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CBA shows off high-tech bank: photos

CBA shows off high-tech bank: photos

The Commonwealth Bank yesterday opened its new flagship branch in the heart of Brisbane. Drenched with smart systems and Apple iDevices, the branch represents a significant investment in the Commonwealth Bank's new digital strategy.

March 23, 2011 by in Apple

Internet Explorer 9 Tracking Protection: how it works

Internet Explorer 9 Tracking Protection: how it works

With the IE9 Release Candidate, Microsoft has taken the wraps off a powerful new privacy-protection tool. Using the Tracking Protection feature, any IE9 user can install a list of sites and substrings that it wants to block. The effect is to block third-party tracking cookies, web beacons, analytics scripts, and even ads.

February 13, 2011 by in Banking

Apple's grandest store: Paris Opera

Apple's grandest store: Paris Opera

Apple has added another retail location in Paris in a beautifully restored building smack dab next to the French capital's Théâtre National de l'Opéra. Formerly a bank, Apple has done an incredible job of keeping the original aesthetic details including wrought-iron railings, spiral staircases and marble floors - all under a massive shining skylight. Here's a look.

August 17, 2010 by in CXO

CBA augments home buying app: photos

CBA augments home buying app: photos

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has said it will release a new augmented reality iPhone app for home buyers and sellers, combining house listings with satellite images and relevant pre-purchase information.

April 22, 2010 by in iPhone

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the T-Mobile HD2 Windows Mobile Phone

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the T-Mobile HD2 Windows Mobile Phone

The HD2 is highest speced Windows Mobile device ever and is very popular in Europe. HTC brought the device to the USA with T-Mobile with a subsidized price of only $200. A big improvement over other WM devices is the amazing content partnerships with Barnes & Noble, BlockBuster, and Slacker. You won't be looking all over for content on this 1 GHz Snapdragon device with its 16GB microSD card. You can even enjoy Guitar Hero on the device.

March 24, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Refining vegetable oil into diesel fuel

At the AlwaysOn Venture Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Peter Bell, co-founder of Renewable Fuel Products, explains that his company's reactors are small and mobile enough to be loaded onto the back of a truck and taken wherever the waste oil is being created. They process an end product that can be used wherever people use diesel, with no special modifications. Through money from carbon credits, he says that developing countries will soon be able to gain access to this reactor as well.

December 5, 2008 in Banking

Venture Capitalists: We're still open for business

At a VentureBeat conference on managing through the economic downturn, a panel of venture capitalists painted a gloomy picture for the economy overall. But they're still making investments, they said. Rafe Needleman covered the event and got reactions from experienced and new entrepreneurs.

November 7, 2008 in Banking

Visa CIO: Michael Dreyer

Michael Dreyer, CIO of Visa talks to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das about developing transaction technologies for its financial payment network including new wallet-less and contact-less payment solutions. Dreyer also discusses what it takes to process and handle more than 300 million transactions on a daily basis, and the company's response to the recent credit crisis rippling through the global economy.

October 7, 2008 in Banking

Biofuel cheaper than $50-a-barrel oil?

At the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in Sausalito, Calif., Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster moderates a panel discussion about the benefits and risks of biofuel. Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures says that biofuel solutions could be cheaper than $50-a-barrel oil in 10 years if the venture capital community backs emerging technologies and starts funding new green start-ups.

September 17, 2008 in Banking

LinuxWorld: Merrill Lynch on going stateless

At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, Jeffrey Birnbaum, managing director and chief technology architect at Merrill Lynch, speaks about using cloud computing to reduce the complexities and costs of financial services. He discusses the move away from dedicated machines and why old ideas like virtualization have become useful again.

August 5, 2008 in Banking

The future of tech IPOs

At the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford University, Frank Quattrone, co-founder of Qatalyst, talks about the dismal condition of the current IPO market, why venture capitalist backed companies are not going public right now, and what the future holds.

July 25, 2008 in Banking

Evaluating the cost of solar

J. Michael Horowitz of the Stanford Group moderates a discussion on ‘green‘ finance and operational and maintenance costs associated with new solar projects at the Intersolar Conference 2008 and Greentech Media conference. Panel guests include Bob Cart of GreenVolts, Robert Morgan of Ausra, Suvi Sharma of Solaria, and John Woolard of Brightsource Energy.

July 16, 2008 in Banking

E-Loan CIO: Jay Shah

Jay Shah, CIO of internet financial services provider E-Loan, talks to CNET News.com's Dan Farber about surviving a housing downturn by creating new compliant and certified mortgage products for its customers. He also discusses how the company is able to shorten the typical software cycle and develop financial solutions more quickly using Web 2.0 collaboration tools.

June 24, 2008 in Banking

Dignan's Memo: What's the plan, Carl?

ZDNet's Larry Dignan ponders whether activist shareholder Carl Icahn has a grand plan when it comes to turning Yahoo around. Dignan says that although Icahn wants to sell the company to Microsoft, it’s unclear if the software giant even wants to buy Yahoo anymore.

June 12, 2008 in Banking

Planting solar gardens

At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, Todd Glass of Heller Ehrman moderates a discussion on the challenges in developing solar technologies on a utility scale in the magnitude of 2,500 megawatts. Panelists include: Peter Duprey, CEO at Acciona; Ricardo Angel, senior vice president at GE Energy Financial Services; and Fong Wan, vice president of energy procurement at PG&E.

March 13, 2008 in Banking

Which solar technology will survive?

At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, Todd Glass of Heller Ehrman moderates a discussion on the various solar technologies making a difference in the green movement. From thin film PVs to concentrating solar, which technology is best-suited for deployment on a utility scale? Attempting to answer this question are panelists Peter Duprey, CEO at Acciona; Ricardo Angel, senior vice president at GE Energy Financial Services; and Fong Wan, vice president of energy procurement at PG&E.

March 12, 2008 in Banking

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