Schools jump online taking parents with them


Sylvia Pennington   11:50 AM   Australian schools have embraced online systems automating everything from canteen ordering to selling seats at the end of year concert.

Internet of Things

London's Tube on track to join Internet of Things

London Underground

Lia Timson   Next time you get stuck at a train station escalator, spare a thought for the way everything will be connected to everything in the future.


Dropbox claims Australian data safe despite hiring Condoleezza Rice

Dr Condoleezza Rice, seen here speaking at computer security conference RSA 2013, has been appointed to the Dropbox board.

Nate Cochrane   Dropbox is battling to reassure its Australian customers that their data is safe from US mass surveillance.


Retail warning: competition blowing in on a cloud

Amazon's chief technology officer Werner Vogels says cloud increases competition.

Nate Cochrane   Cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services are bringing the days of cozy competition to an end.


Queensland government signs Microsoft Office 365 deal to save $13.7 million


Sylvia Pennington   Queensland's 149,000 public servants will move to the cloud after a $26.5 million global contract was signed.

Customer service

Tech support is not what it used to be

Are you keeping up with the need to serve your customers on their terms?

Drew Turney   Obtaining tech support used to be as easy as calling up and waiting until someone who knew gadgets better than you worked out how to fix yours. But Apple, social media and cloud computing changed all that.


The business case is dead, long live real-time thinking

Andrew Wiles, Vodafone chief information officer

Brad Howarth   In this era of sophisticated technology, getting a new project off the ground no longer needs to take months.


Cisco partners with Telstra for $1 billion cloud project

Cisco: The company is investing $US1 billion in the cloud.

Cisco will partner with Telstra and several other firms as part of a $US1 billion plan to bolster cloud computing services.


Nicholas Carr calls out cloud dawdlers

Author Nicholas Carr has a dig at Steve Ballmer's previous stance on cloud computing at the Parallels Summit last week.

Nate Cochrane   Cloud computing security fears are just a smokescreen, says bestselling author.


Social media, analytics predicting box office success


Drew Turney   Forget test audiences and box office sales, a movie's popularity can now be predicted with computer algorithms and social media patterns.


More data centre bandwidth? There's an app for that

Serial entrepreneur Bevan Slaterry wearing his NextDC hat in 2012.

Stuart Corner   An Australian start-up claims to have found a way to enable customers to provision bandwidth between data centres around Australia from a web browser or mobile device.


Microsoft launches rebranded OneDrive cloud storage

Microsoft OneDrive.

Nancy Blair   Microsoft has officially launched OneDrive, its rebranded personal cloud storage service, with updated mobile apps and improved video sharing.


Goodwill alone not enough to run charities

Help needed: Queensland floods in 2012.

Sylvia Pennington   Charities are growing up and making the most out of software previously reserved for making a profit.

Data centres

Facebook eyes low-power server technology

The server room at Facebook's data centre in Prineville, Oregon.

Noel Randewich   Facebook's three-year push to help companies design better data centre gear is paying off.


Google joins competition in the cloud

Google announces public cloud pricing, features and performance guarantees.

Quentin Hardy   Google announces pricing, features and performance guarantees aimed at companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals.


Data centres are the new black

One of the rack rooms at the newly opened Digital Realty data centre in Deer Park, Melbourne. It has dual power supply (blue and amber cabinets).

Lia Timson   There's a buzz in the air akin to an art exhibition opening. It's the latest data centre launch. Really.


NSA spying risks $35b technology sales

The effect of US surveillance are being felt both on the streets and in business.

Nicole Gaouette   International anger over the US surveillance is hurting global sales by technology companies and setting back US efforts to promote internet freedom.

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Call for better privacy protection in the cloud

Cloud services must ensure users' privacy doesn't evaporate once 'I agree' is ticked.

Drew Turney   Consumers deserve better protection when it comes to agreeing to online cloud services, a law professor has warned.

Data centre

What to look for in a data centre

The red room at NextDC S1 data centre in Sydney.

Stuart Corner   At its most basic a data provides four services: a secure space to house your gear; power for your gear; cooling to remove the excess heat and connectivity to the rest of the world. Beyond those basics there are many variables. We talk to industry experts to get the low down.

Cloud gaming

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: the last of the consoles?

The new XBox One went on sale in Australia at midnight, Friday November 22.

Nate Cochrane   Cloud computing is changing the game.

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