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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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