Stories by Rohan Pearce


Sydney Region part of Amazon S3 price cuts

Amazon Web Services has announced a new series of price cuts for its S3 object storage service that will see drops of around a quarter in most Regions, including Sydney.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 November, 2012 10:33

Tags: amazon s3, cloud computing

Amazon unveils data-warehouse-as-a-service

Andy Jassy, head of’s cloud arm, Amazon Web Services, used his keynote at the inaugural AWS re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas to unveil the latest addition to AWS’ cloud ecosystem: data-warehouse-as-a-service.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 November, 2012 06:11

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, data warehouse, cloud computing

MyNetFone buys Victorian ISP Connexus

VoIP and broadband retailer MyNetFone has announced that it will acquire Melbourne ISP Connexus for $4.75 million. Earlier this month MyNetFone picked up IP telephony company CallStream for $600,000.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 November, 2012 12:56

Tags: mynetfone

BeOS-inspired operating system Haiku hits new milestone

Haiku, an open source project inspired by BeOS, has hit a new milestone, with developers releasing Alpha 4 of the operating system.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 November, 2012 09:53

Tags: Haiku, open source

Amazon cloud chief: Two Availability Zones just the beginning

Amazon Web Services head Andy Jassy says that if the new Sydney Region AWS unveiled overnight gets the kind of take-up that the cloud business has seen in other regions, more data centres will be in the pipeline.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 November, 2012 19:28

Tags: Amazon Web Services, cloud computing

'Absolute garbage': Comm Bank CIO dismisses security, data sovereignty as cloud barriers

Commonwealth Bank CIO Michael Harte today told participants at a Sydney event organised by's cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS), that data sovereignty and security have been used as unjustified excuses to stop businesses moving to the cloud.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 November, 2012 18:19

Tags: cloud computing

Amazon set to shake up Australian cloud market

In a move that has been expected by local commentators for quite some time, Amazon Web Services — the cloud computing arm of — overnight announced that customers can now access AWS services through an Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 November, 2012 09:32

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, cloud computing

Foxtel comes to iPad

Owners of Apple iPads can now watch Foxtel pay TV on their tablet. A new app, Foxtel Go, lets Foxtel subscribers watch 21 channels and a selection of "catch up" TV series on iPads.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 November, 2012 16:39

Tags: foxtel, iPad apps, iPad

MyNetFone collects Callstream

VoIP and broadband retailer MyNetFone will buy CallStream in a deal expected to cost $600,000.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 November, 2012 16:27

Tags: mynetfone

Open source spotlight: How DocumentCloud adds depth to digital journalism

The corporate media is facing a deep-going, digital-driven crisis: Dropping print advertising revenue, a growth in online ad spend that hasn't plugged the revenue hole, and the unwillingness, in general, of readers to pay for online news.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 November, 2012 11:27

Tags: open source, journalism, media

Australian Drupal developers eye further opportunities in government

Australian Drupal development shop PreviousNext has launched a beta program for a new open source offering intended to make adoption of the open source content management system (CMS) more appealing to government agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 November, 2012 12:44

Tags: open source, drupal

Students explore NFC's potential in search for wireless technology's killer app

Students at the University of Technology, Sydney this week showcased ideas for using the short-range Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless technology present in many of the current generation of smartphones.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 November, 2012 10:16

Tags: Near Field Communications, mobility, smartphones

Infosys invests in NSW students

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and executives of Indian IT company Infosys today unveiled an new scholarship program at an event in Hyderabad.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 November, 2012 16:50

Tags: infosys

Linux distro spotlight: Fuduntu

It's not unusual for Linux distributions to have somewhat offbeat names — Ubuntu (named after an Africa-originated philosophy), Red Hat (the creator of the original distro, Marc Ewing, had a red lacrosse hat given to him by his grandfather), and the wonderful CrunchBang Linux (named after the characters usually used at the start of a script — #!).

By Rohan Pearce | 01 November, 2012 12:04

Tags: Linux, open source, linux distribution

Google Nexus 4 hits Australia in November for $349

Google has unveiled the latest Android-equipped Nexus device, the Nexus 4. Australians will be able to order the smartphone, which will run Android 4.2 ('Jelly Bean'), from 13 November.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 October, 2012 10:45

Tags: mobile phones, smartphones, Android, Google Android, tablets

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