‘Q2 will be a blood bath’: Sir Martin Sorrell on Cannes, M&A and the Covid-19 bounceback- Tempemail

Sir Martin Sorrell, executive chairman of S4 Capital, has predicted that the second quarter of the year will be “a bloodbath” for many companies, especially those who are not digitally strong. Speaking to Tempemail as part of its Digital Transformation Festival, Sorrell said he had witnessed working practices change across Continue Reading

US probe unable to rule out White House influence on JEDI contract awarded to Microsoft, not Amazon – Cloud – Security – Software- Tempemail

The Pentagon’s inspector general on Wednesday said it could not determine whether the White House influenced the award of a US$10 billion contract to Microsoft Corp over Amazon after several officials said their conversations were privileged “presidential communications.” Known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI, the cloud Continue Reading

Apple has a $749 iPhone SE for the budget-conscious as coronavirus stalls economy – Hardware – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

Apple released a smaller iPhone priced at A$749, cutting the starting price for the company’s smartphone line in a move to broaden its appeal to budget-conscious customers as the coronavirus hobbles the global economy. The lower-cost model could also attract more consumers to Apple services, a growing driver of revenue. Continue Reading

North Korea hacking threatens US and global financial system: US officials – Finance – Security- Tempemail

US government officials warned on Wednesday about the threat of North Korean hackers, calling particular attention to banking and other finance. The reason for the advisory – which was jointly issued by the US Departments of State, Treasury, and Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – was unclear. Continue Reading

Italian boy travels a mile for internet signal to study under tree – Networking – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

Twelve-year-old Giulio Giovanni’s studying place has a view many people would envy – the unspoiled countryside of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves under a Tuscan sun. He would prefer to participate in classes over the internet from home – like his fellow classmates have to because of Italy’s coronavirus Continue Reading

Big Four banks under pressure to drop digital debit fees – Finance – Strategy – Networking- Tempemail

Australia’s Big Four banks may have paused payment terminal rental fees for businesses shuttered by COVID-19, but a fresh battle has broken out over how regular digital transactions are routinely force-trunked via more expensive rails. Local stalwart eftpos has revealed it has started pushing banks and regulators to quickly open-up Continue Reading

Telstra pushes for a full breakdown of NBN Co’s costs – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

Telstra wants NBN Co to break down its costs “by technology type and customer type”, a move that would expose the presence of any cross-subsidies between internet products. The telco indicated in a letter [pdf] dated March 6 – but only published last week – that a detailed financial breakdown Continue Reading

Taronga Zoo banishes paper with SAP-based staff app – Strategy – Cloud – Software- Tempemail

Taronga Conservation Society Australia has ditched many of its paper-based administration processes after deploying a new staff experience app underpinned by SAP’s cloud platform. The society has been using the app, dubbed StaX, for the last year to simplify and centralise the day-to-day admin needs of the more than 600 Continue Reading

$100K Nokia Bell Labs Prize – Tempemail

Revolutionary ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics don’t occur every day. But when those “eureka” moments happen, we need to provide a forum to explore those ideas, judge them on their merits, and distinguish the extraordinary from the merely good. Once a year, Nokia Bell Labs makes that forum Continue Reading

U.S. Offers Rewards up to $5 Million for Information on North Korean Hackers – Tempemail

The United States agencies today released a joint advisory warning the world about the ‘significant cyber threat’ posed by North Korean state-sponsored hackers to the global banking and financial institutions. Besides a summary of recent cyberattacks attributed to North Korean hackers, the advisory—issued by U.S. Departments of State, the Treasury, Continue Reading