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Oppo phones coming to NZ
Posted on 22-Jan-2017 10:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo says it will soon start selling Android phones in New Zealand. At the time of writing there are few details on Oppo’s New Zealand plans: the company says it will launch phone models and announce New Zealand partners in the first quarter of 2017. It has already recruited local staff. You can expect to […] Comments (Comments)

Hawaiki sub-cable on track for mid-2018 launch
Posted on 18-Jan-2017 14:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Hawaiki says it has completed the route survey for its 14,000km submarine cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to the US mainland via Pacific island nations and Hawaii. The job was done with Hawaiki partner TE SubCom. Completing the survey puts Hawaiki on track to begin operating from the middle of 2018. The company says […] Comments (Comments)

NZ IT spending to climb 2.3 percent in 2017
Posted on 14-Jan-2017 17:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner says New Zealand spending on IT  will reach NZ$11.4 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.3 percent on last year. This is less than the expected 2.7 percent rise in global IT spending. The reason for New Zealand’s underperformance is that nation’s biggest IT spending category is fixed and mobile communications services. It accounts for […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 316: Ten years of Apple iPhone
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 14:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week I join NZ Tech Podcast host Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Ross McDougall to discuss ten years of the iPhone along with highlights of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. We talk about the LG wallpaper TV, long range wireless charging, Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, Faraday Future, Lucid Motors and devices with voice assistants – cars, washing […] Comments (Comments)

Lenovo Miix 510: A Surface Pro 4 for less
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 11:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want a Surface Pro 4 but find Microsoft's price too high, Lenovo's Miix 510 may fit the bill. Comments (Comments)

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac
Posted on 12-Jan-2017 06:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories elsewhere. A number appeared after Apple launched the MacBook Pro in late October. Other Apple users used social media to wonder out loud about jumping to Windows […] Comments (Comments)

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac
Posted on 11-Jan-2017 14:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories elsewhere. A number appeared after Apple launched the MacBook Pro in late October. Other Apple users used […] Comments (Comments)

MacBook Pro, Surface Book choice down to what you do with your hands
Posted on 9-Jan-2017 15:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

MacBook Pro and Surface Book are flagship laptops. They show the best hardware Apple and Microsoft have to offer. They are also showcases for MacOS and Windows 10. Each makes a powerful statement about what laptops are today and where they are going. The two share underlying technology. Both use the same Intel Core i5 […] Comments (Comments)

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Posted on 16-Dec-2016 12:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard, better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. Everything in that list, except maybe the keyboard, is an improvement on earlier MacBooks. If you own an old MacBook Pro that’s approaching the end of its life, now is […] Comments (Comments)

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Posted on 16-Dec-2016 07:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard, better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. Everything in that list, except maybe the keyboard, is an improvement on earlier MacBooks. If you own an old MacBook Pro that’s approaching the end of its life, now is […] Comments (Comments)

Project Auckland: Mobile data is main priority
Posted on 15-Dec-2016 10:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want fast wireless data now, move to Silverdale. Spark recently installed one of the world’s first 4.5G mobile sites in the suburb. The tower there can handle about five times as many connections as today’s 4G cellular sites. Data speeds are three, four or even five times faster than you’d see elsewhere. It’s […] Comments (Comments)

Spark moves to 200Gbps wavelength milestone
Posted on 7-Dec-2016 16:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark is using Nokia kit to roll out New Zealand’s first 200Gbps wavelength network link. The link connects Spark’s core network node at Papakura with the Southern Cross Cable Network landing station about 45km away at Takapuna. It was a 100Gbps link. Powering the link is Nokia’s PSS1830 Optical Transport Network. It uses Nokia’s PSE–2 photonic […] Comments (Comments)

Xero adds Apple Pay
Posted on 7-Dec-2016 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Xero says its Apple Pay partnership will help small businesses get paid faster. The company says slow payments are a major source of grief for small businesses who often struggle with poor cash flow. Xero says its customers around the world sent 15 million invoices in the last 30 days. Based on Xero’s data customers […] Comments (Comments)

