Australian startup LIFX is preparing to ship its Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs later this year. The 'smart' lightbulb, which can be controlled by a smartphone app, is the brainchild of LIFX CEO Phil Bosua. Like most good ideas, its origins are a conversation in a pub.
No-one would deny that 2004 launch of World of Warcraft changed the face of the games industry. The subscriber base of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online game (MMO) may rise and fall as the company releases expansions and tweaks its subscription model (the introduction of the free 'Starter Edition' for example), but millions of players have spent many millions of hours in Azeroth.
Data centre migrations can involve a lot of pain. And a transnational migration – let alone several – in order to comply with data sovereignty regulations is almost an unthinkable nightmare. But for Jean-Manuel Becker, the director of IT services at Melbourne-based educational services company Pearson Research and Assessment, it's becoming a routine part of his job.
The Tasmanian government has earmarked $28 million for the establishment of an ICT Project Fund. Funding for 2013-14, revealed in today's state budget, will total $4 million, with funding increasing annually up to $10 million in 2016-17.
IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology – perhaps most famous for its 2011 victory in US game show Jeopardy! – will be used by ANZ Bank to deliver faster financial recommendations to customers.
It's hard enough providing IT support to the business when it's easy enough to walk from one end of the office to another. But if you're the IT manager of small- or medium-sized organisation with a workforce that isn't in the same city, let alone the same state, it can be test to deliver the kind of technical support the business expects.
LogMeIn last week unveiled Xively, a platform-as-a-service offering designed to speed development of Internet-connected devices – the so-called 'Internet of Things'. The public Xively cloud is based on Cosm, the IoT platform produced by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased in July 2011.
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