Apple Australia’s revenues flat in 2013

The revenues of Apple's Australian division have finally stopped their massive annual growth initiated in 2009, as the company's lack of new product lines over the past year have stalled its onwards financial march.

Cloud computing decimates Vic Uni’s IT dept

If you're nervous about the impact that the deployment of cloud computing infrastructure could have on the need your organisation has for dedicated IT staff, you probably don't want to read this chilling article by iTNews, which details some rather mercenary comments by Victoria University on its own plans in the area.

Is the CSIRO a patent troll? US debate turns feral

An extremely harsh war of words between Australian and international technologists has erupted over a controversial new article published in the United States documenting evidence that Australia's peak research body's $430 million patent claim over 802.11 Wi-Fi technology might have been constructed on shaky ground.

Qld Govt hitting “panic button” ICT policy, says Opposition

The Queensland Opposition has accused the incumbent Bligh Labor State Government of hitting the "panic button" in a belated attempt to enter "catch-up mode" when it comes to technology policy, with a state election looming on the horizon.

“Half true”: Politifact partially backs Turnbull’s $94bn NBN figure

Fact-checking media outlet Politifact has rated the controversial claim by the Coalition that Labor’s National Broadband Network could cost as much as $94 billion as “half-true”, as debate continues to swirl around the veracity of the Coalition’s own figures.

Havyatt appointed Conroy special adviser

As first reported by Communications Day, Telecommunications sector veteran David Havyatt has been appointed temporary special advisor to Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy starting today.

‘Significant’ bidder interest for Sydney’s White Bay tech hub project

The transformation of Sydney’s iconic White Bay Power Station into a hub for tech startups has received 'significant interest' from a range of Australian and international contenders, according to the managers of the project.

Bureau of Meteorology switches to managed email

The Federal Bureau of Meteorology has revealed plans to migrate its corporate email platform off an ageing Exchange 2007 platform and onto a managed services environment based on Exchange 2013, in a move congruent with a wider shift within major Australian organisations towards hosted or ‘cloud’-based email platforms.

Fibre on demand could cost $50k, claims Albo

Communications Minister Anthony Albanese has controversially claimed that the Coalition's fibre on demand service could cost end customers as much as $50,000, as the debate escalates about which major side of politics is presenting a more accurate picture of National Broadband Network finances going into the Federal Election.

Salesforce IT research reveals digital shake-up

Salesforce has released its third State of IT research report, an annual look at the industry which this year suggests that the digital revolution is "shaking up" traditional IT departments.

330Mbps: BT extends fibre from node to premise

British telco BT has revealed plans to modify its 80Mbps national fibre to the node rollout so that customers will be able to choose to have fibre fully extended to their premises, delivering a large speed upgrade to 330Mbps in the process and shifting its rollout model closer to Australia's own National Broadband Network.

Offshore cloud an adoption barrier, finds KPMG

A research study partially funded by major offshore cloud computing vendors, Microsoft, and Google has found that one of the major barriers stopping Australian organisations from migrating to cloud computing platforms is the lack of cloud infrastructure based in Australia, with legislation such as the US Patriot Act cited as key concerns with offshore hosting.

Data#3 deploys Cisco network for Edith Cowan

Australian technology provider Data#3 has announced the deployment of a "next-generation" Cisco network service for Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Telstra calls for USO to be maintained

Telstra has said that the universal service obligation (USO), which guarantees that every Australian has reasonable access to a phone, should not be abandoned.

Retailer Dick Smith enters administration

Dick Smith Holdings Ltd, the Australian electrical retail group, has entered receivership, according to a statement.

Vodafone releases $39 plan with unlimited text

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has launched a new $39 Plan with "infinite" text messages included, with a range of handsets for zero monthly cost to choose from, including the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Dental network builds Azure data extraction tool

Microsoft revealed this week that Australian dental network Dental Corporation had built a tool using its Windows Azure platform which allowed it to extract data stored in dental practices around Australia, in what the software giant is billing as a case study of its 'hybrid' cloud computing concept in action.

Tribunal rejects IBM move to delay union talks

The Australian Services Union appears to have won another round in its ongoing battle with IBM, claiming today that Fair Work Australia had rejected...

Video: Telstra talks iPhone 4 launch

In this video filmed before the launch of the iPhone 4 in Sydney last night, Telstra's group manager of corporate affairs Peter Taylor discusses what the handset means to Telstra, and what the big T has in store for customers at its midnight launch last night.

Kindle Paperwhite lands at Dick Smith, Big W

Amazon has announced that it will shortly selling the new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite unit through Australian retailers Dick Smith and Big W.

Optus launches Wi-Fi calling, SMS

SingTel subsidiary Optus today revealed it had launched a smartphone app dubbed “Wi-Fi Talk” that would allow customers to make and receive calls and SMS over a Wi-Fi network, instead of through the company’s mobile network.

NSW Govt trials Gmail, MS cloud email

The New South Wales State Government has revealed that it will trial both Google- and Microsoft-based cloud email platforms, as its interest in the new cloud computing paradigm continues to develop.

Global eyes are watching: EFF condemns Australia’s new Internet filter

The global Electronic Frontiers Foundation has harshly criticised the Federal Government for allowing departments and agencies to unilaterally block websites suspected of containing illegal content, saying that it "beggars belief" that such a system could be in place after the previous mandatory filter policy was defeated.

Litany of problems: Internal NBN doc warns of FTTN failures

The NBN company is reportedly suffering a litany of issues with respect to Malcolm Turnbull's preferred Fibre to the Node technology, with an internal document warning the company's management that its FTTN rollout has gone badly off track due to a "plethora of faults".

Vic Dept tenders for major cloud solution

The Victorian Department of Business and Innovation has gone to market for a major Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution, in a move that comes on the back of a successful Software as a Service deployment at the department and signals its plans to become a leader in the state government in the cloud computing arena.

EMC, Avaya get new Aussie chiefs

Enterprise IT vendors EMC and Avaya have revealed they have new leaders of their Australian divisions, following the promotion and departure of their local incumbent managing directors.

Wong passes AGIMO baton to Gray

Incoming Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong appears to have passed responsibility for the Federal Government's peak IT strategy group to Special Minister of State Gary Gray.

EFA ‘concerned’ about Nikolic Security appointment, Senate encryption motion

Electric Frontiers Australia (EFA) has said it is "concerned" about the recent appointment of Tasmanian MP Andrew Nikolic as Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

iiNet cuts price of terabyte 100Mbps NBN plans

National broadband company iiNet has launched several new National Broadband Network plans, including a plan featuring 1000GB (one terabyte) of download quota and 100Mbps speeds for $99 per month -- $10 a month cheaper than its previous terabyte, 100Mbps NBN offering.

Dell Streak exposes itself for Optus

It's been a long courtship, but Dell has finally found a match made in Heaven for its Streak mini-tablet and combination smartphone, with Optus set to launch the device in Australia with a three month exclusive starting from October 1.

Facebook loses Aussie chief Borrud

Facebook has announced that Paul Borrud, Head of its Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) operations will be leaving the company after a six-year long stint. Borrud has decided to leave Facebook to enjoy more time with his family and to pursue personal interests.

Qld hires E&Y to evaluate CITEC sale

The Queensland Government has engaged consulting firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to conduct a strategic review of its CITEC IT shared services business, in a sign that it is considering following the recommendations of the Costello Commission of Audit report and selling the business to the private sector.

Turnbull to reveal the ‘shocking’ NBN truth

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday said a Coalition Government would, following the election, release a full analysis of what Labor's NBN project would actually take in time and money to complete, an accounting which he said would leave the Australian public "shocked".

AFP’s Avaya loyalty is up for grabs

Four years ago, as the IP telephony revolution hit full steam in Australia's organisations and the battle between giants like Cisco, Avaya and Nortel gathered pace, the Australian Federal Police was one of the strongest champions for the Avaya cause.

Internode has wanted Aussie WoW server for years

National broadband player Internode has discussed the need for an Australian World of Warcraft server with iconic game publisher Blizzard "for many years", the company's managing director Simon Hackett said today.

BigPond price cuts anger Internode, iiNet

National broadband providers Internode and iiNet have cried foul with regards to a massive price cut unveiled yesterday by Telstra's BigPond internet service provider...

Brisbane Airport deploys VCE private cloud

Brisbane Airport today announced it had selected technology from the VMware, Cisco and EMC coalition to deploy a new private cloud computing environment to meet its server processing needs, reportedly migrating on a previous IBM platform along the way.

Fifield rejects concerns about $641m NBN FTTN blowout

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield this afternoon refused to substantially answer questions in the Senate about leaked internal NBN documents showing that the cost of remediating Telstra's copper network has blown out by a factor of ten times to $641 million, instead attacking Labor for its performance with respect to the project.

