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Review: HP Elitebook Folio G1 business class laptop
Posted on 29-Jul-2016 12:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If your heart says MacBook, but your head says Windows, HP’s Elitebook Folio G1 fits the bill. At a glance For: Thin, light, attractive. Great keyboard for such a small laptop. 4K touch screen display in the review model. Against:  Battery can drain fast at times. Maybe: Only two USB-C ports. Verdict:  A minimal, business-class […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei reports strong growth in both consumer and enterprise businesses
Posted on 28-Jul-2016 18:56Tags News, Mobile

Overall Huawei reported sales revenues of NZ$52.5 billion, an increase of 40% on the same period last year. The company's operating margin was 12%. Comments (Comments)

Crucial Launches New High Performance MX300 SSDs
Posted on 28-Jul-2016 18:47Tags News, Computing

Performance and endurance of Micron 3D TLC NAND provide features and quality customers expect from Crucial SSDs. Comments (Comments)

2degrees activate 100GbE interconnect to the Southern Cross Cable Network
Posted on 28-Jul-2016 18:24Tags News, Broadband

Company says new connection is driven by the massive growth of content providers such as Netflix fuelling New Zealanders' demand for data. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 294: Tesla trucks, Cyber spies, acquisitions, Air NZ Bluetooth
Posted on 28-Jul-2016 15:18Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week features Elon Musk’s Masterplan 2 and Tesla autonomous trucks, cyber sabotage apparently used by Fortune 500 companies, Air NZ allowing inflight Bluetooth, acquisitions – Marker Metro, ARM-SoftBank, Yahoo-Verizon. Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guest is Bill Bennett. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 294 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS […] Comments (Comments)

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)

Law School to launch new ICT Law Centre
Posted on 26-Jul-2016 20:18Tags News, Computing

The New Zealand Centre for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Law will be officially launched at the Law School at the University of Auckland. Comments (Comments)

Verizon to acquire Yahoo's operating business
Posted on 25-Jul-2016 23:45Tags News, SaaS

Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash. The sale does not include Yahoo's cash, its shares in Alibaba Group Holdings, its shares in Yahoo Japan and some patents. 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)

Air New Zealand to allow use of Bluetooth devices onboard its fleet
Posted on 20-Jul-2016 20:14Tags News, Consumer Electronics

In a first for airlines in the South Pacific, Air New Zealand is giving customers the freedom to use Bluetooth devices 'gate to gate' across its entire fleet. Comments (Comments)

Countdown online shopping celebrates 20 years
Posted on 20-Jul-2016 20:09Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Countdown is today celebrating 20 years and millions of orders since introducing online grocery shopping to New Zealand in 1996. Comments (Comments)

Study says 72% of kiwi women under 30 experience online harassment
Posted on 20-Jul-2016 20:07Tags News, Security

The survey reveals one in seven women have been affected by general threats of physical violence. Comments (Comments)

D-Link connects Emirates Team NZ in Americas Cup
Posted on 19-Jul-2016 19:24Tags News, Wireless

America's Cup hopeful Emirates Team NZ has partnered with D-Link for all of its networking, wireless and connectivity equipment requirements in its push to win the 35th Louis Vuitton America's Cup in 2017. Comments (Comments)

SkyBus relies on Spark Digital technology for WiFi
Posted on 19-Jul-2016 19:22Tags News, Wi-Fi

Spark Digital is providing SkyBus with Wi-Fi in Auckland and so far over 200,000 people have connected on their travels to and from the city, on average using 16 MB of data. Comments (Comments)

Major NZTech cyber security summit to prepare against attacks
Posted on 19-Jul-2016 19:20Tags News, Security

New Zealand is not exempt to major security risks which could impinge on the economy and livelihood as a nation, NZ Tech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Comments (Comments)

Team Hodor wins New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge
Posted on 19-Jul-2016 19:18Tags News, Security

They came from across the country to take part in the third New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge last week at the University of Waikato, and Team Hodor walked away the winner. Comments (Comments)

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand launches
Posted on 19-Jul-2016 19:16Tags News, SaaS

Launched in 2012, the Seattle-based Smart Cities Council has evolved to become the global leader in the provision of smart cities resources for government and private sector alike. 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)

Semble to discontinue mobile wallet service
Posted on 15-Jul-2016 09:37Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Semble, a New Zealand mobile wallet company, has today announced that following a strategic review of the business it will discontinue its current mobile payment service. 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)

SQL Sentry adding support for Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Posted on 14-Jul-2016 11:47Tags News, SaaS

Performance Advisor has long provided performance monitoring coverage for SQL Server professionals, and that has now been extended to provide support for BI professionals using Microsoft's new cloud offering, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Comments (Comments)


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