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Review new Apple MacBook Pro 2016 (13-inch)
Posted on 6-Dec-2016 10:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Mac NZ:
My now venerable 15-inch MacBook pro of 2012, which has an SSD inside instead of a traditional hard drive, starts up in 21 seconds (when it was new, the startup time was 13 seconds, but there’s a lot more software on it now and it’s been through several major Mac… Comments (Comments)

50Mbps the new fibre normal
Posted on 6-Dec-2016 07:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus says it will upgrade the 85,000 residential customers on a 30Mbps plan to 50Mbps at no extra charge. It means 50Mbps will become the new entry-level plan for customers on the Chorus fibre network. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft and Netsafe issue fresh warning about scammers
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 19:21Tags News, Security

Microsoft New Zealand and Netsafe are today renewing their call for New Zealand internet users to be aware of a fresh wave of scammers who are targeting this country with warnings about fake viruses on their computers. Comments (Comments)

Dimension Data publishes IT predictions for 2017
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 18:32Tags News, Web media

Dimension Data, a global ICT solutions and services provider, today published its top IT predictions for 2017, and the focus on digital is set to remain the key trend in the industry for the next 12 months. Comments (Comments)

Torpedo7 and 1-Day founders behind acquisition of Travelbug and BookIt online businesses
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 18:27Tags News, Web media

Travel Booking Services 2016 LP has purchased Trade Me's accommodation website, Travelbug, and online booking engine, BookIt. Comments (Comments)

Accenture teams with Code.org once again
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 18:22Tags News, Web media

Accenture employees pledge more than 10,000 hours to participate in Hour of Code tutorials, teach computer programming to students, promote access to computer science education. Comments (Comments)

Synology introduces Xeon-based, 12-bay DiskStation DS3617xs NAS
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 18:22Tags News, Computing

Equipped with a quad-core Intel Xeon-D 2.2 GHz CPU that bursts up to 2.7 GHz, DS3617xs delivers stunning performance at over 2,358 MB/s sequential throughput reading and 406,760 IOPS reading under a RAID 5 configuration with 10GbE Link Aggregation enabled. Comments (Comments)

Staff and visitors to Auckland City Hospital have access to easy coffee-on-the-go
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 18:18Tags News, SaaS

Foodco New Zealand have announced a new self-service checkout kiosk at Auckland City Hospital at Jamaica Blue. Comments (Comments)

Touch typing on the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro keyboard
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 11:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple introduced its butterfly laptop keyboard design for the 2015 12-inch MacBook. It is shallower than previous keyboards. The key action is less positive than on older Apple laptops like the MacBook Air or earlier MacBook Pros. The 2016 12-inch MacBook uses the same keyboard. Put aside for one moment the Touch Bar that appears on […] Comments (Comments)

HP New Zealand Partner Awards 2016 winners announced
Posted on 2-Dec-2016 17:20Tags News, Web media

Ingram Micro had an outstanding night, picking up the highly contested Distributor of the Year Award for the team’s dedication to creating engagement not only with HP, but also throughout the wider Reseller community. Comments (Comments)

31c0n draws top international cyber security experts to conference
Posted on 2-Dec-2016 17:12Tags News, Security

Peter Gutmann, Computer Scientist at the University of Auckland, will deliver the keynote while other speakers confirmed to date for the inaugural 31c0n event include Bryan K. Fite (UK), Rodrigo Branco (Brazil) and Craig Smith (USA). Comments (Comments)

Spark, Chorus streamline fibre installs
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 12:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark has extended its streamlined street-in-a-week fibre installation trial to include Chorus UFB coverage areas. The goal is to spend a week focusing on fibre installations for residents of a single street. This means fast-tracking connections and giving customers a specific day for their installation. Last month Spark began a similar project with Ultrafast Fibre. […] Comments (Comments)

American Airlines selects IBM as its cloud provider
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 00:23Tags News, SaaS

