Stories by Rohan Pearce

'Significant potential' for Telstra cloud services in Asia

Telstra's Network Applications and Services group registered revenue growth of 10.5 per cent in FY2012, increasing to $1.3 billion. The NAS group includes services such as videoconferencing, telepresence, managed data networks as well as enterprise security services.

Written by Rohan Pearce16 Oct. 12 10:02

Fibre Internet operator fined for network inadequacies

CNT Corp, which provides fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networking for greenfields estates, has been fined $19,800 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for having inadequate backhaul to deliver advertised broadband speeds.

Written by Rohan Pearce16 Oct. 12 09:14

How Yahoo!7 kick starts innovation with hack days

Achieving 540,000 downloads for a mobile app in Australia is certainly nothing to sneeze at. But what's interesting about Yahoo!7's social TV mobile app, Fango is that the original impetus for its creation came not from some corporate committee, but from a prototype cobbled together in a mad 24-hour scramble.

Written by Rohan Pearce11 Oct. 12 10:44

Study reveals 10% pay gap between men and women in IT

Results from a study by the Australian Computer Society released today reveal that almost a third of ICT job seekers believe they have been discriminated against, based on gender, age, ethnicity or other factors, when applying for positions in the sector. An ACS salary survey also found that men working in the sector were on average earned 9.8 per cent more than women.

Written by Rohan Pearce03 Oct. 12 14:51

Exploring the intersection of IT and the law

In the 30 years since the founding of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law, the technology landscape has undergone dramatic changes: Near ubiquitous use of computers, the central role of the Internet in many people's professional and personal lives and the growth of mobile computing.

Written by Rohan Pearce02 Oct. 12 12:58

Corporate watchdog eyes telecommunications interception powers

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission would like reforms to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make it possible for the corporate regulator to obtain telecommunications intercepts and gain access to information that other law enforcement agencies have obtained through such means.

Written by Rohan Pearce27 Sept. 12 17:34

Vodafone calls for clarity on metadata retention, warns of costs

Vodafone has warned the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security's inquiry on data retention that retaining detailed information on mobile data usage by customers could involve a significant cost for operators. Matthew Lobb, the telco's general manager industry strategy and public policy, also called for clarity on the retention of so-called metadata about customer usage of mobile networks.

Written by Rohan Pearce27 Sept. 12 13:24

Aussie ex-pats find success with B2B startup

Handshake, a New York-based startup founded by two Aussie ex-pats that offers an iOS and Web based sales and order management tool for B2B commerce, has notched up a significant milestone. Its eponymous app has been used to write over $100 million worth of orders since its open beta period ended in mid-2011.

Written by Rohan Pearce26 Sept. 12 13:22

Public input sought on patent reform

Intellectual property watchdog IP Australia is seeking public comment on reform to Australia's patent system. The federal government is proposing changes to the Patents Act 1990 to raise the threshold for so-called 'innovation patents'.

Written by Rohan Pearce25 Sept. 12 11:23

20% of Australians still not online in 2011: UN Broadband Commission

A report issued by the UN's Broadband Commission for Digital Development, established by the International Telecommunications Union and UNESCO, has pegged Australia at 21st in the world when it comes to internet access, with 21 per cent of Australians not using the Internet in 2011.

Written by Rohan Pearce24 Sept. 12 12:11

What is gamification?

One estimate puts the amount of time people spend playing Angry Birds as being in the region of 16 years. Every hour. Of every day.

Written by Rohan Pearce30 Aug. 12 13:33

Comm Bank CIO: Future of banking is real-time, personal

Commonwealth Bank chief information officer Michael Harte says that the future of banking lies in recreating the 'old fashioned' banking experience of personalised service using the potential of mobile devices, whole-of-life customer data and real-time transactions.

Written by Rohan Pearce24 Aug. 12 11:19

UNSW unearths Android's potential for archaeology

Researchers at the University of NSW are spearheading an effort to build new digital tools for archaeologist to help update a field where on-site data capture is often handwritten, or, sometimes, conducted using a dated PDA-based systems, and records storage is not infrequently paper-based.

Written by Rohan Pearce17 Aug. 12 11:49