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Windows 10 one year on
Posted on 1-Oct-2016 14:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Some diehards still argue Windows XP was Microsoft’s best-ever operating system. Nobody says that about Windows 8. Windows Vista was just as forgettable. For many users, Windows reached a peak with 7. Where does Windows 10 fit in this picture? If Windows 10 has yet to earn an XP or 7-like reputation for greatness, it has […] Comments (Comments)

Windows 10 one year on
Posted on 1-Oct-2016 07:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Some diehards still argue Windows XP was Microsoft’s best-ever operating system. Nobody says that about Windows 8. Windows Vista was just as forgettable. For many users, Windows reach a peak with 7. Where does Windows 10 fit in this picture? If Windows 10 has yet to earn an XP or 7-like reputation for greatness, it has […] Comments (Comments)

Orcon Xbox deal lures gigabit gamers
Posted on 28-Sep-2016 16:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Orcon consumer general manager Taryn Hamilton says his company will be first off the block when gigabit fibre services go live around New Zealand on October 1. Hamilton says Orcon will be aggressive going after the market. It is selling an unlimited, naked gigabit plan for $135 in Northpower, Enable and UFF local fibre company […] Comments (Comments)

When computers go bad they’re cybers
Posted on 28-Sep-2016 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Stick the words computer-, net-,  web-, online- or digital- directly in front of other words and you won’t scare the population half to death: Computer-gaming Net-gaming Web-gaming Online-gaming Digital-gaming. This is also true when whatever being discussed has negative, or less than positive implications. You know these things aren’t necessarily good, but they’re not going […] Comments (Comments)

Mood of the Boardroom: Grant Robertson’s Future of Work
Posted on 27-Sep-2016 17:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Sixty-nine chief executives responded to an open-ended question as to what they would like to see on the Labour Shadow Finance Minister’s policy agenda. “Continue to constrain public expenditure to core and effective services,” advised Unitec CRO Rick Ede. “Reset taxation and investment incentives to favour productive investment instead of property investment. “Continue the investment […] Comments (Comments)

Technology, for better or worse, top of mind with NZ bosses
Posted on 27-Sep-2016 14:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This year’s New Zealand Herald Mood of the Boardroom survey shows technology dominates business leaders’ thinking. When asked “what factors will have the most impact on business over the next five years, two-thirds of bosses nominated technological advances. Nothing else came even close. You can interpret the question as good or bad depending on whether […] Comments (Comments)

Trans-Tasman cable ready for service in January
Posted on 26-Sep-2016 15:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark says the Tasman Global Access cable will be ready for service by the end of January 2017. The 2,300km cable linking New Zealand and Australia is a joint project between Spark NZ and Vodafone with a minority investment from Telstra. When complete, the TGA will add capacity to the Southern Cross Cable Network which […] Comments (Comments)

Commerce Commission loosens rules on selling old-style telephone calls
Posted on 26-Sep-2016 10:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark’s wholesale voice services are set to be deregulated as the Commerce Commission tidies up outdated telecommunications rules. Wholesale voice provides, in effect, what older people would recognise as traditional telephone calls on digital lines. Regulation is no longer necessary now that broadband networks cover 97 percent of landlines and offer easy competitive alternatives to Spark’s […] Comments (Comments)

Facebook not the media messiah
Posted on 25-Sep-2016 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For years publishers, broadcasters and anyone else in the media business have wondered if Facebook could be their salvation. The old publishing business model has crumbled. Building mass audiences with entertainment or information then selling advertising no longer delivers rivers of gold. Some saw Facebook as an answer. Perhaps not the answer, the question is […] Comments (Comments)

Spark plugs digital divide with low-cost fixed wireless
Posted on 22-Sep-2016 17:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At least 5000 struggling families will get subsidised broadband from Spark New Zealand. The families will each get 30GB of data a month for $15 on a pre-paid, no fixed-term Spark Jump contract. The price also includes a modem. Spark will use Skinny Broadband. The company’s no-frills subsidiary offers wireless broadband using the 4G mobile […] Comments (Comments)

iPhone 7 Plus review — it’s all about the camera
Posted on 19-Sep-2016 22:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Forget all the nonsense you’ve read about the missing headphone jack. It isn’t important. The key to the iPhone 7 Plus is that it carries a second camera with a telephoto lens. Every new iPhone comes with a camera that is better than the last iPhone. Apple has been relentless when it comes to increasing […] Comments (Comments)

iPhone 7 Plus review — it’s all about the camera
Posted on 19-Sep-2016 20:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Forget all the nonsense you’ve read about the missing headphone jack. It isn’t important. The key to the iPhone 7 Plus is that it carries a second camera with a telephoto lens. Every new iPhone comes with a camera that is better than the last iPhone. Apple has been relentless when it comes to increasing […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung, Apple, Huawei tighten phone market grip
Posted on 17-Sep-2016 18:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the time choosing Android seemed like a smart choice for phone makers. Many will now regret that decision. Choosing Google’s operating system was a short cut to the market. It saved time and money. A lot of money. It costs at least a billion dollars to build a phone operating system from scratch. Android looked like it […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone boost mobile data in tandem
Posted on 16-Sep-2016 15:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Aggressive pricing moves from the big mobile carriers.  New Zealand’s two big mobile phone companies; Spark and Vodafone, have increased post-pay mobile data allowances. In terms of dollars per gigabyte the two have almost identical tariffs — compare their open term plans in the table below. Changes to data allowances for the two companies’ 24-month contracts […] Comments (Comments)

