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Note to HP Spectre and skinny rivals: Laptops are thin enough
Opinion: Laptops have gotten so thin that they differ by mere millimeters. Do customers really care?
Enterprise mobility: BYOD, EMM, and new security approaches
Today’s enterprise employees increasingly expect to be productive wherever they may be, on whatever device they choose, which raises multiple management and security issues for IT departments.
The first big Internet of Things security breach is just around the corner
A huge security breach traced back to an unsecured IoT device will happen within the next two years, warn security experts.
LG to develop deep learning robot guides for Incheon Airport
LG Electronics will develop automated guide robots and cleaning robots based on deep learning technology for use in Incheon International Airport in South Korea.
Apple CEO Tim Cook named independent director at Nike
Apple’s CEO will now work as lead independent director at Nike, having been on the board since 2005.
ANZ inching towards being agile at the core
Sitting on top of CSC’s Hogan core banking system is not stopping ANZ bank from embracing agile working habits, its CIO Scott Collary has said.
Huawei unveils NB-IoT solution at MWC Shanghai
Huawei has announced its NB-IoT solution in Shanghai, with a series of commercialised products and solutions to be made available at the end of this year.
Dutch telco KPN deploys LoRa IoT network across Netherlands
KPN has announced that its LoRa network has been activated across the Netherlands, with 1.5 million IoT connections under contract already.
Telstra outage brought down banks, hospitals, airline
The seventh Telstra outage this year brought down businesses across Victoria, including banks, hospitals, department stores, and Jetstar.
Huawei denies lowering sales target
Huawei on Wednesday denied recent reports saying the leading Chinese smartphone brand is lowering its full-year sales target on dismal global demand for high-end handsets.
NZ ComCom decides to examine Spark fixed-line deregulation
Thanks to increasing retail and wholesale competition from the UFB and Chorus, New Zealand’s telco regulator has made a final decision to investigate deregulating Spark’s fixed-line services.
Brexit and tech: Three scenarios from alright to awful
Leaving the European Union is likely to be tough for the UK’s tech sector. The question is: How tough will it get?
Android Trojan malware makes hackers $500,000
The irremovable Hummer is now the number one Trojan in the world, with over one million current victims.
Telstra pays AU$4.5m for Inabox’s Hosted Collaboration Services
Telstra has acquired the Hosted Collaboration Services business, along with a contract to exclusively supply Cisco collaboration services to the Tasmanian government.
AWS introduces additional regions, worldwide delivery for SNS
AWS’ Simple Notification Service now can now be sent from six regions, deliverable to more than 200 countries.
Ericsson establishes 7Gbps connection to moving vehicle using 5G prototype
Ericsson has said its 7Gbps mobile connection with a moving vehicle is essential to the establishment of 5G use cases including autonomous cars.
Telstra experiencing business, enterprise network outage in Victoria
An outage affecting some enterprise and business customers in Victoria has been confirmed by Telstra a day after it committed to spending an additional AU$250 million on improving network resilience.
Australian peak mobile speed highest in APAC: Akamai
Due to a high percentage of the population having access to 4G LTE networks, Australia recorded the fastest peak mobile speed in APAC, at 147.6Mbps, but growth in broadband speeds remains slow.
NBN HFC ready for service in Redcliffe
The HFC network in Redcliffe, Queensland, will provide download speeds of up to 100Mbps, with retail service providers now able to offer services to end users.
Replacement credit cards to appear ‘instantly’ in NAB Pay
The National Australia Bank has opened up its contactless NAB Pay feature to all personal Visa cards, and added the ability to use replacement credit cards within minutes of one being issued by the bank.
SK Telecom, Ericsson demonstrate programmable 5G infrastructure
The SDTI tech will allow a wide range of 5G network capabilities, as the telcos ‘continue to lead innovation toward 5G commercialisation’.
