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Choice lauds NZ ISP's anti-geo-blocking service

Australian consumer advocacy group Choice has welcomed an announcement by New Zealand Internet service provider Slingshot of a service that makes it easier to access overseas streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 July, 2014 13:14

Tags: geoblocking, Hulu, geo-blocking, netflix

Bigcommerce wins as Magento kills SMB offerings

eBay subsidiary Magento will close down its Magento Go and ProStores platforms that provide online storefronts for small and medium businesses.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 July, 2014 10:32

Tags: Bigcommerce, Magento, startups, e-commerce, ebay

Fibre-to-the-building: NBN Co eyes Q1 2015 FTTB launch

NBN Co, the company in charge of overseeing the rollout of the National Broadband Network, has released an updated product roadmap that details for the first time an estimated time frame for offering fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) services.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 July, 2014 16:18

Tags: ziggy switkowski, Networking, TPG, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, NBN, broadband, fibre to the basement

Only 15 per cent of eligible households take up NBN wireless

NBN Co fixed wireless is now available to more than 100,000 premises, with the National Broadband Network wholesaler citing the rise in wireless coverage as evidence of progress in the NBN's rollout.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 July, 2014 09:12

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, Greg Adcock, broadband

Analytics: Guide cautions federal agencies on responsible use of data

The Australian Government Information Management Office has issued a draft guide for public sector organisations looking to deploy data analytics.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 June, 2014 15:31

Tags: data analytics, data, security, big data, agimo, government, data analysis, privacy, Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)

EFA takes wait-and-see approach to ASIO changes

Online civil liberties group Electronic Frontiers Australia will wait until Senator George Brandis unveils his raft of changes to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 before passing judgement on them, but EFA executive officer Jon Lawrence says he is hopeful that the Attorney-General's proposals will not be "too extreme".

By Rohan Pearce | 27 June, 2014 11:26

Tags: George Brandis, surveillance, efa, security, ASIO, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), hacking, privacy, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), civil liberties

Expanded FTTN trial will shape NBN's future

An agreement between Telstra and NBN Co for a 1000-node deployment of fibre-to-the-node technology will "deliver valuable insights into how to build a sustainable and consistent program of work that allows the industry to ramp up and deploy the FTTN element of the NBN at scale," according to NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 June, 2014 15:24

Tags: FTTN, Malcolm Turnbull, fibre to the node, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, fibre to the node (FTTN), NBN, broadband

Gonski departs NEHTA board

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has announced that former Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton will be organisation's new chair.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 June, 2014 13:36

Tags: Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), PCEHR, health, National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), health care, e-health, NEHTA

Audit highlights NSW telco procurement shortcomings

NSW government agencies have been paying too much for telco services according to the results of an audit released today.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 June, 2014 10:53

Tags: NSW Government, telecoms, nsw, procurement, Telco, Telecommunications

NBN Co and Telstra sign FTTN deal

NBN Co and Telstra have signed a deal to undertake a fibre-to-the-node trial.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 June, 2014 09:57

Tags: FTTN, Malcolm Turnbull, fibre to the node, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, fibre to the node (FTTN), NBN, broadband

Government to seek boost to ASIO powers

Attorney-General George Brandis has indicated that the federal government will seek to boost ASIO's powers.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 June, 2014 17:19

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, ASIO, hacking, privacy

Victoria seeks input on digital strategy

The Victorian government is seeking public input on a digital strategy for the state.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 June, 2014 11:54

Tags: digital strategy, Gordon Rich-Phillips, digital, Victoria, victorian government

Australian IoT startup LIFX raises $12m

Melbourne-headquartered Internet of Things startup LIFX has raised $12 million in Series A funding, partnering with Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 June, 2014 09:34

Tags: Thingsquare, LIFX, Internet of Things (IoT), Networking, Internet of Things

Data to drive innovation in Qld electricity sector

Open data and the market-driven uptake of advanced meters will help foster innovation in the sunshine state's electricity sector under a 30-year strategy released today by the Queensland government.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 June, 2014 15:25

Tags: queensland government, electricity, Utilities, open data, queensland, government

Vodafone offers free data to head off outage outrage

Vodafone customers will be able to use mobile data services between midnight on Friday and 3am on Monday morning without worrying about excess usage charges.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 June, 2014 08:51

Tags: mobile phones, Vodafone, smartphones, Telco, optus, telcos, Telecommunications

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