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ACS Week In Review: 27 June 2014

Friday, 27 Jun 2014

Google sets sights on TV, Cars and Watches

On Wednesday, Google delivered their most high-aiming plans yet, with their sights set on TV’s, cars and watches to be the next thing to be developed. The event was extremely well-attended, with over 6000 developers, bloggers and journalists in attendance.

Google is aiming to retain their place at the forefront of technology, by demonstrating their interest in production of Google Nest Lab’s, a first step towards connected ‘Smart Home’ devices. Google announced that it has created a program that allows outside developers to fashion software and ‘new experiences’ for its projects.

They also released their new version of Android, named Android L, which will be rolled out later this year. Android L is set to bring huge performance increases, including “PC-Like Gaming” as well as new controls to optimise battery life. It has been perfected to ensure a seamless transition through all devices, enabling users to check email on their smartwatch, answering it on a smartphone then deleting it on their computer.


"Link is up" – 25 Years since Australia connected permanently to the internet

It has been 25 years since Australia connected permanently to the Internet

This week, twenty-five years ago, Australia was connected to the Internet for the very first time, thanks to NASA. The transmission was established on a slow speed by today’s standards of 56 kilobits per second, but was enough for NASA’s Internet expansion program. The program was funded by the US Federal Networking Council.

Prior to the connection, it would take three days for a message to be transferred across the country. Robert Elz, a researcher from the University of Melbourne, leveraged the “dial-up” speed connection to send a simple message to his Hawaiian peer: “Link is up”

Melbourne was the first city to be connected, followed by Sydney, and then the other state capitals.

Wayne Fitzsimmons, chairman of the Pearcey Foundation, said that Robert was a "true Aussie pioneer that got on with the job."


NSW Government sets out new standards for mobility

The NSW Government has developed a new state of technical standards, governing how agencies procure their mobility solutions, as it commences to trial new contracts for the delivery of as-a-service solutions.

The announcement included a shift towards a service orientation for IT, as part of its IT Strategy 2012, in order to reduce duplication and promote a whole-of-government approach to IT.

The government is also attempting to enforce that agencies consider cloud-based services for new IT procurements, and have written cloud technology into their policy.

The “as-a-service” solutions set a common base requirement for solutions being purchased by NSW Government agencies. The first of the new standards-based approach is to be tested is mobility. The standards include configuration management, security management, and service management of mobile devices.

The standard will be reviewed in 12 months time, the Office of Finance and Services said.