sign-on process.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 News Highlights

  • Mozilla is currently trialing Bing as the default search engine for 1% of the Firefox desktop population.
  • Grants are available for Fraser Coast small and medium businesses. Eligible business could receive up to $30,000. For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit www.business.qld.gov.au/supportgrants

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 News Highlights

Northern Queensland Business Support Grants: eligible Queensland businesses can apply for grants of up to $30,000, whether they were in a restricted area or not.

If you’re in one of the following regions, it’s worth checking out the government website below for more information:

  • Far North Queensland
  • Central Queensland
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Fraser Coast
  • Bundaberg
  • Mackay
  • Townsville

For more information visit www.business.qld.gov.au/supportgrants

  • Facebook is rolling out the third generation of their Portal video-calling devices. New updates will allow businesses to provide the devices to employees. Portal for Business will launch in beta to the U.S. this year and worldwide in 2022.
  • PayPal launches their ‘super app‘ in the U.S., offering financial tools including direct deposit, bill pay, a digital wallet, peer-to-peer payments, shopping tools, crypto capabilities and more.

Thursday, 23 September 2021 News Highlights

  • YouTube has begun testing ways to download videos from your desktop web browser, potentially allowing users to watch YouTube videos offline.
  • Google is starting to provide users with more information on advertisers’ campaign histories to help users assess if an ad buyer is trustworthy.
  • Facebook will be launching new personalised messaging, improved business directory and management options for businesses to connect with customers more effectively.

Friday, 24 September 2021 News Highlights

  • Google is launching new organic and paid features for travel and leisure businesses, including ticket booking links, pricing in search results, new “Things to do” ads and an eco-certified badge for hotel listings. The new Google offerings are to help the travel and leisure industry to bounce back when global restrictions ease.
  • Microsoft Advertising has rolled out a new Marketing with Purpose tool. The Marketing with Purpose initiative is to help search marketers strengthen brand and values alignment.
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