“Stopping surveillance overreach”: Greens unveil digital privacy policy

The Australian Greens has unveiled a broad digital rights and privacy policy aimed at stopping what the party this week week described as "surveillance overreach" by Australian and international law enforcement initiatives, as both Labor and the Coalition continue to ignore the area, refusing to release policies to deal with digital rights.

Wi-Fi company SkyFii raises $4 million

New institutional and retail investors have provided Australian wireless company SkyFii with over $4 million in new investment capital through the issue of new shares.

Dumped Qantas CIO finds Leighton home

High-profile technology executive Jamila Gordon has landed on her feet after losing her position as Qantas chief information officer earlier this year, picking up the equivalent role at project management and contracting giant Leighton Holdings.

Labor’s Tasmanian FTTP plans a “sick hoax”, says Liberal MP

Tasmanian Liberal MP Brett Whiteley has labelled an election commitment unveiled yesterday by Labor to bring Fibre to the Premises to his electorate in Tasmania's West Coast as a "sick hoax" that was "uncosted" and "unfunded".

Australia not ready for driverless cars, says National Transport Commission

The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper that cites a number of barriers to increased vehicle automation and concludes that Australia is not yet ready for driverless cars.

Telstra gets two new 4G Motorola handsets

Google subsidiary Motorola has revealed it will launch two new Android-based handsets in Australia in the last three months of 2012, the RAZR M and the RAZR HD, with both models to be available exclusively through the nation's largest telco Telstra -- and supporting 4G speeds.

Strong NBN support amongst Coalition voters

More Coalition voters support the Labor Federal Government's flagship National Broadband Network project than are against it, according to new research released today, as support for the initiative continues to grow to record levels.

WA Government to complete delayed school IT upgrades

The Western Australian Government has announced an IT investment at the state's schools that will allow students and teachers to use wireless devices around campuses and bring greater mobility to classrooms.

Scrap the NBN to pay for floods: 28 percent say “Yes”

Scrapping or postponing the National Broadband Network rollout is Australians' most preferred mean of funding the flood relief program in Queensland and Victoria, according to a new poll, with some 28 percent of more than a thousand respondents polled in favour of such a move.

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Treasury to develop next-generation desktop

The Commonwealth Treasury has flagged plans to take a significant new step in the ongoing renewal of its internal IT infrastructure through a project that will focus on the delivery of virtual desktop PCs, virtualised applications, secure corporate data to mobile devices and the creation of a corporate "app store".

Qld Govt reportedly dumps CIO Grant

The Queensland Government has reportedly "removed" its whole of government chief information officer Peter Grant from his position, just 18 months after the executive was appointed to the role for the second time.

All of Qld’s IT consolidation projects are late

Queensland's Auditor-General has slammed the governance of three massive state government technology consolidation projects, pointing out that they have all substantially blown their timeframes.

Angry iiNet roars dissent at FOXTEL/Austar merger

National broadband provider iiNet has fired off a sternly worded missive to the national competition regulator arguing that a proposed undertaking by FOXTEL to mitigate anti-competitive outcomes in the subscription television space was wholly unsatisfactory and may allow FOXTEL part-owner Telstra to extend its broadband dominance in regional areas.

Qld poaches Tassie broadband chief

The Queensland Government has poached one of the lead architects of Tasmania's early stage participation in the National Broadband Network rollout to lead its own broadband strategy.

Ballarat Uni claims 89% of BitTorrent is illegal

The University of Ballarat has published a research paper claiming 89 percent of BitTorrent files it studied during a certain period were confirmed to infringe copyright, a result immediately hailed by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft as a victory in its war against file sharing.

Sydney Water IT faces audit

The NSW State Government has announced it will conduct an audit of the IT and marketing budget of utility Sydney Water, in the wake of revelations the company spent some $7.1 million on the development of a new website, which went live in March this year.

AGIMO unveils ICT strategy draft

The federal Department of Finance and Deregulation has published a draft of an ICT Strategic Vision which it hopes will fuel development of a next-generation era of better interactions between the government, its agencies and Australian citizens, as well as enhanced service delivery in general.

SA politicians debate upgrade of 24-year-old IT platform

South Australia's two major sides of politics have engaged in a war of words over the past week over various pledges to upgrading a 24-year-old IT platform underpinning the state's courts system, which its chief justice says is close to collapse and which needs tens of millions of dollars to replace.

Aussie email provider FastMail says it is exempt from Data Retention law

Australian email provider FastMail has claimed it will not be subject to the Data Retention law which is shortly scheduled to come into force in Australia, due to the fact that it is not a telecommunications carrier and does not operate hosting infrastructure in Australia.

Fibre optic broadband to last 50 years, says Budde

While technology is generally advancing at a furious pace, fibre optic broadband has nothing that is likely to replace it for as much as 50 years, telecoms expert Paul Budde has said.

Telstra iPhone users finally get visual voicemail

Two and a half years after much of the rest of the world got access to the visual voicemail feature used on Apple's iPhone range, and a year and half after the service hit Vodafone locally, Telstra has implemented the option, announcing this morning that it would charge customers $5 per month for the privilege of using it.

Govt blocks Internode FOI request for Telstra/NBN deal

The Federal Government's Information Commissioner has rejected an attempt by internet service provider Internode to obtain the complete text of Telstra's $11 billion deal with the National Broadband Network Company under Freedom of Information laws.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes to Australia

Research In Motion (RIM) announced this week in Sydney that the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Australia.

Guzman y Gomez likes the taste of NetSuite

Fast-growing Mexican restaurant fast food chain Guzman y Gomez revealed this week that it has upgraded its previous MYOB-based accounting system to a comprehensive business platform from software as a service vendor NetSuite, to help support the chain's ongoing expansion plans.

Amazon puts Aussie face on global Kindle store

Online retailer Amazon this morning revealed it had formally launched an Australian version of its popular online bookstore, putting a formal face on a service which millions of Australians have already been accessing for years and further supporting Australian authors to sell their books online locally.

Froyo imminent for Telstra HTC Desires

Telstra today promised customers the long-awaited Android 2.2 update (Froyo) would be introduced to its flagship HTC Desire handsets within the next four weeks.

Telstra creates 3G Wi-Fi hotspot … in a thong

Yes, you read the headline right. In what appears to be yet another stroke of marketing genius, Telstra has paid some larrikin (or is it one of its own employees?) to cut a square shape in a common thong, and insert a 3G modem to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

Photos: Red Rock Oracle Leadership Forum 2011

These photos are from UXC subsidiary Red Rock's recent Oracle Leadership Forum, which was held at Sydney's Luna Park on March 17.

Politicians to attend Parliament House innovation ‘boot camp’

Federal MPs and senators will learn about coding and novel uses of technology at an innovation 'boot camp' today in Parliament House organised by tech giant Intel, along with students from five Canberra schools.

Optus adds unlimited iPad plan

In what appears to be a direct counter to Vodafone's launch on Wednesday of an Apple iPad plan featuring an unlimited download allowance, Optus has quietly launched its own unlimited iPad plan.

NBN Co internal FTTN analysis: Turnbull refuses to retract inaccurate claim

Malcolm Turnbull has flatly ignored a request to retract a highly inaccurate claim the Communications Minister made on national television last week in an attempt to discredit an important internal NBN Co analysis casting doubt on viability of the Coalition's NBN policy.

Ex-ninemsner Sneesby returns as Cudo CEO

Mike Sneesby was yesterday announced as the Chief Executive of Cudo, the online group buying company that is a joint venture between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment Co (NEC).

Qantas ditches Lotus for Outlook

Qantas today confirmed that it would shortly migrate its corporate email platform from IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino platform to Microsoft Exchange/Outlook.

Replace RSA tokens, DSD tells agencies

The Federal Government's peak security agency has recommended departments and agencies accept the offer by troubled security vendor RSA for replacement copies of its SecurID keyfob identification tokens, as the fallout over a security break-in to RSA's headquarters continues to be felt in Australia.

TPG launches unlimited HFC NBN plans from $59.99

Internet provider TPG has announced a number of broadband plus phone plans offering unlimited NBN via hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable starting at $59.99.

Cashed-up Telstra abandoning Aussie workforce, says union

One of Telstra's main unions has heavily criticised the company for a reported plan to send as many as 1,000 jobs offshore in yet another round of offshoring at the telco, stating that Telstra isn't treating its Australian workforce fairly in the context of its ongoing profit growth.

Oracle Exadata saves time for AFG

Oracle this week announced its Exadata Database Machine and suite of applications were up and running to serve the Australian Finance Group and its thousands of members.

