Stories by Hamish Barwick


New ACCC website focuses on consumer rights

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revamped its website and created new content focusing on consumer rights.

Harvey Norman apologises for $5 credit email

Retailer Harvey Norman has issued an apologetic email after it accidently sent out customers a $5 credit offer for signing up to its VIP email, even though they had not opted in to receive it.

Sydney Uni seeks HPC energy cost reduction with new algorithms

Newly developed algorithms may be the solution to reducing the increasing energy consumption and cost of high performance computing (HPC) networks, according to University of Sydney director of HPC Professor Albert Zomaya.

More DDoS attacks will be application based: Gartner

Hackers are adapting distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and combining these with social engineering tactics to try and infiltrate banks during 2013, warns Gartner.

Foxtel adds Sky News channels to Go app

News junkies now have access to Sky News national, business and weather channels on the Foxtel Go iPhone and iPad app.

NetApp hires new A/NZ MD from internal ranks

Storage vendor NetApp has found a replacement for the Australia and New Zealand managing director role from its internal ranks after former MD Peter O’Connor left in August 2012.

ACCC to come down hard on telcos for 2013

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned telecommunications companies that it will be making sure Australian consumers “get what they pay for” when they sign up to long-term phone or broadband contracts.

Foxtel streams live sports with iPhone, iPad app

Foxtel has announced that Fox Sports channels 1, 2 and 3 have been added to its Foxtel Go iPhone and iPad app, allowing fans to access NRL, rugby union and cricket matches on their devices.

Australian banks welcome real-time payments service

Banks have responded positively to the Australian Payments Clearing Association's proposal for new real-time payments infrastructure, saying it will lead to more innovation in areas such as mobile payments.

NT expands free Wi-Fi rollout on public bus service

The Northern Territory government will provide free Wi-Fi services on public buses in Darwin and Alice Springs by following the successful introduction of the program earlier this month.

Business intelligence revenues to reach $475.6 million: Gartner

Investment by CIOs and IT managers in business intelligence (BI) software to improve decision making processes is driving the market to greater revenues than 2012, said analyst firm Gartner.

ASX decreases international network latency with Net Global

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has rolled out a networking solution called ASX Net Global which is designed to improve latency when international customers trade on the local stock exchange.

Financial, health data dumped in Sydney rubbish bins

Some Sydney bank branches, lawyers' and doctors' offices have been found guilty of not properly disposing of personal information in rubbish bins which could be used by criminals for the purposes of fraud or identity theft following a private investigation.

Unified comms market to hit $943.7 million by 2017: IDC

Companies will need to invest heavily in unified communications (UC) over the next four years as more staff work from home or in remote locations, according to analyst firm IDC.

Security incidents going unreported: CERT Australia

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has called for more Australian organisations to report cyber security issues to the police following the results of its annual survey.