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Oppo phones coming to NZ
Posted on 22-Jan-2017 10:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo says it will soon start selling Android phones in New Zealand. At the time of writing there are few details on Oppo’s New Zealand plans: the company says it will launch phone models and announce New Zealand partners in the first quarter of 2017. It has already recruited local staff. You can expect to […] Comments (Comments)

OPPO upcoming launch in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Jan-2017 10:14Tags News, Android

OPPO is establishing a presence in New Zealand and will provide a range of its products to New Zealanders. Comments (Comments)

Mobile launcher app company POSTR raises $3 million for APAC expansion
Posted on 19-Jan-2017 08:59Tags News, Web media

The fast-growing company builds telecom branded white-label apps, which let people hire out their Android lock screens for advertising in return for mobile data or airtime from major mobile carriers. It has recently launched Optus Xtra with Australian telecom giant Optus and will soon launch telecom-branded apps in major South East Asian markets. Comments (Comments)

Inland Revenue prepares to roll out $25 million information knowledge management system
Posted on 19-Jan-2017 08:57Tags News, Computing

Inland Revenue has signed a deal with New Zealand company TEAM Asparona to provide the first stage of a new multi-million dollar information knowledge management system. Comments (Comments)

Hawaiki sub-cable on track for mid-2018 launch
Posted on 18-Jan-2017 14:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Hawaiki says it has completed the route survey for its 14,000km submarine cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to the US mainland via Pacific island nations and Hawaii. The job was done with Hawaiki partner TE SubCom. Completing the survey puts Hawaiki on track to begin operating from the middle of 2018. The company says […] Comments (Comments)

NZ IT spending to climb 2.3 percent in 2017
Posted on 14-Jan-2017 17:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner says New Zealand spending on IT  will reach NZ$11.4 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.3 percent on last year. This is less than the expected 2.7 percent rise in global IT spending. The reason for New Zealand’s underperformance is that nation’s biggest IT spending category is fixed and mobile communications services. It accounts for […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 316: Ten years of Apple iPhone
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 14:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week I join NZ Tech Podcast host Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Ross McDougall to discuss ten years of the iPhone along with highlights of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. We talk about the LG wallpaper TV, long range wireless charging, Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, Faraday Future, Lucid Motors and devices with voice assistants – cars, washing […] Comments (Comments)

Lenovo Miix 510: A Surface Pro 4 for less
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 11:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want a Surface Pro 4 but find Microsoft's price too high, Lenovo's Miix 510 may fit the bill. Comments (Comments)

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac
Posted on 12-Jan-2017 06:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories elsewhere. A number appeared after Apple launched the MacBook Pro in late October. Other Apple users used social media to wonder out loud about jumping to Windows […] Comments (Comments)

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac
Posted on 11-Jan-2017 14:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories elsewhere. A number appeared after Apple launched the MacBook Pro in late October. Other Apple users used […] Comments (Comments)

MacBook Pro, Surface Book choice down to what you do with your hands
Posted on 9-Jan-2017 15:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

MacBook Pro and Surface Book are flagship laptops. They show the best hardware Apple and Microsoft have to offer. They are also showcases for MacOS and Windows 10. Each makes a powerful statement about what laptops are today and where they are going. The two share underlying technology. Both use the same Intel Core i5 […] Comments (Comments)

Nokia Android arrives - in China
Posted on 8-Jan-2017 20:23Tags News, Android

New Nokia 6 will be available exclusively in China through JD.com. Comments (Comments)

Intel unveils Compute Card, a credit card-sized compute platform
Posted on 6-Jan-2017 09:44Tags News, Internet of Things

Intel is announcing a new modular compute platform called the Intel Compute Card, along with a range of partners who will be working with Intel to help accelerate the ecosystem of solutions based on the Intel Compute Card. Comments (Comments)

Samsung lauches gaming notebook Odyssey
Posted on 5-Jan-2017 12:00Tags News, Gaming

Samsung Electronics has unveiled the Samsung Notebook Odyssey, a new portable gaming PC with high-power performance and dynamic display. Available in 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch models, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey packs power in a beautiful and innovative design with premium features to offer a premium gaming experience. Comments (Comments)

Samsung and Google introduce the next generation Chromebook
Posted on 5-Jan-2017 11:56Tags News, Android

The new Chromebook Plus and Pro are designed to be flexible - allowing the user to transform the Chromebook on demand. It is built with a 360-degree rotating touchscreen performing both as a notebook, and an ultra-mobile premium tablet. Comments (Comments)

Ring launches connected floodlight cam
Posted on 5-Jan-2017 11:48Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Ring has announced the Ring Floodlight Cam, an outdoor home security system that transforms the ordinary floodlight into a one-of-a-kind home security device by adding Ring's proactive vision technology and smart home ecosystem to the standard floodlight. Comments (Comments)

Linksys launches modular mesh WiFi system Velop
Posted on 4-Jan-2017 10:42Tags News, Wi-Fi

Linksys is introducing Velop, part of its Whole Home Wi-Fi product line. Velop is a Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system that can be installed in various mesh configurations providing fast and reliable Wi-Fi to the edge of a home network. Comments (Comments)

Norton enters consumer router market with Norton Core
Posted on 4-Jan-2017 09:38Tags News, Security

New high-performance Wi-Fi router, built to secure home networks and IoT devices, will come bundled with subscription to Norton Security service. Comments (Comments)

Intel to acquire 15 percent ownership of HERE
Posted on 4-Jan-2017 09:37Tags News, Internet of Things

Intel is acquiring a 15 percent ownership stake in HERE, a global provider of digital maps and location-based services for automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT). Comments (Comments)

Norton Security Premium released with added protection and performance features
Posted on 19-Dec-2016 21:33Tags News, Security

Norton by Symantec has released the latest features of Norton Security Premium in New Zealand and Australia, boosting its protection and performance levels for consumers. Comments (Comments)

Chorus announces new CEO: Kate McKenzie
Posted on 19-Dec-2016 14:05Tags News, Broadband

Chorus has today announced the appointment of Kate McKenzie as its new CEO, effective from February 2017. Comments (Comments)

Lightbox smashes through 200,000 customer milestone
Posted on 19-Dec-2016 10:38Tags News, Web media

The Lightbox TV streaming service has already smashed through a big milestone of 200,000 New Zealand customers and is well on its way towards its next big milestone of 250,000 Comments (Comments)

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Posted on 16-Dec-2016 12:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard, better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. Everything in that list, except maybe the keyboard, is an improvement on earlier MacBooks. If you own an old MacBook Pro that’s approaching the end of its life, now is […] Comments (Comments)

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Posted on 16-Dec-2016 07:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard, better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. Everything in that list, except maybe the keyboard, is an improvement on earlier MacBooks. If you own an old MacBook Pro that’s approaching the end of its life, now is […] Comments (Comments)

Project Auckland: Mobile data is main priority
Posted on 15-Dec-2016 10:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want fast wireless data now, move to Silverdale. Spark recently installed one of the world’s first 4.5G mobile sites in the suburb. The tower there can handle about five times as many connections as today’s 4G cellular sites. Data speeds are three, four or even five times faster than you’d see elsewhere. It’s […] Comments (Comments)


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