Stories by Rodney Gedda

NBN reliability: Help guide first step for battery backup

The roll out of the National Broadband Network is set to revolutionise the way Australians communicate, but it has raised questions about the reliability of the network compared with existing copper-based telephone systems, especially among non-technical people.

LulzSec tweets as News’ DNS servers go down

Just hours after claiming responsibility for hacking News International’s The Sun website and posting a fake story about Rupert Murdoch’s death, hacker group Lulz Security has tweeted that News International’s DNS servers are down denying access to some 1024 web addresses.

Microsoft throws $100K at Sydney Uni medical research

Software giant Microsoft has awarded a $100,000 grant to a University of Sydney academic for research into the development of electrical devices for diagnosis and monitoring of strokes and cardiovascular diseases.

Will Aussies wait in faith for an Amazon tablet?

Australians are used to lengthy waiting times for the latest devices, but by the time the rumoured Amazon arrives on our shores the market could be well and truly saturated. Will it be worth the wait?

Local councils offered free UC trial

Local councils in New South Wales and Victoria are invited to participate in a free trial of Microsoft’s Lync unified communications (UC) system with Sydney-based integrator Computer Systems Australia (CSA).

iSelect eyes more speech analytics after $350K spend

Despite spending upwards of $350,000 on a speech analytics system, Melbourne based insurance broker iSelect is looking to expand its existing call centre software to support better real-time processing, including possible emotion recognition.

NSW Health calls time on GroupWise, preps Exchange move

NSW Health has started preparing the consolidation of all its disparate e-mail systems into one Microsoft Exchange environment for some 200,000 end-users across the state government department with the big loser being Novell's GroupWise.

CommBank updates mobile apps, eyes social payments

The CommonWealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has updated is suite of mobile banking applications with native apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone and the browser-based HTML5, with technology for near field communications (NFC) and social payments on the way.

Telstra grabs HD calling Xperia neo Android phone

Mobile phone vendor Sony Ericsson today announced an agreement with Telstra to ship the Xperia neo Android handset on the carriers Next G network, including support for high-definition voice calling.

Android apps, HTML5 heat up freelance job market

The growth in freelance jobs for the Android mobile platform is outpacing the venerable iPhone and iPad, and HTML5 demand is snowballing at more than 30 per cent, according to skills marketplace

Reckon pushes CashBook into the Cloud

Accounting software vendor Reckon has launched a new Cloud service, CashBook Online which allows small businesses to manage their accounts online or without and Internet connection.