Telstra apologises for further network disruption

Telstra has apologised to customers for disruptions to broadband services in recent days, and offered advice to those still suffering issues.

Govt launches ‘government as an API’ through new CMS

The government has implemented a 'Government as an API' service that is aimed to provide more powerful and consistent use of digital content across multiple services.

Gillard’s ‘rip it out’ claims ludicrous, says Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described claims by Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning that a Coalition Government would "dig up" NBN optic fibre out of the ground instead of using it as "ludicrous" and "false".

Tasmania wants on-island private cloud

The Tasmanian Government has gone to market for an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or private cloud solution that can be used across its operations, telling potential suppliers that any supplied option must be located in the state and that it envisages transitioning most of its services to the environment in the long-term.

Vodafone’s 4G rollout starts in 2013

Vodafone has revealed it will start rolling out 4G speeds to its national mobile network from 2013 in a belated effort to catch up to its rivals Telstra and Optus, who will have started their own national 4G rollouts 18 months and almost a year previously at that stage.

“Fantasy fibre”: Coalition explicitly rejects NBN FTTdp model

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has broken cover to openly slam a Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) model for the National Broadband Network, in the first explicit sign that the Coalition will not substantially modify its NBN model for the Federal Election.

Google Fiber shows people don’t want FTTP, says Morrow

The chief executive of the NBN company this week reportedly said briefings with the team behind the Google Fiber project showed broadband users didn't want Fibre to the Premise infrastructure or the gigabit speeds behind it, and that the NBN company was built to make money, not as a public service.

Optus mulls user pays FTTH NBN plans

The nation's number two telco Optus has revealed that it is considering launching plans which would allow Australians to individually pay to have the Coalition's fibre to the node NBN infrastructure extended all the way to the premises, in a move which will echo similar plans launched in the UK by British telco BT.

MyBroadband stoush: Turnbull attacks “foolish” IT academic

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a pick axe to an article published by electrical and computer engineering academic Mark Gregory, claiming that the RMIT senior lecturer's criticism of the Government's new MyBroadband broadband tracker site constitutes a "confused and illogical" attack, and that Gregory had misunderstood the site's rating scale.

Attorney-General won’t confirm TSSR bill revamp

Attorney-General George Brandis has refused to confirm whether the Government will accede to the Opposition’s demand that it provide a revised draft of its planned telco national security bill, in the wake of loud complaints from Australia’s entire technology sector about the controversial legislation.

Australians massive Internet pirates, says Turnbull research

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning released research which shows that about a quarter of Australian Internet users pirated Internet content, in a joint effort with the UK Government aimed at displaying the need for international and industry cooperation to tackle the issue.

Whirlpool users support NBN opt-out policy

An extensive survey of broadband users by online forum Whirlpool has found that most support the so-called ‘opt-out’ approach to rolling out the National Broadband Network, and that overall sentiment towards the NBN policy as a whole has rapidly improved over the past several years.

Time for a government rethink on Julian Assange

The granting of political asylum by the Ecuadorian government to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange puts pressure back on the Australian government to act, says leading QC and human rights advocate, Julian Burnside.

Froyo-based Milestone 2 lands in December

Motorola is set to ratchet up the competition in Australia for high-end smartphones based on version 2.2 (Froyo) of the Android operating system, announcing today that its latest Milestone 2 device would be available through Vodafone and Optus in December.

John Stanton to be Comms Alliance CEO

Former People Telecom chief executive John Stanton has been appointed to be the new CEO of telecommunications industry representative body the Communications Alliance.

Telstra customers threaten desertion over P2P trial

Telstra's plans to kick off a trial that will see it throttle some peer to peer services on its ADSL broadband network have been met with an outraged reaction from its customers, with many instantly threatening to cancel their services and take their business elsewhere if the trial goes ahead.

Transformer Pad Infinity hits Oz for $999

Taiwanese consumer electronics giant ASUS has launched its most high-profile Android-based tablet yet, the Transformer Pad Infinity, with the device to sell in Australia for a local recommended retail price of $999.

Telstra’s David Thodey on NBN deal: Audio Q&A

This morning Telstra chief executive David Thodey took questions from the media on the telco's $11 billion deal announced yesterday with the company behind the National Broadband Network. You can listen to the conversation in this audio file of the teleconference.

4G “far superior” to the NBN, claims Joe Hockey

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has inaccurately claimed that 4G mobile broadband has the potential to be "far superior" to the fibre technology which Labor's National Broadband Network policy features, in a controversial interview in which he also claimed that it could cost Australians up to $1,000 to connect to the NBN.

NSW Govt launches Opal card on ferries

However, the new Coalition Government in NSW over the weekend shone a ray of light into the public transport smartcard ticketing situation, with the new Opal smartcard being launched on Sydney ferries, to start with.

ACCC approves Telstra’s variation to NBN Migration Plan

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved Telstra’s variation to the Migration Plan, which is aimed to further protect customers and maintain services as the firm shifts to the national broadband network.

ACS report reveals “major skills shift” in Australian economy

The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – has published a report that revealing that "major shift" is underway in Australia's economy, as employers seek workers with digital and other skills.

2012 debut for JB Hi-Fi music streaming service

During its financial results presentation today, electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi announced plans for a new cloud-based music streaming service which will debut by the middle of next year.

VMware introduces new desktop virtualisation platform

Virtualisation giant VMware has unveiled a new platform for delivering secure digital workspaces for flexible working on any device.

Telstra signs up to NBN for $11 billion

Telstra has signed a preliminary $11 billion deal with NBN Co that would see the telco migrate its telephone and broadband customers onto the fibre National Broadband Network, with its copper (ADSL) network to be shut down and no more broadband services to be provided over its HFC cable network.

Strategic Review: NBN Co needs consultant help

The National Broadband Network Company this morning issued a request for proposals for consultancy services from the private sector to support its Strategic Review into the future of the NBN under the new Coalition Government.

First NBN FTTN services switched on in South Australia

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has jointly announced that the first NBN fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services have been switched-on in South Australia.

Bell Canada plans 10Gbps speeds for ‘easier to maintain’ FTTP

Canadian telco Bell Canada has revealed it is planning to extend its Fibre to the Premises network to some 2.2 million premises by the end of 2015, hyping the technology as being far easier to maintain than Fibre to the Node and also being capable of delivering 10Gbps speeds to customers by 2017.

NBN makes construction chief redundant

The National Broadband Network Company today confirmed it had made its head of construction Dan Flemming redundant, just 18 months after he was appointed, in a move that marks the second time the leadership of the company's construction team has changed in less than two years.

CommBank, Telstra invest $20m in quantum computing technology

Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank have both announced plans to invest $10 million and in-kind support to help develop silicon quantum computing technology in Australia.

AFP roadshow garnered #NatSecInquiry support

The Australian Federal Police has acknowledged that it sent one of its most senior officers to visit other law enforcement jurisdictions around Australia and encourage them to make submissions supporting the controversial data retention and surveillance proposal currently being discussed in Federal Parliament.

“The NBN is dead,” says Jason Clare

Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare yesterday said he believed Labor's National Broadband Network project was "dead" and that all that was left was "a bunch of different technologies rolling out in different parts of the country", despite the fact that most Australians still want the project to go ahead.

iPhone 5S and 5C hit Australia 20 Sept

Iconic technology giant Apple this morning announced that its new iPhone 5S and 5C models would be available in Australia from the company's own stores and through every major mobile carrier from Friday 20 September, the same date they will be available in other major countries such as the US and UK.

Telstra forcing fibre voice bundling

From Communications Day yesterday comes the news that Telstra will force other ISPs who sign up to sell services over its new fibre network in South Brisbane to also resell a compulsory voice service alongside broadband.

NAB to roll out new personal banking platform this month

National Australia Bank (NAB) is to roll out a new personal banking platform in a move it calls "the biggest technology overhaul in the bank’s history".

Microsoft reinstates Aussie evangelists’ blog

Microsoft has mostly reinstated six years of blog archives belonging to Australian mobile technology evangelist Shane Williamson (pictured) and hosted on its free Windows Live Spaces platform.

Atlassian’s SourceTree ditches Mac App Store

Atlassian, the Australian developer of the SourceTree app for Mac have decided to stop submitting SourceTree updates to the Mac App Store after March 1st, the deadline for all submitted applications to run inside a ‘sandbox’.

Pirate Party to contest Rudd’s seat

The Pirate Party Australia has signalled it will contest the Griffith by-election for the seat of formr Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in another sign that the party which has achieved electoral success in Europe on digital rights and civil liberties issues is increasingly serious about gaining a higher slice of the popular vote in Australia.

