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  • Australia to get nationwide VoIP network by Q3

    Orbit Canada Inc. and Perth-based ITSP Australia Pty. Ltd. will complete building a VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) network connecting Australia's six biggest cities by the third quarter of this year, according to the Canadian company.

  • Telstra in Deloitte consortium outsourcing deal

    Telstra is poised to finalise two of three core streams of IT work with private services firms, negotiations for which started with the Deloitte Consulting Consortium late last year.

  • Gartner predicts life beyond WAP

    WAP (wireless application protocol) will morph into a much richer tool within the next 18 months to two years, according to Gartner. "At the moment everyone has got one solution, WAP, but in the future there will be a choice of access protocols," said Geoff Johnson, research director with Gartner's Asia Pacific Research Centre.

  • Keycorp licenses Newcom's dual-slot mobile e-commerce technology

    Australian smartcard company Keycorp has licensed Newcom Technologies' dual-slot mobile e-commerce technology. Adelaide-based Newcom patented a system that lets consumers use their mobile phones or Internet-enabled devices to receive online information and conduct secure financial transactions via a mobile e-commerce gateway.

  • Speech recognition coming, but do we want it?

    Within two years up to 30 per cent of all call centres in Australia will use natural language speech recognition (NLSR), predicts an industry source.

  • Sun and Bowstreet join in Web services deal

    Sun Microsystems Inc. put more wood behind its e-business solutions arrow, signing a deal with Bowstreet Software Inc. this week that allows the companies to combine their technologies to help users build more intelligent Web services architectures.

  • Analysts predict difficult birth for wireless Web

    Up to 65 per cent of wireless deployments in enterprises will fail within the next two years, according to an industry research group.

  • Data mining or trespass?

    Australian companies that use Web crawlers or similar data mining technologies face legal liability under trespass laws following two recent court cases in the US.

  • Hong Kong researchers think small

    Nanotechnology researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) are creating some microscopic, ultra-thin, super-narrow and otherwise shrimpy things that may have big implications for information technology.

  • 3G technology -- who needs it?

    LONDON (02/06/2001) - The billions of dollars spent in Europe this past year on licenses for third generation (3G) mobile phones suggests that future users are in for a treat. Or are they? Some would-be customers are indifferent, unsure of what the technology can do for them -- and whether they really need it.

  • IBM restructures, all servers merged into one group

    IBM Corp. has created a new product group and undertaken an internal restructuring that is intended to boost its PC division and make it simpler for customers to buy servers.

  • Internet Consortium to launch fee-based security alert service

    The Internet Software Consortium (ISC), which develops the server software most commonly used to direct traffic on the Web, is moving to create a fee-based information-sharing club that officials at the organization said is meant to give software vendors and other companies early warnings about security holes affecting its products.

  • Amazon introduces honour-based payment system Inc. extended its 1-Click shopping system on Tuesday to enable users to make payments of US$1 or more to other sites on an honour basis, for the use of premium content or simply to express their support.

  • Frictionless debuts suite to automate sourcing

    Frictionless Commerce Inc. on Monday announced a software suite intended to automate the strategic sourcing process, spanning supplier selection and vendor management.

  • Two faces of Sun

    Sun Microsystems Inc. CEO Scott McNealy was in no mood for apologies. The financial markets were in turmoil, competitors were complaining of slowing sales and the exec was addressing analysts and investors in a mid-January conference call after the company released its second-quarter earnings. Sun, he asserted, would not only weather a deepening market downturn, it would actually prosper.

  • Oracle updates application server

    Looking to increase its market share in the red-hot application server fray, Oracle Corp. on Tuesday released the first update to its 9i Application Server.

  • EToys, Petopia close down

    The e-commerce shakeout continues as online pet site Inc. and beleaguered Internet toy retailer eToys Inc. close their virtual doors.

  • Researchers uncover 'major' wireless security flaws

    Wireless devices, including laptop computers and PDAs (personal digital assistants) that are widely used to access corporate computer networks rely on a protocol that has "major security flaws" and are vulnerable to hackers using easily obtained equipment, a research group at the University of California, Berkeley, has concluded in findings published on the Internet.

  • More affordable storage

    EMC Corp. has entered the midpriced storage fray with the Clariion IP4700. The device is designed for installation in 10 minutes or less and can include multiple connection options, up to a gigabit Ethernet. Optional SnapView/IP software can provide backup, analysis and reporting functions.

  • Learn XML online

    IT professionals interested in exploring the world of XML have a new online learning center. XMLSolutions Corp. recently started classes at, an interactive learning site dedicated to enhancing XML skills. The site's initial course prepares students for IBM's Test 140, XML and related technologies.

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