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Rip Curl rides wearable wave with smartwatch for surfers

Rip Curl has launched a smartwatch for surfers that measures surf data and maps their ride on an interactive map.

By Adam Bender | 29 July, 2014 10:45

Tags: marketing, advertising, wearable devices, VML Australia, GPS, smartwatches, surfer, rackspace, smartwatch, surfing, ads, Rip Curl

Connected home brings new revenue opportunity for telcos: Ovum

The rise of the Internet of Things could allow telcos to provide a “quint-play” of services, according to an Ovum report.

By Adam Bender | 28 July, 2014 14:07

Tags: smart grid, ovum, security, Internet of Things (IoT), predictions, Telco, telecom, bundles, energy, NBN, home automation

Telstra unveils interoperable videoconferencing service

Businesses can communicate with each other using different videoconferencing products with a B2B service announced by Telstra.

By Adam Bender | 28 July, 2014 10:26

Tags: interoperability, Blue Jeans Network, cisco, Telco, polycom, enterprise, telecom, videoconferencing, Telstra

UNSW researchers see future for Oculus Rift in engineering

Virtual reality could soon be a practical tool for engineers with the availability of inexpensive VR equipment like Oculus Rift and free open-source design software, according to a researcher at the University of New South Wales.

By Adam Bender | 25 July, 2014 09:30

Tags: engineers, university of new south wales, education, engineering, Oculus Rift, VR, virtual reality

Dropbox lures business users from consumer product

Dropbox has revealed additional IT admin controls as it continues its bid to lure business customers.

By Adam Bender | 24 July, 2014 08:00

Tags: search, dropbox, consumerisation of IT, security, IT admin, sharing, cloud storage, bring your own application, BYOA

UPDATED: Vodafone upbeat on turnaround despite more customer losses

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has blamed “stiff competition” and a saturated market for the loss of 137,000 more customers in the six-month period ended 30 June.

By Adam Bender | 23 July, 2014 10:16

Tags: earnings, Vodafone, Telco, financial results, telecom, customers, mobile

Australians support biometrics at airports

Nine in ten Australians are willing to hand over biometric details including fingerprints when travelling across international borders, according to an Accenture survey.

By Adam Bender | 22 July, 2014 15:39

Tags: airport security, airports, travel, security, biometrics, international, privacy

UPDATED: 4G in Australia: The state of the nation

The top three Australian carriers are spending billions upgrading their networks to high-speed 4G LTE services. Customers are just starting to see the new plans and rollout is expected to intensify through the year and well into 2013.

By Adam Bender | 18 December, 2013 09:30

Tags: 4g, Australia, coverage, optus, mobile, Telstra, Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Payment upstart Stripe sets up shop in Australia

Stripe has opened business in Australia, joining an increasingly competitive market of payment providers in the country.

By Adam Bender | 22 July, 2014 10:43

Tags: Payments, commerce, e-commerce, Australia, paypal, BrainTree, Stripe

Telstra unveils locations getting early access to 700MHz 4G network

Telstra has announced early access to its 700MHz 4G mobile network for Perth and other communities around Australia.

By Adam Bender | 22 July, 2014 10:05

Tags: 700Mhz, 4g, Australia, spectrum, Telco, telecom, mobile, Telstra

Canva reveals GoDaddy partnership, new funding

Australian startup Canva has announced an additional $3.6 million in funding and new partnerships with website hosts to integrate its quick graphic design tool.

By Adam Bender | 22 July, 2014 08:00

Tags: funding, startups, guy kawasaki, Canva, GoDaddy, graphic design

Optus 700MHz 4G network ready for Perth, Darwin

Darwin and Perth residents can get an early taste of 4G mobile broadband on 700 MHz spectrum after Optus turned on the network in each CBD.

By Adam Bender | 21 July, 2014 15:23

Tags: 700Mhz, 4g, spectrum, Darwin, 700mhz spectrum, Perth, optus, mobile, broadband

ASIO head says government is no Big Brother

ASIO is not carrying out mass surveillance of average citizens and the agency is subject to an appropriate level of oversight, according to the organisation's head David Taylor Irvine, director-general of security.

By Adam Bender | 21 July, 2014 11:25

Tags: big brother, senate, 1984, Australia, ASIO, metadata, Scott Ludlam, laws, legislation, TIA Act, call data, surveillance

Australian investigations of online sexual abuse material rise 550 per cent

The 2013/14 financial year saw more than six times the number of Australian investigations into online child sexual abuse material, according to figures released today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

By Adam Bender | 18 July, 2014 09:26

Tags: child abuse, takedown, Children, law enforcement, hotlines, investigations, illegal Internet content, police, government, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), cybersafety, online content

NBN Co must pay out $200 million more to Telstra: NSW Supreme Court

NBN Co will owe Telstra $200 million more than it expected over the next 30 years, unless it appeals a decision reached today by the NSW Supreme Court.

By Adam Bender | 17 July, 2014 12:31

Tags: NSW Supreme Court, disputes, contracts, national broadband network, nbn co, court, Telstra

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