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How Microsoft stumbled with touch-enabled Windows, then recovered
Posted on 31-Aug-2015 07:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Two years ago Microsoft was staring down the barrel of disaster. Today it looks stronger than it has in a decade. In April 2013 IDC research reported second quarter PC sales were 14 percent lower than the year earlier. The firm’s analysts had previously forecasted falling sales. They got that much right, but their earlier […] Comments (Comments)

IBM Extends Open Cloud initiatives
Posted on 27-Aug-2015 10:44Tags News, SaaS

Customers can now deploy and manage their applications on OpenStack-based private clouds from IBM Cloud data centers worldwide. Comments (Comments)

Vista Entertainment Solutions to enter Japanese market
Posted on 27-Aug-2015 10:41Tags News, Web media

New Zealand company Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) has signed a distribution agreement with VINX Corporation to enable the sale and distribution of VES software to the Japanese cinema marketplace for the first time. Comments (Comments)

Government launches Green Paper to explore digital convergence
Posted on 27-Aug-2015 10:35Tags News, Web media

Communications and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today launched a Green Paper and work programme outlining the Government's response to the challenges and opportunities of a converged world. Comments (Comments)

HP Deskjet 3630 review
Posted on 26-Aug-2015 14:17Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

Printers have come a long way and less is more now as the HP Deskjet 3630 shows. Comments (Comments)

Logitech MX Master review
Posted on 26-Aug-2015 14:14Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

Over the years Logitech changed into a computer peripheral company but the mouse is what defined it for me. The latest model to land here is the MX Master wireless mouse, a futuristic looking mouse with modern features. Comments (Comments)

Ultimate Ears bluetooth speaker: Roll with it
Posted on 25-Aug-2015 17:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It hasn’t taken Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand to carve out a niche as maker of stylish, rugged Bluetooth speakers. It helps that the speakers in the UE range look good and perform well yet sell at affordable prices. At the time of writing the most affordable model in the range for New Zealanders is the […] Comments (Comments)

Intel and CSIRO tracking bees with RFID technology
Posted on 25-Aug-2015 09:49Tags News, Computing

CSIRO-led initiative seeks to protect one third of global produce reliant on pollination via collaborative research effort. Comments (Comments)

New Dell Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) targets fastest growing datacentre market
Posted on 25-Aug-2015 09:31Tags News, Computing

Dell unveils new line of business within enterprise solutions to serve growing market of service providers, telecommunications providers and web tech customers. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 244: Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+; Morepork; TomTom Bandit; TPP
Posted on 24-Aug-2015 16:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain (@paulspain) where we discuss experiences with the Samsung Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge+, Spark’s Morepork smart home security, TomTom Bandit, the TPP Agreement, the so-called Netflix tax and CodeBlue’s acquisition by Australia’s CSG. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 244 directly Subscribe and […] Comments (Comments)

What the Trans Pacific Partnership means New Zealand tech sector
Posted on 24-Aug-2015 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Writing on his organisation’s TechBlog, IITP chief executive Paul Matthews says after a meeting with New Zealand TTP negotiators he feels more positive about what the trade agreement means for our technology sector. Here are the edited highlights. The quotes are from Paul Matthews, the comments are from me: We’ve received absolute assurances that nothing […] Comments (Comments)

Ashley Madison: A wake up call
Posted on 24-Aug-2015 12:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When criminals expose intimate data from an infidelity website everyone is affected. A month ago a group called Impact Team stole the user database and transaction history from Ashley Madison, a website that arranges liaisons for married people. Last week the group released the data online. It has names, addresses, personal details and sexual preferences […] Comments (Comments)

Business process automation fills people gap in Australia and New Zealand — Computer Weekly
Posted on 21-Aug-2015 16:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most organisations, business process automation (BPA) is about driving down costs. It does that by eliminating manual processes – a polite way of saying it replaces jobs and cuts the payroll. Although they seek the same cost and efficiency gains, companies in Australia and New Zealand turn to BPA for other reasons – it allows them […] Comments (Comments)

Jobs in NZ Games Industry Grow 30%
Posted on 21-Aug-2015 09:38Tags News, Gaming

New Zealand's video game studios created 134 new high-tech creative jobs in the last financial year, according to an independent survey by the New Zealand Game Developers Association. Comments (Comments)

Victoria University of Wellington launches new Master of Innovation and Commercialisation degree
Posted on 21-Aug-2015 09:37Tags News, Web media

Victoria University of Wellington is launching a new Master's degree aimed at placing students at the coalface of product development and commercialisation. Comments (Comments)

One month left for councils to get digital enablement plans sorted
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 18:33Tags News, Broadband

Local authorities have four more weeks to submit a digital enablement plan outlining how they will take advantage of new investment from the Government's broadband extension, Communications Minister Amy Adams says. Comments (Comments)

NASA accepting registrations for those wanting to send their name to Mars
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 10:17Tags News, Web media

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA's journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year. Comments (Comments)

Freelancer reviews 356,000 job requests to find out trends
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 09:46Tags News, Web media

Freelancer's Fast 50 highlights Android outpacing Apple with phones and wearable apps, Social Commerce growing rapidly, and Data Science fast becoming a core business practice. Comments (Comments)

Fujitsu enables new hybrid cloud services in partnership with Microsoft
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 09:45Tags News, SaaS

Fujitsu has announced new Hybrid Cloud Services, offered in partnership with Microsoft, which will serve the growing number of New Zealand organisations seeking a flexible public and private cloud strategy.
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IBM to host New Zealand's first SmartCamp
Posted on 18-Aug-2015 14:43Tags News, Web media

IBM is calling for entrepreneurs to participate in its first New Zealand SmartCamp, to be held in Auckland on 17th September. Comments (Comments)

IBM unveils Linux-Only mainframe (with video)
Posted on 18-Aug-2015 08:11Tags News, Linux

IBM has announced an expansion of its mainframe's strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open-source communities to provide clients with secure and high performance capabilities. Comments (Comments)

New milestone for schools' Managed Network
Posted on 17-Aug-2015 15:55Tags News, Computing

By the end of this year, it's anticipated that up to 90% of New Zealand's 2,500-plus schools will be able to connect to the Managed Network, with all participating schools able to connect by the end of 2016. Comments (Comments)

Social media is one of the emerging trends in the HRM domain, according to Oracle HCM VP
Posted on 17-Aug-2015 14:43Tags News, Web media

In order to thrive in this competitive world, businesses need talented people. CEOs now, more than ever, view their workforce as a critical differentiator says Aaron Green, Vice President, HCM, Oracle APAC. Comments (Comments)

Heartland Bank selects Oracle as its banking transformation partner
Posted on 17-Aug-2015 11:11Tags News, Computing

Heartland Bank, a specialist financial services provider offering banking and lending services in niche consumer, business and rural sectors across New Zealand, has selected Oracle’s suite of banking products to remove complexity and cost and allow it to focus on strategy and innovation. Comments (Comments)

Da Vinci 3D printer review
Posted on 14-Aug-2015 15:38Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

It was my first 3D printing experience and I can say it was a success - or almost. But most likely my fault. Comments (Comments)


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