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Trade Me woes
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 15:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Radio New Zealand’s Higher prices on cards as Trade Me changes fees and NBR’s Trade Me cut to ‘sell’ from ‘buy’ at broker Craigs are two sides of the same story. As the Craig’s broker in the NBR story explains Trade Me is a mature business. There’s not much room for the kind of fast […] Comments (Comments)

Dell XPS 13 review
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 11:35Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

I had the Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5 for a couple of weeks - a mid-range laptop and yet with power to spare. Comments (Comments)

Carrier-grade KotahiNet bring IoT wireless network to New Zealand
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 11:04Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

KotahiNet plans a New Zealand-wide network using LoRaWAN; a new wireless technology designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Earlier this month the first part of the network launched in Wellington. LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is one of a range of promising wireless technologies competing for IoT business. Another is Sigfox. They all […] Comments (Comments)

New Kiwi software to prevent back problems associated with Tech use
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 09:32Tags News, Computing

Physiotherapists Nikki Tse and Trevor Montgomery have developed Prometheus, a desktop software application that give users live feedback about their posture via their webcam. Comments (Comments)

Tilt training board uses smartphones to control interactive games
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 09:30Tags News, Computing

A group of Victoria University of Wellington alumni has developed an interactive gaming system to help take the chore out of physiotherapy exercises. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand takes global silver for LTE speed
Posted on 8-Feb-2016 19:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand’s mobile network faster than UK, US and Australia.  New Zealand has the world’s second fastest LTE phone downloads. Only Singapore has better mobile data speeds. Australia comes in at number eight in the list while the UK and USA are miles behind. The statistics come from a network monitoring app called OpenSignal. The […] Comments (Comments)

Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference in Auckland this Friday, Saturday
Posted on 8-Feb-2016 08:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want to learn more about podcasting the first Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference takes place in Auckland this Friday and Saturday.  My friend Paul Spain from the New Zealand Tech Podcast is the conference organiser and other podcasters he works with will be taking part.  Podcasting is booming worldwide and taking off in New Zealand. More […] Comments (Comments)

SwannOne home automation and security review
Posted on 6-Feb-2016 21:22Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

We have a look at the SwannOne, an intelligent home security and automation platform. Comments (Comments)

Dell introduces new BIOS verification and advanced threat protection for commercial PCs
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 09:54Tags News, Security

Technology provides off-host verification, ensuring all devices remain secure through the boot process. Comments (Comments)

Visa opens Global Network with launch of Visa Developer
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 09:53Tags News, Computing

Visa Inc. has announced the launch of Visa Developer, making the world's largest retail payments network an open platform that hopes to drive innovation in payments and commerce. Comments (Comments)

Dell XPS 13 Touch: Give my regards to Broadwell
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 08:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Not everyone wants to move on from Windows laptops. Dell makes a case for staying with the touch-screen XPS 13 Touch. The XP a business class Ultrabook at a business class price: the reviewed model costs NZ$2800. A dazzling 13.3-inch quad HD+ display sets the XPS 13 Touch apart from the Ultrabook pack. To infinity… […] Comments (Comments)

Android fails to revive BlackBerry
Posted on 4-Feb-2016 15:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry‘s Android model, the Priv, failed to revive the company’s phone sales. According to Juniper Research, BlackBerry only sold 734,000 phones in the last quarter of 2015 — a total of 3.7 million for the full year. If anyone is interested, the phone went on sale in Australia today. Microsoft‘s Windows phone fared little better […] Comments (Comments)

Internet of Things network launches in Wellington
Posted on 4-Feb-2016 11:01Tags News, Mobile

A new commercial wireless network to carry data to and from sensors and other connected objects - the so called Internet of Things - has been launched in Wellington today. Comments (Comments)

What is wrong with Apple?
Posted on 1-Feb-2016 20:36Tags Articles, Consumer Electronics, by Howard Yu, Professor at IMD business school

To industry pundits and casual observers, it came as a shock this week when Apple projected that growth for its iPhone sales would hit the slowest pace since 2007, the year of the iconic phone's release. At the same time came the first forecasted decline in Apple's revenue in the last 13 years. Comments (Comments)

Rural Broadband Initiative upgrades bring faster speeds
Posted on 1-Feb-2016 11:29Tags News, Broadband

More rural New Zealanders are experiencing faster internet speeds thanks to Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) towers being upgraded to 4G, Communications Minister Amy Adams said today. Comments (Comments)

iPhone sales growth flattens – a perspective
Posted on 1-Feb-2016 08:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Apple confirmed iPhone sales grew at their lowest-ever rate during the last quarter of 2015. Apple went on to say sales could fall in the current quarter, ending in March. Mike Hosking asked me to put this into perspective on Newstalk ZB. Yes, it does spell the end of stellar iPhone sales growth. […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft now all about cloud
Posted on 30-Jan-2016 09:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Forget Surface, Lumia and Windows. Today’s Microsoft is all about cloud and subscriptions. Surface Pro tablets did well. Microsoft has strong orders for the Surface Book. Yet the big story is elsewhere. Investors are more interested in the cloud progress: Azure grew 140 percent last year. Office 365 subscriptions continue to surge. The interesting thing here […] Comments (Comments)

More thoughts on Skinny Broadband
Posted on 30-Jan-2016 08:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you don’t need fibre speeds or large amounts of data my review found Skinny Broadband is a good low cost alternative. While it’s possible to get speeds of 40 Mbps, I could only get 25 Mbps at home. Coverage Readers ask how they can know in advance if they’ll get decent speeds. Skinny says […] Comments (Comments)

Modern technology is not expensive
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 18:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A thought… Although modern digital technology sometimes feels expensive, by historic standards it is anything but. When I began writing about computers in the 1980s a business microcomputer cost close to the annual average take home salary. In the 1990s most workers would need to toil for months to buy a basic PC. According to […] Comments (Comments)

Compass Communications to buy Ultracom's UFB business
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 12:46Tags News, Broadband

New Zealand owned and operated Compass Communications Limited has reached a conditional offer to acquire the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) business of Ultracom, which provides telecommunications services to customers in the Northland region, using the Northpower Fibre network. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand's most remote students connected to the world
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 12:42Tags News, Broadband

New Zealand's 49 most remote schools are all now connected to faster broadband just in time for the start of Term One, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. Comments (Comments)

Surface Book now available through retail in New Zealand
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 12:41Tags News, Computing

Microsoft Corp. announced today the retail availability of Surface Book throughout New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Future of personal computing: Where Chromebook fits
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 07:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After reading I have seen the future of personal computing Darrin Lim asks: @billbennettnz Thrust of your piece is about cloud yet you don't mention Chromebooks. Any reason why? — Darrin Lim (@darrinlim) January 27, 2016 Lim is right: Personal computing’s future is cloudy. The trend is towards something we once called thin clients. I call them: thinner clients. I […] Comments (Comments)

I have seen the future of personal computing: It isn’t a Windows laptop
Posted on 27-Jan-2016 15:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft understands where personal computing is heading. So does Apple. Only a handful of today’s computers matter1. None are Windows laptops. None are desktops. They are: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Apple iPad Pro Apple 2015 MacBook Everything else is legacy computing, a clever clone of one of the above or specialist kit […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys to provide baggage handling reconciliation system to New Zealand operations
Posted on 27-Jan-2016 10:43Tags News, SaaS

A group of 16 airlines chooses Unisys to secure and validate baggage for international flights departing New Zealand. Comments (Comments)


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