Eat your heart out Spotify: Here is one digital music service that actually makes money
An aggressive international expansion continues to fuel Montreal-based company Stingray Digital.
Mozilla’s Codemoji: Now smiley’s people can teach you encryption basics
Mozilla has launched Codemoji to teach people how ciphers work and the value of encryption in a world of mass surveillance.
Google’s new My Activity page now displays your whole online life
Google is rolling out new tools to view web and app history, and expanding its ad tracking capabilities, while giving users the ability to opt-in.
Raspberry Pi AI vs USAF colonel: Guess who wins in sim dogfight?
Running on a Raspberry Pi, AI air-combat software from the University of Cincinnati has proved itself in simulations against a former USAF flier.
Microsoft GigJam, First Take: Great idea, shame about the interface
Microsoft’s GigJam app is a frustrating mix: a huge leap forward in collaboration, and an interface that tries to be too simple for its own good.
Brexit fallout begins as Vodafone warns it could move headquarters out of UK
The technology giant is the latest firm to consider its future in a Britain that lies outside the European Union.
EY auctions AU$22m of seized bitcoins
At only the second ever bitcoin auction globally, AU$22 million worth of the digital currency was sold from over 24,000 units.
Vocus: Nextgen acquisition will put us ‘in a class with Optus’
By combining with Nextgen Networks, the CEO and executive director of Vocus have said the company will be up with Optus in terms of infrastructure and access to POIs.
Fintech startups should be respected, not feared: NAB CEO
NAB boss Andrew Thorburn has said his company is a fintech company that can offer a chance of steady funding, and an opportunity to change the banking industry.
Samsung SDS, SAP partner for enterprise cloud spread in Asia
Samsung SDS has signed an MOU with SAP to together provide enterprise cloud systems made with the latter’s solution to clients in Asia Pacific.
Samsung develops antenna, power amp for 5G
Samsung has developed an ultra-small antenna and a power amplifier that will make handsets and radio stations smaller for 5G.
LG Innotek develops fiber-type sensor for healthcare, cars
LG Innotek has developed a fiber-type pressure sensor with a wide surface that can be rolled up, for use in healthcare, sports, and automobiles.
Spark completes NZ$200m digital services upgrade
Spark has migrated 100 million customer records from decades-old IT systems onto new digital services as part of a four-year, NZ$200 million program.
Australian government to rely on data matching for welfare crackdown
Cross referencing of data between the Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink is slated to save AU$2 billion over four years.
Evernote announces price hike, device restrictions for Basic package
Evernote has said that those customers who make the increased investment will reap the benefits that result in the future.
Vocus buys Nextgen Networks, subsea cable systems for AU$861m
Vocus will acquire Nextgen Networks for AU$700 million, 100 percent of the Australia-Singapore Cable for AU$27 million, and the North West Cable System building project for AU$134 million.
Telstra to invest AU$250m in network
Telstra’s network resiliency, core network reliability, and ADSL capacity are being bolstered by a AU$250 million investment.
Wileyfox unveils three Cyanogen OS-powered smartphones
UK startup plans to hit the two-million handset milestone in the next 12 months.
Google’s Awareness API is out but comes with battery drain, spam warning
The Awareness tools will allow apps to issue context-aware notifications, but Google is cautioning developers against misusing it.
Android phones can now read books, signs, business cards via Google’s Mobile Vision
Developers can even make their apps read aloud in real time any text that’s in the camera’s field of vision.
One of the nastiest types of ransomware has just come back to life
And there’s a new version of the CryptXXX malware to worry about too.
Google sharpens Maps, Earth with petabyte of crisp NASA satellite imagery
Google Earth and Maps now offer sharper images of the world, thanks to fresh data from NASA’s newest Landsat satellite.
AWS adds Mumbai as sixth Asia-Pacific region
Mumbai has become Amazon Web Services’ 13th location for services to be hosted in around the world.
1.4b smartphones in China by 2020: Canalys