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Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced uses Transatel eSIM for global connectivity

Transatel, the IoT enabler and service provider for Microsoft's Surface Pro with LTE advanced, promises "out-of-the-box, global cellular connectivity" directly upon opening the device "for the first time".

VIDEO: Social IM app Sweep swoops on Geochats and future AR to 'engage users'

New Australian start-up, Sweep, has its eponymous app using geo-location, messaging and AR skills to allow users dubbed "Sweepers" to "discover and interact in the world around them".

Kantar, Qualtrics partner in new strategic alliance

Global research agency Kantar TNS has joined forces with experience management provider Qualtrics in a strategic alliance they say is designed to provide clients with holistic customer experience capability, delivered through integrated technology, to identify, optimise and activate customer insights.

Vodafone's lower NBN prices mean new battles now to win consumers

Price wars: a new hope for lower NBN prices, striking back against an empire of expensive telcos to ensure a return of the happy customer – can Vodafone's lower prices awaken consumer interest?

Vocus claims early customer demand for Australia-Singapore Cable

Australia's fourth biggest telecommunications company Vocus is upgrading core domestic infrastructure to support what it says is the early customer demand for the Australia Singapore Cable, as the project draws closer to being ready for service.

VIDEO: Amaysim graces customers with Amazon Alexa voice command skills

If you're set to get an Amazon Alexa digital assistant, and you're an Amaysim customer, then a range of useful voice control Alexa features will soon be at your command.

Samsung faces Italy probe over throttling older models

The consumer watchdog in Italy is investigating both Samsung and Apple over power management features that slowed down older phones.

Steep rise in SMB concerns raised with ACCC

There has been a significant rise in the number of small businesses raising issues of alleged misleading conduct, false representations and consumer guarantees with the competition watchdog, the ACCC, in the second half of last year.

Instyle Solar cops hefty fine over Do Not Call Register infringement

Queensland-based solar power company, Instyle Solar, has been hit with a $10,800 infringement notice for failing to obtain consent to call numbers on the Do Not Call Register.

Melbourne's first blockchain incubator programme next month

Melbourne's first blockchain incubator programme, being launched by the Blockchain Centre, a non-profit knowledge hub, will take on five start-ups over a 10-week schedule.

Microsoft email case appeal to come up in Supreme Court in Feb

The US Supreme Court will next month begin hearing an appeal brought by the US Government against a verdict which Microsoft obtained in a case involving emails stored on a server in Ireland.

Australian Recruiting deploys Macquarie Telecom SD-WAN

The Australian Recruiting Group has deployed SD-WAN services from Macquarie Telecom to reduce its outage risk, increasing efficiency and supporting the company’s move to more public cloud services.

Telstra partners to build two new subsea cable systems between US and Asia

At the PTC conference today in Hawaii, Telstra announced that it "entered into agreements to invest in two new international subsea cable systems that will connect Hong Kong and the west coast of the United States".

Megaport CEO Vincent English

Interconnection services provider and data centre operator Megaport has launched its Cloud Router, a virtual router service that enables customers to rapidly and privately connect at Layer 3 without the need to own or manage routers or physical infrastructure.

Health records firm badly hit by Windows ransomware

A billion-dollar electronic health records company in Chicago is struggling to recover from an attack of a variant of the SamSam Windows ransomware.

One Identity acquires privileged access management firm

Identity and access management firm One Identity has acquired Balabit Corporation, a provider of privileged access management, privileged account analytics and log management solutions.

Grant for app that reminds people to take medication

Sydney start-up Perx has been granted $25,000 by the Jobs for NSW organisation to develop technology that uses games and rewards to remind people to take their medications regularly.

Facebook gives users the job of judging news sources

Facebook has announced a second major policy change on its news feed, with users now being entrusted with the task of judging the trustworthiness of news sources.

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4 brings greater micro-segmentation and security

Cloud computing and platform virtualisation vendor VMware has announced VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4 is now generally available, bringing with it easier operations and context-sensitive application security.

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