Australian fintech company The Payment App says it has set its sights on challenging global giants PayPal and Square with the launch of an innovative new payment platform.

Video-conferencing software company Zoom Video Communications has released Zoom for Home, which it claims as a new category of software experiences and hardware devices that help businesses keep their teams connected and productive whether in the office or at home.

The national broadband network faces three major challenges as it looks ahead to the era after its official rollout was completed, network expert Dr Mark Gregory says, adding that these are reducing the digital divide, upgrading to full-fibre in fixed access areas and contributing to provide universal access.

Mobile phones and other electronic devices made from an organic material that is thin, bendable and more powerful are now a step closer, according to researchers at the Australian National University (ANU).

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has said the government will continue to upgrade the national broadband network in line with emerging demand in the years ahead – but offered no concrete plan as to how this would be done.

ASX-listed IT hardware, software and cloud distributor, Dicker Data has been appointed as a distributor for data management vendor Cohesity in the Australian market.

Banking group Westpac is collaborating with NBN Co and Cisco to rollout new technology in all its branches across Australia, as part of an infrastructure transformation program designed to deliver efficiencies and improve employee and customer experience.

The Webcentral Group, the firm once known as Melbourne IT and later as the Arq Group, has entered into a deal for its Web hosting assets to be acquired by the Florida-based Web.com for a sum of $12.2 million.

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCEMENT: ANATAS, an FTS Group company and award-winning software integrations provider for the APAC region, has today announced that it has combined forces with Runecast, maker of Runecast Analyzer, a patented, predictive analytics for VMware and AWS environments.

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