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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


CMOs seen to be more business savvy than CIOs

By Rebecca Merrett | 25 July, 2014 12:50

CMOs are more business savvy than CIOs but that doesn't mean much if they don't have a good understanding of how to operate and use technology to their advantage, says IDC’s group VP executive advisory strategies, Richard Vancil.

Bitcoin: Addressing concerns over a 51% attack

By Rebecca Merrett | 25 July, 2014 09:00

Although a mining pool last month managed to briefly control the majority of the computing power used to generate the Bitcoin crypto-currency, a so-called '51 per cent attack' remains unlikely, according Chris Mountford, a Bitcoin advocate and a senior developer at Atlassian.

Moving renewable energy into integrated systems, connected homes

By Rebecca Merrett | 24 July, 2014 11:00

There’s more to renewable energy than just a smart grid, and it’s going to have to integrate with many different systems and connected devices if it is going to provide any real value. That’s the view of Bryan Hannegan, associate lab director at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is funded by the US Department of Energy.

Green tech innovation could die post carbon tax

By Rebecca Merrett | 23 July, 2014 14:59

The future of green technology innovation isn't looking so bright following the repeal of the carbon tax, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s head of Australia, Kobad Bhavnagri.

How open data is driving efficiencies across government and industry

By Rebecca Merrett | 15 July, 2014 12:59

The open data movement is about more than government agencies being transparent, it's driving efficiencies across government and industry in Australia, says GovHack's national coordinator Pia Waugh.

TPP may force ISPs to police online activity

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 July, 2014 15:25

Web companies and user groups worldwide believe copyright-related proposals included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will force ISPs to police their customers' online activities.

Australian National University upgrades fusion energy research facility

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 July, 2014 12:58

The Australian National University (ANU) has upgraded its Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) so it can better harness the fusion energy process that powers the sun and stars.

IT gender imbalance getting worse

By Rebecca Merrett | 09 July, 2014 10:54

The technology industry’s gender imbalance is getting worse with a new study finding there has been a 27 per cent decrease in female IT workers since 2010.

Is Bitcoin safe?

By Rebecca Merrett | 04 July, 2014 14:25

Many people are questioning if Bitcon is safe. And it's no wonder given the horrors stories such as Tokyo-based Bitcon exchange Mt. Gox, which filed for bankruptcy protection in March after losing around $474 million worth of bitcoins.

How tech IP is going to put Australia on the world innovation map

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 July, 2014 09:00

With natural resources drying up, countries should turn to their human resources and build innovative technologies that they can export to the rest of the world, according to speakers at an Amazon Web Services roundtable held in Sydney this week.

Connected homes, cars starting to take off

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 July, 2014 15:17

Nineteen per cent of Australian consumers are connecting their smartphones and tablets to other devices in their homes and 16 per cent have in-car connectivity, according to research firm TNS.

Brisbane Airport slashes capital costs by outsourcing data centre

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 July, 2014 12:24

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has saved millions of dollars in upfront capital costs by outsourcing its data centre to iseek.

NICTA to develop algorithms for optimising joint gas and electricity networks

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 June, 2014 16:15

NICTA will develop a new algorithms to help multiple gas and electricity providers integrate and optimise their networks using predictive data modelling and optimisation.

AI software in freight logistics, gamification in universities feature in state iAwards

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 June, 2014 12:15

Artificial intelligence software for freight logistics at Tip Top Bakeries and game simulations used at the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University were among the 2014 iAward winners for New South Wales.

More than 90% of IT workers are in search of a new job: survey

By Rebecca Merrett | 26 June, 2014 17:09

Ninety-two per cent of IT workers in Australia are either actively looking for or keeping an eye on job opportunities, a survey from IT recruitment company Greythorn has found.