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This charming robot: Amazon starts hunt for a AI bot you can gossip with
Friday September 30, 2016 2:43 pm GMT

Amazon's Alexa Prize is a $2.5m hunt for a bot that can talk about sports and celebrity gossip 'coherently and engagingly'.

​iPhone 7 Plus claimed to have exploded, too
Friday September 30, 2016 1:23 pm GMT

Reddit user kroopthesnoop posted photos of an alleged iPhone 7 Plus ordered by co-worker that \"exploded\" in its packaging.

Sensitive US health and drug data left exposed by dozens of FDA security flaws
Friday September 30, 2016 1:02 pm GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration hasn't had an OPM-style breach, but it's left plenty of doors wide open, says government watchdog GAO.

Avoiding cloud computing storage lock-in: Does Hedvig have the answer?
Friday September 30, 2016 12:20 pm GMT

Rigid storage platforms could become a single, universal solution for all a company's storage requirements thanks to the cloud.

Amazon's new GPU-cloud wants to chew through your AI and big data projects
Friday September 30, 2016 11:44 am GMT

The AWS service is aimed at applications that need vast amounts of parallel compute, like seismic analysis and genomics.

'Stop Obama handing over US internet control': Four states sue in last-ditch bid
Friday September 30, 2016 11:24 am GMT

A last-minute law suit aims stop the Obama administration from giving up its oversight of the internet's naming system.

Amazon Web Services spreads its cloud: Now AWS opens up France region
Friday September 30, 2016 9:52 am GMT

If all goes to plan, AWS will be the first hyperscale cloud provider to have infrastructure in all three of the EU's biggest economies.

Telstra invests in Indonesian, Philippines finance ecommerce companies
Friday September 30, 2016 5:37 am GMT

Telstra is continuing its involvement in the Asia-Pacific market, with another strategic investment seeing it back consumer financial websites in Indonesia and the Philippines.

​Samsung apologizes for Note 7 concerns in China
Friday September 30, 2016 5:21 am GMT

Samsung has apologized to consumers in China for causing worries over Galaxy Note 7 explosions, but maintains that the handsets sold there have no problems.

NBN hard running undoes sensible Optus HFC decision
Friday September 30, 2016 5:01 am GMT

Under-invested in and not fit for purpose, it was clear the Optus cable network needed overbuilding, but the Byzantine NBN wanted to back it to the hilt.

Telstra flags 300 possible job cuts across Retail business
Friday September 30, 2016 4:47 am GMT

Telstra's Retail business will be the latest to see job cuts, with 300 net roles potentially on the way out.

Samsung, SoftBank bosses discuss IoT, AI: Report
Friday September 30, 2016 4:39 am GMT

The leaders of Samsung Electronics and SoftBank met in Seoul late Thursday to discuss cooperation in future technologies, according to reports.

Brandis re-identification law proposal slammed
Friday September 30, 2016 4:26 am GMT

While Health Minister Sussan Ley has apologised for the breach in de-identified medical data, Australia's Attorney-General has come under fire for 'rushing' through legislation.

NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski reappointed
Friday September 30, 2016 2:41 am GMT

Ziggy Switkowski has been reappointed by the Australian government for another three years as chair of the NBN board.

​ASG confirms AU$349m takeover offer from Japanese giant
Friday September 30, 2016 2:21 am GMT

ASG Group has confirmed it will be entertaining the AU$349 million offer made by Nomura Research Institute to acquire 100 percent of the Australian IT services firm.

​Two innovation hubs open in Tasmania
Friday September 30, 2016 2:04 am GMT

Tasmania is set to have a greater presence in Australia's startup ecosystem with the official opening of innovation hubs in Hobart and Launceston.

Vodafone Australia shutting down 2G network in 2017
Friday September 30, 2016 12:15 am GMT

Following Telstra by two years and Optus by one year, Vodafone has finally announced the closure of its 2G network in September next year.

Google Maps gains new voice commands on Android
Thursday September 29, 2016 5:32 pm GMT

In a bid to eliminate distracted driving, Google is adding new voice capabilities to Maps.

3D-printed bones? New 'hyperelastic' material could let doctors print implants on demand
Thursday September 29, 2016 12:16 pm GMT

Researchers at Northwestern University develop a new 3D-printable synthetic bone that could one day could help transform major surgery.

HP backtracks on blocking third-party ink
Thursday September 29, 2016 10:17 am GMT

HP has said it's sorry for failing to tell its customers why it blocked third-party ink, but defended its reasons for doing so.

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