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Evernote changes: End of the line for some users
Posted on 30-Jun-2016 13:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For a long time cloud-based note-taking app Evernote was a key part of many people’s work productivity. Somewhere along the way it lost the plot. It was no longer essential. Alternatives emerged which did the same or a similar job. Sometimes the new options did things better. Then Evernote stopped being any part of work productivity for many […] Comments (Comments)

Thumbs up for the Truly Ergonomic keyboard
Posted on 30-Jun-2016 12:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Johanna B

It looks odd, but the Truly Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard delivers on its promise of pain-free typing The keyboard has its frustrations, but it works. It’s now several weeks since I took on the Tek, and, yes, I can report it keeps RSI at bay — just as it promises. I have minor RSI problems and, […] Comments (Comments)

Overheads, warranties behind New Zealand Windows PCs price premium
Posted on 28-Jun-2016 11:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

HP New Zealand managing director Grant Hopkins says higher overheads are behind the premium we pay when buying Windows PCs. While New Zealanders get the same hardware as US or UK customers, we get better warranties. He says HP’s US customers get a one-year warranty. That’s it. In New Zealand the Consumer Guarantees Act applies […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand PC buyers get worse deal than Poms
Posted on 21-Jun-2016 11:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealanders pay almost the same price as everyone else for Apple computers. That’s not the case with PCs. That changes the way some of us think about buying and choosing devices.  Writing at The Guardian, Jack Schofield tells a UK reader an Apple MacBook is an expensive choice for working from home. It is. He […] Comments (Comments)

Just days before Microsoft took over, I quit Linkedin. Here’s why…
Posted on 20-Jun-2016 13:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Linkedin was useful for a moment. That was when it was about staying in touch with former colleagues and business contacts. It works as a contact book with automatic updates. Linkedin manages the links when people move jobs. People often move jobs in industries like technology and telecommunications. When Microsoft Outlook was still popular, you […] Comments (Comments)

Wired doesn’t get it about ad blockers
Posted on 15-Jun-2016 07:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

  If I used an ad blocker Wired’s pop-up screen would be annoying but deserved. Publishers need to sell advertising. Ad blockers undermine their business. You can’t argue with the logic. Sure some publishers abuse readers. They serve inappropriate, even offensive advertising. Many ads overstay their welcome. Others disrupt viewers with noisy video. Or they […] Comments (Comments)

No reason for regulator to halt Vodafone-Sky deal
Posted on 14-Jun-2016 13:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone and Sky need Commerce Commission approval for their merger. From a telecommunications point of view, there’s no reason to halt the deal. Five years ago government tore New Zealand’s telecommunications sector apart. Then remade in the name of competition. The government pumped $1.5 billion of public money into building a new fibre network for people […] Comments (Comments)

Notes on Sky-Vodafone merger
Posted on 9-Jun-2016 14:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier today Sky and Vodafone New Zealand confirmed they are to merge. It’s a big deal… The deal is worth about $3.5 billion. That’s huge by New Zealand standards. Last month I interviewed Simpson Grierson partner Michael Pollard for the Capital Markets report in the New Zealand Herald. I wrote: “Deals nudged the $9 billion […] Comments (Comments)

Apple’s role in the PC’s downfall
Posted on 7-Jun-2016 16:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s no question PC sales are down. Nor is there any end to the fall in sight. This could be the post-PC era. Or maybe something more subtle is happening. Either way, the familiar personal computer no longer tops the technology food chain. How the iPhone meteor killed dinosaur PCs, says the decline is due […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand wireless rural broadband hits key milestone
Posted on 3-Jun-2016 13:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After a slow start New Zealand’s Rural Broadband Initiative has hit its stride. RBI is a government-subsidised scheme to give farmers and people living in rural areas a broadband network. Communications minister Amy Adams says the first stage is now complete with 154 new cellular towers now built. The towers serve 3G and 4G fixed […] Comments (Comments)

How the iPhone meteor killed dinosaur PCs
Posted on 2-Jun-2016 12:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On January 9 2007 Apple chief executive Steve Jobs stood on a stage and showed the world the iPhone. It seemed important at the time. Yet nobody knew just how significant this would turn out to be. Thanks to the iPhone Apple became the world’s most valuable company. It defined our times. It isn’t hyperbole […] Comments (Comments)

Typing on a glass keyboard
Posted on 31-May-2016 12:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

David Sparks writes about writing with iPad screen keyboards after years of touch typing. Much of what he says resonates: “It started with the iPad Air. On that machine I got quite good at thumb typing in portrait mode. It’s nothing like touch typing but still pretty great to sit on an airplane and thumb […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone buyers may find 2degrees tempting too
Posted on 29-May-2016 13:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

