Stories by Byron Connolly

Apple edges out Samsung to take top smartphone spot

Samsung lost its number one position in the global smartphone market to Apple in the last quarter of 2014. Buoyed by sales of its iPhone 6, Apple shipped 74.8 million units to secure a 20.4 per cent share of the market, Gartner said on Wednesday.

Telstra strikes agreement to sell Presto movies and TV

Telstra has signed an agreement to resell Presto’s subscription video-on-demand service to its customers.

Updated: Netflix to flick the switch on March 24

Netflix will begin offering subscription movie and TV services from all major broadband operators in Australia and New Zealand on March 24.

iiNet adds 25,000 new broadband customers

iiNet Limited on Thursday said it had added 25,000 new fixed-line broadband customers for the six months ending December 31, 2014.

New Zealand health boards to move to IBM cloud

Up to 20 district health boards across New Zealand will roll out cloud infrastructure, which is expected to slash IT infrastructure costs across the group by $23.9 million over the next 10 years.

Australian Federal Police and CommBank ink Internet safety agreement

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Commonwealth Bank volunteers nationwide are stepping up the fight against online bullying and child exploitation by educating parents, teachers and community members about cyber safety for kids.

Singapore Airlines takes flight with tablet app

Cabin crew on Singapore Airlines are creating digital voyage reports and improving customer service during each flight thanks to a new tablet app.

MYOB dives into mid-market cloud

MYOB is moving deeper into the mid-market with the release Wednesday of its cloud-based ERP software, MYOB Advanced.

NSW govt commences talks with Infosys, Unisys for shared services

The NSW government has established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Infosys and Unisys to progress detailed discussions for both companies to provide shared ICT services to agencies.

Data loss, downtime costs Aussie businesses $65B

Data loss and downtime has cost Australian organisations around $65.5 billion (US$55 billion) in the last 12 months, according to a new survey.

Attention IT workers: New Zealand wants you

There’s demand for IT jobs across the ditch and not enough workers to fill them.

Digital brokers could fix poor government service delivery

Employing digital service brokers to deliver online government services for citizens has been flagged as a way to repair the public sector’s bad reputation for service delivery.

Bigcommerce nabs $50M from big name investors

Bigcommerce announced Thursday it has raised $50 million in series D funding from a group of investors led by venture capital firm, SoftBank Capital.

Cost, integration issues halting big data projects

Big data projects are being held back by the high cost of setting up infrastructure to support the capturing of potentially hundreds of millions of data points each day.

NEHTA hooks up 267 public hospitals to national e-health system

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) said on Thursday that it had worked with CIOs to connect 267 public hospitals and health centres to national e-health infrastructure.