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WD ups the backup options for creative professionals

WD ups the backup options for creative professionals | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Making sure your files are always backed up is a big deal, but if you have more files than most and need a bit more than your basic external drive, WD’s latest could deliver the goods.

 

Especially if those goods need a good 12TB of space, which is the amount a new two-drive My Cloud solution has been built to cater to, with Australia’s arm of Western Digital announcing the My Cloud EX2 Ultra will support that massive amount of space with your vast library of files also available via an app, making it so that only you can get these files.

 

The drive takes last year’s two-bay interchangeable hard drive model which is similar in design to the My Cloud Mirror we checked out recently, but brings a similarly spec’d 1.3GHz processor and yet more RAM, pushed now to 1GB, which should allow for more streaming and better processing speeds for faster file management.

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Windows 10 cracks 270 million users

Windows 10 cracks 270 million users | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system has 270 million active users eight months after launch, the world's largest software company said on Wednesday.

 

The number, announced by executive Terry Myerson at Microsoft's annual gathering for developers in San Francisco, represents a solid start for Windows 10 after the tepid reaction to its predecessor, Windows 8.

 

Getting its Windows strategy right is a key part of Microsoft's plans to stay relevant in a mobile-centric world where rivals like Amazon, Apple and Alphabet’s Google carry more clout with many consumers and developers.

 

One reason for the rapid take-up is that Windows 10, released in July, is free for individual consumers who download it during its first year. Enterprise customers must pay for Windows 10.

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Oracle's global salesforce to resell Australian's connected car tech

Oracle's global salesforce to resell Australian's connected car tech | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Oracle will leverage its 15,000-strong salesforce and CRM platform to help an Australian internet-of-things startup access untapped markets.

 

The software giant has signed a contract with Melbourne-based Connexion Media to offer the Australian firm’s real-time, in-vehicle data analytics products via the Oracle CRM platform.

The two companies will build a new module on Oracle’s CRM platform to analyse all real-time data collected through Connexion’s services.

 

This module will provide access to all data collected from the vehicle, including driver commute times, travel routes, vehicle maintenance information such as tyre pressure and consumer behavioural information such as service station preferences.

 

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Kogan saves Dick Smith, but only the online business

Kogan saves Dick Smith, but only the online business | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Your local Dick Smith store has been on the chopping block for a few weeks now as it attempts to sell all stock, but good news, because the store has been saved. Sort of.

 

Almost like a last minute reprieve, Dick Smith has been saved. The store, that is, not the man, with Dick Smith Electronics given another chance at survival by one of Australia’s larger online retailers, Kogan.

 

This week, Kogan (and owner Ruslan Kogan) has announced that it is buying the Dick Smith online retail business, allowing the name “Dick Smith” to continue trading in Australia and New Zealand, but without the store front presence.

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Zika health scare leads to security scares and scams

Zika health scare leads to security scares and scams | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

It might seem low or fairly callous to use health information to spread scams, but that’s exactly what is happening.

 

The security research team at Symantec, makers of Norton Internet Security, has picked up on something rather concerning over the past few weeks, with information on the outbreak of the Zika virus online leading to spam sending out potentially dangerous malware.

 

In case you haven’t heard much on the Zika virus, it’s one transmitted by a mosquito, with those infected not necessarily feeling sick, though it can create flu-like symptoms in some people.

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Gaming is bigger than ever in Australia, and everyone plays

Gaming is bigger than ever in Australia, and everyone plays | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

If you think that gaming if just for kids, think again, as the association in charge of monitoring video games locally has found Australia’s gaming industry is reaching new heights.

 

In fact, research from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association or “IGEA” has come out this week suggesting that the sales of games locally reached $2.83 billion last year, with more growth expected this year as a result of those findings. We’re not just buying physical media anymore, either, as digital sales on the rise, and it’s not just because consoles can let you grab games over broadband either.

 

No, we’re taking mobile as well, with more people playing games than ever on portable devices, with these catching up to consoles. IGEA’s research suggests that $870 million was made from mobile games sales last year, catching up to what it says is roughly $1.3 million sold on consoles, with the rest likely going to computer game sales.

