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Robots are empowering special needs children and reducing the IT skills gap

Companion robot Matilda helps Australian teachers create engaging learning environments for special needs students while improving their cognitive skills La Trobe University in Australia has teamed up with a local school for students with intellectual disabilities to trial a robot classroom companion. So far Matilda (who thankfully looks nothing like its chainsaw-wielding Robot Wars namesake)… Read More


Power failure causes disruptions at Reserve Bank of Australia

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) suffered a mass power failure at its main data centre during routine maintenance of its fire control systems. The interruption to the central bank’s primary data centre lasted three hours, severely affecting payment systems and fixed phone lines. Sydney-based RBA confirmed the issue and updated its official Twitter feed throughout… Read More


CommBank Australia customers affected by data centre outage

Customers of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia have encountered widespread difficulties with bank cards, mobile and online banking for over 24 hours. The issues are due to a data center failure, according to a statement from the bank. Customers were reportedly locked out of online and mobile banking accounts starting in the early morning on… Read More


IBM launches four X-Force Red cybersecurity facilities

IBM Security has launched the X-Force Red Lab network, four cybersecurity facilities focused on testing systems and devices used for IoT, automotive, and automated teller (ATM) machines. X-Force Red, IBM’s internal white-hat hacking team, will use the labs to test for security weaknesses in devices and software both in pre-release and after deployment. The labs… Read More


Blockchain-based eSport game launches presale

The world’s first blockchain-based eSport game, Gods Unchained, has begun presale of trading cards that are used in gameplay. The game uses a unique hybrid system, combining on-chain and off-chain activities to help reduce congestion on the blockchain network. Gods Unchained is a card-based battle game, similar to the IRL trading-card favorite ‘Magic: the Gathering.’… Read More