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Eftpos' online play moves closer with Coles trial

Payment provider Eftpos has unveiled an online payments trial in conjunction with supermarket chain Coles. Some 350 consumers will participate in the trial.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 14:41

Tags: e-commerce, mobile payments, Eftpos, digital payments, ecommerce, mobile commerce

Honda Australia uses automation to accelerate PC patching

Honda Australia’s information services department (ISD) has reduced the time spent on patching PCs, laptops and servers by using a software suite to send out automatic patches.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 September, 2014 14:39

Tags: patching, automation, Honda, patch management, LANDesk, Honda Australia

SuperPartners uses virtualization to conduct systems testing

Melbourne-based superannuation provider SuperPartners has used service virtualization to conduct systems testing, leading to a reduction in testing times and increased IT productivity.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 September, 2014 10:38

Tags: virtualization, superpartners, CA Expo 2014, virtualisation, service virtualisation

IBM Watson cooks up some new dishes

When not busy helping to find new treatments for cancer, IBM Watson is helping to cook up a few new dishes as well.

By Joab Jackson | 30 August, 2014 06:59

Tags: popular science, applications, IBM, software, data mining, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service

Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Apple will appeal a judge's order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on Samsung products that were found to infringe its patents.

By James Niccolai | 30 August, 2014 04:48

Tags: consumer electronics, intellectual property, Android, legal, iPhone, Civil lawsuits, Samsung Electronics, patent, smartphones, Apple

Facebook testing mobile searches for old posts

Facebook is testing a way to let users of its mobile app search for posts shared with them in the past.

By Zach Miners | 30 August, 2014 04:48

Tags: mobile applications, Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, Facebook, search engines

US appeals court denies Oracle request to restore $1.3 billion judgment against SAP

Oracle has failed to persuade a US federal appeals court to restore US$1.3 billion judgment in its copyright-infringement lawsuit against SAP, but will have the options of taking a lesser amount of money or pursuing a new trial.

By Chris Kanaracus | 30 August, 2014 03:48

Tags: intellectual property, legal, Civil lawsuits, SAP, software, Oracle

Can SDN usher in better IT security?

That software-defined networking (SDN) is a coming reality is starting to gain traction in IT security circles, with some vendors arguing it could lead to a level of interoperability in security largely missing at present.

By Ellen Messmer | 30 August, 2014 01:02

Tags: SDN, Citrix, linux foundation, security, Networking, OpenDaylight, IETF, intel

Chrome for Mac to desert early Intel Mac owners by October

Google yesterday advanced its 64-bit Chrome browser to beta status, and told owners of the very earliest Intel-based Macs that they would soon be left behind.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 August, 2014 00:23

Tags: web browsers, Google, applications, browsers, software, intel

Mozilla presses forward with new revenue plan, debuts ads in Firefox preview

Mozilla has added small advertisements to the new tab page of Firefox's roughest-edged build, the channel dubbed "Nightly" because it is updated each evening.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 August, 2014 23:13

Tags: web browsers, applications, software, mozilla

Drivers want their cars to get to know them better

Consumers want their vehicles to anticipate their personal technology demands and to provide the same functionality as their mobile devices, according to a survey.

By Lucas Mearian | 29 August, 2014 23:06

Tags: Google, Automotive, beca, industry verticals, telematics

Should Microsoft kill Windows Phone?

It's been nearly four years since Microsoft first released Windows Phone, and what it has gotten after many millions of dollars in development and marketing costs, plus its $US7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia, is this: a worldwide smartphone market share of less than 3 per cent. And that number has been going down, not up.

By Preston Gralla | 29 August, 2014 21:35

Tags: consumer electronics, Strategy Analytics, Microsoft, Android, Nokia, smartphones

Baidu, Tencent help Chinese shopping malls take on Alibaba

Baidu and Tencent are teaming up with a Chinese shopping mall operator in a joint venture that could steal business away from local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

By Michael Kan | 29 August, 2014 17:01

Tags: baidu, e-commerce, retail, Alibaba Group, Tencent, internet, industry verticals, mobile, mobile applications

Australian startup snapshot: Vimcore

Vimcore is a Sydney B2B startup that connects its customers’ employees to local healthcare providers. When not running the business, the company’s co-founder, Jessica Evans, advocates women entrepreneurship in the largely male tech startup scene.

By Adam Bender | 29 August, 2014 16:06

Tags: startups, entrepreneurs, women, Vimcore, business, e-health, Healthcare, enterprise, Women in ICT, Startup

Google's Project Wing building drone delivery service

For two years, Google has quietly been developing autonomous flying vehicles that can be used to deliver packages for disaster relief or for commerce purposes, the company revealed Thursday.

By Zach Miners | 29 August, 2014 11:16

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet, search engines

Poaching drivers may be the norm for ride-sharing companies

It seems like poaching drivers is par for the course in the ride-sharing industry.

By Zach Miners | 29 August, 2014 10:28

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, SideCar, Lyft, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, mobile applications, Uber

Half-Life publisher Valve faces ACCC legal action

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it is taking legal action in the Federal Court against Valve Corporation, the publisher of popular gaming titles including the Half-Life and Portal series.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 August, 2014 09:51

Tags: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), valve, games, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Valve Software, Steam

Paging Dr. Watson, IBM's medical adviser for the future

IBM continues to make the case for the nascent field of cognitive computing, showing off some Watson prototypes that could help speed scientific discovery in the medical field, by scanning large volumes of literature and data far more quickly then humans can, and suggesting possible leads.

By Joab Jackson | 29 August, 2014 07:39

Tags: popular science, applications, IBM, software, data mining, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service

Red Hat CTO abruptly resigns

CTO Brian Stevens is out at Red Hat, according to a curt press release issued by the company Wednesday evening.

By Jon Gold | 29 August, 2014 06:37

Tags: Linux, open source, software, operating systems, Red Hat

Facebook tries to quell Messenger rumors

Facebook is going on the offensive, trying to do damage control for its Messenger app.

By Sharon Gaudin | 29 August, 2014 06:06

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, computerworld, internet, social media, Facebook

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