Stories by Hamish Barwick


Big data vendors score with Twitter crowd: Ovum

Twitter proved beneficial for market acceptance of big data and the vendors who provide the service in 2012, according to new research from analyst firm Ovum.

Oracle unveils second Australian data centre

In response to demand from Australian customers for cloud-based services, Oracle has opened a second data centre.

UNSW targeted by hackers

The University of NSW (UNSW) has confirmed that it was subjected to a number of intrusion attacks against its servers by unidentified hackers during December 2012 and January 2013.

Sydney data centres withstand heat wave

Despite temperatures in Sydney hitting 45.8 degrees Celsius on 18 January, data centres in the area did not encounter any power failures or heavy demands on cooling infrastructure, say operators.

Jetstar customers targeted with fake emails

Customers who receive a flight itinerary email from Jetstar containing PDF attachments have been advised to delete the email straight away.

Cloud computing gaining momentum in 2013: Ovum

The global cloud computing market will continue to grow in 2013 as enterprises look to reduce costs and boost innovation, according to analyst firm Ovum.

Fake bushfire appeal emails flagged: ACCC

Scammers are targeting Australian households with emails asking people to donate to phony bushfire appeals, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

In pictures: PM launches cyber safety program

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was on hand in Sydney this week to launch a new cyber education module called bCyberwise. Developed by Life Education and McAfee, the program is designed to teach primary school students about online dangers such as becoming `friends' with strangers and cyber bullying. The program will be rolled out to Australian schools from 4 February.

Over the Wire acquires second Brisbane data centre

Brisbane-based telecommunications vendor Over the Wire has acquired a Tier III data centre in the city’s Fortitude Valley area to complement its existing Brisbane facility.

Virgin Australia responds to Sabre system issues

Problems with Virgin Australia’s new Sabre check-in and booking system which led to delays for passengers earlier in the week have now been fixed, according to the airline.

Virgin Australia checks in with Sabre booking system

Virgin Australia has implemented a new booking and check-in system called Sabre across its domestic and international networks.

Coles trials hybrid self-checkout system in Victoria

Supermarket and liquor retailer Coles is trialling two hybrid self-checkout systems at its new Southland supermarket in Melbourne, Victoria.

McDonald’s Australia served Spam Act warning

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a formal warning to McDonald’s Australia for sending emails which did not meet the requirements of the Spam Act.

Australian War Memorial targets social media

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has turned to social media in a bid to explain the ANZAC story to younger generations.

ACMA warns of Do Not Call Register telephone scam

Australian consumers are being advised to hang up on scammers who claim they are owed money for receiving telemarketing calls while registered on the Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) Do Not Call Register.