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SanDisk increases size, decreases availability

SanDisk increases size, decreases availability | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

We’re now storing more data than ever these days, and carrying it around from device to device is now even easier, with USB devices storing even more.


This year, USB devices are increasing in size, much like how we’re seeing bigger memory cards in smaller physical sizes, and SanDisk has announced it will have a couple of newbies on store shelves of sorts shortly.


Both newbies are minor updates of sorts, taking existing ranges and applying size increases, because we all need more storage these days.

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30 products that wowed at Mobile World Congress 2016

30 products that wowed at Mobile World Congress 2016 | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Beyond mobility: IoT, VR, and 5G


Mobile World Congress 2016, which took place this week in Barcelona, Spain, drew a crowd of around 100,000 attendees trying to get a rare glimpse at the world's newest smartphones and tablets all in one hall.


But this year is different - while there were a handful of breakthrough smartphones announced before the conference - including Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S7 and LG's G5 - the focus on the showfloor took a different direction.


Companies demonstrated their platforms and solutions for the internet of things, virtual reality, and the fifth generation of cellular networking technologies, raising the bar with products like headsets, wearables, and IoT applications. Following are the 30 coolest products that stood out at Mobile World Congress this year.



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Telstra to unleash 1Gbps mobile this year

Telstra to unleash 1Gbps mobile this year | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Telstra is upgrading its mobile network to support the LTE category 16 standard and provide peak speed boost on its 4GX network to 1Gbps in the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane CBDs later this year.


The upgrade will coincide with the launch of the first hotspot capable of accessing the higher speeds, a 1Gbps Netgear mobile broadband device.


The network upgrade will mean theoretical peak download speeds of 1000Mbps and peak upload speeds of 150Mbps.


The carrier began trials of the 1Gbps capabilities last December in partnership with its network equipment vendor Ericsson.



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Telstra’s free data Sunday shows how data hungry we are

Telstra’s free data Sunday shows how data hungry we are | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

When Telstra’s mobile access went down last week, there were lots of angry people, but Telstra’s apology of a day of free data might have made things all right.


Valentine’s Day might have been special for anyone receiving chocolates, flowers, or any other gifts of endearment, but it was also special for Telstra customers, as that was the day the company decided to reimburse the few hours the service went down earlier in the week.


Last Tuesday, Telstra’s services went down in a big way, with a several technical fault being compounded by human error.


The company was apologetic, and even tried to rectify with the promise of a day of free data for all subscribers. You could have no data left on your account for the month and you’d still get the free data, with Telstra providing it on February 14.

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Top 10 SDN market leaders in the data centre in 2016

Top 10 SDN market leaders in the data centre in 2016 | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it
Vendors are fighting for market share in the fast-growing software-defined networking (SDN) space as the market is set to top US$12.5 billion by 2020, according to recent reports from market research firm IDC.

"SDN in the data centre and enterprise LAN is going to go mainstream in late 2016, early 2017," said Cliff Grossner, research director for data centre, cloud and SDN at IHS, in an interview with CRN USA. "We're seeing significant customer deployment. Cisco's got over 1000 deployed customers for their SDN solution. VMware is around the same number, even though revenue might be higher on the VMware side. NEC has over 250 scaled deployment customers."


Grossner broke down the top 10 vendors in the market based on a number of segments - including ethernet switch, ethernet switch silicon, ethernet switch operating system and SDN control. In making its selection, IHS also examined vendors' approaches and overall activities in the SDN market to gauge the 10 companies most likely to win share as the market matures.


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Top 5 tablet vendors for the end of 2015

Top 5 tablet vendors for the end of 2015 | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Tough time for tablets


Despite the release of notable new tablets in Spring - like the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4 - the global tablet market declined yet again the fourth quarter of 2015.


According to market research firm IDC, 65.9 million tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter, down 13.7 percent from the same quarter last year.


Despite the downward trajectory of tablets, IDC highlighted one significant trend facing the market - a transition from pure slate tablets, which do not contain a companion keyboard, to detachable tablets, or hybrid 2-in-1 devices that can act independently as tablets.


