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Hack Miramar: Your suburb needs you
Posted on 23-Aug-2014 14:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ian Apperley wants geeks living in Wellington’s Eastern Suburbs to work on problems like traffic, consultation and free internet access at Hack Miramar. It’s a smart suburb project, which Apperley says is a mini version of a smart city. He says: The weekend doesn’t have to be exclusive to technology ideas, for example, teams could focus […] Comments (Comments)

E-books harder for comprehension
Posted on 23-Aug-2014 13:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Five years ago I wrote why people read less online than with print: People spend less time reading online news than reading printed newspapers because reading a screen is more mentally and physically taxing. I’ve no hard and fast evidence to offer. This is just my observation. It would make a great research project for […] Comments (Comments)

TrueNet clocks Big Pipe as fastest ADSL
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 18:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

TrueNet’s July 2014 urban broadband report says newcomer Bigpipe is the fastest ADSL ISP for downloading New Zealand web pages. The Spark-owned, no frills service provider was fractionally ahead of Slingshot and Flip downloading eight pages in just 3.4 seconds. Bigpipe also turned in a solid time-of-day result equaling Orcon. This measures the lowest performance […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec opens new office and expands Security Operations Centre in Sydney
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 14:18Tags News, Security

Symantec has invested close to AUD$12 million in the newly expanded office and Security Operations Centre, reaffirming its commitment to Australian customers and partners and positioning the company to better support future Government IT cybersecurity initiatives. Comments (Comments)

Westpac signs five year agreement with IBM
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 12:00Tags News, Computing

Westpac New Zealand has selected IBM's private cloud technology to support its goal to be New Zealand's leading digital bank. Comments (Comments)

Dunedin as an innovation hub
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 09:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Civic leaders from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all talk of their city as the nation’s leading innovation hub. Each city has a case: Auckland is big. It has the largest and the best university and an international airport. Most international technology companies are based there. It has more knowledge workers than any other city but […] Comments (Comments)

When venture capital hurts start-ups
Posted on 21-Aug-2014 19:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Peter Kerr at Stick reports raising venture capital can hurt a new business. The title of his  Should you bother with venture capital funding…the numbers suggest no says it all. He quotes one investor who points out there is an inverse correlation between the amount of venture capital invested and business success. In other words, […] Comments (Comments)

Long wait for ARM servers
Posted on 21-Aug-2014 19:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Rick Merritt at EE Times reports ARM-based servers are coming, but it is taking longer than expected. He writes: “There will definitely be [ARM] server products shipping this year and a reasonable number next year, but it won’t really begin to ramp until 2016,” Forrest Norrod, general manager of Dell Inc.’s server group, told EE […] Comments (Comments)

Firefox now or no choice later
Posted on 21-Aug-2014 08:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Robert O’Callahan makes the case for not using Google’s Chrome browser in Choose Firefox Now, Or Later You Wont Get A Choice. His argument is simple. He says: Google is bent on establishing platform domination unlike anything we’ve ever seen, even from late-1990s Microsoft. Google controls Android, which is winning; Chrome, which is winning; and key […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand’s Fastest ISPs 2014
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 16:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

PC Magazine asked me to write about New Zealand’s fastest ISPs as part of a series looking an online speeds in countries around the world. The story uses data collected by Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net and uses aggregated data collected by the online service. Ookla found New Zealand has an average download speed of 20.96 […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Games Industry launches Business Startup Competition
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 12:25Tags News, Gaming

The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched a startup programme for interactive games businesses – the KiwiGameStarter. One promising games business will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. Comments (Comments)

Technology Showcase hits Wellington Friday, Christchurch Monday
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ingram Micro has an interesting pitch for its NZ Technology Showcase which reaches Wellington this Friday (August 22) and Christchurch on Monday (August 25). The company says: This is a fast track way for you and your colleagues to get an update from the key vendors in the local market.  It is arguably the most […] Comments (Comments)

Smart cities — coming soon to a place near you
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 17:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From a story I wrote for today’s New Zealand Herald: Smart cities are where digital technologies are used to create better places to live and work. Sensors, intelligent networks and applications combine to connect, monitor and analyse information in order to make the city work more efficiently. This can mean making transport run smoother; providing […] Comments (Comments)

Paymark to take EFTPOS payment online
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Web media

Paymark is set to launch EFTPOS online next year allowing those with a New Zealand bank account to purchase online without having to have a credit card. Comments (Comments)

Telemarketing company fined almost $170K for misleading claims
Posted on 15-Aug-2014 15:03Tags News, Broadband

Telemarketing company Power Marketing Limited has been fined $168,750 after pleading guilty in the Auckland District Court today to 23 charges under the Fair Trading Act. The charges related to misrepresentations the company made during telemarketing calls on behalf of telecommunications company Slingshot. Comments (Comments)

MYOB acquires HR and payroll solutions company PayGlobal
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 19:22Tags News, SaaS

PayGlobal offers HR and payroll solutions that are accessed by over 500,000 employees from leading companies in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (Comments)

NZ’s largest tech Showcase comes to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 15:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

NZ’s Technology Showcase – an Ingram Micro event is fast approaching, bringing more than 50 of the world’s biggest technology brands together under one roof for three days only. With the likes of Apple, Toshiba, HP, Microsoft, IBM and Brother exhibiting alongside Cisco, Fortinet, Redhat and VMWare among many others, Showcase is the only event […] Comments (Comments)

48 hours with Surface Pro 3
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 10:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 goes on sale in New Zealand on August 28. Two days with the device has convinced me it’s one of the best computers I’ve used, but it’s not perfect.  Microsoft flagship tablet, the Surface Pro, is already on version three just 18 months after the first version appeared. That’s good, it […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone expects mobile data traffic surge over next three years
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 10:37Tags News, 4G

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow by 1200% in the next three years, with 90% of its customers expected to have a smartphone by 2015. Preparations to cope for smart future include Tri-Band and Carrier Aggregation technologies being activated now. Comments (Comments)

Mobile solutions Sush Mobile acquired by Finzsoft
Posted on 13-Aug-2014 13:23Tags News, Mobile

Sush Mobile have announced a new agreement with NZX-listed Finzsoft Solutions Limited, establishing Sush Mobile as an independently operating subsidiary under the Finzsoft umbrella. Comments (Comments)

Spark Business has partnered with local Kiwi company Optimizer on mobile payments
Posted on 13-Aug-2014 11:54Tags News, Mobile

Partnership to solve one of the most common "pain points" for small business owners - keeping cash flow steady without spending precious hours chasing up payment from customers. Comments (Comments)

Newegg expands global footprint, including New Zealand
Posted on 13-Aug-2014 11:41Tags News, Computing

New Zealand is part of a few new markets Newegg reaches now, including India, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands. Comments (Comments)

Global eduroam Wi-Fi service extended across Wellington CBD
Posted on 12-Aug-2014 12:51Tags News, Wi-Fi

Wellington's CBD is now a global campus for students and academics from around the world with REANNZ extending "eduroam" wireless Internet access services across CityLink’s central city Wi-Fi network. Comments (Comments)

Telstra to acquire Ooyala
Posted on 12-Aug-2014 10:34Tags News, Web media

Ooyala will become a subsidiary of Telstra, and will operate as an independent business under the leadership of its existing management team led by chief executive officer Jay Fulcher. Comments (Comments)

Google one of six companies backing new Trans-Pacific cable system
Posted on 12-Aug-2014 08:00Tags News, Broadband, by M Freitas

A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called "FASTER" with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. Comments (Comments)


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