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Fibre uptake past 20% in Christchurch suburbs
Posted on 2-Oct-2014 19:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Enable Networks reports it is connecting about 600 customers a month to the Christchurch fibre network. The company says it has a total of 6,100 customers already connected — making a total uptake of 11 percent across the city. That’s a little better than the national average. Three Christchurch suburbs now have more than 20 percent […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand on the wrong end of Twitter spam
Posted on 2-Oct-2014 13:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A report commissioned by Trend Micro names New Zealand as one of the top ten countries for Twitter spam attacks. The research was carried out by academics from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. They looked at 500 million tweets and found roughly six percent of tweets with URLs are malicious or otherwise abuse the service. Before […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft technology stack — 2014 edition
Posted on 2-Oct-2014 12:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year I spent a week working with nothing but the company’s technology. Since then Microsoft has updated its flagship Surface Pro tablet and Lumia smartphone and delivered Windows 8.1. How does this change things? The big difference is the move from 2013’s Surface Pro 2 to the 2014 Surface Pro 3. While the Pro 2 could run […] Comments (Comments)

Android: Third among equals
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Google, Apple and Microsoft all have decent mobile operating systems. Last year I spent a week working exclusively with each. My conclusion is you won’t go far wrong with any of them. All three cover the basics adequately. None of them is perfect and none has a fatal flaw. Each has pluses and minuses. You […] Comments (Comments)

NZ telcos wince as they foot bill for more UFB
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 18:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One of the National Party’s election promises was to extend the government’s Ultrafast Broadband network. Originally the plan was to spend $1.5 billion to cover 75 percent of the population living in cities and towns. Now the government aims to spend another $150 million to $200 million reaching an extra 200,000 people for a total […] Comments (Comments)

Working with iPhone 6 Plus
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s demonstrator laid an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus side-by-side on the coffee table. He asked “which do you prefer?” My instinctive first answer was to pick the smaller iPhone 6. Yet once the hands-on testing got underway I found myself returning repeatedly to the iPhone 6 Plus. You can read in-depth reviews of both phones […] Comments (Comments)

Five must have free business apps for any device
Posted on 26-Sep-2014 19:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, PC or all three here are five apps to give your business an immediate productivity boost. All are available for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android: OneNote: Microsoft’s excellent note-taking app was an overlooked jewel for a decade. Now it is free. OneNote looks and works like a paper notebook. […] Comments (Comments)

On TV3 talking Muse brainwave sensing headband
Posted on 25-Sep-2014 13:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Muse is a brain wave sensing headband from Thought-Wired. It comes with software for computers and smartphones to help you manage stress, increase focus and enhance cognitive awareness. It’s another type of wearable device. Similar to the sports bands you wear on your wrist. The idea is that you can train your brain to calm […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 197: Apple launch, TechEd, Logitech videoconferencing
Posted on 22-Sep-2014 10:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week we discuss Microsoft TechEd, the Minecraft acquisition, Logitech’s new CC3000e video conferencing system, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10 and big change coming for .NZ domains. We also share thoughts on Apple iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and supported by Vector Communications. Published […] Comments (Comments)

Asus pushes upmarket with Zenbook UX301
Posted on 20-Sep-2014 14:25Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Asus is best known for mid-price PCs and tablets in New Zealand. It aims to change that with the upmarket Zenbook UX301. Ultrabooks tend to be better made and more elegantly designs than everyday notebooks. Asus pulled out the stops building the Zenbook UX301. Like most Ultrabooks it’s well engineered and nice looking. The metal […] Comments (Comments)

Touch Voicemail iPhone app makes smartphones smarter
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 12:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Modern cellphones are smart, but that’s not what it feels like when it comes to voicemail. Until now the only way to get at missed incoming messages is to call your phone network’s voicemail service, wade through clumsy prompts and listen to messages one-by-one. Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees all say they have visual voicemail apps on […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Azure: Cloud for the rest of us
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Cloud computing is great. Yet anything beyond Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud can be daunting for those of us who aren’t IT professionals. While Amazon is the market leader at selling cloud services to business, you couldn’t describe setting up a server or a website on Amazon’s AWS EC2 as easy. On the other hand, there’s nothing scary […] Comments (Comments)

