Data center spending is down, as companies build on the foundations they've laid over the past few years. Here's a look at the concerns and priorities that IT leaders are focused on right now.
Speed testing equipment may be installed inside households to monitor whether consumers are getting what they pay for when using the national broadband network.
A patent that has delivered Australia's CSIRO $430 million and counting will expire in the US on November 30, 2013, bringing to a close a critical chapter in Australia’s innovation history.
Amazon has filed a complaint in court in a bid to prevent Big Blue from snapping up a lucrative $600 million contract with one of the world's most elusive intelligence agencies.
Google-owned Motorola has announced a phone that is "always listening" for the owner's voice commands.
Victoria's chief technology advocate is on the lookout for ‘data scientists’ willing to embed themselves inside his team and tackle some of the State’s trickiest policy questions, using the government’s own data stores.
Fastest in the southern hemisphere.
Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest hacking and data breach scheme in US history.
An elite hacker who was due to demonstrate how heart implants could be hacked has died unexpectedly in San Francisco.
The long-awaited 4.3 update for Google's Android operating system won't bring many surprises for users and developers, with the focus instead on improving existing features while adding comparatively few newer ones.
The British Cabinet Office will put an end to large IT outsourcing contracts, breaking the stranglehold that an "oligopoly" of 12 suppliers have over public sector work.
Sensitive data has been found on KPMG's website soon after the consultancy released a report revealing blue chip companies doing the same.
Global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the "longest duration of decline" in history.
When the Australian or US governments raise the potential national security risk posed by having Huawei routers at the core of national telecommunications networks, the telecommunications giant gnashes its teeth.
A joint effort to crack down on mobile and GPS jammers has resulted in the seizure of almost 100 of the devices over seven months, according to Australia's communications regulator.
Telstra has confirmed that it suffered a major outage in its high-end corporate cloud computing platform last week that left a number of its most high-profile customers without some of their services for a period as long as 24 hours.
The first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, on 3 April 1973.
Australia's IT jobs market is slowly gaining strength against a continually difficult IT economy, according to a salary report released by an IT recruiter.
Cisco has entered an agreement to offload its home networking unit and Linksys brand to accessories maker Belkin.
According to the Akamai Third Quarter 2012 State of the Internet report released yesterday, Australia's mobile broadband speeds are some of the best in the Asia-Pacific region, but it continues to lag behind in fixed broadband speeds.
ava continues to be plagued by critical security flaws that are actively exploited by attackers despite Oracle's patches, according to prominent information security analysts.
An unmanned British stealth drone that can fly faster than the speed of sound and go undetected by radar will soon have its first test flight in Australia.
McDonald's has been slapped with a formal warning by the national media watchdog for spamming customers with promotional emails.
A quick note to let you know the full program for the Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit in February 2013 is now live on the interwebs.
Industry professionals and politicians of both persuasions have united to celebrate the positive aspects of the National Broadband Network.
A RECORD number of parcels have been sent through the post this Christmas, according to Australia Post.
The people behind the ultra-cheap computer have decided to harness all that geek enthusiasm sparked since the Raspberry Pi's launch in February and create a one-stop shop where anyone can share games, applications and tools developed for the computer.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with allegedly damaging telecommunications cables in up to 20 Telstra pits on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has directed the communications regulator to set a reserve price of $1.36 per megahertz per population for lots of 700 MHz spectrum to be auctioned next year.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak predicts the data center and collaborative technologies will drive IT innovation and opportunity in 2013.
Fascinating blog post this week from MacTalk and One More Thing founder and all-round geek Anthony Agius, who chronicles his attempts to use two 802.11ac routers to link his new garage-based server farm to his house network.
Several Vodafone staff artificially inflated customer numbers to earn commissions as high as $5000 a month, say former staff – a revelation that is likely to result in another PR nightmare for the beleaguered telco.
Ministers have rejected plans to automatically block internet access to pornography on all computers, saying the move is not widely supported.
QUEENSLANDERS will get a new perspective on crime in their neighbourhoods thanks to a ground-breaking police mapping project.
Global IT outsourcer CSC has sold its Australian staffing unit as part of a global transformation aimed at shifting the company’s focus towards solutions and services.
