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Kia Ora Netflix
Posted on 19-Nov-2014 16:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Netflix will launch in New Zealand in March. The online video service say it will soon begin operation in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand technology journalism: the twilight years
Posted on 17-Nov-2014 09:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand has a vibrant and flourishing technology sector. Nobody would use those words to describe New Zealand technology journalism. Like a retirement village there are still pockets of life, but things are winding down. You can count the number of full-time technology journalists writing for New Zealand audiences on your fingers. Experienced local journalists […] Comments (Comments)

One rule for telecoms investors, another for Air NZ
Posted on 12-Nov-2014 17:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If there are good reasons for the rest of New Zealand to subsidise rural telecommunications, we should come clean and do it through the tax system Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry’s hip square phone on TV3 Firstline
Posted on 12-Nov-2014 11:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here I am on TV3's Firstline showing the BlackBerry Passport. You can see how it differs from other smartphones. Comments (Comments)

How to decide between Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus
Posted on 10-Nov-2014 12:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s two iPhone 6 models are the best smartphones money can buy. If your pockets are deep enough — something we’ll come back to in a minute — the question is which one to choose. Should you go for the bigger iPhone or the biggest iPhone? It comes down to a trade-off between the trouble […] Comments (Comments)

Dealing with the Android security risk
Posted on 8-Nov-2014 14:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry still gets a sympathetic hearing in some quarters because it offers enterprise-grade security on its phones. Security is baked in to BlackBerry DNA. Its smartphones, operating systems and services are the safest around. That’s important because mobile devices, especially Android smartphones, are now the biggest online security risk. A recent Symantec Cybersecurity Report found 38 percent […] Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry Passport — the productive business smartphone you won’t buy
Posted on 5-Nov-2014 18:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You don’t need to be told there is something different about the BlackBerry Passport. For a start there’s a retro qwerty keyboard. Then there’s the shape, different to any other smartphone. It is also big — as big as an Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Passport is BlackBerry’s business class smartphone. BlackBerry built the Passport with […] Comments (Comments)

9Spokes cloud integration, dashboard
Posted on 4-Nov-2014 15:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

9Spokes says its cloud dashboard gives small businesses the oversight corporations pay millions to get from ERP systems. The New Zealand-based start-up is a cloud app integrator. When customers first arrive they find a one-stop marketplace. 9Spokes walks customers through the stages as they build tailored software suites. 9Spokes has recommended suites for several vertical […] Comments (Comments)

Cloud latency, data centres and the lure of Australia
Posted on 1-Nov-2014 09:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Latency is a good reason to build a data centre closer to customers.  Spark Digital has just spent NZ$60 million building a data centre in Takanini, South Auckland. That puts it within spitting distance of New Zealand’s biggest market. According to Spark the Takanini data centre is part of a NZ$200 million investment in New Zealand cloud […] Comments (Comments)

Mac writing apps November 2014
Posted on 30-Oct-2014 16:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Professional writer compares the current crop of writing apps for the OS X. Includes Pages 5, Word:mac2011, Byword, Google Docs, iA Writer, Comments (Comments)

How Microsoft can win cloud computing
Posted on 28-Oct-2014 09:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft opened Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne this week. In theory Australia’s East Coast is just a 14ms ping from Auckland. Realistically most traffic will take longer. It isn’t like having a server in the next room, but close enough. Australian Azure data centres come at a price. Lifehacker reports many Australian services […] Comments (Comments)

What I want from my blogging tools
Posted on 25-Oct-2014 18:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A look at how to get more from blogging with WordPress on a MacBook Air and using Byword Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: China phishes, Apple refreshes, Intergen sells, UFB 200/200
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 15:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week the NZ Tech Podcast discusses Apple’s product refresh across iPad, iMac, iOS and OS X, hear about a massive phishing attack in China, Intergen’s sale, Microsoft’s Azure data centre launch in Sydney, Spark’s Socialiser and the $US179 tablet-laptop hybrid. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Supported by Vector […] Comments (Comments)