ABC denies any NBN censorship deal with Turnbull

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has denied it censored the National Broadband Network issue from being discussed on its flagship panel discussion program Q&A this week due to any arrangement with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, stating that it merely ran out of time to air a question on the topic.

Telstra “fightback” grows broadband share

Telstra today revealed it was no longer losing consumer fixed broadband customers -- reversing a trend of market share loss that had been stinging the customer over the past few years.

Oxygen-fuelled SAP cloud achieves lift-off

German software giant SAP doesn’t appear to have placed a big emphasis on selling its applications in Australia over the past few years under the new style of software-as-a-service or cloud computing model. But all that might be about to change, courtesy of an offering launched last week by one of its largest local partners.

Telstra teases Windows Phone 7 release

Telstra and Microsoft gave journalists tantalising glimpses this week of how and when the software giant's upcoming range of Windows Phone 7 handsets might...

Stephen Conroy announces retirement from Senate

Labor Senator Stephen Conroy has made the surprise announcement that he is to retire from Senate later this month.

PCRange CEO moved suburbs to get NBN fibre

The chief executive of consumer electronics distributor PCRange, Raaj Menon, moved Adelaide suburbs earlier this year with the specific aim of being one of the first customers to be connected to the National Broadband Network, he revealed yesterday -- although his wife was happy as long as she could still get Facebook over Wi-Fi.

Nintendo Wii gets Aboriginal art mashup

Nintendo has commissioned four of Australia's top indigenous artists to apply their creative talents directly to the company's Wii consoles, with the aim of eventually benefiting indigenous education through a local charity.

Tech.Ed attendees talk Windows 7

We didn’t quite get around to embedding this videos from Microsoft’s Tech.Ed conference several weeks ago on the Gold Coast, but here they are! Attendees including James Bannan, who we’ve previously profiled on Delimiter. These videos were put together by the Tech.Ed EyeForce team.

Video: Simon Hackett’s Tesla Roadster

Internet founder Simon Hackett yesterday posted this video of his record-breaking drive from Darwin to Adelaide as part of the Global Green Challenge in his hot red Tesla Roadster -- an all-electric vehicle. Hackett is believed to own the only Roadster in Australia.

Milne will sell shares, Hackett won’t

NBN Co's three new non-executive directors all have potential conflicts of interest between their financial investments in prior employers or their current responsibilities and their new posts on NBN Co's board. But a significant gulf has emerged between the way the different executives are tackling the issue.

Telstra boosts iPhone, Desire + N97 mini data caps

In just eleven hours' time, Apple's hyped iPhone 4 handset will launch in Australia. But Telstra hasn't yet finished tweaking its launch plans for the device and other smartphones.

Amazon hiring Sydney datacentre manager

Cloud computing giant Amazon has advertised more than a half dozen new positions as it ramps up its operations in Australia, including a role for a Sydney-based datacentre operations manager, which will re-kindle speculation the company wants to roll out infrastructure locally.

Four ISPs left — and Internode’s the point five, says Malone

There are only "four and a half" meaningful players left in Australia's internet service provider market, iiNet supremo Michael Malone said today -- with companies like Primus, Eftel and others just not relevant any more in terms of providing competition.

Optus signs NBN wholesale contract

The nation's number two telco Optus this afternoon confirmed it had signed the wholesale services agreement which Optus and other telcos have been negotiating with NBN Co for the past 15 months.

Could Hulu come to Australia?

Could popular US video streaming site Hulu finally allow Australians onto its hallowed platform, after years of region-blocking the nation’s IP addresses? Yes, says the Sydney Morning Herald.

NSW blocks R18+ video game rating

The NSW Government today reportedly abstained from voting on a proposal to introduce a long-awaited R18+ classification for video games sold in Australia, effectively halting the long-awaited new standard, despite the unanimous agreement of every other state and territory that it should go ahead.

Queensland Police starts body-worn camera rollout

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has announced it is rolling out body-worn cameras (BWCs) for frontline police across the state.

iSOFT to chop 800 jobs

Australian e-health giant iSOFT late yesterday revealed the full extent of the drastic action it will take in an attempt to halt its sliding financial fortunes, confirming plans to lay off 800 staff, constituting 17 percent of its total workforce, over the next financial year.

Telcos want to write own guideline for broadband speed claims

Telecoms industry body Communications Alliance, along with the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), have together proposed a new industry guideline for firms making representations to consumers about the performance of broadband services.

Telstra testing in-flight 4G broadband

The nation's largest telco Telstra has built new mobile towers covering the airplane route between Sydney and Melbourne and tested mobile broadband speeds up to 15Mbps to planes in the air, in a pilot program which could one day see the telco finally solve the long-running problem of in-flight Internet access in Australia.

High Court doesn’t feel the Optus vibe

The High Court has knocked back Optus' request to appeal its lost case against sporting groups the NRL, AFL and rival telco Telstra over Optus' TV Now cloud TV recording service, spelling the end of the ongoing legal action on the issue.

Huawei plans first Android phone for Australia

Chinese manufacturer Huawei late yesterday said it was talking to carriers in Australia and New Zealand about local distribution of its new IDEOS mobile phone, which runs the latest version of Google's Android operating system.

HP reveals first Win8 laptops for Australia

The first tranche of new laptop models slated to land in Australia and fuelled by Windows 8 have been announced by Hewlett Packard, with three new models due to launch locally later this year, all featuring touchscreens that take advantage of the new touch features of the new Microsoft operating system.

Fletcher to assist Turnbull with NBN

As expected, Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has named Malcolm Turnbull as incoming Communications Minister in his new cabinet, additionally appointing Liberal MP and former Optus executive Paul Fletcher as a parliamentary secretary to assist the Member for Wentworth in dealing with the communications portfolio.

AT&T expands gigabit business fibre at cities across US

AT&T is giving a speed boost to its Business Fiber internet services in a long list of US markets, including San Francisco, Miami and Dallas.

Show us your Telstra deal, Optus tells NBN Co

The nation's number two telco Optus today said it wanted to see the detail of Telstra's $11 billion deal with the National Broadband Network Company, so it could ensure its customers would be treated no different by the fledgling fibre monopoly than those of Telstra.

Biteable attracts $1.1m seed round to grow online video tool

Tasmania-based video startup, Biteable, has announced a $1.1-million seed funding round from a group of Australian investors including Tank Stream Ventures and BridgeLane Capital.

NSW State Library seeks CIO

The State Library of New South Wales has advertised for a chief information officer role that will see an executive take charge of the institution's digital infrastructure.

OzLog to feature in Senate enquiry

The Australian Greens has successfully applied for the Senate to hold an inquiry into online privacy in Australia, with one topic to be discussed being a Federal Government proposal which could see records kept of Australians' web browsing history, telephone calls and emails.

NSW agencies push very hard for SaaS rollouts

Several major New South Wales Government agencies have unveiled major and wide-ranging plans to imminently purchase Software as a Service-style IT solutions, in moves which have the potential to re-cast the dynamics of the perceived relationship between Australia's public sector and the burgeoning class of SaaS-delivered IT packages.

NBN Co’s Quigley to retire

The National Broadband Network Company's founding chief executive, Mike Quigley, announced today that he would retire from the company and from corporate life, after four years of tumultuous life setting up NBN Co and initiating the construction of the NBN.

Qld payroll lawsuit ‘rewriting history’, says IBM

Technology giant IBM has accused the Queensland State Government of trying to "rewrite history" through filing a new lawsuit against IBM over the botched Queensland Health payroll systems upgrade, despite the fact that the two parties had already come to a legal agreement on the issue.

NBN tower “life-threatening”, claim residents

A small community group in the Victorian town of Dereel is attempting to block the installation of a National Broadband Network wireless tower in the region despite most of the community approving, inaccurately claiming that the installation of the tower could cause life-threatening radiation to residents in the area.

Telstra cloud console goes offline for two days

Telstra has confirmed that the management console for its corporate cloud platform went offline for some of its customers for two days last week, in the second demonstration in less than a year that the company's cloud computing environment may not yet be as stable as the company would like customers to believe.

Monopoly? Melbourne IT buys rival Netregistry

Hosting and domain name specialist Melbourne IT announced today that it had entered into an agreement to acquire its biggest rival, Netregistry for $50.4 million, in a move that will ensure the fortunes of the company's founder Larry Bloch but also potentially create a giant with close to monopoly powers over the Australian domain name space.

Visionstream inks $350m Telstra facilities management deal

Visionstream, an Australian services provider to the telecoms industry, has just inked a deal with Telstra to supply maintenance and building services to more than 40,000 assets nationwide.

