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PC brands plan survival tactics
Posted on 27-Jul-2016 15:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Personal computer sales are in free-fall. Tablet sales are in worse shape. The two do not exist in isolation. Computer makers have different strategies to squeeze the most out of a difficult market. IDC reports the tablet market has now been in decline for six quarters in a row. Market leaders Apple and Samsung have […] Comments (Comments)

CheckIT finds the data rat in your ranks
Posted on 27-Jul-2016 10:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Computer Forensics managing director Brian Eardley-Wilmot says his business has seen a rise in computer crime over the last year. His company is often called in to investigate data theft and other intellectual property crimes. He says there are now more than 100 data crimes each day in New Zealand. Cybercrimes committed by outsiders are […] Comments (Comments)

Smartwatches a geek ghetto
Posted on 25-Jul-2016 08:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand auction site TradeMe lists dozens, maybe hundreds, of Apple Watches. Many are new or nearly new.  This is unremarkable. Every imaginable electronic device is available on TradeMe.  Yet the number of unwanted Apple Watches is high for a small country like New Zealand. The number is high considering how few Watches have sold […] Comments (Comments)

Best cloud storage plans — 2016
Posted on 22-Jul-2016 15:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Storing files in the cloud and syncing them across devices has changed the way we use computers and data. Thanks to the cloud you can breathe easier knowing your files are safe, even if something terrible happens to your computer, phone or tablet. Moreover, you can have near-instant access to any of your files from […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand number six nation for mobile connectivity
Posted on 18-Jul-2016 18:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

GSMA, the global mobile industry trade association, ranks New Zealand number six in a league table measuring mobile connectivity in 130 countries. The index measures the ability of countries to connect citizens to the mobile internet. It breaks this down to four categories: infrastructure, affordability, consumption and content. Australia is in top place with an […] Comments (Comments)

Chorus says 100GB is the new normal
Posted on 15-Jul-2016 15:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A post at the Chorus blog says the average amount of data consumed by a household continue’s to rise and now sits at 100GB a month. “Since the beginning of 2016 we’ve reported new highs of data consumption, and now it seems that 100GB is the new normal. The national monthly household data consumption average […] Comments (Comments)

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard Cover
Posted on 14-Jul-2016 17:39Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover feels like an essential partner for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That’s not the case with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Comments (Comments)

Tuanz calls for better consumer protections
Posted on 14-Jul-2016 12:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tuanz — Telecommunications Users Association New Zealand — wants better consumer protection when the government revisits the Telecommunications Act. Earlier this week Communications Minister Amy Adams published what she calls an “options paper”. This asks for feedback on the government’s proposed utility-style model for regulating fixed line telecommunications services after 2020. The paper forms part […] Comments (Comments)

Where Open Source fits in New Zealand
Posted on 13-Jul-2016 16:18Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

NZ Open Source Society president Dave Lane is a frequent and articulate promoter of his cause. He can also be a scathing critic of proprietary software. In keeping with the Open Source philosophy, his presentation from this year’s ITX conference is online. You can read the slides, or hit the S key to see the […] Comments (Comments)

Apple sales down, but no Macpocalypse
Posted on 13-Jul-2016 08:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New figures from IDC and Gartner show Apple’s immunity to falling PC sales has ended. Global PC sales have fallen for five years in a row. Until now Apple bucked the trend. Mac sales continued to grow while every other major brand declined. This saw Apple’s market share increase. IDC’s latest quarterly report says total […] Comments (Comments)

Miss Newton MessagePad? MyScript Stylus takes iPad Pro back to 1993
Posted on 12-Jul-2016 10:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

MyScript Stylus is a free handwriting recognition app for the iPad Pro. The app is a keyboard extension. It replaces the normal on-screen qwerty keyboard with a space where you can write. While the app will work if you write with your finger or any kind of stylus, you’ll get the best results if you […] Comments (Comments)

