Alexa gets smart meeting scheduling, a boost to its workplace presence

Amazon has made it easier for business users to manage personal schedules via Alexa voice commands, adding the ability to move appointments and schedule meetings based on participants’ availability.  The digital assistant has quickly gained traction among consumers and Amazon is intent on replicating its success in the workplace – as shown by the launch […]

Firefox 61 brings code inspection to web developers

Now available, the Firefox 61 Developer Edition is providing developers code inspection and workflow enhancements. By understanding tools such as the Babel JavaScript compiler and the Webpack module bundler, Firefox 61 lets developers inspect and interact with original code in the debugger as if the code had never been minified or bundled. Mozilla also is […]

Turnbull directed DTA to study blockchain

Following interest from agencies, vendors. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull directed the Digital Transformation Agency to investigate potential applications of blockchain technology across government. In senate estimates overnight DTA chief digital officer Peter Alexander revealed the exploration of blockchain technology – and subsequent funding in the recent federal budget – had been requested. “The Prime Minister in […]

TfNSW looks to mobilise public transport

First project in digital accelerator. Transport for NSW has stood up a “digital accelerator” with partners including CBA, AWS and Optus to explore future technology applications around public transport services. The state’s transport minister Andrew Constance said in a statement that the “first focus area for the accelerator will be exploring mobility as a service […]

Centrelink’s online services fall over again

Claims impact “exacerbated” by Telstra outage. Centrelink customers have experienced major issues accessing online service from the Department of Human Services for the second time in five weeks. The problems began on Monday morning, with numerous users reporting issues accessing online Centrelink services on social media. The department later advised of “issues impacting Centrelink online […]

IBAC charges three over Ultranet scandal

After Operation Dunham investigation. The Victorian government’s corruption watchdog has charged three former executives over their alleged involvement in the Department of Education’s failed Ultranet project. The Independent Broad-based Commission Against Corruption (IBAC) said in a statement today that charges had been laid following its “extensive” investigation codenamed Operation Dunham into the collaborative intranet project. It […]

Aussies lost $2.1m to cryptocurrency ‘scams’

$800k more than first thought. Australians lost at least $2.1 million to cryptocurrency-based scams last year such as by paying ransoms in virtual coins or being lured to invest in fake initial coin offerings. The number is an upgrade on previously released figures, though the loss numbers may be inflated by the peak in value […]