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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


CIO year in review

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 December, 2014 14:07

2014 was an eventful year for CIOs, with many starting new initiatives in mobility, wearables, machine learning and tapping into open data. Many CIOs also decided to change jobs and move to greener pastures.

Where are smart machines heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 17 December, 2014 15:52

Job losses will be on the cards for information workers next year, while more countries will trial driverless cars and drones for delivering goods, analysts predict.

Machine learning and predictive modelling 101

By Rebecca Merrett | 16 December, 2014 16:45

There’s more to machine learning and predictive modelling than playing around with a bunch of tools such as R and Hadoop. To help get beginners started, Beat Schwegler, director cloud evangelism at Microsoft, discussed the basic concepts and common algorithms at recent the YOW! Developer Conference in Sydney.

Tackling big data challenges with Hadoop

By Rebecca Merrett | 12 December, 2014 09:11

Big data and analytics sounds nice in theory but in practice it can be no mean feat. This partly due to limitations in technology and challenges in storage costs and disparate systems, said Eva Andreasson, pioneer of deterministic garbage collection and product manager at Cloudera.

How digital technology is ushering in a new age of learning

By Rebecca Merrett | 11 December, 2014 10:59

More and more educators are ditching the chalkboards and opening their physical classroom boundaries in favour of digital learning.

Building the backbone of IoT: New York’s Wi-Fi rollout

By Rebecca Merrett | 03 December, 2014 16:27

If we are going to live in a world where billions of items are connected to the Internet, then investment in reliable and ubiquitous Wi-Fi is crucial, according to Brett Savill of BAI Group, the company responsible for rolling out one of the world’s largest free Wi-Fi network in New York City.

Where are mobile payments heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 December, 2014 11:40

It looks like an exciting year ahead for the mobile payments space, as analysts predict Apple Pay to be the leader in mobile wallets, banks to give up some control to gain influence in the market, and more people using the Bitcoin blockchain concept to develop new financial products.

CoinJar relocates offshore to avoid GST burden

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 December, 2014 17:00

Melbourne-based Bitcoin exchange CoinJar is moving its headquarters to London in the UK where it says it can do business in a less burdensome regulatory environment.

Where is wearable technology heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 28 November, 2014 15:25

More advanced algorithms will pull together different types of data from wearables and these devices will start to enter the workplace next year, analysts have predicted.

Where is the Internet of Things heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 November, 2014 15:24

The Internet of Things (IoT) in 2015 will be about trying to tackle standardisation, bandwidth and security challenges, according to analysts.

How multisig can alleviate Bitcoin consumer protection concerns

By Rebecca Merrett | 26 November, 2014 14:40

There is a persistent myth that Bitcoin exposes consumers to fraud because of the irreversible nature of transactions, whereas credit and debit card transactions offer protections such as chargebacks, according to technologist and Bitcoin enthusiast Andreas Antonopoulos.

Chinese near space balloon to provide 'billions' with Internet access

By Rebecca Merrett | 24 November, 2014 16:46

A balloon that floats in ‘near space’ – 20km to 100km above sea level – will be launched in New Zealand next year to give billions of people access to the Internet.

5 things you need to make customer data analytics work

By Rebecca Merrett | 21 November, 2014 16:05

The tools and methods for data analytics are continuously advancing, but when it comes to your customers there’s more to it than just technology. ANZ Bank CTO Patrick Maes shared his top tips for this at the recent Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast.

11 steps to making innovation work

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 November, 2014 16:19

How do you get innovation off the ground and really working in your organisation? Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, shared his working life experience in innovation as an early employee of Apple.

Brace yourselves, Singularity is inevitable: Andrew McAfee

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 November, 2014 13:28

It’s not too hard to see a world where humans struggle to stay relevant as machines far outpace their intelligence and capabilities. This is what Andrew McAfee, research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of 'The Second Machine Age', discussed at the Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast.