Stories by Jenna Pitcher

Qld Opposition calls for IT minister’s head

Queensland’s State Opposition has called for the head of the state’s IT minister, Robert Schwarten after a string of delayed and problematic government technology projects yesterday became a fiery issue in parliament.

Atlassian acquires code hosting site Bitbucket

Australia-headquartered software company Atlassian has made its first buy since taking $60 million in venture capital investment in July, picking up, a free code hosting site with some 60,000 users.

iPad trials hit Tasmanian schools

The Tasmanian Department of Education and Training has revealed over 30 iPads are being trialled in a number of schools across the state, with plans in the works to also examine the potential for Android- and Windows-based tablets to be used as an education device.

QLD schools latest to pick up iPad

Queensland’s Department of Education and Training has confirmed centrally controlled trials of 50 iPad devices in two state schools will begin in October, adding that some schools were already independently trialling Apple’s tablet device, as well as the smaller form factor iPod Touch.

Optus joins the private cloud

Optus’s business division and its subsidiary Alphawest today announced the launch of a new scalable commercial enterprise ‘cloud’ service — Optus Cloud Solutions — which will be available to enterprise customers from 1 October.

ATO e-tax software hit by potential security holes

The denizens of global security mailing list Bugtraq have started discussing whether the Australian Taxation Office's e-tax 2010 software -- currently being used by millions of Australians to submit their tax returns -- has a security hole in it, due to the way it deals with remote Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates.

Aussie developers talk Windows Phone 7

The impending launch of Windows Phone 7 handsets before Christmas period represents another rich option for Australian mobile application and game developers. But what is it like developing for the new Microsoft platform?

Conroy: I'm not responsible for IT

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told press at the launch of a new $5 million Macquarie Telecom call centre that he doesn't consider information technology to be part of his portfolio.