Google unveils telemarketer-free Pixel 3

Google has released its new Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones which, amongst its other features, promise to eliminate telemarketers for good. Google’s previous Pixel models already warn users of a suspected spam call, however ‘Call Screen’ software goes a step further and prompts the Google Assistant answer suspicious call on the users’ behalf. It then transcribes the caller’s response and displays it in real-time, allowing users to answer the call or report it. A demo can be seen here. The new phones have also incorporated a glass front and back into the new design, as well an updated camera which uses machine learning to colour and brighten photos taken in the dark.

Microsoft co-founder dies

Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aged 65. Allen and Bill Gates, who were childhood friends, founded Microsfot in 1975. Allen eventually left Microsoft in 1982 due to serious illness, but remained on the company's board of directors until 2000.

NSW now has a cyber security strategy

NSW Chief Information Security Officer Dr Maria Milosavljevic has launched the government’s inaugural Cyber Security Strategy. The plan sets out to manage cyber risks, respond to threats and safeguard information. Strengthened policy and standardised incident response arrangements have been introduced. “The suite of initiatives will ensure that the government is equipped to prevent, prepare for and respond to incidents and that each agency and all staff have a clear understanding of their role,” Milosavljevic said.

Murdoch in line to succeed Musk at Tesla

James Murdoch has been tipped as the likely replacement for Elon Musk as the chair of Tesla, after the SEC dumped the founder last month. Murdoch, son of Australian media tycoon Rupert, was appointed as a non-executive director at Tesla by Musk in 2017. The Financial Times reported that Murdoch is currently the lead candidate to be picked by Musk as his successor. The decision will be finalised by mid-November.

Uni of Adelaide enters machine learning initiative

The University of South Australia has opened the new Australian Institute of Machine Learning (AIML) to be based in the state’s new innovation precinct. It has partnered with US advanced technologies company Lockheed Martin for the project, which will move a team of researchers to the precinct to work with the university’s students and researchers. “Our new partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia is a perfect example of how the University can bring together outstanding research expertise, unique facilities, students, and an international reputation to attract global industry to Adelaide,” said University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen.