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Briefly: Xero farm guide; Dell private at last; Nokia Lumia sales up
Posted on 30-Oct-2013 07:54 by Bill Bennett. | Tags Filed under: News.

Xero farm management APIsXero may be going global, but the company’s New Zealand roots are clearly on show as the accounting-as-a-service company delivers a guide to integrating farm management with accounting software.

The company’s blog explains the move as a way of eliminating the double-touch that happens because farm management software is usually disconnected from accounting.  To get around this Xero is helping companies developing farm management software use it’s APIs to access the accounting software.

It’s a New Zealand wide project with two local developers working to integrate their farm software with Xero: MyFarm and Cashmanager Rural. Xero says the farm management links will go live at the Xerocon NZ event in February.

  • It’s official, Michael Dell has finally wrapped up the deal to take Dell private. After a long run of falling sales, Dell can now move more smoothly from making PCs and servers to building mobile devices and selling services. The company said we can expect to see a new wave of tablets.
  • Excitement in the Nokia camp after sales of the company’s Lumia range of smart phones ticked up again in the third quarter. The company said it sold 8.8 million phones over the three months to September 30. That’s almost three times the number sold in the same quarter a year ago. On the other hand, Apple sold 9 million iPhones on the weekend after announcing the iPhone 5S and 5C, so Nokia still has a way to go.
  • Yours truly features in the latest New Zealand Tech Podcast where, among other things, I talk to Paul Spain about the IITP 2013 Conference and a nasty new twist in ransomware. We also talk about GeoOp’s listing and the new kit from Apple and Microsoft.
  • IT spending in the Asia Pacific region is set to grow by 5.5 percent next year according to research from Gartner.
  • A robotic windows cleaner saw Auckland student Sohail Abdulla polish off the top prize at the 2013 Bright Sparks Awards. The competition gets school students to build electronic and computer projects and seems a fine place to spot up and coming talent.

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