The UK uses more mobile data than any other country and also has one of the highest percentages of smartphone owners globally, Ofcom has said.
Australia has become a nation of mobile internet users, with almost more mobile broadband connections in the country than there are people.
Australia's web hosts are considering setting up a new online community after domain renewal issues took WebHostingTalk Australia offline a fortnight ago.
After the disaster that was ACTA, the European Commission has returned to the many thorny issues that surround copyright reform. New legislation, possibly around enforcement, is likely to show up within the next couple of years.
Australians, it seems, are increasingly addicted to the internet: a report from the communications regulator shows we are sucking down hundreds of thousands more terabytes of data than we were a year ago.
Later this morning David Cameron and Boris Johnson will unveil plans to transform Silicon Roundabout - or rather Tech City as the government likes to call it.
Drones could soon be helping protect rhinos, tigers and elephants in Africa and Asia, thanks to cash from Google.
Microblogging service Twitter caused panic amongst its users this morning, after their account passwords were automatically reset and email notifications were sent out.
One Chinese Web monitoring organization warns that China, during the country's Party Congress 'elections,' may be blocking access to the company's products.
The Australian government has dumped its controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme, instead forcing reluctant ISPs to block the Interpol "worst of the worst" list.
Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Almost five years after the current Labor Federal Government starting trying to force its controversial mandatory Internet filter policy on an extremely unwilling Australian population, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has formally dumped the policy in favour of a much more limited system already in place at Telstra and Optus.
The interplanetary internet has been used by an astronaut at the International Space Station (ISS) to send commands to a robot on Earth.
The Queensland Government has unveiled plans to connect 56 of the state's most regional and rural public schools to the National Broadband Network interim satellite service in a bid to improve internet connectivity for students.
Engineers at Twitter, Paypal have joined Facebook in offering a look under the hood of the massive MySQL deployments that drive their web services.
CSIRO has officially opened the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope in Western Australia, with the first science results expected within a year.
Facebook passed the 1 billion user mark in September, after eight years in business and a bruising first four months in the stock market.
The CSIRO has completed its Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and opened the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.
The Victorian State Government has released the draft of a new whole of government information and communications technology strategy, with which it aims to start addressing extensive IT project and service delivery issues which have resulted in more than a billion dollars in budget overruns and a string of failed IT projects over the past half-decade.
Team Canberra UAV won $10,000 for locating the dummy bushwalker without any human input.
In an unusual speech delivered in the US this week, Conroy has indicated that the Australian government may consider rolling out its own subsea cable if prices don't go down.
Australia has been pipped by New Zealand in a new index by Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web Foundation that aims to scope the "impact" of the Internet.
TPG-owned Pipe International will bring a large increase in bandwidth to its PPC-1 subsea fibre optic cable between Sydney and Guam by adopting 100 Gbps equipment provided by Infinera.
Vodafone Hutchson Australia has joined the Federal Government's Emergency Alert program, agreeing to distribute location-based SMS messages to customers during disasters.
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.
THE vast majority of Aussies believe we share too much information about ourselves online.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) chairman Chris Chapman has defended the organisation's existence after a federal review called for its abolition earlier this year.
Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes conversations about a range of intellectual property matters, including the ongoing mobile patent disputes between the companies, according to people familiar with the matter.
Facebook has beefed up its systems to automatically delete suspicious Likes on a Page and ensure that only real users and brands can authentically connect to the Pages they care about.
Google Australia today revealed that retail giant Woolworths had also deployed the search giant’s email application Gmail and other custom applications based on Google Apps to all of its store managers, as part of a nationwide rollout of Apple’s iPad tablet slated to hit some 890 staff.
An eye-controlled television has been unveiled at Berlin's IFA trade show.
The 7,800km Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) connects Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. It transfers data via an optical fibre system at 40 gigabits per second, and is three milliseconds faster than any other cable between Singapore and Tokyo.
INSTAGRAM'S founders have lost out in their sale to Facebook to the tune of $US300 million ($286 million) thanks to Facebook's tanking share price.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has highlighted cloud computing as a potential avenue for investigation as part of a broader inquiry into copyright reform.