Following are the top five vendors with the most shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Bonza! Google adds Aussie twang to voice search

Bonza! Google adds Aussie twang to voice search | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Google has added Australian slang and language recognition to its applications, addressing complaints that its software had difficulty in understanding thick local accents and complex place names.


Long accustomed to having their distinctive slang misunderstood, Australians can now substitute "footy" for football, "arvo" for afternoon and find directions to Mullumbimby or Goondiwindi, a spokesman told Reuters on Friday.


The extended vocabulary came after Google, which is now part of holding company Alphabet Inc, added an Australian accented voice to its Google Maps and search applications last week.



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Why Telstra's day of free data isn't an adequate apology

Why Telstra's day of free data isn't an adequate apology | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Telstra has suffered some pretty serious technical problems this year, and the "apology" has been to give its customers a day of free data, but is that really enough?

 

On Sunday, April 3, Telstra said sorry with a day of free data.

 

It was the second time the nation’s largest telco has needed to go on the defensive this year alone, and it’s only April, with the day of free data downloads acting as an apology for the company when the voice, text, and data services went down across Australia on March 17.

 

At the time, Telstra said it was sincerely sorry for the inconvenience, and “as a way of saying we’re sorry we’ll be providing a free data day for all of our mobile customers on Sunday 3 April”.

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Distribution Central signs Australian fibre vendor

Distribution Central signs Australian fibre vendor | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

PlusOptic expands business through distributor.

 

Sydney-based fibre provider PlusOptic has announced Distribution Central as its sole distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

 

PlusOptic technology supports more than 70 networking vendors including Brocade, Cisco, HP and Juniper, which, according to the company, "eliminates proprietary networks to create vendor-agnostic environments".

 

Distribution Central is expected to take care of existing PlusOptic partners, as well as help the fibre provider to broaden its reach.

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Data centre fires up space for 500 racks in Perth

Data centre fires up space for 500 racks in Perth | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

An Australian co-location provider is on the hunt for resellers after entering the market with space for 544 racks.

 

New Perth outfit Datacenter Limited (DCL) has opened an ISO-containerised data centre in the suburb of Balcatta. The centre is designed to host virtualised environments, high-performance computing and hybrid cloud deployments.

 

DCL said it uses patented technologies to transform ISO containers into secure, configurable, portable suites with plug-and-play data centre rack space. Each suite has standalone power, cooling, communications and security that can be customised for either small or large modular deployments.

 

DCL offers reseller and referral partner programs, and plans to expand to the east coast of Australia as well as Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Telstra debuts consumption-based network services

Telstra debuts consumption-based network services | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Telstra and Cisco kicked off Cisco Live with a trio of products to let corporate customers deploy and configure software-defined network services on a consumption-based model.

 

The telco's Internet Virtual Private Network service, which will be available later this month, allows enterprise customers to rapidly provision network services using secure, encrypted links over the public internet.

 

It is aimed at letting SMB businesses securely manage multiple sites and remote workers with an encrypted link over the internet, spun up "with few simple clicks of a portal", said Telstra CTO Vish Nandlall.

 

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First-known Mac ransomware targets Apple users

First-known Mac ransomware targets Apple users | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Popular torrent site infected.

 

Apple customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks told Reuters on Sunday.

 

Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.

 

Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft's Windows operating system

 

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Which Cisco partners are the most profitable?

Which Cisco partners are the most profitable? | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Exec explains security is secret to reseller success.

 

A Cisco executive has revealed at its annual channel conference that its most successful partners have one speciality in common.

 

“Our most profitable partners sell security,” said Cisco security general manager David Goeckeler during his keynote address in front of more than 2,000 global partners. “Why? There are three reasons.”

 

Security drives the entire relationship between a solutions provider and a customer, according to Goeckeler. “You need to have a modern network to have a very sophisticated security posture. So security is the conversation that’s driving the network refresh.”

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Kogan reveals 'Australia's cheapest mobile plan'

Kogan reveals 'Australia's cheapest mobile plan' | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Another unlimited call and text plan on 3G.


Kogan Mobile has unveiled what it claims to be Australia’s cheapest prepaid plan for unlimited calls and text.


