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  • Four smartphone OSs fighting for survival

    The smartphone operating system market is dominated by Android and iOS, but you can never count out Microsoft, so let's say that Windows Phone, despite lagging in market share, rounds out the Big Three.

  • AMD's new eight-core FX chips based on aging Piledriver architecture

    Advanced Micro Devices is targeting mid-range desktops with its latest high-end FX chips based on the Piledriver architecture.

  • Uber vows to defy German ban on its UberPop ride-sharing service

    Uber Technologies must stop operating its ride sharing service UberPop in Germany or pay a fine, a German court has ruled -- but the ban could be short lived, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

  • In earthquakes, alerts may turn machines into action heroes

    The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory issued an alert about the recent earthquake in California's Napa Valley 10 seconds before it struck. That may not seem like much time -- unless you're a child of the 1950s and 1960s who was trained in school to duck and cover the second you saw a large bright nuclear flash.

  • Should you buy enterprise applications from a startup?

    The idea of buying an enterprise application from a startup company might sound like anathema to a CIO. But Chris Laping, CIO of restaurant chain Red Robin, based in Greenwood Village, Colo., disagrees. He believes we're in the middle of a significant shift that favors startups -- moving from huge applications with extensive features to task-based activities, inspired by the apps running on mobile devices.

  • Microsoft's Australian Azure region 'just around the corner'

    Microsoft is preparing to provide Azure services from within Australia in "a matter of months", according to the software vendor's Australian managing director Pip Marlow.

  • State Library of NSW fast-tracks digitisation strategy

    The State Library of NSW is digitising its treasure trove of information assets created over the past 200 years so they can be accessed and shared online and on mobile devices.

  • Coles planning to outsource IT: Report

    Some IT staff will lose their jobs in a round of cuts at Coles' Melbourne head office, according to a media report.

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    Healthdirect Australia sees value in open source for security solution

    Commonwealth and state/territory government funded public company, Healthdirect Australia, has used open source software to build an identity and access management (IAM) solution.

  • Namecheap says accounts compromised in hacking incident

    Hosting provider, Namecheap, said on Monday that hackers compromised some of its users' accounts, likely using a recently disclosed list of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords compiled by Russian hackers.

  • Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

    While conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems, a major worry.

  • Quickflix suffers $10m loss

    Movie and TV streaming service, Quickflix, has blown out its full year loss to more than $10 million after ramping up spending to attract new customers.

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    Web Marketing Experts to create 115 new jobs in Melbourne

    Search engine optimisation (SEO) company Web Marketing Experts (WME) has expanded its Melbourne office as it looks to hire 115 new staff by December 2014.

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    Comms Alliance backs website blocking in piracy fight

    Telco industry body Communications Alliance has backed a UK developed strategy for combatting online copyright infringement.

  • Reconnaissance code on industrial software site points to watering hole attack

    Attackers deploy Web-based reconnaissance tool to gather information about potential targets in different industries

  • China orders Microsoft to explain Windows, Office practices within 20 days

    Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the U.S. company 20 days to comply.

  • Europol launches international cybercrime task force

    Europol launched a cybercrime task force Monday to fight online crime in the EU and other countries.

  • Show spotlight will be on smartwatches with better looks and connectivity

    Smartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all keen to demonstrate their new products are what consumers want.

  • China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer questions in anti-monopoly probe

    Chinese authorities have issued a 20-day deadline for Microsoft to explain "compatibility problems" with its Windows and Office software, after previously warning the company not to obstruct an anti-monopoly investigation.

  • Happy Labor Day -- will a bot take your help desk job?

    Competing forces are affecting people who work on help or service desks. One is improving automation tools, which advocates say can replace level 1 and 2 support staff. At the same time, the number of help desk tickets is rising each year, which puts more demand on the service desk.