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  • Turn on wireless encryption to tune out hackers

    Wireless technologies may be gaining in popularity, but around 60 per cent of sites deploying wireless LANs across Australia have not enabled the encryption - leaving the door wide open to hacker attacks.

    27 Nov. 01 09:18 Written by Kelly Mills
  • Davnet bows out of telecommunication market

    Telecommunication company Davnet Ltd. has pulled out of the broadband services market with the $16 million sale Monday of its operating subsidiary Davnet Telecommunications Pty. Ltd. (DavTel) to NTT Australia Pty. Ltd.

    27 Nov. 01 09:15 Written by David Legard
  • Gartner: Telecom equipment shakeout coming in 2002

    Global competition drove a wedge in the cozy relationships between telecommunication and network equipment suppliers and the big businesses and telecommunication service providers buying their products. Times are changing again. Network equipment users will find fewer avenues to seek new equipment, as the big international vendors like Nortel Networks Corp. and Motorola Inc. pull out of some markets to focus on their core lines of business, a market study from Gartner Inc. predicted on Monday.

    27 Nov. 01 08:31 Written by George A. Chidi Jr
  • Brokat declares insolvency

    Electronic-commerce software maker Brokat AG is throwing in the towel, after attempts to reduce the company's massive debt burden failed.

    27 Nov. 01 08:30 Written by Rick Perera
  • Intershop offers Web site mgmt. tools

    E-business software developer Intershop Communications AG Wednesday will introduce Enfinity MultiSite, software that enables companies to centrally manage numerous Web sites.

    27 Nov. 01 08:30 Written by Kathleen Ohlson
  • Web designers advised to stop searching

    Web-site designers should understand their users' way of thinking, introduce them to content they didn't know they were looking for and most of all, keep them from using the search function, according to a report released Monday by Web research firm User Interface Engineering Inc. (UIE) In its report, "Getting Them To What They Want," UIE said it drew on six years of research and hundreds of hours of user observations to discern the eight best practices for getting users to the content they seek.

    27 Nov. 01 08:15 Written by Scarlet Pruitt
  • Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to cut more staff

    IT consulting and software company Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLP (CGEY) is set to cut close to 2,000 more jobs, on top of the 3,500 layoffs already announced this year, but the quality of customer service should not be affected, a spokeswoman said Monday.

    27 Nov. 01 08:00 Written by Rick Perera
  • DoCoMo to recall 3G handsets

    NTT DoCoMo Inc. is already recalling handsets for the 3G (third-generation) mobile communication service it launched in October, the company announced Monday.

    27 Nov. 01 08:00 Written by Kuriko Miyake
  • Aberdeen: .Net will redefine CRM market

    The combination of Microsoft Corp.'s .Net initiative, Web services and Passport authentication system will change the definition of CRM (customer relationship management) and give Microsoft and its partners a large foothold in the CRM market for small businesses, according to a report from research firm Aberdeen Group Inc.

    27 Nov. 01 08:00 Written by Sam Costello
  • Virtual assistant industry taking shape

    Two years ago, there was no such thing. Today, thousands of independent contractors call themselves virtual assistants. While many are former brick-and-mortar executive and administrative assistants, other types of workers are standing under the VA umbrella - IT workers, paralegals, even some accountants and controllers. Some are military spouses, many were recently laid off, others juggle full-time jobs while trying to launch VA practices in the off hours - and all are working from home.

    27 Nov. 01 08:00 Written by Toni Kistner
  • Nokia offers prizes to inspire Java applet developers

    Nokia Corp. has come up with a cunning plan to develop the latest and greatest applications for mobile phones using Java technology and Symbian Ltd.'s operating system: sponsor a contest for developers and get them to do it.

    27 Nov. 01 08:00 Written by Laura Rohde
  • Samsung, Shanghai Bell establish China CDMA venture

    South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Bell Co. Ltd. announced plans Monday to establish a joint venture company to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) based cellular telecommunication network equipment.

    26 Nov. 01 14:37 Written by Martyn Williams
  • Keycorp names Thompson as chief executive

    Electronic transaction solutions provider, Keycorp Limited has named Bruce Thompson as CEO and managing director of Keycorp.

    26 Nov. 01 12:12 Written by Lauren Thomsen-Moore
  • WA laptop deal stirs GST debate

    A $40 million deal negotiated by the West Australian education department will land 14,000 Acer laptops, shorn of GST, in the homes of WA teachers.

    26 Nov. 01 11:28 Written by Pete Young
  • Post-Olympics data centre goes for gold

    Sydney's Olympic Park is being transformed into a high-tech data centre offering mission-critical utility services for storage area networks and disaster recovery.

    26 Nov. 01 10:57 Written by Sandra Rossi
  • Microsoft accused of spreading open source FUD

    While denying that it is against open source software, Microsoft has adopted a more subtle line of attack by criticising the general public licence which covers it.

    26 Nov. 01 09:23 Written by Andrea Malcolm
  • Australian mobile charges rise as competition fades

    While telecommunication charges fall around the world as a result of increased competition, Australia is heading in the opposite direction with dominant carrier Telstra Corp. Ltd. sharply increasing mobile charges on Friday.

    26 Nov. 01 08:40 Written by David Legard
  • U.S., Dutch holdings drive NTT into red

    Japanese telecommunication company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) posted a consolidated net loss for the first half of its fiscal year of 261.8 billion yen (US$2.2 billion as of Sept. 30, the last day of the period being reported), the company said in a statement Thursday. By contrast, last year NTT reported a consolidated net profit of 175.3 billion yen for the same period a year ago.

    26 Nov. 01 08:20 Written by Rick Perera
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