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Sydney Morning Herald

Retail warning: competition blowing in on a cloud

Australian retailers should brace themselves for an influx of competitors as cloud computing cuts costs and speeds overseas companies to our shores. Amazon Web Services chief technology officer Werner Vogels says foreign companies are using the cloud platform provider’s data centres around the world to quickly build cheap beachheads in new markets. Retail, which has traditionally low margins and relies on volume, is especially exposed to such trade winds, he says. Many companies have already moved infrastructure to the cloud, so it is a trivial exercise to rinse and repeat for new sales territories, he says. "We see a huge influx in our local region and not only by the local players."

Sydney Morning Herald

Have smartphone, will pay - but cashless society still two years away

If you think the time has come to wave your phone to pay for goods at the checkout, you'll need to adjust your expectations. Many retailers are not up to speed with smartphone payment apps just yet.

Sydney Morning Herald

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: the last of the consoles?

Cloud computing is changing the game....

Sydney Morning Herald

Commonwealth Bank, Westpac apps to make ATMs cough up money

The Commonwealth Bank took another digital step on Thursday launching a new way to withdraw money from ATMs: with a smartphone.

The bank’s 2.3 million app customers will be able to withdraw up to $200 once a day from any of 3000 ATMs without resorting to their plastic bank cards. Customers can also authorise someone to withdraw cash on their behalf by sending them a text message and PIN.

Sydney Morning Herald

Amazon's virtual workspaces draw Australian interest

Australian companies have rushed to register interest in Workspaces, a virtual desktop technology from cloud giant Amazon Web Services, despite it not being available in Australia until at least next year....

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Verizon to scout Australian cloud

US telco Verizon is considering data centres in Sydney and Canberra to take on Amazon in the burgeoning Australian cloud market....

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Banks sharpen focus on mobile, tablets

Australia's first internet bank is shifting its focus from websites to mobile apps as it seeks new ways to serve customers....

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Prepare for software to eat your data centre

Before too many technology companies claim to have the best "software-defined networks" product, its inventor has a few words of caution....

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Sydney Morning Herald

Long arm of US piracy law will reach further than you think

The United States 'SOPA' copyright bill attacks the very basis of the internet....

Sydney Morning Herald

Good idea funding deadline looms

Time is running out for entrepreneurs with good ideas to list in Pushstart's first batch of proposals....

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The internet is a spook's best friend: Yaakov Peri

Yaakov Peri, former director of Israel’s internal s...

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All systems go for innovators as more crowdfunding sites arrive in Australia

Indiegogo founder Danae Ringelmann in Sydney on Mon...

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Federal Government's review of employee share schemes can't come soon enough: start-ups

Start-ups are keen to offer US-style employee share...

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PIN, sign or stick? CommBank, Coles launch pay sticker

Commonwealth Bank's new MasterCard Pay Tag app on a...

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Future wireless savings could be hit by spectrum shortage

Figures from the Australian Communications and Medi...