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Six of the best personal cloud storage plans — July 2015
Posted on 4-Jul-2015 08:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s no shortage of good options for storing data in the cloud. Here is a list of the six best-known inexpensive services that consumers and small businesses can use with little specialist expertise. I’ve tried all of them myself and regularly use four of the services listed. All of them are free or inexpensive and […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ announces new Managing Director
Posted on 3-Jul-2015 16:24Tags News, Computing

Kiwi global technology executive returns to take up leadership reins as company positions itself for "mobile-first, cloud-first" era. Comments (Comments)

Oracle enhances cloud team with strong workforce expansion in Asia Pacific
Posted on 2-Jul-2015 12:23Tags News, SaaS

Over 800 new salespeople hired to support growing customer demand for cloud across the APAC region. Comments (Comments)

Meet the weekend ethical hackers
Posted on 2-Jul-2015 07:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ethical hackers, a growing band of computer professionals, use their skills to work out of hours on projects benefitting society. Don Christie, founder and director of Wellington’s largest open source service and cloud computing service provider Catalyst, is happy if developers and other IT professionals working for the firm moonlight as hackers. Thanks to the media, hacker is […] Comments (Comments)

Constant Vigil Sentry Lite DC UPS Review
Posted on 1-Jul-2015 17:03Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by timmmay

The Sentry Lite is designed to provide backup power to support an internet connection during a power cut, specifically providing power to homes using the new fibre internet being rolled out around New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

No Android phone is worth NZ$1000
Posted on 1-Jul-2015 12:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Although LG’s G4 is one of the best Android phones you can buy it isn’t likely to sell large numbers. At least not in New Zealand. That’s because at NZ$1200 it is too expensive. It doesn’t stack up well against the competition. LG’s problem is that the G4 is squeezed between Apple at the top of the […] Comments (Comments)

Jason Paris CEO of Spark Home, Mobile & Business from today
Posted on 1-Jul-2015 10:42Tags News, Broadband

Jason Paris steps into the role of CEO Spark Home, Mobile and Business (HMB) today, with the departure of former CEO Chris Quin at the end of June. Comments (Comments)

Freeview launches FreeviewPlus
Posted on 1-Jul-2015 10:38Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Freeview has launched a new digital TV platform designed to give New Zealanders easy access to on-demand video services on their TVs - FreeviewPlus. Comments (Comments)

Cisco to acquire OpenDNS
Posted on 1-Jul-2015 09:14Tags News, Security

Company will pay US$365 million for service that provide threat protection and parental controls. Comments (Comments)

LG G4: One of the better Android flagship phones
Posted on 30-Jun-2015 07:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

LG’s latest flagship phone, the G4, will warm the heart of any long-term Android fan. It is one of the last remaining Android flagships to keep a removable back, memory expansion slot and replaceable battery. That combination once distinguished Androids from iPhones. If you miss those features, this is the phone for you. There may be […] Comments (Comments)

More retail options for New Zealand consumers when looking for broadband
Posted on 29-Jun-2015 19:06Tags News, Broadband

Retailer Noel Leeming is now giving customers the chance to purchase a broadband connection at the same time they are looking at new devices. Comments (Comments)

Survey shows consumers want to know more about payment methods
Posted on 29-Jun-2015 19:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Tap and Go, contactless, mobile wallet, chip, Apple Watch, RTP, EFTPOS or cash: every consumer has their preferred payment method, but which is safest? Comments (Comments)

Media Design School Ranked 4th Best VFX/Animation School globally
Posted on 29-Jun-2015 18:58Tags News, Web media

The CG Student Awards received 1,000 submissions of portfolios from students and recent graduates who had studied at 216 international schools and training facilities. Comments (Comments)

Rural broadband gets competitive reboot
Posted on 29-Jun-2015 06:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Competition and 4G technology could reboot New Zealand’s Rural Broadband Initiative. Spark will soon begin selling a fixed wireless broadband service to rural customers in direct competition with Vodafone. Spark’s fixed wireless broadband service will use 4G mobile technology and the recently acquired 700 MHz spectrum. The service is priced to go head-to-head with Vodafone’s […] Comments (Comments)

Global Mode: No winners, only losers
Posted on 26-Jun-2015 07:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

CallPlus backed down. From September it will stop providing Global Mode, a service allowing customers to hide their whereabouts so they can buy low-cost streaming video services direct from the US, UK or elsewhere. In return the big media companies halted legal action against CallPlus. Among other things they claimed Global Mode breached the Copyright Act […] Comments (Comments)

Personal concierge trend reaches New Zealand
Posted on 25-Jun-2015 20:45Tags News, Web media

A new service concept which utilises real time mobile technology, GPS locators and video calling to allow customers to direct a personal shopper to a store of their choice and make interactive purchases remotely has been launched in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android smartphones now available
Posted on 25-Jun-2015 18:00Tags News, Android

The apps offer the same touch-optimised Office experience currently available on Android tablets, but with a UI completely redesigned for a smaller screen. Comments (Comments)

Only three weeks to End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003
Posted on 25-Jun-2015 14:01Tags News, Computing

IT leaders are faced with the choice between managing challenging security and compliance risks, and modernising their operating system for today's mobile-first, cloud-first needs. Comments (Comments)

Wireless Nation signs deal with global satellite company Gilat
Posted on 25-Jun-2015 13:50Tags News, Broadband

Fast, easy, accessible satellite connectivity is one step closer, in a new deal between Wireless Nation and global satellite company Gilat Satellite Networks. Comments (Comments)

Huawei Talkband B2: not your everyday wearable
Posted on 25-Jun-2015 13:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Huawei’s Talkband B2 has little in common with smart watches other than a wrist strap. That’s obvious from the first moment you see the device. It does two things. First it is a fitness tracker. You can use it to check your sleep and exercise levels. Second, it pulls apart to become a detachable Bluetooth headset. […] Comments (Comments)

Farewell Randal Jackson
Posted on 25-Jun-2015 03:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The photo shows the editors and publishers who worked with Randal Jackson over the last 30 years raising a glass to farewell the journalist. Last night I joined old friends and colleagues in raising a glass to the late Randal Jackson. It was the an appropriate send-off, something Randal would have enjoyed himself. Over the […] Comments (Comments)

UFB at halfway point — is everybody happy?
Posted on 23-Jun-2015 08:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Communications Minister Amy Adams says New Zealand’s government supported fibre network has hit the halfway point. In a press release the minister says: “The UFB build is going from strength-to-strength, with fibre being rolled out to communities up and down the country. The project continues to be on budget and well ahead of schedule”. There’s […] Comments (Comments)

IBM brings more than a billion law enforcement shareable documents to the cloud
Posted on 23-Jun-2015 07:39Tags News, Security

IBM i2 COPLINK on cloud allows police departments, regardless of size, access to advanced crime analytics capabilities. Comments (Comments)

Kaspersky Lab secures Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet in Australia
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 20:23Tags News, Security

Kaspersky Lab has announced it is delivering its security offerings to the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet across Australia. Comments (Comments)

Cisco see huge growth in data, broadband speed and devices an opportunity for New Zealand businesses
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 20:22Tags News, Broadband

Research shows that by 2019 New Zealand's IP traffic will more than double, and there will be 35 million connected devices. Comments (Comments)


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