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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)

SMEs focus for Connect Smart Week 2015
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 09:33Tags News, Security

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the second annual Connect Smart Awareness Week is a reminder to be vigilant about online security. Comments (Comments)

Duck Duck Go undercooked in New Zealand
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 09:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Duck Duck Go is a welcome alternative to Google’s nosy intrusive search engines.  It doesn’t spy on you. It doesn’t track your searches. Nor does it collect your IP address when you search. There’s no log-in. Contrast this with Google, a company that made US$66 billion last year from tracking behaviour and serving users up […] Comments (Comments)

More major events needed for New Zealand's competitive advantage
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 09:30Tags News, Web media

New Zealand needs to do more to attract major international sporting events to improve Kiwi companies' international competitive advantage, says Michael Russel, Origin CEO. Comments (Comments)

When even a MacBook Air is too big
Posted on 21-Jun-2015 07:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There are times when even the lightest, slimmest laptop is more than you want to carry. And times when there’s not enough room to use it. Earlier this month I tried to work with my 13-inch MacBook Air while flying in economy class. Although the tray-table had room for the computer, there wasn’t enough space […] Comments (Comments)

ikeGPS Names DXG Technology as Manufacturing Partner
Posted on 19-Jun-2015 11:11Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Agreement facilitates high-volume production capability to deliver near-term orders and meet long-term market demand. Comments (Comments)

UFB rollout hits halfway mark
Posted on 19-Jun-2015 10:38Tags News, Broadband

Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced that the build programme for the first stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative has now reached the midway point. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 235: Future mobile networks, smarter budget Android, security, rural broadband
Posted on 18-Jun-2015 08:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with host Paul Spain (@paulspain). We discuss two impressive budget Android handsets Vodafone Smart Prime ($150) and Sony Xperia E4 ($200), rural broadband from Vodafone and Spark, Microsoft Ignite NZ update and Bill thoughts on mobile networks of the future. Published by NZ’s Podcast specialist – Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast […] Comments (Comments)

Kiwi consumers at risk from outdated privacy law
Posted on 17-Jun-2015 16:05Tags News, Security

New Zealand's privacy law is falling behind the rest of the world and threatening consumers' personal data, according to Ian Pollard, managing director of Delta Insurance. Comments (Comments)

Platform, ecosystem, environment
Posted on 15-Jun-2015 08:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Platform, ecosystem, environment: people selling technology often use these words. Almost everything in the tech world is one of the three. Some are all three. Hence: the Windows platform; Windows ecosystem and Windows environment. Likewise Apple, Android, AWS and so on. The words are a problem because they are non-specific, even ambiguous. They rarely help […] Comments (Comments)


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