Review new Apple MacBook Pro 2016 (13-inch)
Posted on 6-Dec-2016 10:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Mac NZ:
My now venerable 15-inch MacBook pro of 2012, which has an SSD inside instead of a traditional hard drive, starts up in 21 seconds (when it was new, the startup time was 13 seconds, but there’s a lot more software on it now and it’s been through several major Mac… Comments (Comments)

50Mbps the new fibre normal
Posted on 6-Dec-2016 07:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus says it will upgrade the 85,000 residential customers on a 30Mbps plan to 50Mbps at no extra charge. It means 50Mbps will become the new entry-level plan for customers on the Chorus fibre network. Comments (Comments)

Touch typing on the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro keyboard
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 11:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple introduced its butterfly laptop keyboard design for the 2015 12-inch MacBook. It is shallower than previous keyboards. The key action is less positive than on older Apple laptops like the MacBook Air or earlier MacBook Pros. The 2016 12-inch MacBook uses the same keyboard. Put aside for one moment the Touch Bar that appears on […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Chorus streamline fibre installs
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 12:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark has extended its streamlined street-in-a-week fibre installation trial to include Chorus UFB coverage areas. The goal is to spend a week focusing on fibre installations for residents of a single street. This means fast-tracking connections and giving customers a specific day for their installation. Last month Spark began a similar project with Ultrafast Fibre. […] Comments (Comments)

PC down, not out
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 14:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

PC sales have fallen for five years. They will never return to the glory days. But the PC is a long way from extinction. Many of us still need personal computers for our work. They do things phones and tablets cannot. They do other things better than phones or tablets. Not everybody needs to do those […] Comments (Comments)

UFB fuels Xero Hawke’s Bay move
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 07:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you’re wondering why the government was so keen to build a fibre network look no further than Victoria White’s Xero boss brings jobs to Hawke’s Bay in Hawke’s Bay Today. She writes: Next year, Hawke’s Bay will join the likes of San Francisco, London, and Singapore, as a base for global software company Xero. The ever-expanding company […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand passes Australia in ITU global ICT development index
Posted on 26-Nov-2016 11:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand moved three places up the International Telecommunications Union global ICT developement index. Today it is 13. In the 2015 index New Zealand was 16. The ITU index compares the information economy in different countries compare. It lets countries benchmark themselves against others and highlights areas that need improvement. It also stimulates policy debate within […] Comments (Comments)

Less local council red tape for telcos
Posted on 25-Nov-2016 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecommunications companies will no longer need to apply to local authorities for resource consent when installing everyday infrastructure. This applies to frequently deployed infrastructure such as small cell hardware, street cabinets, cabling and antenna on lighting poles so long as the equipment meets national standards. The rule change is thanks to the National Environmental Standard […] Comments (Comments)

Australian websites download faster in Auckland than in Sydney or Melbourne
Posted on 24-Nov-2016 07:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing illustrates the gulf opening between broadband services in New Zealand and Australia better than this snippet of data from TrueNet’s October 2016 report.  The major point we noticed this month is the gap opening up between NZ ISPs and our sample Australian ISP TPG. This is despite the impact of the distance across the […] Comments (Comments)

Work starts on Hawaiki – a faster, fatter pipe to USA
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 15:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Remi Galasso’s dream to build the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable became a reality earlier today. Prime Minister John Key and Communications Minister Amy Adams joined other dignitaries to help Galasso get the project started at a soil turning ceremony hosted by local iwi at Bream Tail near Mangawhai Heads in Northland. Speaking at the event Key […] Comments (Comments)

Much ado about Super Wi-Fi
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 18:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most of us wi-fi is the wireless technology that moves data around the house. Or it might the service you log-on to in a cafe or airport lounge. D-Link and Microsoft have a plan to use wi-fi as a way of connecting remote areas in poor countries to the Internet. It’s not the wi-fi […] Comments (Comments)

How Ultrafast Broadband reforms changed telco sector competition
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 07:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecom NZ’s market share was already falling before 2009. Then, the communications minister Steven Joyce announced plans for a fibre network. According to IDC Research, Telecom NZ, now Spark, held a 59.1 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2007. By the same quarter in 2009 it was down to 54.3 percent. Today, Spark […] Comments (Comments)


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