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Optus and Nokia test video streaming from mobile base station

Optus and Nokia Networks are testing a wireless video distribution mechanism whereby video content is streamed directly from a mobile base station.

By Adam Bender | 02 March, 2015 11:32

Tags: lte, wireless, Nokia, telecom, mobile, optus, video streaming, liquid applications, trial, lte-a, video content

Kennards Hire cuts cost with VoIP deployment

Kennards Hire is expecting to cut maintenance costs by ditching individual PABXs at more than 140 sites across Australia and New Zealand.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 February, 2015 12:31

Tags: Essential Data + Voice, Fortinet, voice over IP, voip, Case studies, security, Kennards Hire, EDV, Case Study

Google designing new Mountain View headquarters

Google will submit plans this week to build a new headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

By Sharon Gaudin | 26 February, 2015 07:18

Tags: search, new york times, The New York Times, Google, computerworld, Olympics, internet, search engines

In six months, the White House has replaced its top IT leaders

Steven Spielberg's biopic, Lincoln, included a famous line President Lincoln may or not have said: "I am the President of the United States, clothed with immense power." That description might apply today to D.J. Patil.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 February, 2015 02:09

Tags: Government IT, white house, Government use of IT, skype, LinkedIn, ebay, paypal, government

Infosys to acquire startup Panaya to automate customer tasks

Indian outsourcer Infosys is to acquire Panaya, a U.S. vendor of automation technology for testing enterprise software deployments and upgrades.

By John Ribeiro | 16 February, 2015 17:43

Tags: business issues, services, outsourcing, infosys, panaya, Mergers and acquisitions

Will Netflix be unmetered for Fetch TV customers?

A deal between Fetch TV and Netflix could mean the subscription movie and TV streaming service won’t be metered on some ISP plans.

By Adam Bender | 16 February, 2015 14:13

Tags: Fetch TV, SVOD, Streaming services, Australia, unmetered, netflix, video streaming, broadband, movie streaming

AGL tests virtual reality for employee training

A trial of Samsung Gear VR at AGL Energy Limited (AGL) will explore how virtual reality can assist in training new employees, among other potential opportunities.

By Adam Bender | 11 February, 2015 10:24

Tags: employee training, training, drones, AGL, employee orientation, VR, mobile, videoconferencing, virtual reality, Samsung Gear VR, samsung

In brief: More than 10 million numbers on Do Not Call Register

More than 10 million numbers have been listed on the government-run Do Not Call Register.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 February, 2015 11:09

Tags: Do Not Call Register (DNCR), do not call register, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

BT hopes to attract Web conference addicts with promise of better sound quality

Network operator British Telecom is hoping to increase the popularity of its audioconferencing service by extending a high-quality audio feature to users of Web-based conferencing clients.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 06 February, 2015 00:34

Tags: telephony, Dolby Laboratories, telecommunication, BT, voip

How will data retention laws cope with the Internet of Things?

One of the many things that is troubling about the current Australian government’s metadata retention proposals is how rooted in the past they are, which could make them obsolete before they even come into force.

By Philip Branch | 04 February, 2015 14:07

Tags: data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Cisco, IBM go in to bat for Melbourne Cricket Ground upgrade

The Melbourne Cricket Ground will deploy a stadium Wi-Fi network and IPTV system as part of a major technology upgrade announced with Cisco, IBM and Cockram Construction.

By Adam Bender | 04 February, 2015 12:23

Tags: Sports, LED, IPTV, Wi-Fi, IBM, Melbourne Cricket Ground, sport, displays, HD, cricket, Melbourne Cricket Club, Internet of Things, cisco

Foxtel pitches unlimited Presto as streaming war heats up

Foxtel has confirmed its new broadband service will include unlimited streaming of Presto, the Foxtel-owned movie and TV streaming subscription service.

By Adam Bender | 04 February, 2015 10:58

Tags: IPTV, ISP, telecom, foxtel, video streaming, netflix, streaming, Presto, VOD, broadband

Salesforce leads $41M investment in 'quote to cash' firm Apttus

Salesforce's investment arm has led a major funding round that delivered $41 million in fresh cash to Apttus, a maker of cloud software that helps companies manage price quotes and sales contracts.

By Katherine Noyes | 03 February, 2015 06:50

Tags: business issues, services, Salesforce.com, Application services, cloud computing, investments, internet

Microsoft previews free, updated Power BI business intelligence tool

Aiming at a mass business-user audience, Microsoft has released a preview of the next version of its cloud-based data visualization software, Power BI, with a promise to maintain a free option even after its general release.

By Scott M., Fulton III | 28 January, 2015 08:59

Tags: James Phillips, services, Microsoft, Computing services, reporting, business management

Dropbox buys Pixelapse to add version control for visual designers

Cloud sync-and-share company Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has snapped up startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for "tens of thousands" of visual designers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

By Matt Weinberger | 28 January, 2015 01:27

Tags: services, GitHub, dropbox, Application services, cloud computing, internet, cloud storage

Logitech expands video/audio gear for meeting rooms

Logitech today expanded its offerings in the videoconferencing/collaboration space with the launch of its ConferenceCam Connect device ($499.99). Combining an HD 1080p video camera with dual microphones and a speakerphone for 360-degree audio, the ConferenceCam Connect is aimed at small workgroup collaboration settings (up to six people). The device sits between the entry-level BCC950 unit ($249.99) and the upper-end ConferenceCam CC3000e ($999.99).

By Keith Shaw | 26 January, 2015 20:04

Tags: gadgets, consumer electronics, skype, Lithium, Microsoft, logitech, kensington, videoconferencing

Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The biggest enemy facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 January, 2015 07:14

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, IT outsourcing

Ravello promises enterprises cross-Cloud app flexibility

Part of the reason companies agonize as long and hard as they do over cloud decisions are the potential consequences to be suffered if it later turns out changes need to be made. Write an application and it's good for the particular cloud platform you've chosen; decide to move to a different platform, and you could have a world of pain ahead.

By Katherine Noyes | 22 January, 2015 12:52

Tags: services, Ravello systems, Computing services, cloud computing, internet

Cloud communications growing rapidly in Australian enterprises

Existing enterprise PBX systems reaching their end of life, the potential for CIOs to cut costs, increased vendor offerings and the consumerisation of IT are all pushing growth of cloud communications services in Australian enterprises.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 January, 2015 13:41

Tags: unified communications, telephony, Cloud, cloud computing

French newspapers go offline, but hosting company rules out DDoS as cause

High-profile French media websites went offline for a few hours Friday morning, prompting frenzied speculation about "unprecedented" cyberattacks -- but the hosting company behind the sites soon dismissed talk of a massive distributed denial-of-service attack.

By Peter Sayer | 17 January, 2015 02:39

Tags: services, security, Hosted, internet, Oxalide

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