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Microsoft aligns its different Office code bases as of the latest Mac Office release

Anyone remember this post from 2014? How Microsoft is taking on the cross-platform challenge with Office. Credit: Microsoft It looks like Microsoft finally made it. The latest new release of Office 2016 for the Mac (Mac Office 2016 version 16), which Microsoft released on January 18, is the one which finally helps Microsoft achieve its long-term goal of unifying he ...

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​Notifiable Data Breaches scheme: Getting ready to disclose a data breach in Australia

WHAT IS THE NOTIFIABLE DATA BREACHES SCHEME? Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme comes into effect on February 22, 2018, and as the legislative direction is aimed at protecting the individual, there’s a lot of responsibility on each organisation to secure the data it holds. The NDB scheme falls under Part IIIC of the Australian Privacy Act 1988 and establishes ...

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​Google moves to Debian for in-house Linux desktop

Video: Supercomputing has an undisputed champion — Linux Google has officially confirmed the company is shifting its in-house Linux desktop from the Ubuntu-based Goobuntu to a new Linux distro, the DebianTesting-based gLinux. Margarita Manterola, a Google Engineer, quietly announced Google would move from Ubuntu to Debian-testing for its desktop Linux at DebConf17 in a lightning talk. Manterola explained that Google ...

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Shell drills for data insights

Video: GPUs are game changer for oil and gas sector Energy and petrochemical company Shell is no stranger to using advanced technologies to enhance business processes. One of the latest efforts, by the corporation’s Shell UK company, is to leverage advanced data analytics to monitor operations and improve its supply chain decisions and inventory. “We are working towards the creation ...

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Actian and the Zen of IoT maintenance

Palo Alto-based hybrid database player Actian is announcing today the transformation of its Zen Embedded Database for use in Internet of Things (IoT) applications, both on edge devices and gateways. The company says its Zen platform, which can run on a wide range of operating systems and device types, will bring standardization to the IoT space which has heretofore been ...

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NAB sees Amazon Alexa integration as pointing to the future of banking

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has announced integrating with Amazon Alexa, allowing customers to ask the voice-activated assistant certain questions about their bank account when the service goes live in Australia next month. According to executive general manager of digital and innovation Jonathan Davey, when looking at the way the bank thinks consumers will interact with technology over the next ...

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Australia’s New Payments Platform on track for February launch

From next month, Australians will be able to transfer money from one person to another in near real-time, using an email address or phone number, rather than the traditional BSB or account number process. Financial institutions in Australia have already begun sending payments across the New Payments Platform (NPP), testing the technology before its public launch in February. “The platform ...

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Australia to finally get its hands on Amazon Alexa

Online retail king Amazon has announced that the Alexa-powered Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus devices are coming to Australia. Alexa, an “intelligent” personal assistant that makes use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, will feature a new voice for the Australia and New Zealand edition, as well as local knowledge and skills built by Australian developers. Cloud-powered Alexa is ...

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