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More than a phone
Posted on 30-Nov-2015 08:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone has always been more than just a phone. From the outset it has also been a pocket computer. The same is true for many Android and Windows phones [1] While iPhones can’t do everything PCs do, they do the important things. They do them well enough for many people’s needs. In the third […] Comments (Comments)

Why you shouldn’t skimp on technology
Posted on 28-Nov-2015 13:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology is an important part of life. Most of us need it to earn a living. Many businesses can’t function without technology. Money spent on hardware, software and services as an investment, not a cost. My key lesson from 30 years writing about computers and technology is: Don’t cut corners. It’s solid advice in every […] Comments (Comments)

iPad Pro, 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air productivity
Posted on 24-Nov-2015 07:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing bad happened switching from the 2015 MacBook to the iPad Pro. If there were any surprises they were all good ones. Every Friday morning I pack a computer, coffee money and a banana in a briefcase. Next I catch a bus to town where I work in a client’s office. Although I interview people, […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone on different transformation paths
Posted on 22-Nov-2015 20:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand telecommunications went from state-owned to a competitive market in a generation. Now the government is back in the telecoms business. Not as a direct player, but sponsoring and calling the shots for a national urban fibre roll out. Government also imposed an extra tax on telcos to pay for rural service upgrades. It […] Comments (Comments)

Which mobile Apple: iPad Pro or 2015 MacBook?
Posted on 19-Nov-2015 19:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

While the iPad Pro and the 2015 MacBook have much in common, you’d choose one over the other for quite different reasons. Computers don’t get more portable than Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. Tablets don’t come any more computer-like than the iPad Pro. So which would you choose?1 In the end it comes down to whether you […] Comments (Comments)

One NZ IT conference to rule them all
Posted on 9-Nov-2015 07:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IITP CEO Paul Matthews has achieved what others couldn’t manage: bringing together most of New Zealand’s IT-focused organisations under a single umbrella. Next year 11 other bodies will join IITP at the ITx 2016 conference in Wellington. According to a press release, the three-day event, will be held at the TSB Arena and Shed 6 complex on […] Comments (Comments)

Four proven ways to speed up your broadband
Posted on 5-Nov-2015 10:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A lot of technology sits between you and the internet content you desire. Consider it a chain of links, with each link responsible for some component of performance. There are some links in the chain you can’t do much about, but others you can strengthen and improve to put you in the optimal position for […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 255: Apple Car, Hyperloop, Owlet baby wearable, HP kills public cloud
Posted on 4-Nov-2015 17:25Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast discussing the artificial intelligence expert that Apple hired, the $6 billion Hyperloop build, Samsung’s Gear S2 Tizen watch, Mt Albert Grammar’s email shock, the Owlet baby wearable, the death of HP’s Helion Public Cloud and ITx 2016. This NZ Tech Podcast produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, […] Comments (Comments)

Consumer cloud bait and switch as Microsoft breaks unlimited OneDrive storage promise 
Posted on 4-Nov-2015 12:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At ZDNet Ed Bott reports: A little over a year ago, Microsoft announced with great fanfare that all Office 365 subscribers would get ‘unlimited’ OneDrive storage. Tonight, months after an executive shakeup, the company says it has no intention of keeping those promises. Source: Microsoft reneges on ‘unlimited’ OneDrive storage promise for Office 365 subscribers […] Comments (Comments)

Review: A month with the Apple iPhone 6S highlights changing role
Posted on 2-Nov-2015 16:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Phones are evolving fast. This year’s flagship iPhone is a big step up in power and capability. The longer you use it, the more this becomes clear; the more you understand why it matters. At first glance Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus[1] look just like last year’s models. That is unless you’re holding one […] Comments (Comments)

Helion public cloud: HP knows when to hold, when to fold
Posted on 29-Oct-2015 08:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run. HP did the right thing telling customers it will “sunset” its Helion public cloud service in January[1]. Global scale public cloud is a high stakes poker game. Two companies, AWS and Microsoft, […] Comments (Comments)

Sony Xperia Z5 review: Fast camera, two-day battery
Posted on 28-Oct-2015 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Sony’s Xperia Z5 is a great flagship Android phone at a time when great is not enough to mean sales and profits. Premium phones from brands not called Samsung or Apple struggle to stand out in a crowded market. Sony hopes the fingerprint reader, camera and extended battery life in its Xperia Z5 will catch your eye. […] Comments (Comments)

A red shield to secure data — Aura Information Security
Posted on 27-Oct-2015 12:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Like many self-made entrepreneurs, Andy may have questioned if he had the confidence or the personality to run his own business. However, there was always a ‘fire in his belly’ and a core motivation to do his own thing away from the corporate world, and more significantly he had a mission to change things. The […] Comments (Comments)