Apple Pay: mobile payments you will use
Posted on 14-Sep-2014 15:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In Apple Pay, the first mobile payments solution that you’ll actually use Owen Williams writes: Android fans seem annoyed by the notion that Apple has NFC now, claiming that they’ve had it for years. The only difference is Android’s had it for years and still failed to get anywhere with it thanks to a mess of standards […] Comments (Comments)

It’s not just journalists — for better or worse, design plays a key role in how we get our news
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 13:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Among its other disruptive influences, the rise of the web has caused journalism to become detached from the physical objects it used to be embedded in, whether that was a newspaper, magazine or book. Information flows over us like a river now, instead of being chopped up and frozen in time.… Comments (Comments)

New Zealand’s affordable broadband
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 12:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A short report from Jon Brewer at Telco2 provides some much-needed perspective on New Zealand broadband prices. The ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development worries that broadband is unaffordable when the cost of a service is more than five percent of household income. Brewer measures how New Zealand stacks up against this benchmark. Our story […] Comments (Comments)

Big iPhone 6 good for business users
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 09:18Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Not everyone loves having a large phone in their pocket. One of the beauties of older iPhones is most people can use them one-handed. On the other hand, there are plenty of compensations from moving to a 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch screen with the iPhone 6 models. They should make business users more productive: […] Comments (Comments)

Another cable won’t lower NZ internet costs
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 16:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There is a good reason to build another submarine cable linking New Zealand to the world. Cheaper internet is not that reason. A press release from the Internet Party suggests a second international cable would bring down prices. The release quotes Internet Party leader Laila Harré: If prices for international Internet traffic don’t come down, New […] Comments (Comments)

Apple’s New 64 Bit A8 Chip: What You Need to Know
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 14:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on For the Love of Tech:
By Rich W Woods Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today which use the new 64 bit A8 chip. Of course this is no surprise. Predicting an A8 is like predicting that baseball will start in April. The A8 processor uses 2 billion transistors.… Comments (Comments)

Apple Watch: All fun and games until someone loses an eye
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 12:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Seen from afar Apple’s Watch looks better than any other attempt at creating a smart watch. It has a sharp design and a solid feature set. If I wanted a smart watch this would be it. But I don’t want a smart watch. At least not at the moment. That could change when I get […] Comments (Comments)

Apple’s modest New Zealand iPhone 6 mark-up
Posted on 11-Sep-2014 11:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From September 26 New Zealanders will able to buy a 16 GB Apple iPhone 6 for $999. That’s what it costs to buy the phone outright. The US headline prices quoted in Apple’s launch presentation were for people buying phones on mobile plans. The US price for a non-plan 16GB iPhone 6 is US$649. Converting that […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft’s cloud first, mobile first challenge
Posted on 10-Sep-2014 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft shows a refreshing ability to reinvent itself. On his first day in the job incoming CEO Satya Nadella told employees: “Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.” Those words, slightly rearranged as cloud first, mobile first have been repeated many times since. Microsoft used them as a slogan when […] Comments (Comments)

A challenge of smartphones, a desperation of smart watches
Posted on 5-Sep-2014 19:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Everyone has heard of a school of fish. Most people know there’s also murder of crows. To my knowledge, there’s no collective noun for smartphones. Judging by this week’s activity, days before Apple takes the wrap off the next iPhones, we can talk of a challenge of smartphones. I counted new models from Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Lenovo, Microsoft […] Comments (Comments)

See you at ITx conference
Posted on 4-Sep-2014 19:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year’s IITP conference was a eye-opener with many great speakers. This year the conference has expanded to become ITx, it won’t be New Zealand’s biggest technology conference, Microsoft’s Tech Ed is larger, but it is the most wide ranging vendor independent event. I’ll be there along with my MacBook catching the keynotes and other sessions. I […] Comments (Comments)

NZ broadband beats Australia again
Posted on 4-Sep-2014 16:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

More evidence that New Zealand's broadband is accelerating past Australia's network. Local web performance measuring company TrueNet compared the speed of downloading Australian and New Zealand websites from PCs in Australia and New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge
Posted on 4-Sep-2014 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung has something to prove. The company sells more smartphones than anyone else. It is the only Android hardware maker that matters. But it doesn’t have Apple’s brand power. Samsung isn’t cool. That’s why Samsung took pains getting its latest message out one week before Apple’s carpet-bomb publicity for it iPhone launch. Samsung has two new […] Comments (Comments)


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