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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


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.

Environmental services company slashes $750k a year in software support costs

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 November, 2014 14:55

With budgets tightening for many CIOs, continuing to spend large amounts of money on software support and maintenance is not something to be taken lightly. The Australian CIO of environmental services company Veolia, Brett Stapleton, says he was reluctant to sink “millions” into an SAP upgrade and ongoing support for the platform.

Where are big data and analytics heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 14 November, 2014 15:40

Big data and analytics in 2015 will be less about collecting everything and anything and more about focusing on the most relevant data for actionable insights, according to analysts.

Organisations preparing for bring your own wearables

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 November, 2014 15:41

Just as some organisations get comfortable with bring-your-own-device programs, others are starting to prepare for wearables entering the workplace.

QLD govt talks cementing open data through legislation at G20 ICT Forum

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 November, 2014 16:10

Queensland is pushing forward in making its government data open to the public, with assistant minister to the Premier, Ray Stevens, planning to introduce legislation next year that will cement this for the long term.

How conditional random fields are ‘powerful’ in machine learning

By Rebecca Merrett | 05 November, 2014 09:00

Conditional random fields (CRFs) have been touted to be some of the most powerful methods and algorithms that underpin machine learning, says Professor Rao Kotagiri at University of Melbourne’s Department of Computing and Information Systems.

Mixed responses from industry on data retention bill

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 October, 2014 16:16

The government's new data retention bill has drawn mixed responses from industry with iiNet and Electronic Frontiers Australia opposing the legislation while Telstra is voicing its support.

Government introduces data retention bill to Parliament

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 October, 2014 11:20

The Australian government today introduced a bill for mandatory data retention that will require telcos and ISPs to retain records of people's telephone and internet communications for two years.

Protesters rise up against mandatory data retention

By Rebecca Merrett | 29 October, 2014 19:30

Civil libertarians, Internet and telecommunication industry groups, consumer groups, privacy advocates and everyday citizens gathered at Parliament house in Canberra today to protest against the government’s push for a mandatory data retention scheme.