Budget 2011: Govt discloses NBN equity payments

The Federal Government has used tonight’s annual budget to provide further detail about how it will inject equity funding into its flagship National Broadband Network project, to meet its capital requirements over the next decade as it rolls out infrastructure around the nation.

BSAA, Microsoft want Aussie software piracy cops

The Business Software Alliance Australia -- a group which represents software companies on intellectual property issues -- has called for Australian governments to create specialised cyber cops who would track down software pirates and bring them to justice.

Exetel’s Linton thanks Conroy for “free plug”

The controversial chief executive of ISP Exetel has thanked Stephen Conroy for the "free plug" the Communications Minister has given the ISP's National Broadband Network fibre plans in Tasmania -- even while appearing to quietly change the final shape those plans will take.

Want a Kindle Fire? Forget it. US-only for now.

Diversified online retailer and technology services group Amazon overnight announced a tranche of new e-reader and tablet products, including a flagship touchscreen tablet device based on Google's Android platform. The bad news for Australians? So far most of the new products are available to US residents only.

Victoria starts airing its IT dirty laundry

The Victorian State Government has over the past month started holding hearings which touch in depth on the wide-ranging IT project delivery issues which have resulted in the state’s departments and agencies broadly failing to deliver ten major IT projects over the past half-decade.

ABS staff “angry” at Turnbull following Census outage, union says

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has said staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are "angry" at comments by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following the failure of the Census web service.

Optus gets new BlackBerrys first

Optus will be the first Australian carrier to exclusively sell two of Research in Motion’s new BlackBerry devices announced overnight.

How NAB’s private cloud keeps it carbon-neutral

The National Australia Bank has published a detailed white paper revealing how it used a combination of engineering and information technology tools and processes such as infrastructure on demand to achieve carbon neutrality and push beyond this benchmark into even greater heights of environmental efficiency.

Turnbull openly “lying” about NBN, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has accused his opposite Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of openly "lying" to exaggerate the key differences between the two sides of politics' National Broadband Network policies, using a number of concrete recent examples to demonstrate his point.

Telstra, NBN offshoring copper support to India

The NBN company and its partner Telstra appear to be offshoring support for Telstra's ageing copper network to India, with consultants in that country to be responsible for ensuring that broadband users can receive acceptable services over the copper that facilitates the Fibre to the Node model.

Dead and buried: Tasmania’s NBN joint venture

Some 18 months after it was first proposed and after a year of uncertainty about its legal structure, the various parties involved in the stillborn Tasmanian National Broadband Network joint venture with Aurora Energy have walked away from the idea.

Videos: iPad 2 launch in Sydney

Unfortunately Delimiter couldn't catch the iPad 2 launch live as it happened at 5pm on Friday night, but quite a few people did, and you can check out how the event went by watching the videos above.

EPA Victoria deploys SAP CRM

German software giant SAP this morning revealed that version 7.0 of its customer relationship management platform was being deployed at the Victorian Government's Environmental Protection Authority, along with a number of other components of SAP's broader software suite.

Tasmania flags telco contract overhaul

The Tasmanian State Government has lifted the lid on a major overhaul of the way it buys voice and mobile telecommunications services, in an initiative which could see other providers take more of the telco spending pie it currently mainly allocates to Telstra.

Blackbird reveals whopping $200m tech startup VC fund

Australian tech-focused venture capital fund Blackbird this week announced it had raised $200 million to invest in fast-growing Australian technology startups, in the largest funding round of its kind seen in Australia.

AJ Lucas drills down into Oracle ERP

Infrastructure and mining services group AJ Lucas has signed contracts with US technology giant Oracle to build a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform and with Oracle partner CSG to provide hosting and managed services around the technology.

Hackett’s premise flawed, says NBN Co

NBN Co has defended its pricing approach in the face of strident criticism from an ISP which will be one of its largest customers, claiming comments by Internode managing director Simon Hackett this week didn't reflect the "reality" of how it would sell services to the telecommunications market after its network was rolled out.

Australia will be at bottom of broadband ranking for “many years to come”

Australia will languish at the bottom of international broadband ranking ladders for “many years to come”, veteran telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has said, due to delays in the rollout of the National Broadband Network and the Coalition’s decision to switch to the controversial Multi-Technology Mix approach to the project.

Budget 2016: Tech giants in trouble as tax avoidance ramps up

Companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft who have been transferring billions of dollars of Australian revenue offshore are set to come under renewed attack from the Federal Government, with a raft of anti-avoidance measures announced in this year's Federal Budget.

Private equity sells up: Mincom bought again

Just over four years ago, one of Australia’s largest home-grown software businesses, a company that had been fuelled by the national resources boom, was bought by US-based private equity fund Francisco Partners. Today the private equity lifecycle has come full circle: Mincom has been sold again.

Nokia Lumia rollout for Sara Lee

Finnish smartphone seller Nokia today added another name to the growing public list of large Australian organisations which have decided to deploy its Windows Phone-based Lumia line as their corporate smartphone, picking the series ahead of competing options from Apple and Android.

Beleaguered Qld IT Minister quits

Beleaguered Queensland Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates today revealed she would quit her position effective immediately, following a string of controversies and health problems which have dogged the politician since the state's LNP administration took power in March 2012.

Optus puts price on VCE 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 October 1st.

Govt funds Vodafone’s Tassie expansion again

Vodafone has received its second round of government support in less than five years to expand its extensive call centre operations in Tasmania, with the ailing mobile telco revealing today it planned to double its workforce in the state to 1,500 and examine the case for bringing jobs back from overseas.

Internode snips broadband plan range

National broadband provider Internode today announced it would massively simplify its broadband plans on offer, cutting out 60 of its 78 plans.

Google exodus: Lars Rasmussen + Kate Vale gone

Search giant Google appears to have suffered several high-profile local departures, with both its first Australian employee and current local head of YouTube Kate Vale and its engineering chief and Google Maps and Wave co-founder Lars Rasmussen signalling they had left the company.

Nine deploys Centrify to assist with Mac/Active Directory admin

Identification management and security vendor Centrify has revealed the Nine Network has deployed its solution to drastically simplify administration of its recently expanded fleet of Apple Mac desktops.

Sysadmin victory: Bulletproof to list on ASX

Sydney-based hosting and cloud computing company Bulletproof Networks has unexpectedly revealed its intention to list on the Australian Stock Exchange through a reverse takeover of a mining firm, in the second example in as many months of a major Australian technology firm going public.

“On time and on budget”: NSW claims early victory in cloud ERP rollout

The NSW State Government has claimed initial success in its high-profile deployment of a cloud-based ERP consolidation project at the NSW agency of Trade and Investment, claiming that so far the project has been delivered "on time and on budget", but with a large chunk of the work still to go.

Govt still hasn’t certified Apple iOS devices

Apple's iPhone 3G was first released in Australia three and a half years ago, and its flagship iPad tablet 18 months ago. But the Federal Government still hasn't certified the devices for use in government agencies, despite having pledged to do so by September last year, and despite approving Research in Motion's unpopular rival, the BlackBerry PlayBook.

REA Group moves email to Telstra’s cloud

Online real estate giant REA Group has migrated its in-house staff email system to Telstra's T-Suite platform, purchasing 750 Exchange Online accounts in what Telstra said was its biggest T-Suite cloud computing deal so far.

Coalition “conned” Tasmania on the CBN, says Premier

Labor Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has accused the Coalition Federal Government of having "conned the Tasmanian public" with respect to its plans for the Coalition's Broadband Network project in the state, having failed to commit to a full Fibre to the Premises rollout despite the State Government's willingness to work with Canberra on the issue.

iiNet unveils IPTV pricing

At 11:23pm on Friday night through an email to customers and the launch of a page on its website, national broadband provider iiNet announced...

Railcorp renews Fujitsu outsourcing deal

NSW transport body Railcorp has extended its IT outsourcing arrangement with Japanese IT services giant Fujitsu for another three years for an undisclosed sum.

Two more Android handsets for Australia

Two new handsets based on Google's Android operating system are set to rock the Australian handset market -- the LG GW620 (pictured above), which was released yesterday, and the Samsung Galaxy S, set for release very shortly.

University of Newcastle to roll out Windows 10 to 10,000 devices

The University of Newcastle (UON) this week said it would roll out Microsoft Windows 10 to around 10,000 devices across its campuses by the end of 2016.

CIO McKinnon steps back from Westpac top role

A new organisation structure at Westpac means Bob McKinnon, who directed the rebuilding of technology capability as its IT chief, is stepping back from a major role in the bank.

