Stories by Byron Kaye

E-mail porn: it's all in the skin

Skin, or rather its tones, is the key to tracing graphic pornography in e-mail, says pornography-scanning software marketeer Lindsay Durbin.
According to Durbin, product marketing manager for Content Technologies, supplier of e-mail porn-detection add-on Pornsweeper, the higher the percentage of skin colour in a graphic e-mail attachment, the higher the chance that the attachment contains an image of a naked person.

Demise of DES won't blow the budget: PwC

Existing data encryption standards have been officially superseded at US government level, but it won't mean another multimillion-dollar software payout for businesses.
After a three-year worldwide competition, the US Commerce Department announced the Rijndael encryption algorithm from Belgium has been selected as the USA's new Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Austrade lines up stands for CeBIT: Exhibition a sellout with six months to go

Places at next year's CeBIT summit have all but disappeared and Australian technology businesses are being advised to gather under one national umbrella.
The global technology showcase, to be held in Hannover, Germany, in March 2001, already has a global waiting list of more than 160 companies. Some 7500 companies have already secured places at the exhibition, according to the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).

ASP slow to take off in Australia

The local ASP (application service provider) market is yet to exceed the "meagre" proportions of its first stages, according to industry analyst IDC. However, it doesn't mean ASP is dead, says the researcher.
According to a recent report, the ASP services market in Australia was worth less than $8 million in 1999. The report said local ASPs faced unexpected challenges that had stunted the growth of the market in general. gets au-ginised

AltaVista has launched its Australian Web search site, but will run its local operation entirely on servers housed in the UK for the first month of operation.
According to international business development director Martin Keogh, networking connectivity problems between the UK and Australia caused the search engine company to postpone its foray onto local shores.

Austrade Lines Up Stands for CeBIT

Places at next year's CeBIT summit have all but disappeared and Australian technology businesses are being advised to gather under one national umbrella.

Apples for Teacher Cut by Competition

Confused product placement, decreasing marketshare in the coveted education sector, and post-GST business burnout are all likely contributors to Apple's disappointing third-quarter earnings, says one analyst.

E-commerce having no effect on business: PwC

E-commerce has had a "moderate" or "non-existent" impact on business according to almost 80 per cent of corporate CEOs in the Asia-Pacific who participated in a Pricewaterhouse-Coopers survey.
The corporate consultancy said only around 20 per cent of CEOs acknowledged "any kind of impact" of e-commerce on their business.

CoShopper turns to us before the US

CoShopper, a business-to-consumer (B2C) group-buying Web portal launched this week, with offers of up to 30 per cent discount off typical offline purchase prices to lure customers.
The Scandinavia-based company, which already runs CoShopper sites in nine countries, waits for consumers to pool together via the Internet, then negotiates with suppliers for bulk-purchase discounts on products those consumers elect to purchase en masse. The size of the discount depends on the number of purchasers, CoShopper officials said.

DIMA deals to Olympics

The Olympics have so far had a minimal impact on the Department of Immigration's Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system, according to the department.

Feds spend $40 million on networking

More than a third of the federal government's $158 million dollar BITS (Building on IT Strengths) program will be dedicated to the development of network technology, the government has announced.

E-Commerce Having No Effect on Asian Business: PwC

SYDNEY (09/13/2000) - Electronic commerce has had a "moderate" or "non-existent" impact on business, according to almost 80 percent of corporate chief executive officers in the Asia-Pacific region who participated in a PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) survey.