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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.

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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.

Telstra wins underground duct access pricing dispute appeal

Telstra (ASX: TLS) has won its appeal against Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and iiNet (ASX: IIN) subsidiaries in a dispute over underground duct access pricing.

Flinders University to establish ICT academy with Cisco

Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia will establish a new academy with Cisco at the university’s Tonsley Park campus to help students with their ICT degrees.

Dimension Data recruits former AFP agent, Alastair MacGibbon

Former Australian Federal Police (AFP) agent, Alastair MacGibbon is now working at Dimension Data as a security business unit general manager in Canberra.

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone respond to 1300 number issue

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have responded to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) comments about making mobile calls to 13/1300 numbers free, saying they have plans that include unlimited calls to 13/1300 numbers.

Vocus Communications confirms acquisition of FX Networks

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has confirmed that it will acquire New Zealand-based fibre provider FX Networks for $107.7 million (NZ$115.8 million).

Davidson Recruitment acquires ITCOM

Brisbane-based Davidson Recruitment has acquired technology recruitment firm ITCOM for an undisclosed sum as the company looks to expand its Australian operations.

$88m big data research centre opens in South Australia

An $88 million big data research and development centre has opened in Adelaide, South Australia to look at how defence/national security agencies can use big data to predict cyber and physical threats to Australia.

Mobile calls to 1800 numbers made free – why not 1300?

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is praising the telecommunications industry for making mobile calls to 1800 numbers free of charge from January 2015, but says the same deal needs to be made for 1300 numbers.

45,000 km digital radio network to aid WA emergency services

The Western Australia Police (WA Police), Department of Corrective Services (DCS) and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) now have access to a digital radio network covering 45,000 kilometres in WA.

Vocus Communications set to acquire FX Networks: report

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) is reported to be buying New Zealand based fibre optic cabling company FX Networks for $94 million (NZ$100 million), according to media reports.

Aussies, Kiwis keep email and PINs secure, but don't properly dispose bank statements: global study

Aussies and Kiwis are good at ignoring phishing emails and not writing down their personal identification numbers (PINs), but lax when it comes to throwing away paper bank statements, according to the findings of a global study.