Westpac invests in bitcoin startup

Reinventure, a $50 million VC fund whose largest investor is Westpac, has made a "strategic investment" in bitcoin-focussed startup Coinbase.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 June, 2015 11:13

Tags: Coinbase, digital currency, Westpac, Bitcoin

Microsoft hands some of the reins for its display ad business to AOL

Microsoft will be handing over its display advertising business to AOL in nine markets as part of a new partnership between the two companies that was announced Monday.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 30 June, 2015 11:12

Tags: business issues, AOL, Microsoft, restructuring

ME completes $90m technology rebuild

Industry super fund bank ME has completed a $90 million, five-year project to rebuild its technology systems.

By Hamish Barwick | 30 June, 2015 10:51

Tags: transformation, banking, ME Bank

Microsoft adds midrange Surface Pro 3 with i7 chip, 128GB storage

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Pro 3 to its retail lineup that's tailor made for people who want a little extra power at a middle-of-the-road price point.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 30 June, 2015 09:12

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets

Microsoft's new Windows 10 build brings browser improvements, UI polish and more

Microsoft is hurtling towards the release of Windows 10, delivering a new build to early testers that provides more clues what the OS will look like when it ships at the end of next month.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 30 June, 2015 09:05

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Infrastructure remains big barrier for big data

Existing infrastructure not being up to the task has topped a list of challenges when it comes to Australian organisations implementing big data projects, according to a new study.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 June, 2015 08:30

Tags: big data

Microsoft parental control update lets kids browse more than they should

A new version of Microsoft's parental control product is ready for the Windows 10 launch, but users are complaining about a serious bug as well as features they don't like.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 30 June, 2015 08:26

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software

Uber grabs mapping tech, employees from Microsoft

Uber is adding to its mapping smarts by acquiring technology used by Microsoft's Bing Maps, and has hired roughly 100 Microsoft employees who work on image collection and data analysis.

By Zach Miners | 30 June, 2015 08:04

Tags: Uber, mobile applications, Internet-based applications and services, Microsoft, Maps, mobile, social media, internet

MIT tests 'software transplants' to fix buggy code

Like visiting a junk yard to find cheap parts for an aging vehicle, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way to fix buggy software by inserting working code from another program.

By Joab Jackson | 30 June, 2015 07:54

Tags: patches, security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Exploits / vulnerabilities

5 facets of the coming Internet of Things boom

Predictions that the Internet of Things (IoT) will usher in a new era of prosperity get some backing in a new study by consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 June, 2015 07:26

Tags: Internet of Things, McKinsey & Company, internet, McKinsey

Hyundai sees hydrogen fuel cell cars as the future

Despite slow market uptake, Hyundai Motor Co. said today that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles represent the future of eco-friendly cars more than all-electric vehicles.

By Lucas Mearian | 30 June, 2015 06:13

Tags: Hyundai Motor, sustainable IT, environment

Fibre broadband adds 3 per cent a US home's value

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could increase your home's value by more than 3 percent.

By Grant Gross | 30 June, 2015 05:42

Tags: Fiber to the Home Council Americas, Carnegie Mellon University, telecommunication, University of Colorado at Boulder, Heather Gold, Adtran, Kevin Morgan, broadband

LTE-U is coming to take your Wi-Fi away, consumer advocates warn

A carrier technology that uses Wi-Fi frequencies to provide LTE connectivity could let the big wireless providers mess with your home connection and push you on to their networks, according to comments filed today with the FCC by several watchdog groups.

By Jon Gold | 30 June, 2015 05:31

Tags: free press, Networking, wireless, fcc, Kno, Public Knowledge

Microsoft claims its lens system can improve the Rift's vision

Microsoft Research has developed a lens system it believes is superior to the one in a developer's version of the Oculus VR Rift headset.

By Fred O'Connor | 30 June, 2015 05:27

Tags: Oculus VR, Microsoft, hardware systems

PayPal tweaks terms in wake of 'robocall' controversy

PayPal is fine-tuning its policies after a recently announced plan to make unsolicited prerecorded calls and texts to users drew questions and concerns from customers, regulators and consumer advocates.

By Zach Miners | 30 June, 2015 05:16

Tags: advertising, Internet-based applications and services, telecommunication, e-commerce, paypal, internet

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