Review: HP gets Windows laptop right with Spectre
Posted on 11-Jul-2016 12:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Reborn market leader hits prestige button to reboot the Windows laptop. Spectre prices start at NZ$2500. At a glance: For: Thinnest laptop on market. Fast performance. Well made, attractive. Good keyboard. Against: Battery life good, but not best-in-class. Maybe: Lacks touch screen. Has three USB-C ports, no others. Verdict: The best Windows laptop we’ve seen […] Comments (Comments)

Tech sector gives Education Minister not achieved
Posted on 10-Jul-2016 15:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Xero managing director Anna Curzon writes in for Stuff: “It’s about time digital technology was recognised as an important topic of education because it’s crucial we prepare our next generation for tomorrow’s world.” Someone could have written the same words any time in the last 40 years. It’s not a new idea. People said the […] Comments (Comments)

If your message matters don’t use Facebook
Posted on 8-Jul-2016 18:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you need to contact someone in a hurry, don’t use Facebook or any other social media unless you know for sure the person is used to getting messages that way. Facebook is huge. It has 1.6 billion users. Facebook and its assorted apps account for about 30 percent of all US internet use. Given […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Herald digital edition — a newspaper without paper
Posted on 8-Jul-2016 12:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The New Zealand Herald sent an email today inviting readers to subscribe to a NZ$25 a month digital edition. This is a good idea. A digital edition is an exact electronic copy of the print edition. The paper is available online at 6am each day. It is separate from the website version of the paper at […] Comments (Comments)

Putting Chorus shoddy work complaints in perspective
Posted on 7-Jul-2016 13:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand’s media was quick to report stories about poor Ultrafast Broadband installation work this week. Stuff went first on Monday with Problems linger with Chorus ultra-fast broadband rollout. Not to be outdone, Tuesday’s The New Zealand Herald reported: Fibre-optic cables for ultra-fast broadband have been installed across fences and through gardens in some Auckland […] Comments (Comments)

Goodbye BlackBerry qwerty keyboard phone
Posted on 7-Jul-2016 11:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the New York Times Ian Austin writes: …struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry made a sharp detour from its history on Tuesday when it announced it was discontinuing the last phone to have the traditional version of the company’s iconic physical keyboard and trackpad. BlackBerry keyboard phones were essential business tools back when most other so-called smartphones […] Comments (Comments)

Windows 10 laptops still better than tablets
Posted on 6-Jul-2016 15:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In hindsight most users agree Windows 8 was a stinker. Many thought so at the time. Windows 8’s reception so traumatised Microsoft the company drew a clear line under the operating system. To emphasise this, Windows skipped a version moving direct from 8 to 10. One reason desktop and laptop owners didn’t warm to Windows […] Comments (Comments)

Operating system upgrade dilemma
Posted on 5-Jul-2016 12:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Many users were unhappy about the way Microsoft pushed the recent Windows 10 upgrade. Not all Mac owners were overjoyed about moving to OSX 10 El Capitan. Operating systems change all the time. Do we all need to move in lockstep to the latest versions? You may have good reasons not to want to jump. […] Comments (Comments)

Norton Wi-Fi Privacy review
Posted on 4-Jul-2016 08:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Symantec wants you to know public Wi-Fi is risky — see below. This is not news. But the company says it has your back with an app to keep you safe. Norton WiFi Privacy comes in versions for Android and iOS. Both are free downloads. You get a one week trial at no charge. After that, it’s […] Comments (Comments)

Your 5-step IT security parachute — NZ Business
Posted on 2-Jul-2016 14:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett went to five IT security experts to determine the five easiest, most affordable, steps you can take right now to secure your business. Online criminals can attack from anywhere in the world and at any time. New Zealand is in their sights. Like all criminals, they look for easy targets – which means […] Comments (Comments)

“Still early days” at AWS
Posted on 1-Jul-2016 11:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Amazon Web Services has made huge progress in a short time. The business is only ten years old. And yet It doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus[1]. At least AWS dominates the narrow worlds of enterprise IT and cloud computing. Dominate is an understatement. AWS created cloud computing and remade today’s enterprise IT […] Comments (Comments)

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)


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