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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)

Technology Showcase hits Wellington Friday, Christchurch Monday
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ingram Micro has an interesting pitch for its NZ Technology Showcase which reaches Wellington this Friday (August 22) and Christchurch on Monday (August 25). The company says: This is a fast track way for you and your colleagues to get an update from the key vendors in the local market.  It is arguably the most […] Comments (Comments)

Smart cities — coming soon to a place near you
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 17:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From a story I wrote for today’s New Zealand Herald: Smart cities are where digital technologies are used to create better places to live and work. Sensors, intelligent networks and applications combine to connect, monitor and analyse information in order to make the city work more efficiently. This can mean making transport run smoother; providing […] Comments (Comments)

NZ’s largest tech Showcase comes to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 15:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

NZ’s Technology Showcase – an Ingram Micro event is fast approaching, bringing more than 50 of the world’s biggest technology brands together under one roof for three days only. With the likes of Apple, Toshiba, HP, Microsoft, IBM and Brother exhibiting alongside Cisco, Fortinet, Redhat and VMWare among many others, Showcase is the only event […] Comments (Comments)

48 hours with Surface Pro 3
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 10:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 goes on sale in New Zealand on August 28. Two days with the device has convinced me it’s one of the best computers I’ve used, but it’s not perfect.  Microsoft flagship tablet, the Surface Pro, is already on version three just 18 months after the first version appeared. That’s good, it […] Comments (Comments)

Why companies stick with Microsoft Windows
Posted on 11-Aug-2014 14:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ryan Pierson at Delighted Robot nails the issue at the bottom of his Ten Reasons Corporations Stick with Windows list where he writes: There really isn’t a big pain point right now with Windows And that’s just it. Business people know the pain moving to anything else is going to be worse than sticking with […] Comments (Comments)

Arguments for and against a second submarine cable
Posted on 11-Aug-2014 14:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Brendan Ritchie from DTS  revisits the arguments for an against building a new submarine cable linking New Zealand to the world. In How will a new international cable benefit NZ? Ritchie looks at capacity and concludes, at least from this point of view, there’s no pressing need for another cable. SCC is frequently upgrading its capacity and at […] Comments (Comments)

Tech21 Impact Shell case for iPhone 5S
Posted on 10-Aug-2014 08:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s leather-finish iPhone 5S case will protect your phone from everyday bumps and scratches. If the way you live and work means you give your phone a harder time, then Tech21’s €29.99 Impact Shell Case promises to absorb more punishment. There are two ways to build a protective shell around a smartphone. You can build something […] Comments (Comments)

Apple iPhone 5S Case
Posted on 10-Aug-2014 07:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone 5S is a beautiful device. It looks and works best naked. When I carry the phone in my pocket it is so small and light I often forget it is there. The phone isn’t fragile, it can take everyday knocks and bumps in its stride. But there are limits. The iPhone 5S is […] Comments (Comments)

Crunch time for lost Microsoft Surface
Posted on 9-Aug-2014 14:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

As Microsoft prepares to launch the Surface Pro 3 in New Zealand, overseas news services report the company may pull the plug on its tablet. Gregg Keizer at Computerworld says Microsoft’s Surface has lost money every quarter since first appearing in 2012. To date, the total loss is close to US$2 billion. Keizer quotes Jackdaw Research analyst Jan […] Comments (Comments)

Can’t start a fire without a Spark
Posted on 8-Aug-2014 10:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Today Telecom NZ becomes Spark New Zealand. It’s a big change for the company. I worked with Peter Kerr of Stick on a feature series about the name change at Scoop: Igniting the Spark – Why Telecom Wanted To Change. Spark sponsored the story and gave us access to executives, but didn’t interfere with the editorial. As […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia 930 first NZ look
Posted on 7-Aug-2014 09:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Although it says Nokia Lumia 930 on the box, the brand is under new ownership. Strictly speaking the Lumia 930 is Microsoft’s first flagship phone. It is a good start. The Lumia 930 — NZ$999 at Vodafone — is a solid contender. It needs to be. Microsoft faces an uphill struggle wooing phone users away from […] Comments (Comments)

NZ broadband zooming past Australia
Posted on 6-Aug-2014 14:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Australia may be a bigger, better paid and more powerful nation than New Zealand. Yet there are areas where we are way out in front. Recently I’ve worked on a project reporting the state of broadband around the world. Without giving my client’s story away — I’ll share it when the feature is published — […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: UFB takes off, Lightbox and Nokia Lumia 930
Posted on 6-Aug-2014 08:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Mike McMahon of Lightbox. We discussed the Telecom’s new Lightbox Video on Demand service, try the Nokia Lumia 930, discuss the increasing uptake of UFB,  Media Tech Pacific Conference, Imagine Cup and the Spark launch. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 191 directly Subscribe and listen via […] Comments (Comments)

What does Vodafone know about Ultrafast Broadband anyway?
Posted on 8-Mar-2014 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Vodafone New Zealand chief executive Russell Stanners caused a stir when he called on the government to scrap the roll-out of fibre-based ultrafast broadband in much of Wellington and Christchurch. Comments (Comments)

Samsung sees Knox as key to Android in the enterprise
Posted on 6-Mar-2014 08:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Jae Shin, vice-president of Samsung’s Knox business group, is candid about enterprise customers being wary of letting employees use Android devices on company networks. Comments (Comments)

Datacom buys Origen, takes Ozone to Australia
Posted on 5-Mar-2014 20:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier today I wrote Datacom buys Origen, takes Ozone to Australia for the IITP TechBlog. Buying Origen is an interesting move on Datacom’s part. On the surface it’s a  simply a consolidation play. Comments (Comments)

Datacom shows entrepreneurial DNA
Posted on 5-Mar-2014 10:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand tech companies don’t come much bigger than Datacom. The company is also old by industry standards. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft New Zealand technology bazaar
Posted on 4-Mar-2014 16:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One of my more enjoyable writing jobs is working on the The New Zealand Herald’s annual Innovation report.  It’s a subject that’s close to my heart and it means I get to talk to interesting people about fascinating ideas. Comments (Comments)

Apple users loyal but bigger screens tempt
Posted on 4-Mar-2014 14:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Kantar Worldpanel reports: There are signs that Apple isn’t attracting and retaining as many early adopters as it once did, with larger screens seeming to drag a number of users away from the brand. Comments (Comments)

Commerce Commission UCLL pricing and referees
Posted on 4-Mar-2014 11:15Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Yesterday InternetNZ, Tuanz and Consumer called on the Commerce Commission to take care setting the price of the unbundled copper local loop as it heads into the Final Pricing Principal process. Comments (Comments)

ChromeBooks: Where dumb, limiting and simple are good things
Posted on 3-Mar-2014 09:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Two years ago Google showed off the first Chromebooks. It’s taken that long for New Zealand to get a reasonable supply of the devices from a range of computer makers. Comments (Comments)


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