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Touch typing on the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro keyboard
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 11:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple introduced its butterfly laptop keyboard design for the 2015 12-inch MacBook. It is shallower than previous keyboards. The key action is less positive than on older Apple laptops like the MacBook Air or earlier MacBook Pros. The 2016 12-inch MacBook uses the same keyboard. Put aside for one moment the Touch Bar that appears on […] Comments (Comments)

HP New Zealand Partner Awards 2016 winners announced
Posted on 2-Dec-2016 17:20Tags News, Web media

Ingram Micro had an outstanding night, picking up the highly contested Distributor of the Year Award for the team’s dedication to creating engagement not only with HP, but also throughout the wider Reseller community. Comments (Comments)

31c0n draws top international cyber security experts to conference
Posted on 2-Dec-2016 17:12Tags News, Security

Peter Gutmann, Computer Scientist at the University of Auckland, will deliver the keynote while other speakers confirmed to date for the inaugural 31c0n event include Bryan K. Fite (UK), Rodrigo Branco (Brazil) and Craig Smith (USA). Comments (Comments)

Spark, Chorus streamline fibre installs
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 12:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark has extended its streamlined street-in-a-week fibre installation trial to include Chorus UFB coverage areas. The goal is to spend a week focusing on fibre installations for residents of a single street. This means fast-tracking connections and giving customers a specific day for their installation. Last month Spark began a similar project with Ultrafast Fibre. […] Comments (Comments)

American Airlines selects IBM as its cloud provider
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 00:23Tags News, SaaS

IBM announced today a strategic partnership with American Airlines, the world's largest airline, naming IBM as its cloud provider for greater enterprise flexibility, scalability and reliability. Comments (Comments)

SUSE acquires OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS assets from HPE
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 00:05Tags News, SaaS

The agreement includes HPE naming SUSE as its preferred open source partner for Linux, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry solutions. Comments (Comments)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise demonstrates memory-driven computing architecture
Posted on 30-Nov-2016 00:59Tags News, Computing

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has successfully demonstrated Memory-Driven Computing, a concept that puts memory, not processing, at the center of the computing platform to realize performance and efficiency gains not possible today. Comments (Comments)

Xero completes data migration onto Amazon Web Services
Posted on 29-Nov-2016 10:46Tags News, SaaS

The company has moved over 59 billion records, more than 1.4 petabytes of data to AWS. Comments (Comments)

PC down, not out
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 14:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

PC sales have fallen for five years. They will never return to the glory days. But the PC is a long way from extinction. Many of us still need personal computers for our work. They do things phones and tablets cannot. They do other things better than phones or tablets. Not everybody needs to do those […] Comments (Comments)

UFB fuels Xero Hawke’s Bay move
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 07:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you’re wondering why the government was so keen to build a fibre network look no further than Victoria White’s Xero boss brings jobs to Hawke’s Bay in Hawke’s Bay Today. She writes: Next year, Hawke’s Bay will join the likes of San Francisco, London, and Singapore, as a base for global software company Xero. The ever-expanding company […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand passes Australia in ITU global ICT development index
Posted on 26-Nov-2016 11:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand moved three places up the International Telecommunications Union global ICT developement index. Today it is 13. In the 2015 index New Zealand was 16. The ITU index compares the information economy in different countries compare. It lets countries benchmark themselves against others and highlights areas that need improvement. It also stimulates policy debate within […] Comments (Comments)

Less local council red tape for telcos
Posted on 25-Nov-2016 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecommunications companies will no longer need to apply to local authorities for resource consent when installing everyday infrastructure. This applies to frequently deployed infrastructure such as small cell hardware, street cabinets, cabling and antenna on lighting poles so long as the equipment meets national standards. The rule change is thanks to the National Environmental Standard […] Comments (Comments)

Australian websites download faster in Auckland than in Sydney or Melbourne
Posted on 24-Nov-2016 07:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing illustrates the gulf opening between broadband services in New Zealand and Australia better than this snippet of data from TrueNet’s October 2016 report.  The major point we noticed this month is the gap opening up between NZ ISPs and our sample Australian ISP TPG. This is despite the impact of the distance across the […] Comments (Comments)

Work starts on Hawaiki – a faster, fatter pipe to USA
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 15:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Remi Galasso’s dream to build the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable became a reality earlier today. Prime Minister John Key and Communications Minister Amy Adams joined other dignitaries to help Galasso get the project started at a soil turning ceremony hosted by local iwi at Bream Tail near Mangawhai Heads in Northland. Speaking at the event Key […] Comments (Comments)

Artificial Intelligence deal biggest yet for University of Auckland/UniServices
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 09:22Tags News, Computing

Intelligent computers that look, think and react like humans are the latest technology being developed at the University of Auckland to become a commercial venture. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft and Volpara improve breast imaging analytics
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 09:06Tags News, Computing

Volpara Health Technologies Limited and Microsoft Corp. have announced a new collaboration around breast imaging analytics that will help breast imaging centers analyse clinical, quality and business data to optimise productivity, quality assurance and patient care. Comments (Comments)

Much ado about Super Wi-Fi
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 18:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most of us wi-fi is the wireless technology that moves data around the house. Or it might the service you log-on to in a cafe or airport lounge. D-Link and Microsoft have a plan to use wi-fi as a way of connecting remote areas in poor countries to the Internet. It’s not the wi-fi […] Comments (Comments)

Oracle buys Dyn
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 15:58Tags News, Computing

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction. Comments (Comments)

Netsafe now in charge of investigating complaints about harm caused through digital communications
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 16:05Tags News, Security

Justice Minister Amy Adams has wished Netsafe well as it begins its role as the Approved Agency under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ announces partnership with AV/VR Garage
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 10:02Tags News, Web media

The AR/VR Garage - established by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) as part of the region's wider innovation network - has been set up to accelerate and showcase the development of New Zealand's AR/VR capability with a view to creating globally significant outcomes across key sectors. Comments (Comments)

D-Link to partner with Microsoft to bring Super Wi-Fi to developing regions
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 09:56Tags News, Wi-Fi

The Super Wi-Fi campaign aims to exploit unused bandwidth in the lower-frequency white spaces between television channel frequencies, where signal travels further than at higher frequencies. Comments (Comments)

How Ultrafast Broadband reforms changed telco sector competition
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 07:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecom NZ’s market share was already falling before 2009. Then, the communications minister Steven Joyce announced plans for a fibre network. According to IDC Research, Telecom NZ, now Spark, held a 59.1 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2007. By the same quarter in 2009 it was down to 54.3 percent. Today, Spark […] Comments (Comments)

Surface Book underlines the problem with hybrids
Posted on 19-Nov-2016 14:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Surface Book is as good as it gets for hybrid devices. You can’t buy a better one, even if it still has a few irritating bugs. Hybrids are popular. They are the only growing PC segment. There is no doubt they are what many people want from a computing device. And yet there is […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft steps further into open community by joining Linux Foundation
Posted on 18-Nov-2016 15:34Tags News, Computing

On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a series of products and partnerships that strengthen the company's Azure cloud platform for building intelligent, cross-platform apps and services. Comments (Comments)

First self-drive vehicle demonstration on NZ roads begins
Posted on 17-Nov-2016 11:39Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The New Zealand Traffic Institute (Trafinz), Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Transport have come together to show how a self-driving vehicle will handle New Zealand's road conditions, safely and efficiently. Comments (Comments)


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