IBM announced today a strategic partnership with American Airlines, the world's largest airline, naming IBM as its cloud provider for greater enterprise flexibility, scalability and reliability. Comments (Comments)

SUSE acquires OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS assets from HPE
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 00:05Tags News, SaaS

The agreement includes HPE naming SUSE as its preferred open source partner for Linux, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry solutions. Comments (Comments)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise demonstrates memory-driven computing architecture
Posted on 30-Nov-2016 00:59Tags News, Computing

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has successfully demonstrated Memory-Driven Computing, a concept that puts memory, not processing, at the center of the computing platform to realize performance and efficiency gains not possible today. Comments (Comments)

Xero completes data migration onto Amazon Web Services
Posted on 29-Nov-2016 10:46Tags News, SaaS

The company has moved over 59 billion records, more than 1.4 petabytes of data to AWS. Comments (Comments)

PC down, not out
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 14:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

PC sales have fallen for five years. They will never return to the glory days. But the PC is a long way from extinction. Many of us still need personal computers for our work. They do things phones and tablets cannot. They do other things better than phones or tablets. Not everybody needs to do those […] Comments (Comments)

UFB fuels Xero Hawke’s Bay move
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 07:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you’re wondering why the government was so keen to build a fibre network look no further than Victoria White’s Xero boss brings jobs to Hawke’s Bay in Hawke’s Bay Today. She writes: Next year, Hawke’s Bay will join the likes of San Francisco, London, and Singapore, as a base for global software company Xero. The ever-expanding company […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand passes Australia in ITU global ICT development index
Posted on 26-Nov-2016 11:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand moved three places up the International Telecommunications Union global ICT developement index. Today it is 13. In the 2015 index New Zealand was 16. The ITU index compares the information economy in different countries compare. It lets countries benchmark themselves against others and highlights areas that need improvement. It also stimulates policy debate within […] Comments (Comments)

Less local council red tape for telcos
Posted on 25-Nov-2016 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecommunications companies will no longer need to apply to local authorities for resource consent when installing everyday infrastructure. This applies to frequently deployed infrastructure such as small cell hardware, street cabinets, cabling and antenna on lighting poles so long as the equipment meets national standards. The rule change is thanks to the National Environmental Standard […] Comments (Comments)

Australian websites download faster in Auckland than in Sydney or Melbourne
Posted on 24-Nov-2016 07:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing illustrates the gulf opening between broadband services in New Zealand and Australia better than this snippet of data from TrueNet’s October 2016 report.  The major point we noticed this month is the gap opening up between NZ ISPs and our sample Australian ISP TPG. This is despite the impact of the distance across the […] Comments (Comments)

Work starts on Hawaiki – a faster, fatter pipe to USA
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 15:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Remi Galasso’s dream to build the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable became a reality earlier today. Prime Minister John Key and Communications Minister Amy Adams joined other dignitaries to help Galasso get the project started at a soil turning ceremony hosted by local iwi at Bream Tail near Mangawhai Heads in Northland. Speaking at the event Key […] Comments (Comments)

Artificial Intelligence deal biggest yet for University of Auckland/UniServices
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 09:22Tags News, Computing

Intelligent computers that look, think and react like humans are the latest technology being developed at the University of Auckland to become a commercial venture. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft and Volpara improve breast imaging analytics
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 09:06Tags News, Computing

Volpara Health Technologies Limited and Microsoft Corp. have announced a new collaboration around breast imaging analytics that will help breast imaging centers analyse clinical, quality and business data to optimise productivity, quality assurance and patient care. Comments (Comments)

Much ado about Super Wi-Fi
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 18:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most of us wi-fi is the wireless technology that moves data around the house. Or it might the service you log-on to in a cafe or airport lounge. D-Link and Microsoft have a plan to use wi-fi as a way of connecting remote areas in poor countries to the Internet. It’s not the wi-fi […] Comments (Comments)


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