The Clean Energy Regulator, which administers the federal government’s carbon pricing scheme, is seeking a new software system to manage the auctioning of carbon units when the scheme when shifts from fixed pricing to variable pricing in 2015.
Identifying a gap in the market has been the key to many successful open source projects. In the case of the participants in Project Hexapod, a group of robotics enthusiasts based at the Artisan Asylum makerspace in Massachusetts, they identified a clear lack of six-legged, rideable robots.
Broadband minister Senator Stephen Conroy has told a Sydney forum hosted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy that the rollout of the National Broadband Network will pass 758,000 premises before 2013.
It might have ended very differently for BeOS. At one point, it looked like BeOS, developed by Be Inc, might become the operating system for Apple hardware. Instead, Apple ended up tapping NeXT and used its OpenStep as the basis for Mac OS X (in the process bringing Steve Jobs back into the fold).
Social media and social networking for internal collaboration and knowledge sharing can raise the productivity of some employees by up to 25 per cent according to a McKinsey report released last month.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has ditched its proposal for evaluating applications for new ‘dot word’ style top-level domains (TLDs) such as ‘.bank’ in batches of 500. A statement issued yesterday said that ICANN instead would work “based on a tentative project plan that foresees the processing of applications in a single batch, and simultaneous release of results”.
Airtasker is an Australian start-up that connects people who want simple tasks like housecleaning or buying the groceries completed with ‘Runners’ in their local area who will carry out the job in exchange for a fee set by the ‘Sender’.
In its first six months since opening its doors to the public, Australian start-up Airtasker has managed to build a solid user base and expanded from Sydney to offering its locally based form of outsourcing for mundane tasks in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
A new study released by PR agency Burson-Marsteller has revealed that Australian PM Julia Gillard is the second best connect world leader on Twitter after European Union President Herman van Rompuy when it comes to mutual follows with her peers.
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