Unified Comms

Xiaomi moving data outside China following privacy concerns

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is moving customer data and its Internet platforms to servers outside China, only months after the company apologized over privacy concerns.

By Michael Kan | 23 October, 2014 13:33

Tags: Xiaomi, services, consumer electronics, Android, smartphones, Computing services

Mitel takes aim at Avaya with ShoreTel bid

Anyone thinking about signing a deal with ShoreTel for unified communications gear might want to take a closer look now that Mitel has made public its hopes to buy the company.

By Tim Greene | 21 October, 2014 08:59

Tags: unified communications, Synergy, telecommunication, Networking, voip, Microsoft, ShoreTel Cisco Unified Communications, Shoretel, Avaya

Holograms, VR and telepresence: Experts herald the coming Gigabit Age

The widespread availability of Gigabit Internet connectivity by 2025 will open a brave new world of killer apps, according to the more than 1,400 experts who contributed to the Pew Research Center's latest study.

By Jon Gold | 10 October, 2014 01:06

Tags: Google, Pew Research Center, Networking, videoconferencing, LAN & WAN

Skype appears to bow to Indian rules, ends in-country calls to local networks

Microsoft has decided to stop routing Skype Internet calls from within India to local landlines and mobile phones, in a move that may signal it is giving in to local regulations.

By John Ribeiro | 07 October, 2014 03:21

Tags: telephony, Internet-based applications and services, skype, telecommunication, regulation, Microsoft, Telephony/conferencing, internet, government

How to avoid an Oracle ERP upgrade disaster

Users who have gone through the experience advised their peers during OpenWorld

By Chris Kanaracus | 03 October, 2014 05:13

Tags: openworld, services, applications, enterprise resource planning, CIO role, it strategy, software, IT management, Oracle

St John Ambulance WA to deploy IP communications

St John Ambulance in Western Australia is about to roll out an IP communications software suite to replace a legacy Zeacom PBX phone system that was no longing meeting the organisation’s needs.

By Hamish Barwick | 02 October, 2014 11:26

Tags: ambulance, emergency services, St John Ambulance, IP communications, interactive intelligence

University of Queensland tenders for voice services

The University of Queensland (UQ) has issued a tender for voice services as it looks to replace a number of systems including a private automatic branch exchange (PABX) and personal handyphone system (PHS) mobile phone platform.

By Hamish Barwick | 25 September, 2014 11:13

Tags: telephony, telephony equipment, IP communications, pabx, tender, tenders, university of queensland

EMC reportedly held merger talks with Hewlett-Packard

EMC spent almost a year discussing a merger with Hewlett-Packard and is weighing its options in light of the expected retirement of CEO Joe Tucci and shareholder discontent, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

By Chris Kanaracus | 22 September, 2014 23:32

Tags: business issues, services, Dell, hardware systems, software, emc, Hewlett-Packard, Mergers and acquisitions

West Sydney school gets connected to improve student literacy

Delany College in Granville, western Sydney will use Telstra's 'connected classroom' that features video conferencing to improve Year 7 and 8 student’s literacy levels.

By Hamish Barwick | 03 September, 2014 13:41

Tags: telepresence, education, West Sydney, Delany College, Telstra

Telstra finalises joint venture with Telkom Indonesia

Telstra has signed a joint venture agreement with Telkom Indonesia. The joint venture will offer cloud, unified communications, managed network and security services in Indonesia.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 August, 2014 15:40

Tags: cloud computing, Telstra

Nine, Fairfax show hand on subscription video with StreamCo

Amid continuing rumours of Netflix coming to Australia, here comes another video streaming subscription service.

By Adam Bender | 27 August, 2014 10:37

Tags: Streamco, torrent, SVOD, Fairfax Media, video streaming, piracy, netflix, subscription tv, TV shows, Nine, movies, pirates, Australia

NBN cuts costs for M2's Commander

M2 Group can lower prices of its Commander small business plans without reducing margins when customers transition to the National Broadband Network (NBN), according to M2 Group CEO Geoff Horth.

By Adam Bender | 25 August, 2014 11:44

Tags: M2 group, Commander, small business, engin, iprimus, national broadband network, financial results, business, dodo, NBN, broadband

Oregon sues Oracle over troubled health insurance website

Oregon has filed a long-expected lawsuit against Oracle over its role developing the state's troubled health insurance exchange website, alleging the vendor fraudulently induced Oregon to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for software and services that didn't work as promised.

By Chris Kanaracus | 23 August, 2014 06:00

Tags: services, legal, Civil lawsuits, it strategy, software, IT management, Oracle

OnBeep developing walkie-talkie type wearable for mobile devices

OnBeep is readying a wearable device that will let smartphone users initiate a voice chat with a pre-defined group of people, walkie-talkie style, and to support its development the startup announced Wednesday it has closed a US$6.25 million funding round.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 21 August, 2014 01:53

Tags: consumer electronics, telecommunication, voip, OnBeep, accessories

Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say

It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave up his board seat some six months after leaving the top job, and the move should help cement the regime and strategy of his successor Satya Nadella, according to several industry observers.

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 07:01

Tags: business issues, Microsoft, steve ballmer, hardware systems, financial results, software, internet, cloud computing, personnel, services

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft's board

About six months after retiring as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has relinquished his seat on the company's board of directors effective immediately, citing a busy schedule and confidence in the company's current and future financial performance.

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 04:35

Tags: business issues, personnel, services, Microsoft, steve ballmer, hardware systems, software

Rimini Street downplays impact of adverse ruling in Oracle lawsuit

Rimini Street has put on a brave face following a federal judge's determination that it stole Oracle's intellectual property in the course of providing software support to its customers.

By Chris Kanaracus | 16 August, 2014 03:07

Tags: intellectual property, legal, Civil lawsuits, CIO role, it strategy, software, IT management, Rimini Street, Oracle, services

EFA lists movies pirates can't obtain legally

Seven out of the 10 most pirated films this week are not legally available for digital purchase in Australia, according to a new website by Electronic Frontiers Australia.

By Adam Bender | 15 August, 2014 13:48

Tags: pirates, streaming, piracy, netflix, TV shows, video, digital content, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), bittorrent, digital, movies, music

Rimini Street did steal Oracle's intellectual property, judge says

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation claim against Oracle by third-party support vendor Rimini Street, saying Oracle was telling the truth when it accused the company of "massive theft" of its software.

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 August, 2014 08:34

Tags: intellectual property, legal, Civil lawsuits, CIO role, SAP, it strategy, software, IT management, Rimini Street, Oracle, services

Presto price closer to Netflix after Foxtel halves cost

In what could be a pre-emptive strike against Netflix, Foxtel has halved the price of its subscription video streaming service to $9.99 per month, Presto.

By Adam Bender | 15 August, 2014 08:00

Tags: price, Australia, foxtel, Quickflix, video streaming, netflix, subscription, Presto, PAY-tv

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