Globalisation: you’re standing in it
Posted on 27-Oct-2015 11:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Exports took off 150 years ago when steamships, railways and refrigeration took sheep meat, wheat, minerals and butter to the other side of the world. The telegraph, radio, aeroplanes and container shipping were all once innovative new technologies. They opened borders and stimulated international trade. Then the internet arrived. Optimists thought it would boost trade. […] Comments (Comments)

Michael Dell explains his US$67 billion EMC bet
Posted on 25-Oct-2015 18:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Re/code interviewed Michael Dell in Michael Dell Explains His $67 Billion Bet on EMC. He talks about his plan to pull off the biggest technology merger in history, one that will create a business with an annual turnover of US$80 billion. The story leads with the point I made last week: big technology mergers rarely succeed. […] Comments (Comments)

An Android phone is not going to revive BlackBerry
Posted on 21-Oct-2015 07:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Blackberry can’t sell phones using its own operating system. What makes it think moving to Android will change that? Overseas media are gushing about a new phone from BlackBerry. That’s something that hasn’t happened for a decade. The excitement is about the BlackBerry Priv. It’s an Android phone, but not another me-too device aiming to […] Comments (Comments)

Dell and EMC: Twilight of the gods
Posted on 20-Oct-2015 09:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At heart, Dell and EMC are hardware companies. They face a serious problem; customers have lost interest in hardware. On October 12 Dell said it will pay US$67 billion for EMC. It’s the biggest technology deal ever and the latest in a never-ending wave of mergers. Dell may pay too much for EMC’s business. The […] Comments (Comments)

Apple Watch: It’s not about the functionality
Posted on 18-Oct-2015 15:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There is a lot to like about the Apple Watch. You don’t need to buy one. Not yet. That’s not the point. Nobody needs an Apple Watch. This product is not about need. It is not about making you more productive. An Apple Watch won’t boost your efficiency any more than a $100 Swatch watch […] Comments (Comments)

Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard works with almost everything
Posted on 8-Oct-2015 19:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s a lot to like about Logitech’s K480 Bluetooth keyboard. It switches quickly and smoothly between computer, tablet and phone. You can use it to jump from one operating system to another without your hands ever leaving the keyboard. It does all this at the twist of a dial. If you own a mix of […] Comments (Comments)

Harvey Norman shoppers ‘may have a case’
Posted on 8-Oct-2015 11:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Radio New Zealand reports Harvey Norman shoppers ‘may have a case’: Rainey Collins Lawyers managing partner Alan Knowsley said if the customers did not agree to the terms and conditions they may have a case. “They could go off to the Disputes Tribunal and seek to enforce their contract and then Harvey Norman will have […] Comments (Comments)

M2, Vocus merge to form down under’s newest billion-dollar telco 
Posted on 28-Sep-2015 19:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here’s a story I wrote earlier today for The Register: Oz telco consolidation continues. Fibre and data centre owner Vocus and consumer/business carrier and service provider M2 are merging to create what they are calling a “full-service vertically integrated telco”. Assuming shareholders agree and the plan gets nodded through by regulatory authorities — both seem […] Comments (Comments)

PC makers pin hopes on Windows 10, Skylake to revive slow sales
Posted on 12-Sep-2015 11:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After three years of falling PC sales computer makers hope Microsoft and Intel can revive a flagging industry.  PC sales hit saturation point two or three years ago. Analysts knew demand would fall, but the drop was worse than expected. Some thought replacement sales would keep the market ticking over. It didn’t happen. Business users […] Comments (Comments)

HP, Dell join Microsoft's Surface enterprise push
Posted on 9-Sep-2015 09:04Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

HP and Dell are the first partners to work with Microsoft to sell Surface Pro tablets to enterprise accounts. More partners will follow as Microsoft embarks on a programme to push Windows 10 and Surface devices to large companies. It is a surprisingly creative move by both Dell and HP. In Dell’s case it shows […] Comments (Comments)

Android hardware makers stare into profitless abyss
Posted on 4-Sep-2015 19:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Almost no-one makes money selling Android phones. It makes you wonder why hardware companies persist when there’s little prospect of a return. Numbers tell the story. IDC Research says three out of every four smartphones shipped in 2014 used Google’s Android software. 1 That sounds like success. It isn’t. Android phone makers taken as a […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand PC sales buck global trend
Posted on 3-Sep-2015 19:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IDC Research reports New Zealand sales fell 2.7 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period last year. This dip contrasts with plummeting sales in some overseas markets. IDC senior market analyst Arunachalam Muthiah says 188,000 PCs were shipped1 in the first quarter of 2015. The number is the same as the previous […] Comments (Comments)

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