Business IT


Operating System

Microsoft launches new Windows 10 focused on business

Windows 10 renders differently on different devices.

Dina Bass   Operating system upgrade has a custom application store and added security, seeking to woo businesses that shunned the previous version as confusing.

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Business Review

BlackBerry stamps new Passport for return to profitability

BlackBerry Passport

Jenneth Orantia   New things are afoot at BlackBerry. Last week, it launched the new Passport handset at simultaneous events in Toronto, London and Dubai, marking an important phase in the company's return to profitability.


NICTA gearing to jump off federal funding cliff

Hugh Durrant-Whyte CEO of NICTA in Canberra on Friday.

Sylvia Pennington   Four months after the federal government announced it would withdraw annual funding of around $45 million, Australia's largest technology research outfit is talking up its prospects.


News bytes for week of September 29,2014


Australian Dropbox expansion; Bigcommerce launches big analytics for small business, Windows 9 on the way and more.


Post-it Note maker 3M gets the memo, unveils iPhone app

Post-it notes are everywhere in the physical world, but not so much when it comes to digital.

Seth Fiegerman   Company responds to users' desire to bring their physical notes into the digital world and share them with their contacts.


Symantec makes interim CEO Michael Brown permanent boss

Symantec headquarters in Mountain view, California.

Denni Hu and Jordan Robertson   Internet security company Symantec has appointed Michael Brown as chief executive officer, capping a six-month search that followed the firing of Steve Bennett in March.


'Third network' could be alternative to internet

How feasible is a third type of network?

Stuart Corner   The internet is ubiquitous, you can connect from anywhere to anywhere but it's a decentralised, best-effort service, with poor security. What if there was an alternative?

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BlackBerry's 'bizarre' square Passport smartphone feeds shift to business

"Bizarre": Blackberry's new square-shaped Passport smartphone.

BlackBerry's plans to unveil a square-screened smartphone are further emphasising CEO John Chen's shift away from the consumer market toward business and professional users.

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Australian Invoice2Go raises $US35m to go places

“I remember holding an iPhone for the first time. I realised it was going to change everything”: Invoice2go founder Chris Strode.

Rose Powell   Chris Strode never dreamed he would build a global start-up valued at more than $US100 million when he was helping his parents around their family’s caravan park in ­Albury-Wodonga.


Apple sells 10 million iPhones in a weekend

iPhone 6 sold 10 million units in a weekend.

Apple says it has sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale.

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Multimillionaire Evan Thornley's gender pay gap comments at start-up conference cause stir

Entrepreneur Evan Thornley caused a stir with comments at a start-up conference.

Ben Grubb   Australian technology entrepreneur and former Victorian MP Evan Thornley says he "stuffed up" when he remarked at a Sydney technology start-up conference that he paid women less than men.

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How many gadgets do you really want to carry?

Gadget overload: Some people are said to be looking to cut down on their device numbers.

Sylvia Pennington   Having embraced the digital revolution enthusiastically, some people are looking to rationalise their tools.

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Walled off: Google's issues in China deepen

A lot of companies are now asking whether they really need to be in China.

Keith Bradsher, Paul Mozur   As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business.


Larry Ellison's legacy, mentorship: industry comments

End of an era: Larry Ellison's departure is one of the last exits of the tech industry's first generation of celebrity executives, who took computers from the back offices of a few big institutions and into everyday life.

Ian King   As Larry Ellison steps down as chief executive officer of Oracle, he closes a chapter in a career filled with aggressive competition, flamboyant spending and spectacular profits.

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Work-from-home model takes off for AAMI's call-centre staff

House calls: AAMI staff member Shermaine Fitzgerald in her home office with her children.

Julie Power   Insurance company AAMI is bucking the trend by offering more call-centre employees the chance to work from home.

Big data

Google Analytics for your baby's movements is closer than you think

Sensors and software helped record a baby's movements.

Sholto Macpherson   When Nico Minelli decided to help his aunt record her baby's first years, pulling out a video camera seemed a little old-fashioned.


Microsoft lays off 2100 staff

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.

Bill Rigby   The moves are part of CEO Satya Nadella's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 per cent of its workforce.


Debit card brings bitcoin to back pocket

The first eftpos cards linked to bitcoin accounts will tried over the next couple of weeks.

Paddy Wood   Digital currency bitcoin is creeping out from computers to the real world.

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Sony now expects $2.14b loss as mobile growth slows

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai.

Paul Mozur   The Japanese electronics giant Sony said Wednesday that it expected to post a loss of more than $2 billion for the fiscal year, almost five times larger than it previously forecast, exposing signs of serious wear in its mobile unit.