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Aussie system to speed up schools' response to emergencies

After an extensive period of development and testing, a Queensland company has taken to market a system designed to make it easy for organisations with sprawling campuses to more quickly respond to emergencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 May, 2014 12:41

Tags: emergency alert system, emergency planning, education, schools

Despite growth, 99Designs strives for united culture

Since 99Designs was founded the startup has expanded from its initial office in Melbourne to have a presence on the ground in the US, Germany and Brazil.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 May, 2014 19:36

Tags: startups, Case studies, Blue Jeans Network, Networking, polycom, videoconferencing, collaboration, lifesize, Case Study, 99designs, Blue Jeans

'Aggressive investment' in 4G central to Optus' strategy

"An aggressive investment in the mobile network" to increase its quality and performance is fundamental to Optus' strategy the telco's chief Paul O'Sullivan said today. The telco added 342,000 4G customers in Q4 and now has 2.15 million 4G-capable devices on its network, it revealed today.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 May, 2014 13:52

Tags: 4g, mobility, optus, Telecommunications

Snapshots: PCEHR funding / goodbye TUSMA / Office of the Privacy Commissioner established

The federal government has set aside $140 million in the budget for the operation of the PCEHR program

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2014 16:34

Tags: Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), PCEHR, privacy act, freedom of information, ehealth, Budget 2014-15, OAIC, privacy, TUSMA

Budget 2014 - Games industry dismayed over funding cut

The Game Developers' Association of Australia has said it is "dismayed and mystified" by a decision to cut government funding for Screen Australia's Australian Interactive Games Fund (AIGF).

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2014 15:08

Tags: games, games development

Budget 2014 - Innovation nation?

Overnight the budget dramatically changed the landscape for research and development in Australia.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2014 14:37

Tags: Budget 2014-15

Budget 2014 - Govt funds new Bureau of Meteorology supercomputer

Last night's federal budget included an unspecified amount of funding for a new supercomputer for the Bureau of Meteorology. The supercomputer, to be used for weather forecasting, will operate for five years from mid-2016, budget documents state.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2014 09:10

Tags: supercomputers, supercomputing, Bureau of Meteorology, weather forecasting, Budget 2014-15

Virtualization delivers workforce mobility for hospital

Virtual desktops have meant that caregivers at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital aren't chained to their desks according to Ramsay Health Care infrastructure engineer Barry White.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2014 08:30

Tags: VDI, virtualization, health, Ramsay Health Care, Healthcare, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), virtualisation, virtual desktops

Budget 2014 - Government to end support for NICTA

The government will end financial support for NICTA from June 2016, with the organisation forced to fend for itself under measures announced in tonight’s budget.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 May, 2014 20:33

Tags: nicta, Budget 2014-15

Bank finds stability in Linux, innovation in Agile

Linux, 'dual live' data centres and a collaborative relationship between development and IT operations have all helped play a role delivering infrastructure stability while driving rapid ongoing growth at Tyro Payments, according to Sascha Hess, the vice-president for operations at the acquiring bank.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 May, 2014 16:49

Tags: Linux, suse, redhat, Tyro Payments, Eftpos, data centres, credit cards, Devops, banks, agile, Payments

Australian government likely to standardise on Drupal

The federal government is eyeing the introduction of a government-wide content-management system. The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has indicated its preference is to use the open-source Drupal Web platform and to have the CMS delivered as a cloud service.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 May, 2014 15:30

Tags: open source, drupal

Westpac renews Optus mobile contract

Westpac has signed a new five-year deal with Optus, with the telco to continue managing 13,000 mobile devices for the bank.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 May, 2014 15:02

Tags: mobility, Westpac, contact centre, optus, st george, contact centres, Telstra

Microsoft gives ACMA access to real-time malware data

Microsoft and the Australian Communication and Media Authority have struck an agreement that means the software vendor will share real-time data about malware-infected computers with the watchdog organisation.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 May, 2014 12:51

Tags: security, Microsoft, Australian Internet Security Initiative, Australian Communications and Media Authority, malware

NBN Co to ramp up fixed wireless

NBN Co's current plan to deliver broadband services to the 7-8 per cent of population outside the NBN fixed line footprint woefully underestimates the demand in those areas according to a report released today by the government-owned company.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 May, 2014 16:40

Tags: Bill Morrow, JB Rousselot, national broadband network, nbn co, NBN

Devs take TownCraft to the small and big(ger) screens

Australian indie game developers Flat Earth Games have released versions their laid-back village building simulator — TownCraft — for the iPhone and Mac.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 May, 2014 17:32

Tags: Minecraft, games

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