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NZ Tech Podcast: China phishes, Apple refreshes, Intergen sells, UFB 200/200
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 15:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week the NZ Tech Podcast discusses Apple’s product refresh across iPad, iMac, iOS and OS X, hear about a massive phishing attack in China, Intergen’s sale, Microsoft’s Azure data centre launch in Sydney, Spark’s Socialiser and the $US179 tablet-laptop hybrid. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Supported by Vector […] Comments (Comments)

Why Gigatown is not a waste of money
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 13:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report critics describe Gigatown as a waste of money. Gigatown is a year-long competition run by Chorus. It promotes the company’s UFB fibre network being rolled out to urban New Zealand. The prize will see the nation’s switched-on town get 1Gbps broadband connections ahead of the rest of the country. […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Tech Export grows to $8.3 billion
Posted on 23-Oct-2014 09:25Tags News, Computing

IT Services growth slowed for the $ 1.2 billion revenue TIN100 sector in 2014; but Software Development companies continued to grow strongly in most markets, increasing total revenue by 15%. Comments (Comments)

Enable Services targets early completion of fibre broadband roll-out
Posted on 22-Oct-2014 11:30Tags News, Broadband

Enable Services Limited (ESL) has reported a significant acceleration in the local ultra-fast broadband (UFB) roll-out and an even more aggressive programme for the coming year in its 2014 Annual Result. Comments (Comments)

IBM stumbles on path to cloud
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IBM needs to reinvent itself to deal with cloud computing. Although the job was never going to be easy, IBM has an enviable track record on major change. It is the organisation that defined the original computer business. IBM built a monopoly and lead the mainframe era. Although it was late into the PC game, […] Comments (Comments)

Intergen acquisition by ASX-listed Empired creates largest Australasian Microsoft services provider
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 10:45Tags News, Computing

The deal creates the largest Trans-Tasman Microsoft services provider with 825 staff across 15 Australasian locations and one North American office. Comments (Comments)

Spark partners with Facebook and Twitter to launch Socialiser
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 08:47Tags News, Web media

New Spark partnership with Facebook and Twitter gives customers 1GB of free data to access both mobile apps every month, for the life of their plan. Comments (Comments)

Acer introduces new Chromebook devices in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Oct-2014 19:21Tags News, Computing

Acer today announces the expansion of its Chrome OS range with the availability of the Chromebook 11 and Chromebox CX1. Comments (Comments)

Personal cloud storage plans – October 2014
Posted on 20-Oct-2014 10:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you're looking for cloud storage there are plenty of options. Most cloud storage providers offer a basic service for free. You may get by using these offerings alone. Comments (Comments)

Why people won’t try Windows Phone
Posted on 19-Oct-2014 09:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

My time with the Nokia Lumia 930 is up. Microsoft called on Friday asking me to return the review smartphone. I’ll miss it. Like all recent high-end Microsoft smartphones, the Lumia 930 is big, beautiful and powerful. I hesitate to describe a phone as intuitive. Still, anyone who has spent time with modern technology will […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys awards NZTA and McDonald's New Zealand at client and partner event
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 20:36Tags News, Computing

Ten organizations recognized at Universe 2014 for innovations in applying modern technologies to mission critical challenges Comments (Comments)

Navman Wireless shows new fleet technology
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 20:35Tags News, GPS

Navman Wireless unveils Adaptive Intelligence to help businesses tap into big data and make smarter decisions. Comments (Comments)

Kiwis bank on smartphones
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 20:33Tags News, Mobile

Busy ASB customers armed with smartphones are pushing demand for mobile banking to new heights with financial transactions on ASB’s mobile app increasing by two thirds in the past year. Comments (Comments)

Snapper secures overseas deal for local technology
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 14:58Tags News, NFC

Wellington's Snapper Services has secured a deal with global transport solution provider Vix Technology and Dublin's National Transport Authority. Comments (Comments)

Spark customers targeted by ongoing fraudulent phone calls
Posted on 15-Oct-2014 09:39Tags News, Broadband

Spark has set up a Scam Hotline after receiving further reports from some of its customers about phone contact by fraudsters claiming to be from Spark. Comments (Comments)

Plain English is radical
Posted on 15-Oct-2014 09:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Fundamentally Useless:
Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem led the news, the Left was ready to respond with a slew of long and fancy words. Left wing politics… Comments (Comments)

Samsung launches new phone, needs a new business model
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 14:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Yesterday Samsung launched the $1150 Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in New Zealand. While the Note 4 is interesting, it is not interesting enough to generate much local media coverage. This underlines Samsung’s challenge. It isn’t that Samsung smartphones aren’t state-of-the-art devices. They are. But so are the cheaper smartphones coming from Chinese and Indian factories. […] Comments (Comments)

Canterbury DHB offers free WiFi to Christchurch Hospital
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 13:36Tags News, Wi-Fi

Patients and visitors at Christchurch Hospital can now stay connected wirelessly free of charge. Comments (Comments)

The Dark Net
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 09:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Rowan Simpson:
NZVIF have released their latest Young Company Finance report. The report includes a list of all of the companies that raised new capital so far in 2014. It is an appallingly incomplete list. These are the companies that I know of they have missed: Vend, NBR, March 26 Timely, NBR,… Comments (Comments)

Dark days at Hewlett-Packard
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 08:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here’s what I discovered when researching background material to write about Hewlett-Packard’s impending break-up. You can draw your own conclusion. Filed under: Blog Tagged: HP Comments (Comments)

Chorus warns Australia on structural separation
Posted on 13-Oct-2014 11:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus manager of marketing strategy and insight Rosalie Nelson warned Australia’s telecommunications industry on the risks of New Zealand-style full structural separation. She was speaking at the CommsDay Melbourne Congress. Nelson’s comments come as Optus chairman Paul O’Sullivan calls for Telstra to split along similar lines to Telecom NZ (now Spark) and Chorus. When Chorus […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 10, HP splits, MyRepublic
Posted on 13-Oct-2014 08:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week – a focus on Windows 10 and new low-cost Windows tablets, Dubai police to get Google Glass, MyRepublic gears up for NZ launch, Hewlett-Packard decides to break up, Marriott Hotels fined for Wi-Fi block and new .NZ domain names launch. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nathan Mercer (Microsoft NZ) and supported […] Comments (Comments)

Taking stolen emails at face value
Posted on 12-Oct-2014 11:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For a few weeks stories involving stolen emails dominated New Zealand news reports. It was no accident this was in the run up to the 2014 election. Nicky Hager based his book Dirty Politics on messages to and from WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater. Then Kim Dotcom revealed an email he claims proved Prime Minister John […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand iPhone 6 plans compared
Posted on 11-Oct-2014 14:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand prices for Apple’s iPhone 6 start at $1000 for the 16GB model. Well, $999 but we’re not fooled. That’s $50 cheaper than the cost of the lowest price iPhone 5S when it first launched here a year ago. A 64GB iPhone 6 costs $1150 and the 128GB model is $1300. Not everybody wants to, […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand iPhone 6 Plus plans compared
Posted on 11-Oct-2014 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Buy an Apple iPhone 6 Plus  outright and you’ll pay $1150 for the 16GB model. Move up to the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and the price rises to $1300.  The 128GB model is $1450. I recommend buying at least 64GB, you’ll soon bump against the limits of 16GB if you store any media on your phone. You don’t have […] Comments (Comments)


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