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Android: Third among equals
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Google, Apple and Microsoft all have decent mobile operating systems. Last year I spent a week working exclusively with each. My conclusion is you won’t go far wrong with any of them. All three cover the basics adequately. None of them is perfect and none has a fatal flaw. Each has pluses and minuses. You […] Comments (Comments)

HP to deliver Big Data project for city of Auckland
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 11:15Tags News, Computing

The city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand mobile commerce market to reach nearly $10 billion by 2019
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 09:44Tags News, Mobile

New Zealanders are increasingly using tablets or smartphones to purchase a wide range of goods, content and services, including physical goods, travel, insurance, cinema tickets, music, news and e-books. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft unveils Windows 10: yes the Start button is back
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 09:15Tags News, Computing

The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Comments (Comments)

NZ telcos wince as they foot bill for more UFB
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 18:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One of the National Party’s election promises was to extend the government’s Ultrafast Broadband network. Originally the plan was to spend $1.5 billion to cover 75 percent of the population living in cities and towns. Now the government aims to spend another $150 million to $200 million reaching an extra 200,000 people for a total […] Comments (Comments)

Working with iPhone 6 Plus
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s demonstrator laid an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus side-by-side on the coffee table. He asked “which do you prefer?” My instinctive first answer was to pick the smaller iPhone 6. Yet once the hands-on testing got underway I found myself returning repeatedly to the iPhone 6 Plus. You can read in-depth reviews of both phones […] Comments (Comments)

Registrations for new .nz domain name space open today
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 09:24Tags News, Computing

Shorter, simpler, more representative names directly at .nz can now be registered - for example, anyname.nz. This is in addition to, for example, .co.nz, .org.nz, .maori.nz, etc. Comments (Comments)

Lenovo Set to Close Acquisition of IBM's x86 Server Business
Posted on 29-Sep-2014 19:22Tags News, Computing

Lenovo and IBM announced today that conditions for Lenovo's acquisition of IBM's x86 server business have been satisfied and the parties anticipate they will begin closing the transaction effective on October 1, 2014. Comments (Comments)

Five must have free business apps for any device
Posted on 26-Sep-2014 19:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, PC or all three here are five apps to give your business an immediate productivity boost. All are available for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android: OneNote: Microsoft’s excellent note-taking app was an overlooked jewel for a decade. Now it is free. OneNote looks and works like a paper notebook. […] Comments (Comments)

MYOB reaches record milestone and prepares senior debt refinancing
Posted on 25-Sep-2014 19:51Tags News, SaaS

The percentage of new clients that are taking out an online subscription has passed 70% of total registrations, up from less than 20% two years ago. Comments (Comments)

On TV3 talking Muse brainwave sensing headband
Posted on 25-Sep-2014 13:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Muse is a brain wave sensing headband from Thought-Wired. It comes with software for computers and smartphones to help you manage stress, increase focus and enhance cognitive awareness. It’s another type of wearable device. Similar to the sports bands you wear on your wrist. The idea is that you can train your brain to calm […] Comments (Comments)

BitcoinSouth conference to educate and drive Bitcoin adoption in New Zealand
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 13:26Tags News, Computing

As Bitcoin gains interest and popularity worldwide, many people in New Zealand are also embracing the potential of this new type of money as well as the technology behind it. Comments (Comments)

Kiwi Companies at the Forefront of the SKA
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 13:24Tags News, Computing

Two New Zealand IT companies, Open Parallel and Catalyst, are at the forefront of the largest IT project in the world, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. Comments (Comments)

University of Otago deploys virtual desktop experience to 21,000 students
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 11:19Tags News, Computing

The initiative will enable students to access key University applications on their own devices when, where and how they want. Comments (Comments)

InternetNZ launches new funding rounds
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 09:12Tags News, Broadband

The Community Projects funding round is to help fund community projects that will extend the availability, use and benefit of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone and BMW in interactive mobile technology
Posted on 23-Sep-2014 19:10Tags News, Mobile

Vodafone is driving a new suite of vehicle innovation in New Zealand, with the launch of BMW's interactive mobile technology, ConnectedDrive - enabled by Vodafone's global machine-to-machine (M2M) platform. Comments (Comments)

First Weekend iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Record
Posted on 23-Sep-2014 11:36Tags News, Apple

New Zealand launch planned for the 26th September. Comments (Comments)

GSMA study highlights major M2M market opportunity
Posted on 23-Sep-2014 11:23Tags News, Mobile

M2M is being driven by huge growth in the automotive and utilities sectors, with at least one billion M2M connections expected by 2020. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 197: Apple launch, TechEd, Logitech videoconferencing
Posted on 22-Sep-2014 10:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week we discuss Microsoft TechEd, the Minecraft acquisition, Logitech’s new CC3000e video conferencing system, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10 and big change coming for .NZ domains. We also share thoughts on Apple iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and supported by Vector Communications. Published […] Comments (Comments)

Asus pushes upmarket with Zenbook UX301
Posted on 20-Sep-2014 14:25Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Asus is best known for mid-price PCs and tablets in New Zealand. It aims to change that with the upmarket Zenbook UX301. Ultrabooks tend to be better made and more elegantly designs than everyday notebooks. Asus pulled out the stops building the Zenbook UX301. Like most Ultrabooks it’s well engineered and nice looking. The metal […] Comments (Comments)

Touch Voicemail iPhone app makes smartphones smarter
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 12:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Modern cellphones are smart, but that’s not what it feels like when it comes to voicemail. Until now the only way to get at missed incoming messages is to call your phone network’s voicemail service, wade through clumsy prompts and listen to messages one-by-one. Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees all say they have visual voicemail apps on […] Comments (Comments)

Gigatown finalists and first Gigatown retail broadband provider announced
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 11:38Tags News, Broadband

Chorus has today announced the five towns that have gone through to the final round of the Gigatown competition. Dunedin, Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka have all won places in the final and will go on to compete for the chance to become New Zealand's first Gigatown. Comments (Comments)

IBM introduces powerful analytics for everyone
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 07:31Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses. Comments (Comments)

Youth and jobs focus of SAP's latest investments in New Zealand
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:58Tags News, SaaS

New facilities and new partnership with Foundation for Youth Development mark next level of community engagement. Comments (Comments)

Te Kura O Hata Maria School wins HP's national technology competition
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:56Tags News, Computing

Te Kura O Hata Maria School in Northland has been awarded $10,000 worth of HP products and support for their entry in the inaugural HP Rural Schools Competition. Comments (Comments)


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