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Hawiki's cable has completed its final landing at American Samoa, ready for June 2018 start

Hawaiki Transpacific Cable has reached its final landing at American Samoa, and with the cable "on schedule to be ready-for-service June 2018", we're told that Pacific nations will "soon enjoy powerful e-health and e-learning services."

Samsung upgrades Australian executive into new IT and Mobile position

It's not just Samsung's products that get upgraded on a regular basis, but its highly performing executives, too, with Garry McGregor promoted to Vice President, IT and Mobile, for Samsung Electronics Australia.

Anthony Turco, Ixup

Australian-listed data collaboration company IXUP has appointed 20-year technology veteran, Anthony Turco, as executive vice president and head of product.

Western Digital releases biggest CMR hard drive

Storage vendor Western Digital has released what it claims to be the biggest conventional magnetic recording hard drive in the industry at 14TB.

Spark on the alert to lower phone scams

New Zealand telco Spark is partnering with the telecommunications industry in an effort to lower phone scam rates in the country.

Vault Systems to train govt IT workers in cloud skills

Australian secure cloud provider Vault Systems has launched a new training facility in Canberra called Vault Academy where it proposes to upskill 3000 federal government IT workers each year to meet what it claims is the growing demand for secure cloud services by government agencies.

Review: God Of War –  meme shattering fun

Let’s face it, where we last left Kratos he had become a parody of the original vision, a meme for anger and a sense of ridiculousness by the end of a trilogy of main-line games.  Kratos had pretty much destroyed the entire pantheon of Greek mythology in an unabashed revenge orgy.  This reboot of God of War is entirely different.

Finder claims landlines will go the dodo route by 2037

Comparison website Finder claims traditional landlines in Australia will become extinct by 2037, basing this on figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which has tracked the decrease in landlines from 2012-13.

UK teen first under 18 to get jail term for hacking

British teenager Kane Gamble, 18, has been given a two-year term in youth detention for hacking offences he committed at the age of 15, marking the first time that someone under 18 has been given a custodial sentence for hacking.

auDA wants SGM put off, raises spectre of court action

The board of the au Domain Administration, the body that administers the Australian domain namespace, has threatened legal action if members do not agree to hold a special meeting requested by some to push for the ouster of four officials, at the same time as the annual general meeting.

ZTE gets chance to present more info to US over ban

Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE has been granted an opportunity to present additional evidence over the export ban imposed on the firm by the US Commerce Department.

Ingenico-Paymark deal under scrutiny by Commerce Commission

New Zealand’s competition regulator, The Commerce Commission, is considering a clearance application from global payment services company Ingenico Group to acquire 100% of shares in the bank-owned Paymark Limited.

ITU ICT day focus on girls in IT

"Expand horizons, change attitudes" is the theme for the International Telecommunication Union's International Girls in ICT Day 2018 to be observed worldwide on 26 April.  

COAG pushes for more support to innovation precincts

Members of the Council of Australian Governments Industry and Skills Council have agreed, in principle, to support innovation precincts as part of a national industry and innovation policy.

SWIFT joins with banks on APAC cross-border real-time payments service

Global financial messaging services platform SWIFT has joined forces with a group of SWIFT gpi banks from Australia, China, Singapore and Thailand to develop a cross-border real-time payments service in the Asia Pacific region.

John Stanton, Communications Alliance

The telecommunications industry is still struggling with the disruptions caused by the rollout of the NBN and the transformation of communications delivery platforms, according to one key industry group.

Twitter banned Kaspersky Lab from advertising in Jan

Twitter has banned advertising from Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab since January, the head of the firm, Eugene Kaspersky, has disclosed.

Australia confirms no Huawei role in Solomons undersea cable

Australia has confirmed that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will have no role in an undersea cable system linking the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to Sydney, with an announcement that Canberra will provide the majority of funds for the project.

Game Review: Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame

Here we have a very official videogame about the chaos of Supercross dirt-bike racing.

auDA loses another director as Nicole Murdoch quits

The embattled au Domain Administration, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, has suffered a further blow with the resignation of Nicole Murdoch, a director from the demand class.

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