Why Gigatown is not a waste of money
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 13:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report critics describe Gigatown as a waste of money. Gigatown is a year-long competition run by Chorus. It promotes the company’s UFB fibre network being rolled out to urban New Zealand. The prize will see the nation’s switched-on town get 1Gbps broadband connections ahead of the rest of the country. […] Comments (Comments)

IBM stumbles on path to cloud
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IBM needs to reinvent itself to deal with cloud computing. Although the job was never going to be easy, IBM has an enviable track record on major change. It is the organisation that defined the original computer business. IBM built a monopoly and lead the mainframe era. Although it was late into the PC game, […] Comments (Comments)

Personal cloud storage plans – October 2014
Posted on 20-Oct-2014 10:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you're looking for cloud storage there are plenty of options. Most cloud storage providers offer a basic service for free. You may get by using these offerings alone. Comments (Comments)

Why people won’t try Windows Phone
Posted on 19-Oct-2014 09:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

My time with the Nokia Lumia 930 is up. Microsoft called on Friday asking me to return the review smartphone. I’ll miss it. Like all recent high-end Microsoft smartphones, the Lumia 930 is big, beautiful and powerful. I hesitate to describe a phone as intuitive. Still, anyone who has spent time with modern technology will […] Comments (Comments)

Plain English is radical
Posted on 15-Oct-2014 09:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Fundamentally Useless:
Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem led the news, the Left was ready to respond with a slew of long and fancy words. Left wing politics… Comments (Comments)

Samsung launches new phone, needs a new business model
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 14:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Yesterday Samsung launched the $1150 Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in New Zealand. While the Note 4 is interesting, it is not interesting enough to generate much local media coverage. This underlines Samsung’s challenge. It isn’t that Samsung smartphones aren’t state-of-the-art devices. They are. But so are the cheaper smartphones coming from Chinese and Indian factories. […] Comments (Comments)

The Dark Net
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 09:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Rowan Simpson:
NZVIF have released their latest Young Company Finance report. The report includes a list of all of the companies that raised new capital so far in 2014. It is an appallingly incomplete list. These are the companies that I know of they have missed: Vend, NBR, March 26 Timely, NBR,… Comments (Comments)

Dark days at Hewlett-Packard
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 08:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here’s what I discovered when researching background material to write about Hewlett-Packard’s impending break-up. You can draw your own conclusion. Filed under: Blog Tagged: HP Comments (Comments)

Chorus warns Australia on structural separation
Posted on 13-Oct-2014 11:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus manager of marketing strategy and insight Rosalie Nelson warned Australia’s telecommunications industry on the risks of New Zealand-style full structural separation. She was speaking at the CommsDay Melbourne Congress. Nelson’s comments come as Optus chairman Paul O’Sullivan calls for Telstra to split along similar lines to Telecom NZ (now Spark) and Chorus. When Chorus […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 10, HP splits, MyRepublic
Posted on 13-Oct-2014 08:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week – a focus on Windows 10 and new low-cost Windows tablets, Dubai police to get Google Glass, MyRepublic gears up for NZ launch, Hewlett-Packard decides to break up, Marriott Hotels fined for Wi-Fi block and new .NZ domain names launch. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nathan Mercer (Microsoft NZ) and supported […] Comments (Comments)

Taking stolen emails at face value
Posted on 12-Oct-2014 11:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For a few weeks stories involving stolen emails dominated New Zealand news reports. It was no accident this was in the run up to the 2014 election. Nicky Hager based his book Dirty Politics on messages to and from WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater. Then Kim Dotcom revealed an email he claims proved Prime Minister John […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand iPhone 6 plans compared
Posted on 11-Oct-2014 14:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand prices for Apple’s iPhone 6 start at $1000 for the 16GB model. Well, $999 but we’re not fooled. That’s $50 cheaper than the cost of the lowest price iPhone 5S when it first launched here a year ago. A 64GB iPhone 6 costs $1150 and the 128GB model is $1300. Not everybody wants to, […] Comments (Comments)


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