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Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered what appears to be a major computer system failure late Friday.

By Zach Miners | 25 April, 2015 10:08

Tags: starbucks, business issues, Internet-based applications and services, services, retail, industry verticals, internet

Infosys invests in cloud, health monitoring market

Indian outsourcer Infosys has made an acquisition in the area of cloud computing and invested in a personal health monitoring company as it tries to move into high value products and services.

By John Ribeiro | 24 April, 2015 21:52

Tags: business issues, services, offshoring, outsourcing, infosys, financial results, Mergers and acquisitions

Huawei eyes US enterprise market despite political challenges

Past political trouble in the U.S. isn't stopping Huawei Technologies from selling its enterprise services in the country.

By Michael Kan | 23 April, 2015 14:57

Tags: Huawei Technologies, services, servers, storage, regulation, hardware systems, government

Telstra hits 590Mbps mobile data speeds using LTE-A

Telstra managed yesterday to hit speeds of up to 590 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation on its network, the telco's group managing director for networks, Mike Wright, said today.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 April, 2015 12:25

Tags: mobile networks, VoLTE, 4g, mobile phones, smartphones, Telstra, LTE-Advanced

Collaboration battleground: Skype vs Cisco Spark in the enterprise

Cisco in March announced the launch of Spark at Enterprise Connect 2015 in Orlando, USA, which coincided with CiscoLive 2015 in Melbourne. A few months earlier Microsoft had announced its integration of Skype and Lync under the banner of 'Skype for Business,' and it has several partners on board now to bring the solution to the market in 1H15.

By Siow-Meng Soh, IDC | 20 April, 2015 11:47

Tags: unified communications, skype, applications, Microsoft, cisco, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), software, collaboration, unified communications (UC), Cisco Spark

Tata gives employees anniversary bonus, cuts into profits

India's outsourcing industry needs to hire and retain staff in big numbers to keep business humming, so for the 10th anniversary of its initial public offering, Tata Consultancy Services announced a one-time "special reward" for its employees.

By John Ribeiro | 17 April, 2015 00:32

Tags: business issues, services, personnel, offshoring, outsourcing, Tata Consultancy Services

Microsoft buries Lync with Skype for Business rollout

Microsoft today began distributing the revamped Lync client, dubbed Skype for Business since last November, to Office customers.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 April, 2015 06:12

Tags: enterprise applications, skype, applications, Microsoft, enterprise resource planning, software, e3

M2 to acquire New Zealand ISP Call Plus

ASX-listed telecommunications provider M2 will acquire Call Plus, New Zealand's third largest ISP, for $245 million, the company announced this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 April, 2015 10:43

Tags: M2

10 U.S. senators seek investigation into H-1B-driven layoffs

Ten U.S. senators, representing the political spectrum, are seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 April, 2015 05:34

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, services, outsourcing, Sena, Department of Justice, IT outsourcing

Indian outsourcer Satyam's founder guilty of accounting fraud, court rules

The founder of Satyam Computer Services has been found guilty of a financial scam that brought the Hyderabad-based outsourcer to the verge of collapse before its rescue by a rival.

By John Ribeiro | 09 April, 2015 18:13

Tags: Criminal, satyam computer services, services, outsourcing, legal

ATO extends Optus network services contract

The Australian Taxation Office has extended for five years its contract with Optus Business for managed network services, the telco said this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 April, 2015 12:00

Tags: Networking, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Taxation Office (ATO), optus, Telecommunications

Telstra acquires telemedicine network

Telstra's healthcare ICT division has entered an agreement to acquire the Anywhere Healthcare network from Medibank, the telco announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 April, 2015 12:53

Tags: health, telemedicine, Healthcare, Telstra Health, Telstra

Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, researchers say

Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear.

By Bob Brown | 27 March, 2015 02:29

Tags: Yahoo, skype, LastPass, dropbox, Google, Microsoft, security, passwords, twitter

Foxconn to enter information security realm with joint venture

Foxconn Technology Group isn't satisfied with just making iPhones, and plans to break into the information security market through an upcoming joint venture.

By Michael Kan | 26 March, 2015 15:00

Tags: business issues, services, Foxconn Technology Group

Samsung will add Microsoft services and let users remove bloatware

Samsung both giveth and (allows users to) taketh away.

By Matt Hamblen | 24 March, 2015 05:31

Tags: forum, samsung, skype, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, smartphones, youtube, galaxy

Telstra turns to Gorilla to strengthen video analytics

Telstra has bolstered its video analytics capabilities with an equity investment in Gorilla Technology.

By Adam Bender | 20 March, 2015 11:38

Tags: search, video search, video analytics, investment, M&A, Gorilla, Telstra

Videoconferencing links Westpac SME experts to remote branches

Westpac is rolling out videoconferencing to its branches around Australia to remotely connect small businesses with financial experts at the bank’s headquarters.

By Adam Bender | 19 March, 2015 13:18

Tags: small businesses, small business, Westpac, cisco, Cisco Live, banks, videoconferencing, SME

In photos: Cisco Live 2015

Some 5500 people attended the annual Cisco Live conference in Melbourne.

By Adam Bender | 19 March, 2015 09:30

Tags: devnet, developers, hackathon, Cloud, Internet of Things, cisco, internet of everything, Cisco Live, CIO, photos, Telstra

Etihad Stadium deploys public Wi-Fi, IPTV

Sports fans now have more ways to connect with the footie at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne after a venue-wide deployment of free Wi-Fi and an IPTV system by Cisco.

By Adam Bender | 19 March, 2015 06:00

Tags: Sports, IPTV, Wi-Fi, football, cisco, wireless, stadiums, rugby, public Wi-Fi, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, AFL

Cisco, Telstra seek to ignite collaboration with Spark

Cisco and Telstra took the wraps off of a work collaboration app designed for mobile devices.

By Adam Bender | 18 March, 2015 10:00

Tags: unified communications, Cisco Spark, Cloud, mobility, cisco, mobile, collaboration, Telstra

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