The debate surrounding Australia’s broadband future took an interesting turn last week when the Federal Opposition unveiled its alternative broadband plan. Offering slower speeds but at a faster pace of implementation than the current NBN, the plan drew a mostly negative response from industry observers. I’ve got strong views on the importance of broadband to Australia’s future, […]
In just a couple of decades the internet has become ingrained in our lives, to the point where many of us take it for granted – somewhat like electricity. We take out our favourite device, and there it is. But what if the Internet were to stop working? This article carried in Fairfax media asks […]
Each year the Intelligent Community Forum searches the world for those communities that provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st Century using information and communications technology. The Top Seven for this year have just been announced – although unfortunately none of the nominated cities are from Australia (or indeed, from the […]
For much the past decade the Australian-born company Emotiv has been developing technology that can take signals from our brains and interpret them for a range of useful applications. The technology is still in its early stages, but has great potential for everything from controlling devices such as motorised wheelchairs or even video games controls […]
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While much of the discussion of the future of broadband services has focused on the Federal Government’s ongoing fibre roll-out, the commercial sector has been moving ahead with enhancements to wireless infrastructure. Last week Optus announced a successful trial of a 4G wireless network running at faster than 50Mbit/sec using LTE technology, which is a […]
Australia has not traditionally been a powerhouse when it comes to e-commerce, but there are signs that that is changing. While big foreign online retailers such as Amazon.com and eBay dominate Australian purchasing acttivity, reports are circulating of renewed spending on e-commerce by many of Australia’s largest retailers. Interestingly, Austalia is also the fastest