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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.

More than 2 million smartphones lost, destroyed in 5 years

Aussies lost or destroyed their smartphones at a rate of 1370 per day — or 2.5 million smartphones in the last five years — and, it seems, millennials are the worst offenders.

Forcepoint, Orca in deal to serve local clients

Cyber security company Forcepoint has inked a deal with Sydney IT security distributor Orca Tech to support the efforts of both companies in catering to Australian clients.

In Washington, it is an article of faith that Russia hacked the DNC

Security companies in the US tend to see a Russian hand in everything these days. The latest firm to come up with a Russian bogeyman is FireEye, which issued a report last week, claiming with "moderate confidence" that a campaign against the hospitality sector was being run by APT28, a group that FireEye claims is sponsored by the Russian Government.

Optus awarded $13.6 million extension to government contract

Optus has secured a new $13.6 million contract with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to deliver a range of managed services to the department nationally and overseas.

CBA chief Narev to walk the plank by end of June 2018

Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev will bid goodbye to the organisation by the end of June 2018 in the wake of the allegations of violating money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws levelled by AUSTRAC.

Review – my two weeks with Phriendly Phishing

No matter the protections you have in place, the last defence for cyber security rests with the end user. How do you educate in a respectful, engaging way? I tried out Phriendly Phishing, built on this very premise, finding it reduced my risk and exposure to phishing and that my users enjoyed the process.

NEXT undersea cable project to add 60Tbps capacity

The survey for laying the NEXT undersea cable project has been completed ahead of schedule and a request for proposal is underway, with vendor selection expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Smaller is better, says SonicWall executive

The senior product marketing manager at network security company SonicWall says reverting back to being a small private company has had a salutary effect as partners return and business grows.

New Kobo e-reader now available in Australia and NZ

Toronto company Kobo has released the latest iteration of its e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2, in Australia and New Zealand.

Foxtel revenue takes a hit as subscribers fall

Foxtel's revenue has fallen by 2% for the last financial year to A$3 billion because of lower subscriber numbers, according to its annual report issued last week.

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