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PayPal’s BattleHack comes to Australia for a second time

Over the weekend Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom will play host to the Australian leg of BattleHack, PayPal’s global hackathon.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 January, 2015 18:59

Tags: Development, innovation, developers, paypal, Hackathons

Data retention inquiry kept in the dark on costs

The parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising the government’s data retention legislation is unlikely to gain access to the most detailed attempt to assess the cost of the scheme.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 January, 2015 16:40

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Data retention to involve 'petabytes of data' for Vodafone

Recording data that will allow IP addresses to be matched to individual customers will involve Vodafone storing petabytes of information it would otherwise be unlikely to keep, the telco has said.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 January, 2015 11:14

Tags: civil liberties, storage, security, Vodafone, data retention, privacy, Telstra

MediaHub prepares for 10 petabyte future

Although Hadoop is perhaps best known for underpinning big data-based analytics projects, Sydney-based MediaHub is using the open source project's distributed storage capabilities to deliver resilience and scalability for a mammoth — and growing — archive of broadcast video.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 January, 2015 16:25

Tags: MediaHub, storage, hadoop, big data, MapR

Data retention: Two years too long to keep IP addresses, says Vodafone

Telecommunications providers shouldn't be forced to retain the IP addresses assigned to their customers for 24 months, Vodafone has argued.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 January, 2015 10:59

Tags: civil liberties, Vodafone, data retention, Telecommunications, privacy

Data retention: Journalists decry 'Stasi‐like surveillance state'

The union representing journalists and a group of 12 news organisations have expressed alarm at elements of the government's proposed mandatory data retention scheme, with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) recommending that the bill be ditched altogether.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 January, 2015 15:25

Tags: civil liberties, George Brandis, data retention, privacy

Telstra no better off under HFC transition plan, government says

The government has rejected claims that Telstra could unfairly benefit from NBN Co construction work on the telco's HFC network.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 January, 2015 12:37

Tags: hfc, Networking, Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), nbn co, National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, Telecommunications, Telstra, NBN

Government gets startup fever with 'Digital Transformation Office'

A new group within the Department of Communications will be tasked with developing and co-ordinating digitally delivered government services. One of the first tasks of the 'Digital Transformation Office' will be establishing a single sign-on for accessing government services.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 15:36

Tags: Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, digital transformation, government, myGov

Data retention: Telstra predicts metadata will surface in lawsuits

Telstra is expecting the metadata telcos will be forced to collect under the government's mandatory data retention scheme will be used in civil litigation, raising the possibility of it being used in cases such as copyright infringement lawsuits or family law disputes.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 10:55

Tags: data retention, optus, Telstra, Telecommunications, privacy

Ditch data retention bill, lawyers argue

The federal government's mandatory data retention bill should be dumped, according to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

By Rohan Pearce | 22 January, 2015 13:53

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, privacy

ACS pushes for digital focus in Queensland election

The Queensland branch of the Australian Computer Society has called for the creation of a digital economy ministry and a digital ministerial advisory council in the state.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 January, 2015 11:44

Tags: Digital Photo Frames, australian computer society (ACS), australian computer society, queensland

Silverlight exploits up, Java down, Cisco reports

Attempts to exploit Silverlight soared massively in late 2014 according to research from Cisco. However, the use of Silverlight in absolute terms is still low compared to the use of Java and Flash as an attack vector.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 January, 2015 08:40

Tags: security, cisco

Cloud communications growing rapidly in Australian enterprises

Existing enterprise PBX systems reaching their end of life, the potential for CIOs to cut costs, increased vendor offerings and the consumerisation of IT are all pushing growth of cloud communications services in Australian enterprises.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 January, 2015 13:41

Tags: unified communications, telephony, Cloud, cloud computing

Telstra launches video delivery network

Telstra this morning announced the launch of a new video delivery platform.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 January, 2015 10:43

Tags: Networking, cdn, content distribution network (CDN), Telstra

Microsoft researchers use light beams to charge smartphones

Smartphones are amazing but their battery life is frequently absurd. It's not uncommon for people to charge their smartphones once, twice or even more in the course of a single day.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 January, 2015 16:38

Tags: solar panels, mobile phones, solar panels, smartphones, solar power

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