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Aussies spend big on fit-tech as part of get fit regime

Led by fitness-focused women, Australians are investing in fit-tech to track their fitness, with one fifth — or 20% — purchasing a fitness tracker in the last 12 months.

Malware on Google Play displays porn ads to kids

Researchers from the security firm Check Point have found malware hiding in about 60 game apps on Google Play meant for children.

US backs off from plan to block H-1B visa renewal

The US appears to have backed down from a plan to stop the renewal of H-1B visas, which is often undertaken by companies who hire workers on such visas, in order that the worker in question can remain in the country long enough to obtain a green card.

Nextcloud adds encrypted video meeting application

File sync and share solution company Nextcloud has added a feature known as Nextcloud Talk, an open source video meeting application that is hosted on-premise and provides end-to-end encryption.

No respite in spat between free software bodies

The spat that erupted between the Software Freedom Conservatory and the Software Freedom Law Centre, both of which are involved in activities around the GNU General Public Licence, shows no sign of going away, with the latter upping the ante recently.

Facebook's new policy on posts may make ads more expensive

Facebook's decision to prioritise posts made by users and their friends over those from publishers and brands is likely to make it more expensive for marketing agencies to push their clients' products.

ACMA issues new rules for intelligent transport systems

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has introduced new rules for road traffic authorities to put intelligent transport systems in place.

Vodafone caught not verifying ID for pre-paid mobile services

Vodafone has agreed to take steps to verify the identity of its mobile pre-paid customers after it was found to have failed to do so in at least 1028 cases.

Write-down of NBN firmly on the cards: Budde

A write-down of the national broadband network is now firmly on the cards after the competition watchdog joined the chorus supporting it, according to telecommunications analyst Paul Budde.

Digital assistants more often used in homes than smartphones: survey

Consumers who own in-home digital voice assistant devices are "using their smartphones less often for entertainment and online purchasing", according to results of a new survey.

Kantar: Chinese Android users switching to iPhone, some strong global iOS sales figures

Apple's iPhone has done extremely well in some countries, with Kantar stating Apple "is now back on form", but while it still reports "mixed performance" in some areas, too, Chinese Android users are switching to iPhone.

FULL VIDEO: Telstra adds NB-IOT to its network, plus Tas smart city, as announced at CES 2018

Telstra has announced "a major step forward in the development of the Internet of Things in Australia with the successful deployment of Narrowband technology in its IoT Network", with some of the details announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas where iTWire was present.

Satyam fraud: PwC gets two-year auditing ban in India

India's market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, has banned PriceWaterhouseCoopers' affiliates from auditing any listed companies in India for two years.

Intel tells select customers not to use its bug fixes

Processor giant Intel has told some of its customers that the microcode patches it issued to fix the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in its products are buggy and that they should not install them.

Barcelona plans move to open source software

The city of Barcelona plans to move its workers to open source software, with proprietary applications being the first to be replaced.

Skype teams up with Signal to offer encrypted chats

Open Whisper Systems, the maker of the privacy-focused Signal messaging app, will be helping Microsoft to introduce a Private Conversations feature in Skype.

TechnologyOne says $40m in local govt wins drives growth

Listed enterprise software company TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) says it signed 240 new deals across Australia, New Zealand and the UK in 2017. This included deals valued at $40 million with Australian local government bodies.

GPK Group selects Dell EMC Cloud

Melbourne and Brisbane-based IT service provider, GPK Group, has selected Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack to underpin its hybrid cloud offering.

Bitdefender, NETGEAR seal IoT security licence deal

Global security company Bitdefender has done a deal to license networking provider NETGEAR to include its IoT security technology in the latter's networking devices.

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