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Stories by Hamish Barwick


Optus looks back at 20 years in Australia

By Hamish Barwick | 31 January, 2012 10:23

Optus has celebrated its 20th anniversary after beginning commercial operations on 31 January 1992.

Tony Abbott to establish Online Safety Working Group

By Hamish Barwick | 30 January, 2012 16:58

The Coalition has announced plans for an Online Safety Working Group designed to assist parents and teachers in protecting young people from the risks associated with the internet and social media.

Temporary cable to restore Telstra’s North Bundaberg services

By Hamish Barwick | 30 January, 2012 13:44

Telstra is in the process of installing a temporary cable to have fixed-line telephone and internet services ready for residents in North Bundaberg, Queensland by 8 February.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank upgrades customer service applications

By Hamish Barwick | 30 January, 2012 11:21

In a bid to support its growing customer business applications, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has installed two IBM XIV Gen3 storage systems.

Aruba smashes security intrusions for Tennis Australia

By Hamish Barwick | 27 January, 2012 16:14

Tracking intrusions to the Tennis Australia network is easier this year due to an expanded partnership with Aruba Networks.

Internode offers new NBN-equivalent FTTH plans to more customers

By Hamish Barwick | 27 January, 2012 13:44

Internet service provider (ISP), Internode, has introduced fibre to the home (FTTH) plans at 20 real estate developments around Australia that align prices with its NBN services.

Beware of malicious QR codes: Report

By Hamish Barwick | 27 January, 2012 09:44

Cyber criminals have taken advantage of the proliferation of quick response (QR) codes on posters and marketing material by putting their own malicious stickers over the top of legitimate ones, warns security vendor, AVG Australia and New Zealand.

Australian-based data subject to Patriot Act: Lawyer

By Hamish Barwick | 25 January, 2012 16:12

Data located in Australia but owned or operated by a US company could be accessed under a Patriot Act request, even if this violates National Privacy Principles, a legal expert has warned.

New ASX data centre to open in February

By Hamish Barwick | 25 January, 2012 12:37

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has announced that its Sydney-based data centre will be open for equity trading from 6 February 2012.

Q&A: Elders CIO, Shaun Hughes

By Hamish Barwick | 25 January, 2012 09:00

Shaun Hughes was chief financial officer at Elders Rural Services before becoming CIO of the company. Since making the switch to IT three years ago, he has embarked on a number of projects including outsourcing some operations to HP’s private Cloud.

BT appoints new Australian chief operating officer

By Hamish Barwick | 24 January, 2012 16:12

Communications services company, BT, has appointed former Macquarie Telecom customer service and operations group executive, Simon Gatward, as its new chief operating officer.

Big data, NFC adoption set to grow in 2012: Deloitte

By Hamish Barwick | 24 January, 2012 15:11

Near field communications (NFC) and big data have been tipped by research firm, Deloitte, as two technologies that will see greater uptake in Australia during 2012.

Hoyts serves up food, drink via mobile payment app

By Hamish Barwick | 24 January, 2012 09:34

Sydney Hoyts customers will be the first in the world to pilot a mobile payment application developed by MasterCard called QkR which allows them to order food and drinks without leaving their seat.

Telstra to offer wholesale open access broadband service

By Hamish Barwick | 23 January, 2012 14:50

Telstra has announced plans for an open access wholesale service on fibre networks it is currently deploying in South Brisbane.

ACMA calls for discussion on the future of digital free-to-air TV

By Hamish Barwick | 23 January, 2012 11:58

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is calling for submissions on the future of free-to-air television after the transition to digital television is complete.