Stories by Hamish Barwick


Banks must change for the digital age: Westpac

Customer demand for mobile financial services and their appetite for new innovations are well ahead of the capabilities of many banks so the financial services sector must adapt, according to Westpac's head of retail and business banking, Jason Yetton.

CBA launches Android-based 'EFTPOS tablet' after delay

Commonwealth Bank’s Android-based tablet designed for EFTPOS transactions, Albert, was officially launched today.

1.1 million Aussies have never accessed the Internet

An estimated 1.1 million Australians — most aged over 65 — have never been online according to a new report released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Vodafone cuts complaints

In the final quarter of 2014 Vodafone Australia managed to reduce the number of complaints per service it received while adding customers to its network.

Optus to review information security after privacy snafu

Optus has submitted an enforceable undertaking to Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim which commits it to an independent review of its information security systems.

Audit unearths Tasmanian government security gaps

An investigation by Tasmanian Auditor General Mike Blake has found that five state government departments have failed to implement information security mitigation strategies recommended by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

NSW Electoral Commission defends iVote system

The NSW Electoral Commission has responded to allegations that votes submitted to iVote may have been affected by a server vulnerability by saying the claims were overstated.

More government sites should be API-enabled, says open data advocate

More Australian government departments and agencies should make APIs available so that people can discover information faster, according to open government advocate Pia Waugh.

In brief: Webroot appoints new APAC managing director

Security vendor Webroot has appointed Robbie Upcroft as its Asia Pacific managing director. He replaced Crispin Kerr who has left the company.

Turnbull embraces the Internet of Things

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind the Internet of Things (IoT), spruiking the potential of the technology to deliver huge efficiencies for cities and generate revenue.

Data centre operators investing in NABERS ratings

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) for data centres is picking up steam with more DC operators working to get certified.

In brief: Intel Security hires new APAC president

Intel Security senior vice president of worldwide channel operations Gavin Struthers has been promoted to Asia Pacific president.

Oracle to hire 1000 sales staff in APAC

Oracle has unveiled plans to hire 1000 new sales staff in Asia Pacific to sell its cloud offerings including software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

Applications open for KPMG tech startup accelerator

Tech startups who want to connect with the energy and natural resources (ENR) sector are being encouraged to apply for KPMG Australia’s program, Energise.

ACCAN raises concerns about anti-piracy industry code

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has argued that consumers shouldn’t have to pay $25 to challenge a false claim made by a copyright holder as it is a “fine by stealth.”