News reports say overseas buyers want Vodafone New Zealand. Rival 2degrees is also a likely take-over target. Vodafone is the largest mobile carrier in New Zealand. In comparison, 2degrees is an also-ran. Yet, in the right hands, the smaller mobile carrier could prove a better investment. At The Australian, Bridget Carter and Gretchen Friemann write […] Comments (Comments)

Finding opportunities in the fog
Posted on 27-May-2016 07:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you’ve only just come to terms with cloud computing, here comes the next thing: fog computing. “Fog computing is the necessary next stage on from cloud computing,” says Vikram Kumar, the chief executive of KotahiNet. “It is where the edge of networks become intelligent and autonomous.” Fog computing has the features of cloud computing, […] Comments (Comments)

Apple 2016 MacBook one month review: The song remains the same
Posted on 26-May-2016 12:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Although the MacBook has changed little since last year, it is much improved. If the song remains the same, it now lasts longer and has a faster tempo. That’s because Apple uses newer Intel Core M processors. Intel’s updated chip gives the MacBook a speed boost and at least an extra hour of battery life. […] Comments (Comments)

China Business: Auckland Airport readies for Chinese surge
Posted on 5-May-2016 13:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year a total of 140 million air passengers departed from China. Some 355,000 — about 0.2 per cent — of them flew to Auckland. Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood says the numbers show untapped potential for New Zealand’s tourism sector. “Today, our share is just a small fraction of a big market. It […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Huawei crack 1Gbps as Christchurch 4.5G mobile launches
Posted on 4-May-2016 20:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Phones connected to Spark’s Central Christchurch mobile site can now download data at 1Gbps. Or, to be more accurate, they when the hardware arrives in New Zealand later this year. Spark has worked with Huawei to upgrade its Central Christchurch cell-site to 4.5G. The company’s Hereford Street building houses the Pacific region’s first commercial 4.5G […] Comments (Comments)

Review: 9.7-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Cover
Posted on 1-May-2016 14:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s NZ$280 Smart Keyboard Cover doesn’t turn the 9.7-inch iPad Pro into a laptop. It does something more useful. At the launch Apple said its 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a PC replacement.. That’s debatable. People spend a lot of time typing on PCs so that claim doesn’t start to stack up until you add a keyboard. […] Comments (Comments)

Here’s one reason PC sales won’t recover
Posted on 28-Apr-2016 12:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The Wall Street Journal reports that desktop internet use is falling. The amount of time people spend accessing the Internet from desktop devices is showing signs of decline, according to online measurement specialist comScore. Data from the research company indicate overall time spent online in the U.S. from desktop devices—which include laptop computers—has fallen for […] Comments (Comments)

Reviewing technology products: Science and anecdotes
Posted on 26-Apr-2016 09:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tech product reviews take many forms. Some are scientific. Others are anecdotal.  Scientific reviews involve research, prising the back from things, taking them apart and dropping them on hard surfaces. Listening to noises. Measuring everything. Running battery life tests. You come away from these tests with numbers. Often many numbers. Maybe you’ve heard of data […] Comments (Comments)

Doing one thing at a time works wonders
Posted on 25-Apr-2016 14:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tony Schwartz, at the Harvard Business Review, says dividing attention between tasks is dangerous. He says digital devices with always-on connections train us to split attention between tasks without ever focusing on one. Schwartz says this hurts productivity increasing the time to finish a task by 25 percent. In The magic of doing one thing at a time he recommends […] Comments (Comments)

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB3 review
Posted on 21-Apr-2016 09:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want to rock the house you need a big, heavy sub-woofer that moves a lot of air. The bad news is, car sound systems apart, it is hard to take big sub-woofers with you. That’s where you might want to turn to Sony’s $300 SRS-XB3 speakers. They are portable, battery-powered, Bluetooth speakers capable […] Comments (Comments)

Writing on iPad Pro: A field guide
Posted on 18-Apr-2016 17:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple says the iPad Pro is more powerful than most laptops. It is more portable. That should make it ideal for journalists and others who need to write while on the move. How does the writing experience compare with PCs and is the software up to the job? The sensible way to answer those questions […] Comments (Comments)

New cables may revive overseas interest in New Zealand data centres
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 16:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand hasn’t been able to capitalise on being a low-cost, green home for data centres. Until now. Tasman Global Access and Hawaiki could change that. At The Register, Simon Sharwood sums it up: New Zealand’s South Island, for example, is blessed with low ambient temperatures and lots of hydro power. A bit barn in […] Comments (Comments)

Falling PC sales: From bad to worse
Posted on 14-Apr-2016 11:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Global PC sales were down 9.6 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2016 according to Gartner. Total sales for the quarter were a shade under 65 million. This was the first quarter with less than 65 million units sold since 2007. In contrast, sales in the same quarter of 2013 were a little over […] Comments (Comments)


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