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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


Code for Australia to prototype VANZI’s vision of a 3D modelled country

By Rebecca Merrett | 17 September, 2014 12:24

Virtual Australia & New Zealand Infrastructure (VANZI) is a step closer to modelling Australian cities and towns – including buildings, roads, railway and power lines, and water pipes – in 3D with volunteer group Code for Australia agreeing to develop a prototype for this project. to improve search and mobile experience

By Rebecca Merrett | 12 September, 2014 15:56

Travel website, is making it easier for users to find information while providing them with a more consistent experience on mobile devices.

Australian students to lead International Space Station experiments

By Rebecca Merrett | 11 September, 2014 13:05

Students from St Columba Anglican School in NSW will participate in experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).

Vend point of sale system adds Bitcoin support

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 September, 2014 17:00

Online point of sale provider Vend has partnered with DC POS (Digital Currency Point of Sale) to allow retailers to transact with bitcoins.

Inside UTS' new Faculty of Engineering and IT

By Rebecca Merrett | 04 September, 2014 16:40

New building features 360 degree data visualisation room, robotic labs, environmental sensors and more.

Addressing cost and privacy issues with open data in government

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 September, 2014 14:00

No doubt the government’s push for more open data could drive innovation in private sector organisations, but it doesn’t come without its challenges.

Smart city apps to alleviate Melbourne’s infrastructure problems

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 September, 2014 13:54

More than 100 developers got together during a hackathon last week in Melbourne to tackle some of the biggest infrastructure-related problems such as traffic congestion, safety issues and pollution.

eHealth NSW gets busy on technology rollouts

By Rebecca Merrett | 29 August, 2014 09:00

eHealth NSW CIO, Michael Walsh, and newly appointed chief clinical information officer, John Lambert, have laid out some of the technology projects they are focusing on this year, as part of the state’s $400 million e-health strategy.

Wearable solar cells to replace heavy batteries for soldiers

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 August, 2014 16:48

Solar cells that can be stitched into clothing are going to replace heavy batteries soldiers need to carry on top of all their equipment while out in the field.

Men in IT earn almost $3k more in bonuses than women: research

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 August, 2014 11:07

New research from IT recruiter Candle has shown a gap between the bonuses that male and female IT professionals in Australia receive, with men on average receiving $2845 more in cash bonuses than women.

ATO’s Bitcoin 'double tax' could drive business offshore

By Rebecca Merrett | 21 August, 2014 13:57

Bitcoin advocates have spoken out against a ruling by Australian Tax Office that may force businesses to pay double the amount of GST for sales of products and services using Australian Bitcoin exchanges.

Contactless payments to replace PIN cards by 2020

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 August, 2014 13:33

Day-to-day transactions will mostly be done using contactless payment technologies by 2020, replacing credit or debit cards that require a PIN, market research firm IBISWorld has predicted.

Technology falling short for HR workers

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 August, 2014 15:48

HR teams are limited in their ability to do data analytics and are dissatisfied with their core IT vendors, new research has found.

US trade officials say it’s their way or the highway on TPP

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 August, 2014 12:07

A new website is highlighting that United States trade officials could dictate to other countries their laws and regulations relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

ANU makes atomic force microscopes 20 times more effective

By Rebecca Merrett | 15 August, 2014 15:02

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a technique to make atomic force microscopes 20 times more effective by sensing weight that is 100 billion times lighter than a mosquito.