Stories by Jenna Pitcher

Qld Opposition calls for IT minister’s head

Queensland’s State Opposition has called for the head of the state’s IT minister, Robert Schwarten after a string of delayed and problematic government technology projects yesterday became a fiery issue in parliament.

Atlassian acquires code hosting site Bitbucket

Australia-headquartered software company Atlassian has made its first buy since taking $60 million in venture capital investment in July, picking up Bitbucket.org, a free code hosting site with some 60,000 users.

iSOFT’s Cohen leaves the building

Besieged e-health company iSOFT has confirmed the departure of former chief executive Gary Cohen, just weeks after he quietly resigned from the CEO role in late August.

iPad trials hit Tasmanian schools

The Tasmanian Department of Education and Training has revealed over 30 iPads are being trialled in a number of schools across the state, with plans in the works to also examine the potential for Android- and Windows-based tablets to be used as an education device.

Tasmanian schools trial iPads

The Tasmanian Department of Education and Training has revealed more than 30 iPads are being trialled in a number of schools across the state. There are also plans in the works to also examine the potential for Android- and Windows-based tablets to be used as an education device.

QLD schools latest to pick up iPad

Queensland’s Department of Education and Training has confirmed centrally controlled trials of 50 iPad devices in two state schools will begin in October, adding that some schools were already independently trialling Apple’s tablet device, as well as the smaller form factor iPod Touch.

iPads garner favour in Australian education

Schools and universities right around Australia had jumped headfirst into trials of Apple's hyped iPad tablet as they rush to discover exactly what the device's use will be in the educational field — sometimes with the support of their overarching education departments, and sometimes without.

Optus joins the private cloud

Optus’s business division and its subsidiary Alphawest today announced the launch of a new scalable commercial enterprise ‘cloud’ service — Optus Cloud Solutions — which will be available to enterprise customers from 1 October.

ATO e-tax software hit by potential security holes

The denizens of global security mailing list Bugtraq have started discussing whether the Australian Taxation Office's e-tax 2010 software -- currently being used by millions of Australians to submit their tax returns -- has a security hole in it, due to the way it deals with remote Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates.

Aussie developers talk Windows Phone 7

The impending launch of Windows Phone 7 handsets before Christmas period represents another rich option for Australian mobile application and game developers. But what is it like developing for the new Microsoft platform?

Brisbane Girls Grammar revamps IT with Windows 7

Brisbane Girls Grammar School (BGGS) has revealed it is one of the first Australian private education bodies to undertake a roll-out of the Windows 7, Office 2010, Exchange 2010 and Hyper-V packages across a whole organisation, telling Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference on the Gold Coast this week that it recently upgraded its systems and some 1,150 desktop PCs and laptops.

Computershare cuts costs in the cloud

Australian investor services giant Computershare this week revealed that it had rebuilt its most highly trafficked sites on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, sending them live in the first week of August.

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