Qld Govt launches ICT action plan, IT dashboard

The Queensland State Government this morning launched an ICT Action Plan containing dozens of measures designed to transform its extremely troubled ICT project and service delivery capabilities, as well as switching on its US-style ICT dashboard designed to give onlookers direct information about the state of its ICT projects.

Did NBN Co fudge its rollout numbers?

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week claimed the National Broadband Network Company had in January fudged its network rollout statistics by retroactively updating its December fibre rollout database to show additional premises; a claim NBN Co has denied.

Telstra locked out of hundreds of Qld exchanges

Telstra has been temporarily locked out of 262 of its telephone exchanges throughout Queensland, according to a bulletin issued yesterday to its wholesale customers, with exchanges in areas such as Edison, Ipswitch and Fortitude Valley actually at risk of power loss or the facilities themselves being flooded.

ASG to provide Windows 10 desktop as a service for Finance Dept

IT services player ASG Group has inked a four-year agreement with government to provide a 'desktop as a service' solution for the Department of Finance.

Aussie retailers are “Apple’s bitch”, claims Kogan

Controversial Australian entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan today labeled bricks and mortar retailers like JB Hi-Fi “Apple’s bitch”, claiming that the iconic US technology giant was planning to completely shut down its third-party distribution network and go it alone with its own stores, both physical and on the internet.

NBN “disastrous” for piracy, claims music industry

Australia's peak music industry organisation has claimed that the rollout of the National Broadband Network could have "disastrous results" for the local music industry due to the lack of "graduated response" or "site blocking" processes to stop the "serious problem" of Internet-based piracy of music.

Parliament launches cross-party ‘Friends of the Internet’ Group

Politicians from Liberal, Labor and Greens political parties yesterday banded together to launch a cross-party Friends of the Internet group within the Federal Parliament, pledging to support the development, innovation and use of the world’s most ubiquitous technology platform, despite the diverse political views their own parties hold about it.

Federal Govt re-affirms Microsoft format choice

The Federal Government’s central IT strategy division has re-affirmed and formalised its decision to pick Microsoft’s Office Open XML document standard as the federal public sector’s common office document standard, despite the fact that most alternative office suites cannot write documents in the standard.

Exetel launches off-peak unlimited NBN plans

National broadband provider Exetel has launched a dozen new pricing plans on the National Broadband Network's infrastructure which feature unlimited off-peak downloads between 1AM and 9AM in the morning.

Melbourne CDN startup wins $2.3 million

Melbourne-based cloud content delivery network startup MetaCDN this week revealed it had completed one of the largest early stage investment rounds in an Australian technology startup over the past several years, winning $2.3 million in funding from investors including Starfish Ventures and the University of Melbourne Endowment fund.

Vodafone’s Infinite plans now allow tethering

Vodafone today revealed through its company blog that it had modified its Infinite mobile plans to offer tethering to both iPhone and Android 2.2 users.

IIA blacklist just “security theatre”, says EFA

Digital rights lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia has panned the efficacy of the Internet Industry Association's planned industry-wide child pornography filter, describing it as "security theatre" that wouldn't actually make much difference to the ability of police to enforce the law.

Microsoft to offer Win10 as a service for businesses

Microsoft has announced that it will soon be offering Windows 10 as a service for enterprises through its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channel.

Turnbull rejects MyRepublic’s “confounding” NBN critique

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected what he described as MyRepublic’s “confounding” comments on the Coalition’s Multi-Technology version of the NBN, among other arguments reminding the Singaporean company of cost differences when deploying fibre in Australia.

Australia’s first Tesla Powerwall goes live in Queensland

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has launched a battery storage trial that sees the first use of Tesla's PowerWall system in Australia.

IT price comparisons not useful, says AIIA

The IT industry's peak lobby group today said it was "not useful" to directly compare prices on technology goods and services between Australia and other countries and that increased Australian prices on such goods reflected different conditions and protections locally compared with other countries.

Pirate Party registered for 2013 election

The Australian branch of digital freedom political group the Pirate Party today confirmed it had successfully registered as a political party to contest the upcoming 2013 Federal Election, overcoming registration issues which had prevented it from contesting the 2010 election as a party.

Aussie piracy report a “farce”, says Pirate Party

The Australian Pirate Party has attacked a study commissioned by the Australian Content Industry Group (ACIG) and put together by research group Sphere Analysis, calling it “a farce”.

Vodafone commences NBN trial

National mobile carrier Vodafone today revealed it had signed up the first customers for its trial of the National Broadband Network's fibre broadband network, and that its customers would also get access to the FetchTV Internet video platform.

Wishful thinking? NBN CEO says HFC will do 30Gbps, FTTN 5Gbps

The chief executive of the NBN company this morning claimed the top-end speeds for the company's HFC cable network could be as high as 30Gbps and that its Fibre to the Node network could do 5Gbps, but without providing any evidence as to why this would be the case.

Diablo III latency: Blizzard faces angry Aussie horde

Video game giant Blizzard is currently facing a tsunami of complaints from Australian gamers frustrated that the company's lack of Australian servers is making its new Diablo III unplayable for locals.

After 16 years, ANAO picks Unisys again for IT

The Australian National Audit Office this morning revealed it had renewed its extremely long-running relationship with US-headquartered IT outsourcer Unisys, in a move which will push the pair's partnership close to the 20 year mark and raise questions about the degree to which the agency is engaging in competitive tendering.

Crowdfunding campaign launched for book on “forgotten” Australian inventor

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help publish a new book on Australian inventor Henry Sutton – a self-taught engineer and inventor from Ballarat.

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Fujitsu wins $140m IT services deal with Gold Coast

Global IT services provider Fujitsu has won the contract to manage Gold Coast’s ICT infrastructure and applications services.

Labor files formal complaint alleging NBN breach of Caretaker Conventions

The Opposition has reported filed a formal complaint with the Secretary of Malcolm Turnbull's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet over what it said was a "clear breach" by the NBN company of the Caretaker Conventions which require it to remain impartial during the election period.

Both iPads to hit Australia late April

Both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions of Apple's iPad tablet computer will be available in Australia in "late April", the company said over the...

NBN hits three million premises milestone

Just days after NBN Co's announcement revealing that it has reached over one million active users, the Government has announced another milestone, saying three million premises are now able to connect to the National Broadband Network.

Conroy releases NBN Implementation Study

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has just released the controversial National Broadband Network Implementation study to the public after several months holding the document behind closed doors.

Gillard must develop strategic IT plan, says analyst

Independent analyst firm Ovum has called on the Gillard government to publish a multi-year IT Strategic plan, claiming the state's public sector needed a new list of priorities following the knife-edge election, which resulted in a minority Labor Government.

Hockey pays “tribute” to Labor’s NBN project in final speech

One of the Coalition’s most vocal critics of the National Broadband Network, former Treasurer Joe Hockey, has used his final speech to Federal Parliament to praise the previous Labor Government for initiating the project, which he described as “a very significant commitment”.

iSOFT CEO silently falls on sword

The long-time chief executive of troubled e-health giant iSOFT, Gary Cohen, has resigned without a statement and is refusing to take calls from the press, in the face of disastrous annual results over the past year that have seen revenues shrink.

Optus quadruples HFC cable speeds with DOCSIS 3

Optus has completed a substantial upgrade of its HFC cable network in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney that will allow residents in supported areas access to speeds up ranging up to around 80Mbps or more, using the improved DOCSIS 3 standard.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 to hit Australia July 1

Today Nintendo announced July 1 as the Australian release date for its upcoming Super Mario Galaxy 2 (SMG2) title.

SAP project bites Ingram Australia

The global headquarters of technology distributor Ingram Micro has blamed declining financial performance over the first quarter of its 2011 financial year specifically on failings associated with a troubled upgrade to a new SAP-based enterprise system in Australia.

Quickflix signs streaming deal with HBO

Leading Australian online movie rental and streaming company Quickflix has announced a content licensing agreement with top US television company, Home Box Office, Inc (HBO). However, new shows won't hit Quickflix's archive until 12 to 18 months after they first show in the US.

330k users: Google Apps hits Catholic schools

Search giant Google has revealed its Google Apps software as a service platform has been deployed to some 330,000 students, teachers and administrative staff at Catholic schools across Australia, in one of the largest local known rollouts of the platform so far.

Fujitsu to deploy emergency dispatch system for Tasmania

Fujitsu has signed a contract with the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management for the implementation of a new computer-aided dispatch system for emergency services.

AFR wrong, says ABS: We weren’t hacked

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has poured cold water on a series of articles by the Financial Review newspaper last week which claimed a series of "cyber-attacks" had successfully targeted the government agency, with the ABS stating that its systems had never been breached.

