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BlackBerry to acquire Good Technology
Posted on 5-Sep-2015 08:11Tags News, Security

BlackBerry Limited has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Good Technology for $425 million in cash. 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)

Work out to music with new TomTom Spark GPS fitness watch
Posted on 4-Sep-2015 10:43Tags News, GPS

TomTom has annouced the TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch with integrated music player, making it easier for fitness enthusiasts to boost their training. Comments (Comments)

XONZ to bring latest games lineup to Auckland
Posted on 4-Sep-2015 10:40Tags News, Gaming

Xbox New Zealand is giving games fans an exclusive chance to play the greatest Xbox line-up ever at XONZ, a dedicated Xbox event on Saturday 26 September in Auckland. Comments (Comments)

Samsung announced Gear S2 smartwatch
Posted on 4-Sep-2015 10:36Tags News, Android

The Samsung Gear S2 comes in a versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom UX and advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalize and bring more fun to their mobile experience. Comments (Comments)

Wynyard wins contract with Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Posted on 4-Sep-2015 01:00Tags News, Security

Wynyard Group has won a new contract with The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to provide Wynyard risk management software. 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)

Moving to Windows 10: Laplink works with Microsoft to offer file migration app
Posted on 3-Sep-2015 09:53Tags News, Computing

PCmover has been selected by Microsoft Corp. as its recommended migration solution for Windows users, with a free download of PCmover Express for personal use available now. Comments (Comments)

Intel introduces 6th Generation Intel Core processors
Posted on 3-Sep-2015 09:18Tags News, Computing

New Intel Core processors are optimised to run Windows 10 with extended battery life and improved performance, ideal for mobile computing. Comments (Comments)

How Microsoft stumbled with touch-enabled Windows, then recovered
Posted on 31-Aug-2015 07:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Two years ago Microsoft was staring down the barrel of disaster. Today it looks stronger than it has in a decade. In April 2013 IDC research reported second quarter PC sales were 14 percent lower than the year earlier. The firm’s analysts had previously forecasted falling sales. They got that much right, but their earlier […] Comments (Comments)

IBM Extends Open Cloud initiatives
Posted on 27-Aug-2015 10:44Tags News, SaaS

Customers can now deploy and manage their applications on OpenStack-based private clouds from IBM Cloud data centers worldwide. Comments (Comments)

Vista Entertainment Solutions to enter Japanese market
Posted on 27-Aug-2015 10:41Tags News, Web media

New Zealand company Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) has signed a distribution agreement with VINX Corporation to enable the sale and distribution of VES software to the Japanese cinema marketplace for the first time. Comments (Comments)

Government launches Green Paper to explore digital convergence
Posted on 27-Aug-2015 10:35Tags News, Web media

Communications and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today launched a Green Paper and work programme outlining the Government's response to the challenges and opportunities of a converged world. Comments (Comments)

Ultimate Ears bluetooth speaker: Roll with it
Posted on 25-Aug-2015 17:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It hasn’t taken Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand to carve out a niche as maker of stylish, rugged Bluetooth speakers. It helps that the speakers in the UE range look good and perform well yet sell at affordable prices. At the time of writing the most affordable model in the range for New Zealanders is the […] Comments (Comments)

Intel and CSIRO tracking bees with RFID technology
Posted on 25-Aug-2015 09:49Tags News, Computing

CSIRO-led initiative seeks to protect one third of global produce reliant on pollination via collaborative research effort. Comments (Comments)

New Dell Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) targets fastest growing datacentre market
Posted on 25-Aug-2015 09:31Tags News, Computing

Dell unveils new line of business within enterprise solutions to serve growing market of service providers, telecommunications providers and web tech customers. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 244: Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+; Morepork; TomTom Bandit; TPP
Posted on 24-Aug-2015 16:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain (@paulspain) where we discuss experiences with the Samsung Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge+, Spark’s Morepork smart home security, TomTom Bandit, the TPP Agreement, the so-called Netflix tax and CodeBlue’s acquisition by Australia’s CSG. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 244 directly Subscribe and […] Comments (Comments)

What the Trans Pacific Partnership means New Zealand tech sector
Posted on 24-Aug-2015 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Writing on his organisation’s TechBlog, IITP chief executive Paul Matthews says after a meeting with New Zealand TTP negotiators he feels more positive about what the trade agreement means for our technology sector. Here are the edited highlights. The quotes are from Paul Matthews, the comments are from me: We’ve received absolute assurances that nothing […] Comments (Comments)

Ashley Madison: A wake up call
Posted on 24-Aug-2015 12:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When criminals expose intimate data from an infidelity website everyone is affected. A month ago a group called Impact Team stole the user database and transaction history from Ashley Madison, a website that arranges liaisons for married people. Last week the group released the data online. It has names, addresses, personal details and sexual preferences […] Comments (Comments)

Business process automation fills people gap in Australia and New Zealand — Computer Weekly
Posted on 21-Aug-2015 16:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most organisations, business process automation (BPA) is about driving down costs. It does that by eliminating manual processes – a polite way of saying it replaces jobs and cuts the payroll. Although they seek the same cost and efficiency gains, companies in Australia and New Zealand turn to BPA for other reasons – it allows them […] Comments (Comments)

Jobs in NZ Games Industry Grow 30%
Posted on 21-Aug-2015 09:38Tags News, Gaming

New Zealand's video game studios created 134 new high-tech creative jobs in the last financial year, according to an independent survey by the New Zealand Game Developers Association. Comments (Comments)

Victoria University of Wellington launches new Master of Innovation and Commercialisation degree
Posted on 21-Aug-2015 09:37Tags News, Web media

Victoria University of Wellington is launching a new Master's degree aimed at placing students at the coalface of product development and commercialisation. Comments (Comments)

One month left for councils to get digital enablement plans sorted
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 18:33Tags News, Broadband

Local authorities have four more weeks to submit a digital enablement plan outlining how they will take advantage of new investment from the Government's broadband extension, Communications Minister Amy Adams says. Comments (Comments)

NASA accepting registrations for those wanting to send their name to Mars
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 10:17Tags News, Web media

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA's journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year. Comments (Comments)

Freelancer reviews 356,000 job requests to find out trends
Posted on 19-Aug-2015 09:46Tags News, Web media

Freelancer's Fast 50 highlights Android outpacing Apple with phones and wearable apps, Social Commerce growing rapidly, and Data Science fast becoming a core business practice. Comments (Comments)


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