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    NBN cost-benefit analysis signals the end of an era

    The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network suggests the days of politicians shooting from the hip with taxpayer dollars are numbered.

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    NBN: Labor condemns 'flawed' Vertigan panel report

    The shadow minister for communications, Blaxland MP Jason Clare, has condemned the cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network commissioned by the government as "flawed" and "not independent".

  • Vertigan panel backs Coalition's NBN

    The Coalition's cut-price National Broadband Network would deliver a net economic boost of $18 billion compared with $2 billion for Labor's gold-plated version, according to the first cost-benefit analysis of Australia's largest infrastructure project.

  • VMworld 2014: VMware extends virtual workspaces to mobile devices

    VMware has assembled a package that combines its desktop virtualisation software with its tools for managing mobile devices, giving administrators a unified suite to manage all of their end-users' application requirements.

  • Verizon to become solar-power leader in the U.S. telecom industry

    Verizon announced that it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013.

  • Chrome sharpens up, dumps 1985's graphics technology

    Google has updated Chrome to version 37, finally abandoning a 29-year-old Windows technology to display fonts.

  • Cleveland Indians turn to SIEM in malware, botnet battle

    For the Cleveland Indians' IT department, dealing with malware on behalf of hundreds of Windows-using employees at the baseball team's Progressive Field data center operations can be a little bit like a pitcher facing a stacked batting line-up: a constant battle.

  • Android Power's 3 favorite things for August 2014

    This summer's been a wild one for mobile tech launches, and that means it's been a while since I've had a chance to take a deep breath and think about all the interesting little treasures that round out the Android experience.

  • California cell-phone ruling poses big BYOD challenge

    A recent California appellate court ruling could hurt efforts to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work policies nationwide, analysts agreed Tuesday.

  • Huawei abandons Windows Phone: "We were losing money for two years" on it

    One more big phone maker has given up on Windows Phone. Huawei, the world's third-largest smartphone maker says that it will no longer release Windows Phone devices because it simply can't make any money on it. Where else can Microsoft turn?

  • Instagram's Hyperlapse app gives videos a time-lapse effect

    Instagram on Tuesday released Hyperlapse, a stand-alone app that will let people record longer videos and then speed them up for a time-lapse effect.

  • VMworld 2014: VMware takes its best shot at Cloud market

    VMware this week at its annual US VMworld conference has focused intently on Cloud computing, trying to prove that it is uniquely positioned as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider to deliver a consistent management platform across public, private and hybrid Clouds. This builds on VMware's recent vow to become a Top 3 Cloud provider.

  • HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords that can pose fire and burn hazards

    Hewlett-Packard has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords that could pose fire and burn hazards.

  • Job solicitations multiply for tech talent

    Most happily employed IT pros would consider a new job opportunity -- and there are plenty more to consider these days as recruiters struggle to fill in-demand positions.

  • Google buys Zync for large scale cloud rendering

    To beef up its cloud platform with more specialized packages, Google is acquiring Zync for its large scale rendering service for movie special effects, called Zync Render.

  • Customers praise Microsoft's 'no BS' explanation of cloud service outage

    A Microsoft executive last week gave what some users called a "refreshingly direct" and "no BS, straight-talking" explanation of a several-hour outage of the cloud-based Visual Studio Online, collecting kudos for acknowledging mistakes and spelling out what happened.

  • Tesla recruits hackers to boost vehicle security

    Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security researchers to hack its vehicles. In coming months, the Silicon Valley based high-tech carmaker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to find and close vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars.

  • Seagate scoffs at helium, ships world's first 8TB hard drive

    Seagate today announced it's shipping to enterprise customers the world's first 8TB hard disk drive, raising the bar against rivals such as Western Digital, which uses helium to boost its own drive capacity.

  • Amazon reportedly scoops up video gamer site Twitch for $1B

    Amazon is about to buy Twitch, a video game live-streaming service, according to reports.

  • Data centers are the new polluters

    U.S. data centers are using more electricity than they need. It takes 34 power plants, each capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity, to power all the data centers in operation today. By 2020, the nation will need another 17 similarly sized power plants to meet projected data center energy demands as economic activity becomes increasingly digital.