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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.

Amazon Music Unlimited coming to ANZ on 1 Feb

Amazon has announced its Amazon Music Unlimited service will be available in Australia and New Zealand from 1 February, offering more than 45 million songs.

NAB's new amazing banking skill: 'Alexa, ask NAB if I’ve been paid'

If you're a NAB customer, you can nab yourself the Alexa word and "perform tasks such as requesting their account balance or getting details on their latest deposits".

Greens critical of govt response to NBN panel report

The Coalition Government's response to the NBN Joint Standing Committee report shows how "clueless and careless" it is about the need for a proper broadband network which can be used for business, study, work and everyday tasks, the Australian Greens claim.

Unpatched Oracle servers hit by cryptocurrency miners

Unpatched Internet-facing Oracle WebLogic servers running on both Windows and Linux have been infected with cryptocurrency-mining malware, causing a degradation in performance, the security company Secureworks claims.

Vocus replaces Huawei for Solomon Islands cable project

The Vocus Group has entered into a deal with Australia to undertake a scoping study on design, construction and procurement of an undersea cable system between the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia, displacing Huawei which was the original company signed to undertake the job.

Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices coming to Australia

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, plus Amazon's range of Echo devices, including an all-new Echo, are finally hitting Australian shores.

Industry folk unfazed by wild swings in cryptocurrency value

The dramatic swing in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may have many people and governments worried, but companies that are part of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry are unperturbed, with one describing it as "just another day in the markets".

Apple to repatriate overseas cash stash, invest heavily in US

Apple will pay taxes of about US$38 billion in order to repatriate the US$246 billion in cash it holds overseas, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bitcoin value falls below the US$10,000 mark

The value of bitcoin has fallen below US$10,000, with the cryptocurrency losing more than half its value since it broke the US$20,000 mark in mid-December.

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