Stories by Hamish Barwick


ME Bank apologises for ongoing technical issues

ME Bank has apologised for ongoing technical issues, which it says are affecting a small group of customers.

Keeping the startup spirit alive: Xero

Financial software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Xero (ASX: XRO) might have plans to take on the world but it doesn’t want to adopt the culture of a large corporate, according to Xero Australia managing director Chris Ridd.

Keeping the data centre safe in a disaster

Australia's record of natural disasters — which can run the gamut from bushfires to floods and cyclones — present challenges for data centre operators, who are charged with keeping their customers' gear safe even in extreme events.

$5.4 billion wasted during collaboration projects in Australia: Deloitte

The Australian collaboration economy is worth $46 billion but $5.4 billion is wasted on overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects, according to a new Deloitte report.

UNSW gets robots ready for Robo soccer World Cup

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is hoping to do better than the Socceroos at their version of the FIFA World Cup, the RoboCup Championships.

IBM Australia and New Zealand MD retires

IBM has confirmed that its Australia and New Zealand managing director, Andrew Stevens, has retired after being in the role since January 2011.

Financial System Inquiry recommends mandatory data breach notification

A Financial System Inquiry has recommended the adoption of mandatory data breach notification in Australia in order to help consumers keep control over their personal and financial information.

CrimTrac searches for new fingerprints ID system

Federal government information sharing agency CrimTrac has commenced the search for a new system that will recognise fingerprints, faces, palm prints, speech, scars, marks and tattoos.

Australia should introduce drone privacy laws by 2015: committee

The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has recommended that the Australian government introduce privacy legislation by 2015 to cover the use of drones, according to a report tabled in Parliament today.


Updated: ME Bank says Internet, mobile app banking restored

ME Bank has confirmed that its systems are now up and running following a system upgrade over the weekend.

Rise of the digital risk officer?

A new security role called the digital risk officer (DRO) is emerging in response to new cyber threats introduced by the Internet of Things (IoT), according to Gartner United States distinguished analyst Paul Proctor.

Commonwealth Bank, NAB, ANZ see strong growth in Internet banking

Australians are turning to Internet banking in greater numbers, according to figures released by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), National Australia Bank (NAB) and ANZ Banking Group.


Telstra to invest millions in Adelaide Oval tech upgrade

Telstra (ASX: TLS) has announced a multi-million dollar technology investment in the Adelaide Oval Stadium, which includes the introduction of 1,000 Internet Protocol (IP) TV screens and an upgrade of the mobile network to 4G.

Investment in data centres expected to increase in Australia: survey

Some Australians have indicated they will spend more on their data centres over the next year due to big data, virtualization and business continuity requirements, according to a Forrester Consulting survey.

Vic government's mobile app privacy policies need improving: report

A privacy sweep of 64 Victorian government mobile apps in May 2014 found that very few had app-specific privacy policies, according to a report released today.