Stories by Byron Connolly

Laser prototype improves bomb detection

Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed a prototype laser device capable of detecting tiny traces of explosive vapour, an invention that has the potential to put bomb sniffer dogs out of a job.

Written by Byron Connolly10 Dec. 12 16:32

Health services go mobile

A new website and smartphone application enables users to find their nearest doctor, after-hours pharmacy, hospital and emergency department in towns and cities across Australia, federal health minister Tanya Pilbersek announced yesterday.

Written by Byron Connolly07 Dec. 12 12:25

Robotic ocean vehicle completes historic journey

It survived a shark attack, battled gale force storms and surfed the East Australian Current during its journey across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to the East Coast of Australia, all in the name of science.

Written by Byron Connolly06 Dec. 12 10:10

Perth CBD gets free Wi-Fi

Thousands of people in Perth’s CBD have access to free Wi-Fi connectivity indoors and outdoors following aCure Technology’s decision to provide unrestricted access to its metromesh wireless network.

Written by Byron Connolly04 Dec. 12 13:02

Emerging economies keen for BYOD: study

Workers in developing, fast-growth economies are more likely to use their personal mobile devices to access corporate information than their counterparts in mature countries, according to a new study.

Written by Byron Connolly30 Nov. 12 16:19

UPDATED: CSIRO job cuts “baffling”, says union boss

CSIRO Staff Association president Dr Michael Borgas described the scientific agency’s decision to cut jobs within its wireless and network technology program as “baffling” and has urged management to rethink its position.

Written by Byron Connolly29 Nov. 12 16:50

Red Cross unveils refugee app

Humanitarian agency Australian Red Cross has created an app aimed at educating Australians about the difficulties faced by refugees.

Written by Byron Connolly29 Nov. 12 12:24

NextDC preps site for WA data centre

NextDC is gearing up to begin building its fifth Australian data centre, a 9600 square metre facility in Malaga, Western Australia dubbed “P1”, which will come online in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Written by Byron Connolly29 Nov. 12 10:57

Defence seeks IT support for 2500 staff

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has issued a tender for a help desk contractor to support around 2500 researchers spread over seven sites across Australia.

Written by Byron Connolly28 Nov. 12 11:12

What’s stopping you from achieving real success?

CIO Australia chats to Bradley Kalgovas, an honours research student at the University of New South Wales, who has completed research identifying what prevents CIOs from exploring and exploiting technology inside their organisations.

Written by Byron Connolly26 Nov. 12 14:47

Department of Defence embarks on massive software refresh

The Department of Defence will dump around 3000 complex legacy applications and replace them with new database and middleware products under a four-year, $63 million contract with software giant Oracle.

Written by Byron Connolly23 Nov. 12 12:34

Cloud creates more work: Study

Investing in cloud infrastructure may be a top priority for many companies but it comes at a cost for IT pros who say the popular computing model makes their jobs more complex, according to new research.

Written by Byron Connolly13 Nov. 12 16:20