NBN and mining key opportunities to grow Australian IT: Blighview story

http://www.itwire.com – The National Broadband Network rollout has been identified as a huge opportunity to grow IT in Queensland according to the head of the state Government. Another key area includes the burgeoning mining software industry. (IT news)

Telstra finally drops BigPond prices – but is it enough?!view story

http://www.itwire.com – Telstra, Australia’s dominant telecommunications company and admitted serial overcharger has finally brought to life CEO David Thodey’s promise of months ago to lower prices with pricing that’s closer to competitors, with more generous download limits in some cases – but as you’d expect from Telstra, bundling “conditions” are still in place to access its very lowest prices. (IT news)

HP dumps Windows Phone 7view story

http://apcmag.com – HP has abandoned Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform in favour of smartphones based on WebOS, but confirms that a Windows 7 slate is still on the cards. (IT news)

Samsung debuts Q-series ‘thin and light’ notebooksview story

http://apcmag.com – The 13.3 inch Q330 packs a Core i3 processor, switchable Intel HD and nVidia GeForce graphics into a tapered sub-2kg chassis for $1,199. (IT news)

Couch potatoes die soonerview story

http://www.itwire.com – A study of over 120,000 U.S. adults by the American Cancer Society has shown that the more you sit around, the shorter your average life span. So, you better get up and do something.   (IT news)

NASA looking for undergrads to "defy gravity"view story

http://www.itwire.com – NASA has announced an experiment that it wishes to run as part of its Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Undergraduate students will design a reduced gravity experiment and fly it on board one of NASA’s microgravity (“Weightless Wonder”) aircraft.   (IT news)

ASUS Eee PC 1001P - very cheap netbookview story

http://apcmag.com – The ASUS Eee PC 1001P is an entry level netbook selling for a very reasonable $333. (IT news)

ASUS K50IP-SX068V - good value notebook with entry level graphicsview story

http://apcmag.com – The ASUS K50IP-SX068V for $727 is a fairly specced notebook that surprisingly includes a graphics card. (IT news)

Buckyballs finally discovered far out in spaceview story

http://www.itwire.com – Astronomers using the NASA Spitzer Space Telescopes have discovered buckyballs for the first time in space. These all-carbon molecules are now considered the largest molecule ever discovered in space. A single buckyball is about 1 nanometer across--about three times larger than a water molecule.   (IT news)

Research confirms: 90 percent of BitTorrent breaches copyrightview story

http://www.itwire.com – The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has welcomed the release of a research paper by the University of Ballarat which estimated that at least 89 percent of traffic on BitTorrent, and possibly as much as 98 percent, was in breach of copyright. (IT news)

The Slate of Toshiba’s OS Union: Android, Windows 7 or both?view story

http://www.itwire.com – With Toshiba launching dozens of new notebooks for the consumer and business spaces for virtually any kind of user, along with new TVs, HD camcorders, a “cloud companion” PC and the book like dual-screen Libretto, the announcement that Toshiba would be launching its own slate with either the Android OS installed, Windows 7 or potentially even both this October arguably stole the show! (IT news)

Melbourne Cricket Ground security going digital with Axis and Genetecview story

http://www.itwire.com – The security camera system at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is being progressively upgraded from the old analogue equipment to digital cameras on an IP network. (IT news)