Stories by Renai LeMay

Industry digests Labor win as NBN forges ahead

The major players in Australia’s telecommunications and IT industries were out in force yesterday to comment on the news that Labor would win Government and its flagship National Broadband Network project would go ahead. Most welcomed the news, although several had already started to look forward to the next step of the debate and rollout.

Gillard acknowledges NBN victory

Prime Minister Julia Gillard invited Australians to reflect on the significance of Labor's National Broadband Network project going ahead, with its potential to deliver equivalent telecommunications pricing for the bush with metropolitan Australia.

NSW Department of Housing loses CIO

The New South Wales Department of Housing has confirmed its long-standing chief information officer, Vladas Leonas, had resigned from his position late August after holding the position for more than four years.

Windsor backs Labor's NBN plan

The three independents on whom the future government of Australia rests are increasingly giving off signs that they view Labor's National Broadband Network (NBN) policy with enthusiasm.

iSOFT to lay off 800 staff

Australian e-health giant iSOFT (ASX:ISF) will lay off 800 staff, constituting 17 percent of its total workforce, over the next financial year in a bid to halt its sliding financial fortunes.

Wilkie secures pokie tech reform

Tasmanian independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, has won a commitment from Prime Minister Julia Gillard that Labor would enforce an overhaul of poker machine technology if Labor takes Government, involving what is called “pre-commitment technology” being applied to the gambling devices.

Huawei looks to enter Australian Android market

Chinese manufacturer Huawei this week said it was talking to carriers in Australia and New Zealand about local distribution of its new IDEOS mobile phone, which runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.

PS3 mod chip case first of many to come: Lawyer

Sony's PlayStation 3 mod chip lawsuit could be just the first of many gaming giant-initiated cases in Australia, according to a lawyer who defended a client against Nintendo in a similar case earlier this year.

iSOFT records $383 million statutory loss

The long-time chief executive of troubled e-health giant iSOFT (ASX:ISF), Gary Cohen, has resigned without a statement in the face of disastrous annual results over the past year that have seen revenues shrink.

Federal Court halts PS3 mod chip sales

The Federal Court of Australia has slapped a temporary ban on a handful of local retailers selling or importing hardware, commonly known as “mod chips”, that allows unauthorised software to run on Sony’s PlayStation 3.

Parallels virtualises, ends up down under

Virtualisation specialist Parallels -- best known for its software which lets Mac users run Windows applications on their Apple desktop -- has opened an office in Australia, on the back of strong local interest in its products.

VMware sets up crack virtual desktop team

Virtualisation giant VMWare has put together a specialist crack team to tackle the opportunity of converting legacy “fat client” PC desktops in Australian organisations to slimline virtualised environments, as more virtual desktop rollouts continue to emerge around the country.

NBN Co in care-taker mode

The NBN Co, the company responsible for rolling out the National Broadband Network, has put the freeze on some of its spending and will not hire any new staff until the Federal Parliament has resolved its current deadlock.

Now TPG offers Terabyte broadband plan

TPG has become the latest internet service provider to launch a broadband plan featuring a total of a terabyte of monthly quota, following launches by iiNet and Primus this week.