Bigpipe to offer gigabit fibre
Posted on 15-Sep-2016 15:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Bigpipe will join the gigabit cool kids when faster wholesale services go online next month. Spark’s no-frills ISP says it will offer an unlimited, naked, gigabit plan for $129 a month. Bigpipe says those customers already on the company’s Elite plan, will be upgraded to Gigabit speed free of charge. At present Big Pipe’s Elite plan […] Comments (Comments)

Behind 2degrees’ Ministry for Primary Industries win
Posted on 14-Sep-2016 09:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A press release from 2degrees says the phone company has won a contract to supply a wide range of telecommunications services to the Ministry for Primary Industries. There’s no figure on the size of the deal, nor are there enough details to estimate its value. As a rule of thumb, managing telephone services for 2300 staff […] Comments (Comments)

Incremental change and being different — how to deal with Uber-like disruption
Posted on 13-Sep-2016 07:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Huawei Connect: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka’s says companies need to take a two-pronged approach to dealing with the disruptive challenges of 2016. Sikka says disruption is everywhere. Like many others he points to the rise of Uber as an example of how every industry is threatened by change. Uber came from nowhere to undermine the […] Comments (Comments)

Every town a Gigatown as Chorus joins 1Gbps pack
Posted on 12-Sep-2016 11:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus says it will offer gigabit fibre services starting next month. It joins Enable Networks, Northpower Fibre and Ultrafast Fibre who all plan to launch gigabit wholesale broadband services in October. From next month they will all offer download speeds of 1Gbps with uploads running at 500Mbps. If customers take up the offer[1], the gigabit […] Comments (Comments)

Agribusiness: Technology helps find gold
Posted on 11-Sep-2016 13:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Fonterra is mining gold in the Waikato, extracting tiny particles of a natural protein called lactoferrin at the milk co-operative’s Hautapu site near Cambridge. Robert Spurway, Fonterra’s chief operating officer global operations, says lactoferrin is known as “pink gold” because of its colour and high value. “There’s a growing demand for lactoferrin in Asia. It […] Comments (Comments)

Greetings from behind the Great Firewall of China
Posted on 10-Sep-2016 11:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Shanghai: From outside The Mercedes Arena you can watch heavy-laden barges roll down the Huangpu River. Look up and the sky is yellow with smog. While China can be ultramodern, the industrial era is ever-present. Stepping inside the arena is like fast-forwarding 100 years. Some 15,000 technology professionals sit waiting in the packed air-conditioned arena. Soft, anywhere-in-the-world […] Comments (Comments)

Smartphone glory years behind us
Posted on 8-Sep-2016 13:25Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It’s all downhill from here.  Apple’s 2016 iPhone launch confirms what has been obvious for a while. The phone golden age is over. It’s over in two ways. Saturated phone markets in rich countries mean everyone needing a call-making pocket computer now has one. And it’s over for hardware evolution. For now, at least, phone […] Comments (Comments)

Stuff Fibre opts for low-key launch
Posted on 8-Sep-2016 10:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Fairfax’s softly-softly entry into New Zealand’s crowded fibre market launches today. It’s anything but a unique proposition — no fibre-only ISP can do that in a world of regulated wholesale services — but Stuff Fibre ticks the important boxes. The service is 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up with no data caps. Unlimited data […] Comments (Comments)

Waikato Networks UFB buy signals fibre confidence
Posted on 8-Sep-2016 09:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Waikato Networks has taken full ownership Ultrafast Fibre three and a half years ahead of schedule. The move is a further vote of confidence in the New Zealand government’s plan to build a wholesale fibre network covering urban areas. The company, a subsidiary of WEL Networks paid $189 million to buy Ultrafast Fibre which was […] Comments (Comments)

Wolfpacks lead industries in digital, intelligent era
Posted on 6-Sep-2016 13:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Huawei Connect: Guo Ping says the days when companies can succeed by going it alone are coming to an end. The Huawei deputy chairman says: “Society is becoming digital and intelligent. We don’t know what intelligent society will evolve into. Yet I am sure every modern industry system will become more complicated.” As well as being […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung dials up exploding phone problem
Posted on 5-Sep-2016 12:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In a move that could cost many billions of dollars, Samsung has recalled the exploding Galaxy Note 7 phone. It has also halted new shipments of the phone which launched last month. Samsung had little choice after reports appeared of miniature blasts causing the phones to catch fire. The company conducted its own internal investigation […] Comments (Comments)


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