Stories by Rohan Pearce


In pictures: Microsoft's #WeSpeakCode gets students programming

Microsoft last week held its YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode event, which is designed to promote interest in software development among school students. Students from schools across Western Sydney attended a #WeSpeakCode event at UTS on Friday. The event at UTS was launched by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 May, 2015 15:05

Tags: software development, software developers

myGov-style digital mailbox for business coming in 2016

The Digital Transformation Office is working on a digital mailbox to provide businesses with a single electronic location for government correspondence.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 May, 2015 13:18

Tags: Digital Transformation Office (DTO), Malcolm Turnbull, digital transformation, government, Digital Transformation Office, myGov

Cost of 'hacking' scams doubled in 2014

A new report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission includes figures showing that in 2014 reported financial losses from scams involving hacking more than doubled.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 May, 2015 11:51

Tags: Windows Event Viewer scam, remote access, scams, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, phishing, ransomware, malware, hacking, fraud, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), National Fraud Week

SAP appoints new local MD

SAP Australia/New Zealand's chief operating officer, John Ruthven, will take over as local president and managing director, the ERP vendor announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 May, 2015 11:09

Tags: SAP Australia, SAP

Invest in coding education, says Labor

Labor leader Bill Shorten has used his budget reply to call for increased investment in STEM education, including software development.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 May, 2015 11:23

Tags: Labor, innovation, Bill Shorten, education, Budget 2015, StartupAUS

NeCTAR gets $4.9m from government

Education and training minister Christopher Pyne has revealed the funding split for facilities funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2015 16:44

Tags: NCRIS, research, NeCTAR, Budget 2015, Universities Australia, National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy

Macquarie Telecom joins govt's secure cloud services list

Macquarie Telecom's GovZone has been added to the Australian Signals Directorate's Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL).

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2015 15:34

Tags: macquarie telecom, security, Cloud, Australian Signals Directorate, cloud security, government, cloud computing, Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

Parliament's human rights committee questions anti-piracy bill

The latest report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights raises concerns about the proportionality of proposed government legislation aimed at blocking Australian access to piracy websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2015 13:17

Tags: copyright, piracy, copyright infringement

4G growth helps boost Optus revenue

Optus today reported an increase of operating revenue of 4 per cent to $8.79 billion for the year, on the back of an 11 per cent revenue increase for its fourth quarter.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2015 11:45

Tags: singtel, optus, Telecommunications

Quickflix to resell Foxtel's 'Presto' service

ASX-listed video streaming and DVD rental company Quickflix has struck an agreement with Foxtel under which Foxtel's Presto streaming service will be available through Quickflix.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 May, 2015 10:35

Tags: Stan, Quickflix, foxtel, netflix, video streaming, Presto

Budget 2015: StartupAUS sees missed opportunities in budget

StartupAUS has welcomed government moves in the budget to support small business but says it has failed to address many of the key issues facing tech-focussed startups in Australia.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 May, 2015 14:00

Tags: startups, Budget 2015, australian computer society, StartupAUS

Website-blocking inquiry pushes back reporting date

A Senate committee has pushed back the reporting date of an inquiry into a bill that will potentially force ISPs to stop their customers from accessing websites linked to piracy.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 May, 2015 11:04

Tags: copyright, piracy, copyright infringement

Budget 2015: Funding for NDIS IT, Centrelink payments platform

The government's second budget sets aside $143 million over four years for IT systems to help deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

By Rohan Pearce | 13 May, 2015 10:24

Tags: Budget 2015, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), centrelink, government

Telstra's Netflix speed results 'not unusual', telco says

Telstra may have come last in Netflix's inaugural comparison of Australian ISP speeds, but that's no surprise according to Mike Wright, the telco's group managing director of networks.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 May, 2015 09:48

Tags: TPG, netflix, Telstra

Budget 2015: Government's data retention bill tops $150 million

The government is sinking $153.8 million over four years into its data retention scheme.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 May, 2015 09:15

Tags: Budget 2015, data retention, data retention plan

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