Telstra parts ways with Sensis CEO

Telstra yesterday announced that long-time Sensis CEO Bruce Akhurst would leave the company in May after 15 years in service.

Qld Govt to legalise ride-booking services like Uber

The Queensland Government has announced it will overhaul the state's personalised transport industry regulations to create a more "level playing field" for ride-booking services like Uber.

Microsoft to kill off SQL Server 2005 support in April

Software giant Microsoft has revealed it will formally end extended support for its ageing SQL Server 2005 database product in April next year, in news that will most likely not be welcomed by the substantial numbers of Australian organisations struggling to stay up to date with Microsoft’s refresh cycle.

HP takes cloud step with MMG win

Technology giant HP this week took one of its first major steps into Australia's emerging cloud computing market, picking up a four-year IT transformation project with local miner Minerals and Metals Group which will see the company implement a hybrid cloud environment.

Mixed reactions to filter delay

There were mixed reactions from politicians, industry and lobbyists on Friday to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s revelation that the Government’s controversial internet filtering legislation would be delayed for a year while a review was held into the Refused Classification category of content which the filter would block.

Turnbull won’t disclose rival NBN policy details

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly declined to be nailed down on the specific details of how much the Coalition’s rival National Broadband Network policy will cost taxpayers, what speeds it will provide or how many Australians its infrastructure will reach, in a wide-ranging television interview this week.

Nationals Leader grossly inaccurate on NBN

The Federal Leader of the Nationals, Warren Truss, has again made a number of major factually incorrect public statements with respect to Labor's National Broadband Network project, in an extended interview on the topic riddled with mis-statements about the project and his own party's rival policies. finally controls domain name

It's taken several years, quite a lot of negotiation and the use of alternatives to get it through an uncertain period. But Australian open source conference has finally permanently secure the rights to its own domain name.

Court reversal: TPG ads not misleading

The full Federal Court has largely reversed an earlier decision by a single judge which had found that TPG's advertisements of its $29.99 'unlimited' ADSL and telephone bundles had been misleading, forcing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission onto the back foot in the case.

NSW Govt settles Tcard dispute

New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced the settlement of the long-running Tcard legal dispute with Videlli (formerly ERG). The trial had been due to start next Monday in the Supreme Court of NSW. The resolution of the matter will spare taxpayers a potential loss of around $200 million.

AGIMO finalises open source guide

The Federal Government's peak IT strategy branch has published the final version of its second guide to open source software for departments and agencies, in its latest move to help the public sector better understand how to buy and use open source software.

Financial regulator issues dire cloud warning

One of Australia's main financial regulators has issued a blunt general warning to the entire financial services sector regarding cloud computing services, warning that the "innocuous" nature of such services could mask hidden concerns about offshoring.

Victoria Police outlines huge IT outsourcing project

Victoria Police's trouble-plagued IT department has gone to market for a large tranche of IT outsourcing services, in a deal which will reportedly be worth up to $340 million and see five separate outsourcing contracts consolidated into one substantial contract representing one of the largest such deals in Australia's public sector this year.

Rural Australia wants the NBN as quickly as possible

Rural and regional Australian communities are strongly committed to the Federal Government's National Broadband Network project, with a focus on maximising the potential of the infrastructure when it arrives in their area, a new independent report has found.

Piracy: iiNet refutes content industry “doom and gloom”

National broadband provider iiNet has renewed its public attack on the content industry, using a high-profile report published in February to push the argument that the overall global content ecosystem is booming and that content providers should stop trying to stop Internet piracy and instead focus on new business models.

Rental chain deploys Office 365 to 90 stores

Home appliance rental franchise chain Mr Rental has deployed Microsoft's software as a service-based Office 365 productivity platform to more than 90 stores across Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft announced this morning.

Optus to triple Tasmanian 3G coverage

The nation’s number two telco Optus yesterday revealed it would invest $25 million in its 3G mobile network in Tasmania over the next two years, tripling the number of base stations in the state to over 100 and increasing the capacity of existing sites to boost signal.

Telstra releases Galaxy Nexus pricing

After dropping a series of hints about the matter over the past week, Telstra finally confirmed this morning that it would launch Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus handset in Australia this week, claiming pole position locally with sales due to start tomorrow (Wednesday morning).

Datacom completes mammoth Health ICT takeover

New Zealand-headquartered IT services group Datacom this week announced it has successfully taken over the ICT infrastructure of the Federal Department of Health, in a long-awaited move which has seen the department remove large tranches of work from the hands of long-term outsourcer IBM.

Optus launches Motorola RAZR V

Google-owned US handset manufacturer Motorola has launched its latest high-end Android-based smartphone in Australia, the RAZR V, through the nation's number two telco Optus.

NBN Co to release updated rollout stats

NBN Co has confirmed it will shortly release updated statistics relating to how many premises its predominantly fibre network was deployed to over the last quarter of 2012, in what is expected to be an extremely closely watched announcement which will do much to qualify the network’s progress ahead of the upcoming Federal Election.

Motorola cuts Wi-Fi Xoom to $399

Motorola has announced that the Wi-Fi version of its Xoom tablet is now on on sale in Australia for a recommended retail price of $399, translating to a saving of 39 percent in the build up to the Christmas season.

NSW Police under fire again for pirating software

The long-running battle between enterprise IT vendor Micro Focus and NSW Police over the force's allegedly illegitimate use of millions of dollars worth of software hit headlines again this week, with the broadcast of a significant investigation into the matter by the 7:30 Report.

Which Victorian schools will get iPads?

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike this morning revealed the full list of seven Victorian Government schools -- five colleges and two primary schools -- and one children's hospital that will participate in the state's iPads in education trial.

UXC wins Dulux outsourcing contract

Diversified IT services group UXC today announced its UXC Connect division had signed a “significant” outsourcing contract with paints and home renovation material manufacturer DuluxGroup, which will include the delivery of new datacentres as well as communications technologies and infrastructure around the Easter timeframe.

Gillard launches Townsville as NBN debate intensifies

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today intensified Labor's election focus on the National Broadband Network through a trip to examine the start of construction of the network in Townsville, as the Coalition continues to face questions from the community about its own broadband vision.

New reader giveaway: Apple iPad mini

Delimiter's giving away a brand-spanking new Apple iPad mini to help promote our new weekly newsletter.

Openstack gaining traction in Australia

A survey of attendees at the country's first OpenStack conference held in Sydney last month has indicated that OpenStack is likely to experience growth in the Australian market over the next 18 months.

Gamers 4 Croydon hails ‘fantastic’ Atkinson resignation

Gamers4Croydon has hailed the decision by South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to step down as "fantastic", as the party nervously waits to find out if it won a Legislative Council seat in the state's election yesterday.

Andrew Bolt slams Turnbull for ‘fumbling’ NBN fix

Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has opened fire on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his handling of the National Broadband Network, stating Turnbull has “fumbled” the catch on the NBN and let the project blow out to twice the cost and four years behind the delivery that Turnbull promised.

Kogan launches $189 eBook reader

Taking a page out of Apple supremo Steve Jobs' book, Melbourne-based Kogan Technologies this morning launched what it dubbed as a "magical and revolutionary" eBook reader with a 6" e-ink screen.

Mana Bar Melbourne opens 16 July

It's taken quite a bit longer than expected, but trendy video game-focused cocktail bar the Mana Bar today finally confirmed the launch date for its Melbourne facility as 16 July this year.

Photos: Fujitsu opens Perth datacentre with sake for all

IT services giant Fujitsu this week opened what it billed as the nation's most advanced datacentre in Perth, signing up Commonwealth Bank subsidiary Bankwest as a key customer. The facility comprises 8000 square metres of tier three datacentre space, with three main general data halls and three smaller halls for companies requiring dedicated private suites.

Watch: 1800km of new copper ‘simply part of NBN architecture’, says Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended the NBN company’s purchase of 1800km of brand new copper from repeated attacks by the Opposition in Question Time, telling the Parliament yesterday that the copper cable was “simply part of the architecture” of the NBN company’s new Multi-Technology Mix approach.

Brisbane Airport outsources IT to Data#3

Queensland-headquartered IT services group Data#3 yesterday announced it had won a contract with Brisbane Airport Corporation, as the group continues a drive to transform its technology services delivery model.

Optus connects first 700Mhz LTE call

In an announcement this week, Optus revealed that it had been successful in connecting Australia’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) call in the 700MHz ‘Digital Dividend’ spectrum band.