VMware is set to ditch the controversial vRAM charges it introduced to vSphere licensing a year ago, according to a news report.
The online pornography industry has adopted new technologies so successfully that it's in danger of innovating itself out of existence, according to author Jeff Sparrow.
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.
Search engines such as Google and popular cloud computing services may have been "sued out of existence" if they started in Australia, while consumers who make remixes or mash-ups of copyright songs and videos are also breaching the law.
Indian authorities have ordered internet service providers to block websites and restrict bulk SMS sending for two weeks after a campaign of threatening messages created mass panic in the country.
Fujitsu plans to deploy a new cloud compute node in its Malaga data centre in Western Australia.
It's a common -- and dangerous -- assumption that the Patriot Act gives the U.S. government unprecedented access to your data. But where the data lives with regard to physical location of the cloud, service provider, or its facilities does not limit the government's access.
Fortescue Metals Group is to deploy a radio-based signalling system to track train movements on a 294-kilometre stretch of rail in Western Australia's Pilbara region.
Australian mobile app platform startup biNu this week revealed it has picked up $2 million in investment funding from a number of high-profile investors, including TomorrowVentures, the investment group of Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
Buried in an article by the Financial Review this morning (in a piece otherwise discussing the company’s controversial NBN contract blacklisting) is the news that the global chief executive of networking equipment giant Huawei has arrived in Australia. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
Timothy Sabre, the convicted hacker and former party promoter who claimed to have unlocked the secrets of Google's algorithm, has been stripped of his Google accreditation.
Two file-sharing websites have suggested that Google's decision to demote in its search results websites linked to copyright-infringement complaints would not harm them.
MARK ZUCKERBERG may have conquered the internet, but markets doubts about Facebook have seen his personal fortune drop by $9 billion.
A new threat targeting infrastructure in the energy industry has been uncovered by security specialists.
According to reports, Google is being sued for defamation by a business tycoon in Hong Kong.
M2M industry presents huge growth opportunities but methods to ensure connectivity across geographies still piecemeal and cost issues remain unresolved, which hinder providers from scaling up operations.
An unexplained charge on a mobile phone bill helps a user uncover a loophole in the sign-up system for some premium rate services.
Internet service provider EFTel has acquired Sydney-based small business ISP Visage Telecom. Melbourne-based Eftel will pay $225,000 in cash instalments for the provider, and a further $225,000 in shares, issued at 17.5 cents each.
Dropbox has pinned a recent spam outbreak on an unnamed, hacked third-party website, from which one of its employees' passwords was stolen.
The Federal Government’s peak technology strategy division has made a series of announcements aimed at pushing forward its vision with respect to public sector uptake of the new generation of cloud computing services and making such services available on the right terms to departments and agencies.
There appears to be an assumption within the broader intellectual property industries that members of Pirate Parties are just whiny brats who “want everything for free.” They consider us uneducated idiots who have not really given any thought into what we advocate. I find this odd.
A real-money gambling app has been launched on Facebook - the social network's first.
HP has confirmed its global chief executive Meg Whitman has landed in Australia for a brief visit, in a move that comes as fallout from a bungle at key HP customer the Commonwealth Bank of Australia continues to make itself felt.
The US has confirmed it would resist efforts to put the internet under the control of the United Nations.
The man behind an unofficial Olympic ticket alerts feed says he is "shocked" by an effort to block the service.
A Tunisian company called Saphon Energy says it has designed a turbine using Zero-Blade Technology inspired by a sailboat that is more efficient and safer for wildlife.
Thomson Reuters has confirmed the Reuters News blogging platform was hacked and that a false interview with a Syrian rebel leader was posted. The Reuters blogging website has been taken down to fix the problem.
How much impact will the Federal Government’s so-called Carbon Tax have on server hosting costs? According to Aidan Tudehope, the managing director of Macquarie Telecom’s hosting division, quite a lot. Tudehope has published a decent analysis of the situation on the blog of Macquarie Telecom-associated cloud computing provider Ninefold. A useful excerpt:
Google has officially launched its first fibre network after 18 months of preparation and construction, offering residents in Kansas City access to symmetric gigabit speeds for the first time.