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Parliamentary panel rejects surveillance bills, calls for changes

24 October 2019 in Government Tech Policy

The bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has rejected both an identity-matching bill and a passports amendment bill…

Australia, NZ record increased IT spending, despite worldwide slowdown

24 October 2019 in Market

Spending on technology products and services in Australia is forecast to total $93.7 billion this year - up 3 percent…

Google leads the data trackers by a country mile: Kaspersky

24 October 2019 in Data

Google, unsurprisingly, is the biggest slurper of data around the world, a study by security outfit Kaspersky has found, with…

Forescout joins global cyber security alliance

24 October 2019 in Security

Security control solutions provider Forescout Technologies has joined a newly established alliance designed to provide a technical and organisational framework…

Fixed-line phone connections in decline: ACMA

24 October 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

There is a continuing decline in household landline telephones, according to a new report from the telecommunications regulator ACMA revealing…

Whistleblowers allege Infosys CEO fudging figures, boosting profits

23 October 2019 in Outsourcing

Indian outsourcing giant Infosys has been accused of fudging its financials and taking measures to make profits appear larger than…

Sydney going green with $60 million renewable energy deal

22 October 2019 in Energy

Renewable electricity is slated to power all city-owned properties in Sydney from July 2020 with the unveiling by the Sydney…

VPN provider NordVPN suffers breach through third-party data centre

22 October 2019 in Security

Virtual private network provider NordVPN has suffered an embarrassment, with one of the data centres in Finland it was using…

Parliament breach was first national cyber crisis: ASD report

22 October 2019 in Security

The breach of the Australian Parliament network, announced in February, was the country's first national cyber crisis, according to the…

Hyundai investment in mobility tech speeds up self-driving vehicle commercialisation: analyst

22 October 2019 in Strategy

Hyundai’s plan to invest US$35 billion on mobility tech will accelerate commercialisation of self-driving vehicles, according to analytics firm GlobalData.

UK takes lead partner country status for CEBIT Australia

22 October 2019 in Strategy

The UK has been announced as the lead partner country at CEBIT 2019 which will take place from 29-31 October…

Renewables to power major iron mine

21 October 2019 in Energy

An iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region will be Australia’s first major iron ore mining operation to be…

ACCC warns consumers at risk from ‘recalled’ products still in circulation

21 October 2019 in Technology Regulation

Australians could be at risk of injuries or even death from 6.6 million individual products currently under voluntary recall, with…

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd passes away, age 62

21 October 2019 in Enterprise Staff

Hurd was co-CEO of the global enterprise software company, and the announced successor to Larry Ellison, 75. Hurd's passing follows…

Kik gets new owners, ads

19 October 2019 in Apps

Embattled social media platform, Kik, has found reprieve with a new owner announced in a post on Kik.com. 

Hackathon generates leads on missing persons cases

18 October 2019 in Strategy

Participants in a national Missing Persons Hackathon have generated 3,912 leads for 12 national missing person cases for Australian police.

Home phones on the way out, mobiles in ascendancy: survey

18 October 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

Landlines may become extinct earlier than expected according to comparison website Finder which says that a recent survey of several…

Commbank says online services slowly returning to normal

18 October 2019 in Application Performance

Online banking services at the Commonwealth Bank, which were hit by an outage on Thursday, are returning to normal, the…

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NZ Commerce Commission releases draft decision on telcoms levy

24 October 2019 in Business Telecommunications

New Zealand’s competition regulator The Commerce Commission has released its draft determination on how much 16 telecommunications providers will each…

Tech wholesaler claims ‘hassle-free’ NBN alternative offer for RSPs

24 October 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

Brisbane-based telecommunications and technology company 2SG is now offering what it says is a “hassle-free NBN alternative” for retail service…

Aussie Broadband appoints new CFO in readiness for ASX listing

24 October 2019 in People Moves

Broadband retail service provider Aussie Broadband has appointed financial services veteran Brian Maher as its new chief financial officer as…

CSIRO opens first flow chemistry centre in Melbourne suburb

24 October 2019 in Science

The opening of Australia's first flow chemistry facility will give small businesses the chance to experiment with opportunities in industries…

Dodgy mobile apps found to be on the increase: RiskIQ

24 October 2019 in Security

The number of blacklisted mobile apps in the 120-odd mobile stores, examined by security firm RiskIQ on a regular basis,…

Melbourne primary school duo win national maths teacher awards

24 October 2019 in Education

Melbourne primary school teachers Liz Dewar and Ryan Jellie have been named Australia's most Outstanding Primary Maths Teachers at a…

SAS boosts AI products with automation

23 October 2019 in Business Software

Analytics vendor SAS is adding automation to its AI products.

Customer satisfaction, communication, insights key results of Oracle rollout says MJH Group CIO

23 October 2019 in Enterprise Solutions

Australian home builders, MJH Group, turned to Oracle CRM to consolidate its thirty-year volume of data across its brands, finding…

Vonage opening second Australian office

23 October 2019 in Business Telecommunications

US phone company Vonage is opening a second Australian office as part of its continuing expansion throughout the Asia-Pacific (APAC)…

North America a global leader in 5G, says GSMA

23 October 2019 in Market

North America as one of the most advanced mobile regions in the world as a result of significant operator investments…

Mobile mixed reality market to top US$43bn by 2024

23 October 2019 in Market

The global value of the mobile mixed reality market is forecast to exceed US43 billion in the next five years…

New Opera version for Android has redesigned UI, supports crypto-payments

23 October 2019 in Apps

The people behind the Opera browser have released a new version for Android which includes a new user interface that…

Gartner predicts AI will enable employment of more people with disabilities

23 October 2019 in Business Intelligence

The number of people with disabilities who are employed will triply by 2023 because artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies…

Researchers use camera drones to distinguish living from dead

23 October 2019 in Science

Researchers from the University of South Australia and Middle Technical University in Baghdad have designed a computer vision system that…

Riverbed appoints industry veteran Rich McBee as president, CEO

23 October 2019 in People Moves

WAN optimisation specialist Riverbed Technology has appointed former Mitel executive Rich McBee as president and CEO.

Arlo's Ultra 4K cameras now Apple HomeKit compatible

23 October 2019 in Home Tech

If you've been waiting for Arlo's Ultra 4K cameras to receive the long-promised HomeKit compatibility, the wait is over at…

FULL LAUNCH VIDEO: Dyson launches its fastest, most efficient hand dryer yet: Airblade 9kJ

23 October 2019 in Home Tech

Billed as the fastest, most energy efficient HEPA-filtered hand dryer available, the Dyson Airblade 9kJ has a "completely unique design…

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: StartCon's 'Pitch for US$1 million' now open to startups

22 October 2019 in Development

Think of a cross between X factor and Startups Got Talent and you've arrived at StartCon's Pitch for US$1 million…

StartCon supports the Pledge 1% movement

22 October 2019 in Development

Pledge 1% is a non-profit global movement that’s creating a new normal for companies of all sizes and stages to…

Global report shows 'data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers'

22 October 2019 in Development

Freelancer releases its Q3 Fast 50, a quarterly index of the most sought-after skills - see the jobs which have…

Stummer appointed SYSPRO Asia Pacific CEO

22 October 2019 in People Moves

Global enterprise resource planning provider SYSPRO has appointed 20 year ICT industry veteran Rob Stummer as chief executive of its…


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