Money not a problem as Jellema tries to fix email

Tjoos co-founder and Australian startup luminary Bart Jellema this week revealed he's in the throes of forming his next technology startup. But don't ask the entrepreneur for its revenue model -- he says it's not an issue.

iiNet enters mobile market … but you’ll need your own phone

iiNet yesterday launched a range of mobile phone plans, allowing existing customers of its broadband offerings to bundle mobile services into their bill. But there's just one catch; customers will need to bring their own phone.

vividwireless cuts prices for the new year

vividwireless, part of the Seven network and one of Australia’s only independent wireless broadband providers, is reducing the price of its devices and giving them away free to new customers who sign up for eligible plans.

“Systematic erosion of privacy”: Parliament launches surveillance review

The Federal Parliament has kicked off a review of and is seeking public submissions into a wide-reaching package of legislative reforms proposed by the Federal Government which the Greens have slammed as constituting a "systematic erosion of privacy" in Australia.

Primus, Dodo owner M2 sacks 100

M2 Group has revealed plans to make about 100 staff redundant as it finishes digesting recent major Internet service provider acquisitions such as Dodo, Primus and Eftel, stating that the positions are not necessary in the newly merged business.

Gillard pauses to reflect on NBN victory

Prime Minister Julia Gillard this afternoon invited Australians to reflect on the significance of Labor's National Broadband Network project going ahead, with its potential to deliver equivalent telecommunications pricing for the bush with metropolitan Australia.

Govt redacts ISP anti-piracy consultation text

The Federal Government has quietly deleted a controversial section of text published in a consultation paper last Friday that proposed a "streamlined" legal process to aid anti-piracy organisations such as Movie Rights Group and AFACT to target individuals allegedly downloading copyrighted material online.

Deakin Uni addresses student needs with Citrix cloud

Victoria's Deakin University has deployed a cloud platform based on Citrix technology in order to provide a solution for the evolving needs of its 53,000 students, Citrix has announced.

Alan Hyde takes NEC Australia’s reins

Ex-SAP Australia and New Zealand chief Alan Hyde has taken on a new role leading the local operation of Japanese electronics giant NEC.

Telstra launches Samsung Galaxy S II 4G

The nation's largest telco will tomorrow start selling a 4G version of one of 2011's most popular smartphones, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S II.

UXC Oxygen delivers SAP HANA migration for SA Power Networks

UXC Oxygen, a specialist SAP consulting and services company now owned by CSC, has deployed a new SAP HANA platform for Australian electricity distributor SA Power Networks.

SingTel, SubPartners, Telstra to build new Perth-Singapore fibre cable

Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra have inked a deal to build a new international submarine cable that will carry data between Perth and Singapore.

Internode CTO quits iiNet after two years

Long-time Internode chief technology officer John Lindsay has resigned from a similar position at the company's owner iiNet, just two years after iiNet bought the South Australian ISP.

Lenovo kicks off mega four-day sale

Over on our sister site, Delimiter Marketplace, we've just reported that Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has kicked off an extensive four-day sale on its popular ‘Think’-branded laptops, PCs, workstations and servers. Australian customers can to pick up discounts of up to 30 percent, depending on what they buy. Not bad for a weekend special!

Westpac renews Telstra, Optus contracts

Top-tier bank Westpac has renewed long-running contracts with both Telstra and, reportedly, Optus, as the bank continues to source services from both of Australia's two largest telcos.

Telstra 12Mbps wireless to surpass NBN: Liberal MP

A Liberal Member of Parliament inaccurately claimed this week on national television that Telstra would launch a 12Mbps wireless broadband service which would "surpass" the National Broadband Network's 100Mbps fibre to the home service, meaning there was no need to proceed with a project he said was a "white elephant".

Aussie developer Graham Dawson on iPhone 4

Version 4 of Apple's iPhone will launch Down Under in July, delivering local iPhone app developers a bevy of new features. But what do the developers themselves think of Apple's new baby? To find out, we spoke with Australian developer Graham Dawson.

Virgin Australia provides in-flight Galaxy Tabs

Airline Virgin Australia has revealed plans to use Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 device to launch Phase I of its new in-flight entertainment system on most of its Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 aircraft in April 2012. Business Class guests on all sectors will be able to use the Galaxy Tab while Economy Class passengers taking flights over three hours will have access to the device.

Quickflix sacks one third of workforce

Ailing IPTV and online DVD rental business Quickflix has revealed plans to sack one third of its workforce and initiate a plethora of other restructuring moves as it struggles to keep its trouble-plagued business afloat.

“Get a warrant”: Ludlam net privacy bill lands in Senate

Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam has introduced legislation that would see Australian law enforcement agencies blocked from obtaining access to telecommunications records without a warrant; but it is not immediately clear if either of the major parties are prepared to support the bill.

Qantas CIO jets off to Airbus

Qantas Airways' Chief Information Officer, Luc Hennekens, is leaving the company to take on the same role at Airbus, effective 1 October.

SMS flags further M&A potential

Australian IT services outfit SMS Management & Technology today said it expected to have a busy year investigating potential acquisitions, with one case currently in due dilligence and active discussions under way.

Election: Pirate Party vows to “fight tirelessly” for a free Internet

Pirate Party Australia has announced that digital rights will be central to its 2016 Federal Election campaign and that it will to "fight tirelessly" for a free Internet.

6 months free: New Internode 1.5GB mobile plan

iiNet subsidiary and national broadband provider Internode has launched an inexpensive new mobile plan offering customers six months’ free access to its monthly NodeMobile plan, including 1.5GB of data and $450 of mobile calling value, to customers who sign up for two-year ADSL broadband and telephone plans.

Telstra still upgrading the HFC network it is selling to NBN Co

The nation's largest telco Telstra has revealed it will invest a significant amount of capital upgrading the HFC cable network it has contracted to sell to the NBN company, in a move which raises questions about the long-term future of the network.

Government “botched” NDIS IT systems, says Labor

Labor has said the Coalition Government has "botched" the rollout of the IT systems for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) healthcare programme.

Huawei uni talks to unleash network engineer flood

Huawei is in the preliminary stages of talks with universities around Australia to arrange joint training programs that could eventually see a flood of networking engineers delivered into a telecommunications sector made needy by the National Broadband Network.

National incompetence: UK broadband massively improves while Australia dithers

UK telco regulator Ofcom has released a report showing that the country's average fixed-line broadband speed has dramatically improved by 11Mbps over the past five years, a period in which Australians have seen virtually no improvement due to a failure of the nation's politicians and telcos to agree on a unified upgrade path.

Farce: Adobe CEO flatly refuses Australian price questions (video)

The chief executive of global software vendor Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, has refused to directly address questions regarding price markups that can see Australians pay up to $1,400 more than US residents for the company's software, in a press conference in Sydney this morning which at times threatened to descend into a farce.

Qld Labor Govt feared IBM payroll backlash

New cabinet documents released by the Queensland Labor Party pertaining to the payroll systems disaster at Queensland Health have revealed the then-Labor administration in 2010 feared that IBM would pursue its own lawsuit if the State Government terminated its contract over the botched IT systems overhaul.

Vodafone may support Interpol filter

National mobile carrier Vodafone has signalled its support for the new voluntary Internet filtering scheme being implemented by rivals Telstra and Optus, but has refused to clarify whether it will definitely implement the scheme or not.

Samsung Tab to reach Australia for Christmas

The Android invasion on Australia is set to push on with a new wave of stormtroopers -- Samsung's Android 2.2 Froyo-operated tablet. The company this morning announced that its Galaxy Tab device is set to arrive in Australia in the last quarter of the year and rival Apple's iPad tablet.

Will IBM offshore 800 jobs?

Technology giant IBM has dodged allegations by the Australian Services Union that it will shunt as many as 800 local jobs to offshore locations.

VHA renews ASG IT services deal

Mobile telco VHA has renewed and expanded its significant IT services arrangement with Perth-headquartered company ASG, which is led by chief executive Geoff Lewis (pictured).

Budget 2011: Wadeson wins DHS funding colossus

In tonight’s Budget, the Federal Government allocated more than half a billion dollars to projects that will see the technology platforms of the fledgling super-department known as the Department of Human Services, created by the merger of a number of agencies, including Medicare, Centrelink and the Child Support Agency.

New chair takes reins as NBN Committee sits this Friday

The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network will hold its first public hearing under the control of its new chair, Senator Jenny McAllister, this Friday morning, with nbn’s recent hiring spree and progress around its deployment of Fibre to the Node technology likely to be on the agenda.

Avaya wins Cochlear from Cisco, Alcatel

IP telephony and data player Avaya today announced it has signed a US$1 million contract to deploy integrated voice and data solutions for Cochlear, replacing previous vendors Cisco and Alcatel at the hearing giant's head office in North Ryde.

Aussie Oracle/Sun partners talk merger

Several key Australian partners have welcomed the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by software giant Oracle, which recently won the approval of the European Union,...