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Satyarth Mishra, Covata

Data protection software solutions company Covata has appointed former Accenture senior executive Satyarth Mishra as VP Sales, with responsibility for the Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa regions.

Australian retail websites lag behind other countries: study

The websites of Australian retailers lag behind those in a number of other countries when it comes to the time taken for the website to be ready for use by a prospective consumer.

2018 Telstra Business Awards nominations now open, so nominate!

Want to be 'that' company that wins in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards? Well, to win it, you have to be in it, so nominate your business and others worthy of an award, and help grow your business!

CommBank launches chatbot to assist customers

The Commonwealth Bank has launched a chatbot named Ceba to help customers with more than 200 banking tasks. At the moment, it is available to about 20% of NetBank customers and will be rolled out more broadly in coming months.

SEEK and ye shall find a job with Amazon Alexa's help

The first Australian employment marketplace to embrace the skill of voice activated job searching with Amazon Alexa is SEEK, with company Reviews, job search skills & weekly employment market updates also available through Alexa.

NBN speeds: Mitch Fifield lives in another universe

The old argument over what came first — the chicken or the egg — has been regurgitated in a somewhat different way by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield. Only his arguments revolve around speed and the cost of NBN subscriptions.

Enhanced telco competition main focus for NZ Commerce Commission study

New Zealand’s competition enforcement and regulatory agency The Commerce Commission is resuming a study to consider what, if any, changes are needed to the telecommunications sector to better promote competition.

Google Home ogles a tripling of Aussie users over the holidays

Google's Home invasion into the domestic smart speaker market boomed over the holidays, with over a million 'Actions' your Google Assistant can now help you with.

NHS used Linux project to negotiate with Microsoft: claim

Britain's National Health Service appears to have used a project set up to create a Linux alternative for its employees' smartcards — and later, hopefully, a desktop alternative to Windows — to bargain with Microsoft and obtain an enterprise-wide desktop deal.

Many premises cannot even attain minimum NBN speeds: claim

The Australian Labor Party has questioned whether the government has referred the problem of some NBN users being unable to obtain the maximum possible speeds currently available from retain service providers — 100/40Mbps — to the competition watchdog or not.

Kaspersky asks court to suspend US ban on its software

Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab is seeking a preliminary injunction in US federal court to try and prevent an order banning the use of its software in the US public service from taking effect.

NZ leg of Hawaiki Cable underway as halfway point reached

Hawaiki Cable and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company, have announced that more than half of the 15,000km of undersea fibre-optic cable that comprises the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable system has been implemented.

Education seen as key to meeting security skills demand, say CIOs

Cyber security is the functional area where it is the most difficult to source skilled job candidates for the IT sector, with chief information officers identifying security as the area most in need of focus by IT education providers.

Acronis plans free ransomware protection

Back-up specialist Acronis has already incorporated ransomware protection into its back-up products, and is now planning to release a standalone version of the technology.

AGL Energy provides Alexa skill for voice-managed energy inquiries

AGL Energy has announced it is bringing Amazon Alexa voice control to its customers, allowing them to easily manage their energy at home.

Norton notes 'You won' malware scam crosses from PC to Android

With Android seen as the Windows of the mobile world, it's no surprise to see Windows-type malware being redesigned for Android devices.

Facial biometrics to go mainstream for security in 2018: Ping

Authentication with facial recognition will take off this year, according to identity defined security company Ping, which says that advances in biometrics, the mass exposure of personally identifiable information from numerous data breaches, and a blockchain craze will take hold in 2018.

Facebook reveals the six Messenger trends to watch in 2018

Facebook's head of Messenger, David Marcus, has listed some predictions on "what’s to come for messaging after a momentous 2017, including hitting 1.3 billion people using Messenger monthly and 13 million just in Australia".

Skills shortage impedes agritech progress using IoT: Inmarsat

Companies in the agritech sector are moving towards the introduction of Internet of Things systems to run their business, but a new report says there’s an urgent need for upskilling employees to cope with IoT.

Domino’s links with Amazon Echo on new ordering system

The Domino’s Pizza chain of pizza stores has launched a new customer ordering system using Amazon Echo’s Alexa cloud-based voice service.

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