Automation behind IBM's Australian Open cloudview story

http://www.itwire.com – Blue skies greeted the opening days of the Australian Open tennis tournament, but the IT behind the event is cloudier than ever. (IT news)

Vodafone debuts usage tracking app for iOS & Androidview story

http://www.itwire.com – Vodafone has released an Android and iPhone/iPad app gives users up to date information on voice and data usage against plan quotas, and provides other useful information. (IT news)

Sirius appoints new chiefview story

http://www.itwire.com – Australian-listed software and IT services company, Sirius, has appointed a new chief to head up its group of companies which include subsidiaries, intelligence software systems provider, Infomaster (IFMA) and its help-desk and operator services provider to government, Sirius Managed Services (SMS). (IT news)

Phobos-Grunt to crash 1/15/2012view story

http://www.itwire.com – According to Russian space officials, the Phobos-Grunt probe, originally to go to the Mars’ moon Phobos and launched on November 9, 2011, will instead come crashing down back to Earth sometime on Sunday, January 15, 2012. (IT news)

Bitdefender secures Westpac customersview story

http://www.itwire.com – Security firm Bitdefender has secured a deal with the Westpac banking group to offer the bank’s customers a one-year free subscription to its Internet security package including antivirus, antispam, firewall and parental controls as well as social networking protection against malicious pages and privacy threats. (IT news)

FACEBK and PAYPAL: Numberplates of dubious distinction?view story

http://www.itwire.com – Want to show your fellow Aussies that you have more dollars than sense? Then you’ll be in the running to buy the FACEBK and PAYPAL number plates from Tai Tran, a Ballarat-based web-savant wanting a pretty penny for stamped car plates of metal. (IT news)

PC shipments drop with weak demand, but Lenovo pushes HPview story

http://www.itwire.com – Worldwide shipments of PCs dropped towards the end of last year as consumer demand slowed. Ultrabooks, introduced to the market in the holiday season, didn’t attract consumers, and the overall decline in PC shipments for the fourth quarter of 2011 was 1.4 percent. (IT news)

Samsung’s TV range planned out to 2014view story

http://www.itwire.com – It’s not quite a 500 year plan as Mitsubishi is supposed to have had, but Samsung’s TV people have planned its range of Smart TVs out to 2014, with the company saying its well prepared to take on any forthcoming Apple TV challenge. (IT news)

Demand for mobile data explodes with iPhone 4Sview story

http://www.itwire.com – Consumer demand for mobile data is exploding beyond market expectations, fuelled by new smartphones, apps and services, with the greatest demand coming from iPhone 4S users who have shown their huge appetite for information, demanding twice as much data as the iPhone 4 and 3G users. (IT news)

iPad 3 raging rumour overloadview story

http://www.itwire.com – Oh iPad 3, wherefore art thee? In Chinese factories art thou made, production’s started and not delayed, millions are coming for retail trade, all designed in California and China made. (IT news)