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The desktop is the past, the future is in the cloud. The desktop is the past, the future is in the cloud. Ruben de Rijcke

33 years after creating the PC, IBM leaves it behind in favour of the cloud

With the sale of first its desktop PC business and now its server business to Chinese partner Lenovo, IBM has come full circle. By exiting the hardware business IBM leaves behind the low-end market it…
This informs us that someone has odd taste in signs. This informs us that someone has odd taste in signs. Staci Myers

Yo! How much information can you pack into one bit?

Yo! And to say it again, yo! There’s a new app available which does precisely one thing: it sends the single word “yo” to another user. No context, no other message, not even “no”. Just “yo”. Yo. Yoyo…
As an enabling technology, ICT reaches into many fields including health, cybersecurity and engineering (shown here). As an enabling technology, ICT reaches into many fields including health, cybersecurity and engineering (shown here). Kevin Tong/Flickr

Australia’s got ICT talent – so how do we make the most of it?

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia…
Public IT projects like Melbourne’s myki come in over-budget and far behind schedule, if at all, often because contacts are based on specific technology, not how it will be used. Public IT projects like Melbourne’s myki come in over-budget and far behind schedule, if at all, often because contacts are based on specific technology, not how it will be used. Richard Jones/Flickr

Badly designed contracts doom public IT projects to failure

Governments have never been more keen to leverage information technology for public projects, but their track record isn’t particularly good. In Victoria, myki has been branded a “disaster from touch on…
Time to declare an unread email amnesty. Time to declare an unread email amnesty. Clint lalonde

TMI! TMI! Can anyone save us from email overload?

A new computer program is seeking to help us cope with the deluge of email that floods our desktops on a minute-by-minute basis. It’s a sign of the times that we are adding on yet another service to cope…
Don’t fork out hundreds of dollars for products you can get cheaper – or for free. Don’t fork out hundreds of dollars for products you can get cheaper – or for free. amysphere

Software is officially a rip-off in Australia – so what can you do?

It’s official: Australia isn’t the “lucky country” in the IT sector. Consumers, government and industry down under are charged typically 50% more for software and hardware compared to their American counterparts…
Exciting times for school kids. Exciting times for school kids. Lupuca

Keep it creative to get kids into coding

A new subject is to be introduced in England to kick start our technological future. Instead of teaching ICT, the national curriculum published this week calls on schools to teach computing. This new way…
Making power-hungry datacentres like these more energy efficient is vital. Making power-hungry datacentres like these more energy efficient is vital. Schlüsselbein2007/Flickr

Your next computer can be any colour, so long as it’s green

Do you have a computer on a desk somewhere? Fans whirring, screensaver flickering, left on for days. Would you leave your washing machine running for days? Because over time, a desktop computer draws on…
Founder of PC manufacturer Dell, Michael Dell, has announced that the company will go private in a $24.4 billion deal — the biggest leveraged buyout since the GFC. Founder of PC manufacturer Dell, Michael Dell, has announced that the company will go private in a $24.4 billion deal — the biggest leveraged buyout since the GFC. AAP

All’s well that ends Dell: going private won’t save struggling PC maker

Dell’s decision to sell itself to CEO Michael Dell and technology investment firm Silver Lake has sent analysts into a frenzy of deconstruction to try and make sense of what it actually means. Shareholders…
Plagiarism is happening at universities, but technology is not the way to solve the problem. Plagiarism is happening at universities, but technology is not the way to solve the problem. Computer image from www.shutterstock.com

Delusions of candour: why technology won’t stop plagiarism

Plagiarism at university is a time-old scourge. Some would have us believe it can be sought out with ever-improving technology, and with more consistent vetting of student essays with the latest detection…
Access to the internet is becoming less of a problem - but does society have the structures to support free exchange of information? Access to the internet is becoming less of a problem - but does society have the structures to support free exchange of information? Howard Stateman

Challenge 6: Switching on to the politics of the digital era

In part six of our multi-disciplinary Millennium Project series, Jake Wallis argues that the infrastructure of global communication networks is inherently political and calls for a switched-on populace…