Stories by Adam Bender

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Lonely Planet embraces digital amid disruption in publishing

Lonely Planet had to quickly adapt to a digital world to stay relevant as a publisher of travel guides. Known for physical books, the company overhauled its Web presence and publishing processes to meet consumer demand for real-time and mobile tourist information, according to Lonely Planet online platform manager, Darragh Kennedy.

Could Vodafone become takeover target for Japanese telco?

SoftBank might eye Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) as the Japanese telco continues its global expansion, mobile industry observers have told Computerworld Australia. They said VHA, which has lately suffered large customer losses due to network problems, may be open to such an acquisition.

Windows is Sara Lee's favourite mobile OS flavour

Sara Lee chose Windows Phone handsets for its workforce over BlackBerry, Android or iPhone. The Sydney-based food manufacturing company announced it is giving staff Nokia Lumia 800 handsets running on the Optus network.

Queensland seeks public safety wireless network

The Queensland government seeks a vendor to provide a wireless network for public safety, according to a request for expression of interest released this week. The wireless project aims to deliver better radio voice and narrowband data communications for police and emergency responders.

Who will win the digital wallet wars?

Consumers will have to choose among a a plethora of competing digital wallets for some time until a leader can emerge, payment industry officials said this week at the CeBIT Future of Payments conference in Sydney.

Quickflix seeks to keep Netflix out of NZ and Australia

Quickflix upgraded its online payment system in three months to prevent hacking threats and solidify its position as a leading digital video subscription service in Australia and New Zealand, the company's chief innovation officer, Tim Parsons, said yesterday at the CeBIT Future of Payments conference in Sydney.

Mobile payments coming but not ready for prime time: Eftpos, Telstra

It’s still early days for mobile payments and near field communications (NFC) technology, Eftpos and Telstra officials said at the CeBIT Future of Payments conference today in Sydney. More collaboration among stakeholders and increased applications for technology like near field communications are needed before paying using a mobile becomes widespread, they said.

Quickflix seeks to keep Netflix out of Australia

Quickflix upgraded its online payment system in three months to prevent hacking threats and solidify its position as a leading digital video subscription service in Australia and New Zealand, the company’s chief innovation officer, Tim Parsons, said today at the CeBIT Future of Payments conference in Sydney.

AARNet to 'step up' to dance floor for world contest

Australian and Korean B-boys will settle their differences by videoconference in a dance battle set to go off this Sunday. Australia’s research-and-education broadband network, AARNet, will connect three large public screens in Melbourne, Perth and Seoul in a demonstration of technology bridging distant cultures.

Missing NFC in iPhone 5 surprised NAB

The absence of near-field communication (NFC) in iPhone 5 has surprised NAB and other banks, according to NAB's technology head of strategy and innovation, Denis Curran. It’s an example of why banks must be agile with their IT strategy in an age of increasing digitisation, he said this morning at the Information & Data World Symposium in Sydney.

Most government agencies to adopt IPv6 by year's end: AGIMO

The Australian government says agencies have made "good progress" toward enabling IPv6 by year end. However, Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) President Narelle Clark said she has doubts that this will happen without a formal mandate like the one in the US.

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