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Microsoft in Japan has teamed up with high-end cosmetics brand Shiseido to develop an app that will add a filter that overlays virtual makeup on people’s faces when they’re on Skype calls, according to reports. The app is targeted at women who are self-conscious about their appearance when they’re on video conferences. Here’s what we know so far.
Global IT spending is expected to dip this year, dropping 0.3% year-on-year, as the UK market deals with the economic uncertainty caused by the Brexit, according to analyst firm Gartner. But IT spending is set to pick up a bit in 2017, growing 2.9% to $4.56 trillion. Gartner also looked at whether the upcoming US presidential election will have an impact on IT spending.
This year’s Census was nothing short of a spectacular debacle after the website where Australians were to fill out the survey went down for nearly two days. Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) chief David Kalisch fronted the Senate Estimates in parliament to answer questions about the incident. We found out that the ABS will have to spend around $30 million to fix the damage. He also admitted that the ABS made a number of poor judgement calls for Census 2016. Here’s what he had to say along with a recap of what has happened since the Census outage occurred two months ago.
The latest results from NBN lab trials of XG.FAST are in. Yes, that is the name of copper acceleration technology — an extension of Nokia’s commercially available G.fast technology — not an antiperspirant spray designed to boost your masculinity. Basically, it’s powering up the existing copper network to deliver fiber-like speeds, and has achieved lab results of 8Gbps over 30 metres of twisted-pair copper — 900 times faster than the average broadband speed.
Australians can find plenty of useful security advice for consumers and businesses at staysmartonline.gov.au. Reusing passwords is a major security risk but another sensible precaution is to avoid using the same email address for everything. Creating extra addresses or aliases can be a hassle, but it certainly makes it more difficult for hackers to bring you down.
Microsoft has now made its Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 generally available. The operating system and the software suite cater to hybrid cloud datacentres. Both offerings intend to bring “cloud-born technologies to the traditional datacentre” so IT administrators can make the most of existing resources. Here’s what you need to know about the features and pricing for the two offerings.