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Microsoft and Nokia effectively 'one team' before acquisition

App developers at TechEd Australia said they don’t believe they will be much affected by the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia’s handset business.

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Santos embraces Windows 8 tablets at TechEd

Santos has revealed a major move to Windows 8 tablets following a desktop migration from Windows XP to Windows 7.

TechEd startup panel sees improving ecosystem in Australia

Finding funding for startups remains a challenge in Australia but the ecosystem is improving, according to a startup panel at the TechEd conference on the Gold Coast.

Local data centres for Microsoft Azure elicit cheers, shrugs

Australian users of Microsoft Azure voiced mixed levels of excitement at TechEd about next year’s planned opening of two local data centres.

Fail fast to keep up: Microsoft

On day one of TechEd, the Microsoft mantra was that failing fast is the best way to succeed.

Australian startup snapshot: Health.com.au

Health.com.au is a disruptive health insurer from Melbourne that seeks to “reinvent how people view health insurance in Australia,” according to founder and CEO Andy Sheats.

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More Optus jobs up in the air after closure, outsourcing

Another 157 jobs at Optus hang in the balance after the telco closed a service centre and outsourced some IT functions to third-party vendors.

Curtin Uni researchers combine GPS with Beidou satellites

Australians may soon have more luck pinpointing their location in cities on mapping apps thanks to an effort to link GPS with Chinese satellites, by Curtin University and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI).

Cash rolls in for taxi apps as competition heats up

The disruptive mobile cab booking app industry continues to win funding amid opposition by incumbent taxi dispatchers.

Tablets no longer a status symbol for the chief

Smartphones and tablets have moved from executive toys to essential work tools, according to customers on a panel at the AirWatch Connect conference in Melbourne. However, smart mobile devices have not replaced laptops in all cases, they said.

Apps drive business productivity, respect for IT

Mobile applications have streamlined business processes and increased the capabilities of Swisse Wellness, Stockland and Eastern Tree Services (ETS), the companies said on a customer panel at the AirWatch Connect conference in Melbourne.

Australian startup 99designs acquires Brazil’s LogoChef

Australian startup 99designs has continued its international expansion, announcing an acquisition of Brazil’s LogoChef and the launch of a Portuguese version of its website.

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BYOD raises privacy concerns at Energy Australia

Energy Australia has had to respond to employee concerns about location privacy as a result of rolling out a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, according to Drew Ball, telephony analyst at Energy Australia.

Taxi app startup GoCatch targets corporates

Australian taxi-hailing startup GoCatch has announced a play for corporate travellers, signing BlackBerry and American Express as partners in the initiative.

Delta Airlines' Windows Phone rollout may show Microsoft's fortunes improving

Delta Airlines’ announcement that it will equip flight attendants with Windows Phone devices could be a sign of rising enterprise interest in Windows mobiles, according to a Telsyte analyst.

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