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Uber ride-sharing legalised in NSW

Uber's controversial ride-sharing service is now effectively legal in New South Wales, with the state government offering compensation to taxi drivers affected by the legislation

By 17 December 2015


Australian police get McLaren and Aston Martin supercars

For a few weeks, police in New South Wales will get to drive around in style to help raise awareness for the Police Legacy charity.

By 14 September 2015


Couch surfing with a robotic couch

Does your couch need a high-tech makeover? This robocouch developed by students at the University of New South Wales takes you for a comfy ride controlled via USB gamepad.

By 5 September 2014


Sports tech for elite athletes

We check out the tech behind the medals as we go inside the New South Wales Institute of Sport.

By 16 August 2011


PreVue: How to watch a baby in utero

A design concept out of the University of New South Wales may never come to fruition, but the stretchable device has just won a design award in Australia.

By 26 March 2011


Marketing agency pretends it's the police on Twitter

An Australia company opens a Twitter account in the name of the New South Wales police, calling it a "social media experiment."

By 27 May 2009


Australian police may get hacking powers

Proposal in New South Wales would let police apply for covert warrants to conduct remote searches of computers in a wide variety of serious indictable offenses.

By 10 March 2009


Australia: Penalties for drivers using phone

Australia's New South Wales State Transport Minister Carl Scully will increase penalties for motorists caught using mobile phones while driving, after overseas studies indicated the activity is more dangerous than drinking while driving. When the new penalties take effect on July 1, the fine for using a cell phone while driving will increase 95 percent. New South Wales will also become the second Australian state to impose a license penalty for the offence, deducting three driver merit points. Studies conducted by a United Kingdom motor insurer indicate that drivers using the mobile phones while traveling at 110 km/h have their reaction time slowed by 50 percent; that's 30 percent more than a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08. The RTA said it has no way of determining how many driving accidents are caused by mobile phone use, but according to studies carried out by Queensland academics drivers who use mobile phones on the road are four-times more likely to have an accident. ZDNet Australia's Andrew Colley reported from Sydney. To read the full story, visit ZDNet Australia.

10 May 2002


Australia mulls cybercrime sentence

SYDNEY, Australia--Computer hackers, vandals and fraudsters could face up to 10 years in jail under a cybercrime law introduced in the New South Wales Parliament. The Australian state government has proposed amendments to the Crimes Act to include provisions covering electronic offenses. "Unauthorized impairment of electronic communication to or from a computer" would carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years. "People who believe causing damage by hacking or spreading viruses to be trivial or even amusing activities are wrong. These are serious crimes in the 21st century, and people can face up to 10 years in (jail) if convicted," State Attorney General Bob Debus said in a statement. He added that the most recent reports of serious hacking in Australia were in January, when Romanian hackers penetrated 15 federal government Web sites, as well as Western Australian, South Australian, and local council Web sites. Staff writer Megan McAuliffe reported from Sydney.

By 5 April 2001


Short Take: JavaStations implemented in Australia

The New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) will install 896 Sun JavaStations across the eastern Australian state in November 1997, the largest installation of JavaStations outside of Sun. The JavaStation network computers will be installed in 131 motor registries and 35 corporate access points. Clusters of between two and 25 JavaStation network computers will be networked within the registries and corporate areas to 165 SPARC 5 servers already installed.

By 7 October 1997