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Data retention: Industry reiterates warning on costs

"You're going to the shops to get a litre of milk anyway, so it's no big deal to bring me the whole supermarket" — that's how iiNet's chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, today described government suggestions a mandatory data retention scheme would not impose significant burdens on telecommunications carriers.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 July, 2014 13:26

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, privacy

Lithium-metal battery could boost gadget power

Researchers at Stanford University have made progress toward designing a battery with a lithium anode, a development that could increase battery power in electronics.

By Tim Hornyak | 29 July, 2014 13:12

Tags: Batteries / fuel cells, Components, Stanford University

Vodafone uses low-band to boost 4G coverage

Vodafone on Tuesday announced it had reallocated its low-band 850MHz mobile spectrum to boost 4G network coverage – particularly indoors – for 1.5 million of its existing customers.

By Byron Connolly | 29 July, 2014 12:41

Tags: 850MHz, 700Mhz, Benoit Hanssen, Vodafone, optus, Telstra

NICTA pushes seL4 microkernel beyond drones

The seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, has just been released as open source, which will help it evolve beyond its military use, says NICTA.

By Rebecca Merrett | 29 July, 2014 12:00

Tags: nicta, drones, industrial automation, seL4, medical devices, seL4 microkernel

ACMA signs online child abuse notification scheme with police

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has signed formal agreements with state, territory and federal police for the reporting of online child abuse material in Australia.

By Hamish Barwick | 29 July, 2014 11:53

Tags: Australian Federal Police (AFP), child abuse, cybersafety, Crime Stoppers, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Testbed will help clouds and networks shake hands

A network testbed being constructed just south of San Francisco will help carriers and vendors develop standards for better cloud services, the CloudEthernet Forum says.

By Stephen Lawson | 29 July, 2014 11:13

Tags: Networking, Tata Communications, internet, CloudEthernet Forum, cloud computing

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

More than 6k Australians duped by Koler Android ransomware: report

Android ransomware, which displays a message that claims to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and other local law enforcement authorities, has affected 6,223 Australians since May 2014, according to research by Kaspersky Lab.

By Hamish Barwick | 29 July, 2014 10:35

Tags: Australian Federal Police (AFP), Angler Exploit, Koler 'police' ransomware, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), kaspersky lab

Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you're on the move, get ready to download a new app.

By Zach Miners | 29 July, 2014 10:29

Tags: instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, Facebook

Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

New tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese imports of solar cells and (for the first time) Taiwan has infuriated some in the solar power industry who believe the steep taxes will adversely affect businesses and consumers.

By Lucas Mearian | 29 July, 2014 07:38

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, U.S. Department of Commerce, regulation, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, sustainable IT, government, Kno

Qualcomm planting seeds for 4K video, silicon brains in mobile devices

Smarter contextual awareness, 4K video and augmented reality are just some of the new technologies that will be offered by smartphones and tablets over the next year or so, according to Qualcomm's product blueprints.

By Agam Shah | 29 July, 2014 07:09

Tags: qualcomm, hardware systems, tablets, Components, processors

Mobile devices to get faster LP-DDR4 memory next year

Thanks to the rise of mobile gaming and 4K video, LP-DDR4 memory will reach smartphones and tablets close to two years earlier than expected, an analyst said.

By Agam Shah | 29 July, 2014 06:37

Tags: consumer electronics, hardware systems, smartphones, IHS, tablets, Components, processors

Mozilla knocks off 'interim' label, names Chris Beard CEO

Mozilla today ditched the "interim" label for Chris Beard and appointed him CEO.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 July, 2014 06:25

Tags: Firefox, CIO role, IT Leadership, internet, IT management

Google's next frontier: What it means to be healthy

Google has launched a new project, dubbed the Baseline Study, that seeks to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be healthy.

By Sharon Gaudin | 29 July, 2014 05:58

Tags: Google, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, healthcare IT, Stanford University

Stanford researchers show off blueprint for self-healing lithium battery

A paper published today by Stanford University researchers outlines a way to make lithium batteries a lot safer, opening the door to a host of new applications in everything from smartphones to electric cars.

By Jon Gold | 29 July, 2014 05:53

Tags: Tesla, Batteries / fuel cells, Batteries, Components, Data Center, Stanford University

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