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ACS Week in Review: 30 May, 2014

Friday, 30 May 2014

State iAwards events getting underway

The 2014 iAwards are beginning to build momentum with state iAwards events commencing from June 4.

These awards recognize the wonderful work being undertaken by the ICT profession, and encourage innovation and skill in the profession. You can register to attend a state iAwards event in your state by clicking here.

Weatherman finally gets in on the app act

The Bureau of Meteorology is developing its own weather apps — years after the proliferation of third-party weather apps on ¬mobile devices.

From today, smartphone users can visit to view a web-based version of the bureau’s new mobile site. Users soon will be able to download Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows apps currently under development.

“The bureau is releasing a preview of the mobile website today for public testing and feedback, before formally releasing the site,” said Simon Birmingham, parliamentary secretary for the environment.

He said the mobile site would offer weather information, forecasts, warnings and rain radars. The web app could be saved to the desktop as a bookmark.
While there are plenty of weather apps with similar information, Senator Birmingham said the bureau would offer forecasts sooner, and with greater -accuracy for the user’s location.

Canberra’s Falcon keeping an eye on the sky

There's an estimated 22,000 objects orbiting the Earth, and Canberra will play a small but important role in keeping an eye on them.

A new telescope site on defence ground across from Duntroon was formally opened on Thursday as part of a global Falcon Telescope Network.

The 50-centimetre telescope was provided to the University of NSW by the US Air Force Academy and is one of four in the world in operation.

It will ultimately form part of a 12-telescope network tasked with tracking the position of satellites and the huge amount of debris that could damage or destroy them.