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Youth and jobs focus of SAP's latest investments in New Zealand
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:58Tags News, SaaS

New facilities and new partnership with Foundation for Youth Development mark next level of community engagement. Comments (Comments)

Te Kura O Hata Maria School wins HP's national technology competition
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:56Tags News, Computing

Te Kura O Hata Maria School in Northland has been awarded $10,000 worth of HP products and support for their entry in the inaugural HP Rural Schools Competition. Comments (Comments)

Software Summit cleared for take-off
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:16Tags News, Computing

Registrations are open for the annual Canterbury Software Summit 2014, the largest technology event in the South Island. The conference will be held on Thursday, 2nd October and features a heavyweight speaker line-up including keynotes from ex-Microsoft DirectX "renegade" Alex St John, Quid co-founder Sean Gourley, and Telogis CTO Ralph Mason. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft confirms acquisition of Mojang, the company behind Minecraft
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 11:18Tags News, Gaming

The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises Halo, Forza, Fable and more. Comments (Comments)

Dimension Data appoints New Zealand chief executive
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 14:07Tags News, Computing

Jo Healey to lead Dimension Data New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Grow Wellington seeks ICT businesses to join talent search
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 14:06Tags News, Web media

Grow Wellington is offering Wellington businesses a free seat on board an upcoming campaign targeting ICT talent in Australia. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Azure: Cloud for the rest of us
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Cloud computing is great. Yet anything beyond Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud can be daunting for those of us who aren’t IT professionals. While Amazon is the market leader at selling cloud services to business, you couldn’t describe setting up a server or a website on Amazon’s AWS EC2 as easy. On the other hand, there’s nothing scary […] Comments (Comments)

Apple Pay: mobile payments you will use
Posted on 14-Sep-2014 15:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In Apple Pay, the first mobile payments solution that you’ll actually use Owen Williams writes: Android fans seem annoyed by the notion that Apple has NFC now, claiming that they’ve had it for years. The only difference is Android’s had it for years and still failed to get anywhere with it thanks to a mess of standards […] Comments (Comments)

It’s not just journalists — for better or worse, design plays a key role in how we get our news
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 13:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Among its other disruptive influences, the rise of the web has caused journalism to become detached from the physical objects it used to be embedded in, whether that was a newspaper, magazine or book. Information flows over us like a river now, instead of being chopped up and frozen in time.… Comments (Comments)

New Zealand’s affordable broadband
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 12:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A short report from Jon Brewer at Telco2 provides some much-needed perspective on New Zealand broadband prices. The ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development worries that broadband is unaffordable when the cost of a service is more than five percent of household income. Brewer measures how New Zealand stacks up against this benchmark. Our story […] Comments (Comments)

Big iPhone 6 good for business users
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 09:18Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Not everyone loves having a large phone in their pocket. One of the beauties of older iPhones is most people can use them one-handed. On the other hand, there are plenty of compensations from moving to a 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch screen with the iPhone 6 models. They should make business users more productive: […] Comments (Comments)

Another cable won’t lower NZ internet costs
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 16:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There is a good reason to build another submarine cable linking New Zealand to the world. Cheaper internet is not that reason. A press release from the Internet Party suggests a second international cable would bring down prices. The release quotes Internet Party leader Laila Harré: If prices for international Internet traffic don’t come down, New […] Comments (Comments)

Apple’s New 64 Bit A8 Chip: What You Need to Know
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 14:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on For the Love of Tech:
By Rich W Woods Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today which use the new 64 bit A8 chip. Of course this is no surprise. Predicting an A8 is like predicting that baseball will start in April. The A8 processor uses 2 billion transistors.… Comments (Comments)

Apple Watch: All fun and games until someone loses an eye
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 12:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Seen from afar Apple’s Watch looks better than any other attempt at creating a smart watch. It has a sharp design and a solid feature set. If I wanted a smart watch this would be it. But I don’t want a smart watch. At least not at the moment. That could change when I get […] Comments (Comments)

Apple’s modest New Zealand iPhone 6 mark-up
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 11:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From September 26 New Zealanders will able to buy a 16 GB Apple iPhone 6 for $999. That’s what it costs to buy the phone outright. The US headline prices quoted in Apple’s launch presentation were for people buying phones on mobile plans. The US price for a non-plan 16GB iPhone 6 is US$649. Converting that […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft’s cloud first, mobile first challenge
Posted on 10-Sep-2014 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft shows a refreshing ability to reinvent itself. On his first day in the job incoming CEO Satya Nadella told employees: “Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.” Those words, slightly rearranged as cloud first, mobile first have been repeated many times since. Microsoft used them as a slogan when […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft unveils first look of new MSN for New Zealand
Posted on 10-Sep-2014 07:44Tags News, Web media

MSN aims to deliver the world's most popular and comprehensive content on the web, coming soon to Windows, Android, and iOS devices Comments (Comments)

New Zealand video games industry doubles exports
Posted on 10-Sep-2014 07:42Tags News, Gaming

Revenue from New Zealand-made video games and game apps more than doubled to $80.2 million in the year to 31 March 2014, according to an independent survey of NZ Game Developers Association members. Comments (Comments)

Harmoney launchs New Zealand's first P2P lending platform
Posted on 10-Sep-2014 07:39Tags News, Web media

New Zealand's first peer to peer lender Harmoney today launched its online lending marketplace with $100m lending capital. Comments (Comments)

Cyber experts battle zombie outbreak
Posted on 10-Sep-2014 07:30Tags News, Security

Cyber security experts will be put to the test next week when a staged zombie apocalypse will see them trying to access secure networks in search of an antidote. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft speaker dies en route to TechEd New Zealand 2014
Posted on 8-Sep-2014 12:44Tags News, Computing

Microsoft NZ community saddened by death of TechEd NZ 2014 speaker Andrew Ehrensing. Comments (Comments)

2degrees extends 4G to Wellington and greater Auckland
Posted on 8-Sep-2014 10:29Tags News, 4G

2degrees has extended its 4G footprint, flicking the switch on its fourth generation mobile network in central Wellington and the greater Auckland region. Comments (Comments)

A challenge of smartphones, a desperation of smart watches
Posted on 5-Sep-2014 19:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Everyone has heard of a school of fish. Most people know there’s also murder of crows. To my knowledge, there’s no collective noun for smartphones. Judging by this week’s activity, days before Apple takes the wrap off the next iPhones, we can talk of a challenge of smartphones. I counted new models from Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Lenovo, Microsoft […] Comments (Comments)

See you at ITx conference
Posted on 4-Sep-2014 19:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year’s IITP conference was a eye-opener with many great speakers. This year the conference has expanded to become ITx, it won’t be New Zealand’s biggest technology conference, Microsoft’s Tech Ed is larger, but it is the most wide ranging vendor independent event. I’ll be there along with my MacBook catching the keynotes and other sessions. I […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand PC market fastest growing in Asia Pacific
Posted on 4-Sep-2014 18:34Tags News, Computing

New Zealand PC shipments amounted to 191,000 units during second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), according to the IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker Comments (Comments)


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