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Canberra seeks vendor fluent in digital transformation to modernise public service

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) wants to modernise the government’s workforce, heading to market for a the provision of the design and delivery of an “intensive” digital transformation development program for Senior Executive Service (SES) staff within the public service. The statement of requirement, published Tuesday, explains the vision of the APSC is to create a “flexible, efficient, and ...

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HTC intros Vive Pro with sharper resolution, dual front-facing cameras

Sean Hollister / CNET HTC announced at CES 2018 an update to its Vive virtual reality headset that is targeted at enterprise customers and called Vive Pro. Compared to the original Vive, the Pro model adds sharper resolution with 2880×1600 dual-OLED displays, built-in headphones, a redesigned headstrap, and dual front-facing cameras. CES 2018 The Big Trends for Business CES showcases ...

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CES: Ring has home security system, cameras, lighting products on tap for 2018

Ring on Monday announced it would begin shipping the Ring Alarm, its all-in-one home security system this spring. Ring will sell a starter pack for $199, which includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and a Z-Wave extender for $199. Ring customers will pay $10 per month for Ring’s monitoring service, including 24/7 professional monitoring, cloud storage for ...

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All you need to know about Brazil’s first tech unicorn

Chinese mobility firm Didi Chuxing has acquired the majority of ride-hailing company 99, placing the Brazilian company in the list of global unicorns. The announcement of the acquisition last Wednesday follows the acquisition of a minority stake in 99 by Didi a year ago. The purchase of the majority stake by Didi in 99 encompassed shares in the company previously ...

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Your next real estate agent could be a robot

If you’re looking to rent a place in San Francisco, you can now get a home tour from a tablet-carrying robot. The robot is controlled remotely by a licensed real estate agent, whose beaming face appears on the tablet. The company bringing the rental game into the 21st century is Zenplace, a property management startup founded in 2016. CEO Rahul ...

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Serenity Now: Australian government releases small business cybersecurity guide

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has published a Cyber Security Best Practice Guide, hoping to help small business operators in Australia prevent, or better prepare for, a cyber attack. According to the guide, small business is the target of 43 percent of all cybercrime, with the government citing research published early 2016. Following the WannaCry and Petya ...

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CES: ​Samsung to show off AI-applied 8K QLED TV

Samsung Electronics will show off a new 85-inch QLED TV that uses artificial intelligence technology to convert low resolution videos into 8K at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, the company has said. The new model of Samsung’s flagship TV line will automatically correct the brightness, contrast, and blurring of low resolution videos using the optimal filter to convert ...

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Microsoft drops plans to integrate Cortana with Dynamics 365

Microsoft has dropped plans to integrate its Cortana personal digital assistant with its Dynamics 365 ERP/CRM services. Microsoft officials made the announcement about the discontinuation in a very short blog post on January 5, as first noted by MSDynamicsWorld.com. The blog post in its entirety: “After carefully consideration, we’ve decided to discontinue the Cortana integration preview feature. Dynamics 365 will ...

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