Stories by Rohan Pearce


Microsoft unveils Bing Code Search

Microsoft has launched a new plug-in for Visual Studio 2013 that lets developers search for code snippets from within the IDE.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 February, 2014 10:24

Tags: visual studio, Microsoft

Tas Labor pushes free Wi-FI, Bass Strait fibre study

Tasmanian Labor this morning unveiled a tech-heavy assortment of policies ahead of the 15 March Tasmanian election, including a study into more optical fibre across Bass Strait, free Wi-Fi hotspots and a commitment to open data.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 February, 2014 15:34

Tags: tasmania, national broadband network

Labor offers free access to Aurora infrastructure for NBN

If Labor wins the 15 March Tasmanian election NBN Co will have free access to the infrastructure of electricity network provider Aurora to roll out fibre, under a policy launched by Premier Lara Giddings today.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 February, 2014 13:46

Tags: tasmania, national broadband network, broadband

Attorney-General mulls website takedowns, warning system to tackle piracy

The federal government "will be considering possible mechanisms to provide a legal incentive for an internet service provider to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement on their systems and networks," Attorney-General George Brandis told a forum on copyright this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 February, 2014 13:09

Tags: bittorrent, copyright, iiNet, piracy

SA Police roll out Android-powered fingerprint scanners

Following the conclusion in November of a trial of 20 mobile fingerprint scanners in South Australia, the devices are being rolled out to police in the state.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 February, 2014 11:50

Tags: civil liberties, Android, privacy

Queensland Police to map crime scenes with 3D scanner

Police in Queensland will employ a CSIRO-developed 3D scanner to map crime scenes, the state government announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 February, 2014 15:50

Tags: CSIRO, police, queensland

Optus registers 26% jump in ICT revenue

Optus Business revenue increased 2.4 per cent to $378 million in the December quarter despite declines in data and voice revenue, the telco reported today. The biggest increase was in ICT and managed services, with revenue jumping 26 per cent to $126 million.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 February, 2014 11:02

Tags: telecoms, optus

Exetel marks 10th anniversary as ISP with new direction

Exetel is marking its 10th year of operations as an Internet service provider by streamlining its plans and launching a rebranding campaign.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 February, 2014 17:51

Tags: Exetel

SA Police add drones to arsenal

South Australian Police (SAPOL) officers are undergoing training to pilot two small remote controlled aircraft that the force has added to its arsenal. The South Australian government provided around $200,000 for the purchase of the aircraft, which arrived this week.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 February, 2014 09:37

Tags: drones

ABS prepares for desktop virtualization

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is preparing for a move away from thick clients, going to market to seek a hypervisor solution that can deliver virtual desktops to 3650 users through Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 February, 2014 12:19

Tags: virtualization, virtualisation, virtual desktops

NBN: Concern as copper switch-off looms in Tas

Residents in half a dozen Tasmanian communities have only three and a half months to connect to the National Broadband Network before the copper network in their area is switched off, potentially leaving them without voice services.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 February, 2014 09:31

Tags: national broadband network

Fear, uncertainty and delays: The NBN in Tasmania

Tasmanian business is desperate for certainty over the future of the National Broadband Network rollout in the state, according to witnesses that appeared before a Hobart hearing of the Senate’s Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 04 February, 2014 13:41

Tags: tasmania, national broadband network

Google Earth adds new dimension to NSW data

State government agency Land and Property Information has launched a new initiative that lets users explore NSW geospatial datasets from within Google Earth.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 February, 2014 10:47

Tags: Google Earth

Optus to take charge of NBN Co satellites

NBN Co has awarded a five year contract to Optus to operate the two satellites that will deliver the Long Term Satellite Service for the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 February, 2014 09:14

Tags: national broadband network, optus, NBN

Officeworks to sell 3D printers

Stationery and office equipment supply chain Officeworks has claimed it will be the first Australian retailer to sell 3D printers. Although they have already been available in Australia from smaller specialist vendors, Officeworks is the first major store to stock 3D printers.

By Rohan Pearce | 31 January, 2014 12:36

Tags: Officeworks, 3D printers, 3d printing

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