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New Zealand ISP lets customers 'buy broadband with Bitcoin'

New Zealand ISP Slingshot has announced it will allow customers to pay for its services using Bitcoin. The ISP believes it is the largest NZ company to accept the crypto-currency.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 15:18

Tags: Exetel, ISP, slingshot, Bitcoin

Senate to reveal voting code, whether the AEC likes it or not

The Senate today passed a motion requiring the release of the source code for software that is used to count votes in upper house elections.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 14:29

Tags: Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), senate, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Lee Rhiannon, source code, freedom of information

NBN FTTN's power bill: $89m a year?

The Coalition government's decision to switch the fixed line element of the National Broadband Network from being primarily fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to a mix of technologies, notably fibre-to-the-node for brownfields premises, has not been without its critics.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 12:54

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

Open data: Government launches 'National Map' for geospatial data

The federal government has launched an online map of Australia that allows users to overlay geospatial datasets made available by agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 July, 2014 13:58

Tags: GovHack, geospatial, geospatial data, open data

APX-West and APX-Central slated to land at NextDC's P1

NextDC's Perth data centre, P1, will be the landing station for the APX-West and APX-Central cables under a plan unveiled today by SubPartners.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 July, 2014 09:51

Tags: SubPartners, Bevan Slattery, NextDC

MyNetFone charts course in app-dominated world

The future of voice communications may be in 'over the top' applications, but there's life yet in the humble phone number according to the CEO of VoIP provider MyNetFone. Phone numbers "are this invisible glue that everyone takes for granted," Rene Sugo says.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 July, 2014 12:49

Tags: apps, voice over IP, telecoms, Networking, Telco, mynetfone, cloud computing, Telecommunications, skype, voip, Cloud, Rene Sugo, mobile phones, smartphones

Open data: OAIC publishes Freedom of Information stats

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has made Freedom of Information statistics available in a machine-readable format, the federal agency revealed today.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 July, 2014 14:20

Tags: Office of the Information Commissioner, data, open data, freedom of information

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

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