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GNOME Desktop Project celebrates 20 years with big bash

The GNOME Desktop project has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a party in Orinda, California on 29 July, a day that happens to be the birthday of project co-founder Federico Mena Quintero.

Online shopping continues to grow: survey

A survey of 1000 Australian adults who have shopped online at least thrice in the last six months has shown that the number of people buying online is outstripping those buying in bricks and mortar stores.

Microsoft campaign to counter Surface reliability claims

Microsoft is preparing a campaign to neutralise the announcement last week by consumer goods testing publication Consumer Reports that four of its Surface-branded devices are not up to the mark as far as reliability is concerned.

Four held over leak of Games of Thrones episode in India

Four men associated with a partner vendor of network channel Star India, a distribution partner for HBO, have been arrested for leaking episode 4 of season 7 of HBO's blockbuster Game of Thrones.

Microsoft and friend bringing Azure to Canberra

Microsoft Azure will be available from highly-secure data centres in Canberra, starting in the first half of 2018.

Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to FBI malware charges

British security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who came to prominence after he inadvertently stopped the spread of the WannaCry ransomware in May, has pleaded not guilty to writing the code that was used to create the banking trojan Kronos.

Anti-piracy blockchain start-up launches ‘token’ sale

It’s no token sale just for the sake of it, but the first chance to support Veredictum’s crypto-anti-piracy platform with a "core target raise of $7.5 million and a hard cap stretch target of $20 million".

All-female panel tackled IoT cyber security at Kaspersky Lab and HPE event

An all-female panel discussed the rise of IoT and its need for protection, along with how to do this at a Kaspersky Lab and HPE event last Friday night in Sydney.

Cyber Plus: Australia’s ‘first’ small-biz bundle for tackling cyber crime

Billed as providing a “complete range of tools and services including cyber liability insurance, technology tools, and access to a crisis response team”, Cyber Plus sounds like a great addition.

VIDEO: Uber supports Sam-sex carriage, but not free carriage equality

If your name starts with Sam, whatever sex you identify as, you’ll get a free ride with Uber, but if your name is anything else, you’ll be denied a free ride unless you're a new Uber user who finds a Sam that signs up and gets a code from them – details below.

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium smartphone supports Netflix HDR content

It’s not just the latest 4K TVs that can support HDR content, but Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium smartphone, too, with Netflix shows in HDR now enjoyable in the palm of your hand.

Fixed 5G wireless to become fibre competitor by 2025

By 2025, 1.4 billion 5G connections will see fixed wireless technology becoming a fibre competitor, according to Juniper Research.

ACMA issues reminder on TCP Code compliance

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued a reminder that Carrier Service Providers in the telecommunications sector have until the beginning of September to lodge statements of compliance with the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code.

Upskilling will help combat threat to jobs by AI, automation: survey

Upskilling is the key to Australian IT professionals remaining relevant in their jobs in the face of business uptake of artificial intelligence and automation, according to a new nationwide survey.

NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie

ASX-listed data centre operator NextDC has secured a $300 million debt facility from National Australia Bank as it prepares for future growth and for further developments in its business.

muru-D accelerator funding first Melbourne start-ups

The Telstra-backed startup accelerator muru-D is funding four new start-ups to the tune of $75,000 in seed capital each in their development of technologies designed to transform the agriculture, aged care, consumer electronics and food production industries.

Big Switch Networks automates SDN

Big Switch Networks aims to bring velocity to data centres, explained vice-president of product management and chief product officer Prashant Gandhi, especially when it comes to security, provisioning and other traditionally highly manual tasks.

Commerce Commission warns NZ telcos over Fair Trading breaches

New Zealand’s competition regulator The Commerce Commission has warned four telecommunications companies, including the country’s largest telco Spark, that they have engaged in conduct which breaches the Fair Trading Act.

Ansarada launches AI system for financial dealmakers

Global deal execution platform Ansarada has launched AI Bidder Engagement Score, claimed as a “world-first” artificial intelligence system that can accurately predict bidder outcomes in financial deals using anonymised data from more than 20,000 global transactions worth billions of dollars.

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