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Video Ezy Launches On-demand Rental Platform
Posted on 2-Sep-2014 01:00Tags News, Web media

New Zealand's largest franchised DVD rental chain today announced the launch of VideoEzyOnDemand.co.nz establishing Video Ezy as New Zealand's only rental group to have its own online Video On Demand rental platform. Comments (Comments)

Byword: A Mac writing tool focusing on words
Posted on 1-Sep-2014 14:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Byword is the ideal Mac writing tool if you just want to focus on words. There are versions for OS X (US$12.99 in the Mac app store) and iOS (US$4.99 in the iTunes app store). This review looks at the Mac version. The key to Byword and the reason I say it is ideal for […] Comments (Comments)

Addressing high growth companies’ skills gap
Posted on 31-Aug-2014 16:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week I chaired an interactive panel discussion on the skills challenge facing New Zealand technology companies. It’s part of Massey University’s ecentre cloud series. Here’s how the discussion played out on Twitter. The link is to Storify which apparently can’t be embedded in WordPress.  Addressing high growth companies’ skills gap.Filed under: Work Tagged: careers Comments (Comments)

Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it’s mass-media business models that are ailing
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 19:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Is the internet destroying journalism? In a piece at Salon, writer Andrew Leonard argues that it is — primarily because “the economics of news gathering in the Internet age suck,” as he puts it. And it’s easy to see why someone would be drawn to that point of view, given the… Comments (Comments)

Server sales tick up, more to come
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 17:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Server revenues climbed 2.5 percent in the past year according to IDC’s quarterly worldwide server tracker. In the second quarter of 2014 sales totalled US$12.6 billion. Unit shipments grew 1.2 percent to 2.2 million. The standout segment was mid-range systems which saw 11.5 percent growth. IDC puts the surge down to technology refresh cycles. Volume […] Comments (Comments)

Apple, Microsoft — two tablet visions
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 14:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When Steve Jobs took the wraps off Apple’s first iPad, he showed an entirely new class of device. The iPad was neither a new type of PC nor was it just a giant smartphone. It opened new territory. Apple sold the original iPad as a personal digital media consumption device. It stuck with that approach […] Comments (Comments)

Google for Nonprofits launch in New Zealand
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 12:04Tags News, SaaS

Eligible community and voluntary organisations in NZ will now have free access to online marketing and technology from Google worth more than $120,000 each a year. Comments (Comments)

IBM Watson Discovery Advisor brings scale and speed to research
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 11:56Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced significant advances in Watson's cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data. Comments (Comments)

Intel announces its first 8-core desktop processor
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 11:54Tags News, Computing

Intel Corporation unveiled its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named "Haswell-E," targeted at power users who demand the most from their PCs. Comments (Comments)

NZ$400 Surface 2 a bargain for Office fans
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 10:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s swanky new Surface Pro 3 went on sale in New Zealand earlier this week. It’s a lovely device, but not cheap. Prices start at NZ$1200. For one-third of that you can buy a 32GB Surface 2 at Noel Leeming until September 7. Is it worth considering? At NZ$400 the Surface 2 is good value. Whether […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung Gear S brings 3G connectivity to wearable devices
Posted on 28-Aug-2014 21:42Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The new Samsung Gear S delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features. Comments (Comments)

Technology Investment Network (TIN) reveals top ten high growth technology export companies in New Zealand
Posted on 28-Aug-2014 11:56Tags News, Web media

List includes New Zealand’s top ten high growth technology export companies across two categories: TIN100 EY Ten Companies to Watch and the TIN100+ Ten Hot Emerging Companies as part of the annual TIN 100 Report measuring the performance of the technology export sector. Comments (Comments)

Spark NZ launches new TV-streaming service Lightbox
Posted on 28-Aug-2014 07:38Tags News, Web media

New Zealand's newest online subscription TV service is now live. Lightbox delivers thousands of hours of TV show available to anyone with broadband, regardless of their internet provider, on an all-you-can-eat basis Comments (Comments)

Orcon launches its Global Mode service
Posted on 26-Aug-2014 14:58Tags News, Broadband

New Orcon General Manager, Michael Shirley, today announced Orcon customers will be able to access previously blocked international websites with Global Mode, coinciding with survey results pointing to a shift from broadcast TV to online streaming. Comments (Comments)

Addressing the skills gap for high growth companies
Posted on 25-Aug-2014 19:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tomorrow night I’m chairing an interactive panel discussion on the skills challenge facing New Zealand technology companies. It’s part of Massey University’s ecentre cloud series.  The session starts at 5:30 at the Sir Neil Waters Building, Massey University Albany. Innovative companies depend on talented knowledge workers. They are in short supply everywhere, New Zealand is no different […] Comments (Comments)

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)


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