The 1XL plan offers unlimited standard calls and text, as well as 1GB of data starting at $16.95 per month.


Customers can also purchase three-month plan for $46.95 or one-year plan for $179.95.


The online retailer relaunched Kogan Mobile in October, announcing it would be reselling on Vodafone’s 3G network.

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Philips cancels noise with or without the wires

Philips cancels noise with or without the wires | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

The one thing outside of a change of clothes we always have with us in the air is noise cancelling headphones, but while these tend to be expensive, Philips is looking into options to bring down the cost.


And the move to bring down the cost is going to happen depending on how much you like cables and how much you, well, don’t.


The Gibson Innovations-owned Philips is this week revealing two models of active noise cancelling headphones for release in Australia, with one made for people who like cables and saving a bit of money and the other for people who might prefer going wireless on the day-to-day.

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1Tbps: researchers break broadband speed record

1Tbps: researchers break broadband speed record | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University College London (UCL) have discovered the fastest ever data rate in digital information, suggesting one day a movie could be downloaded within one second.


The researchers from UCL’s Optical Networks Group had achieved a rate of 1.125 Tb/s as part of research on the capacity limits of optical transmission systems. The research was designed to address the growing demand for fast data rates.


UCL’s electronic and electrical engineering lead researcher, Dr Robert Maher, said: “While current state-of-the-art commercial optical transmission systems are capable of receiving single channel data rates of up to 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s), we are working with sophisticated equipment in our lab to design the next generation core networking and communications systems that can handle data signals at rates in excess of 1 terabit per second (Tb/s).

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JB Hi-Fi cracks $2bn sales for half-year

JB Hi-Fi cracks $2bn sales for half-year | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

JB Hi-Fi has cracked $2 billion in sales for the half year ending 31 December.


Half-year sales grew from $1.96 billion in the equivalent period in 2014 to $2.12 billion - an increase of 7.7 percent. Net profit was also up 7.5 percent from $88.5 million to $95.2 million.


While sales for software was down 4.6 percent, revenue was held up by JB Hi-Fi’s expansion into the small appliances and whitegoods business. During the six-month period, four new JB Hi-Fi Home stores were opened and nine existing stores were converted to JB Hi-Fi Home locations.


Hardware and services are still the biggest earner, account for 84 percent of sales.

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Speed Demon: which phones deliver the fastest 4G?

Speed Demon: which phones deliver the fastest 4G? | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

If you spend a lot of time on the internet when you’re out and about, chances are you’re using your mobile as a hotspot. But how do you get the fastest speeds? You use a faster modem.


“A modem?” you say. “Surely the modem in my mobile phone isn’t the same as the modem I use at home for my internet?”


It’s not the same, no, but it’s not far off, with the technology at home often relying on grounded communications infrastructure — say that of ADSL2, cable, or the National Broadband Network (or even a standard phone line if you’re still using that technology) — instead of the mobile communications relied on by a mobile modem.


At home, the speed your modem connects with relies on a variety of factors, and it’s different dependent on the technology you’re using.

For instance, if you’re using ADSL2+, the biggest factor for speed differences tends to come from the distance between you and the exchange you’re connecting to. On cable, the speed shifts tend to arise from how many people around your neighbour and sharing the cable line are using the service, whether as an internet provider or watching TV.

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Dick Smith adds new budget Oppo phone to shelves

Dick Smith adds new budget Oppo phone to shelves | Computers and Electronics Stores | Scoop.it

Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo will launch its $299 F1 smartphone at Dick Smith stores next week.


The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octacore processor and 3GB memory. It comes with 16GB storage and runs Oppo’s custom operating system ColourOS 2.1, which is based on Android 5.1.


The F1 is fitted with a 1280x720 resolution screen on a 5-inch body - the same size as Oppo’s flagship R7 smartphone.


A 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8 megapixel front-facing camera feature in the handset. Like other Oppo phones, the F1 has the option to install two SIM cards at the same time.


Dick Smith brought Oppo into the Australian mass market last year when it scooped an exclusive retail deal to sell the Oppo R7 from Allphones.

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