Fast Five: this week in IT, 19/08

In this week’s Australian IT news highlights: AARNet, Dell, Turnbull, McAfee, Video ATMs, Gerry Harvey, Sony’s PSN, CSC’s BizCloud, NetComm’s NBN win

Your hand-picked five-minute wrap up of the biggest Australian IT stories of the week.

AARNet to trial National Time and Frequency Network The Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has teamed up with a local research consortium to develop and trial technology to underpin a National Time and Frequency Network (NTFN).

Turnbull uncoops 'electronic pigeon hole' for all Australians The federal Opposition will look to create a national government-funded ‘electronic pigeon hole’ for all Australians in an effort to cut the costs of ‘snail mail’ communication if returned to power at the next election.

McAfee finds purpose post-Intel acquisition McAfee is making progress defining and communicating its new role and strategy following its purchase by Intel a year ago for $US7.68 billion, according to the security vendor’s global chief technology officer, George Kurtz.

Gerry Harvey to embrace online retail in September Bricks and mortar retailer Gerry Harvey has confirmed he is to make the vast majority of the products offered at Harvey Norman stores online next month.

Video ATMs offer human touch Bank customers who still want to use a teller but are tired of queuing up at lunchtime will soon have a faster option if the big four banks decide to roll out NCR's APTRA video automatic teller machine (VTM).

Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) customers to pay for identity protection? SonyPlayStation Network (PSN) customers may be asked to pay for their own account and identity security in 12 months' time following a free year-long trial of a range of CSIdentity's anti-fraud services.

NetComm signs $200m NBN Co deal Australians in rural and regional areas will be connected to the NBN Co's 2.3Ghz LTE fixed-wireless broadband network using devices provided by NetComm (ASX:NTC) following the signing of a deal with Ericsson, estimated to be worth $200 million.

Dell's Australian data centre expected in under a year Dell will seek to use its forthcoming Australian data centre — expected to launch within the next 12 months — to create new Cloud and hosting services for its local customers, according to the company’s A/NZ chief, Joe Kremer.

Aussie Cloud adoption can be accelerated with BizCloud Australian businesses looking to move to the Cloud may experience shorter implementation times following the launch of BizCloud, an on-premise private Cloud service from business technology provider, CSC.

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