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Agility, knowledge economy key for Auckland as an emerging global city
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

James Rosenwax says Auckland should focus on agility and the knowledge economy as it continues to emerge as a dynamic global city. Rosenwax leads Aecom’s Australia and New Zealand cities practice. He recently authored a report on using innovation to transform Australian cities. He says Auckland is already on the radar for many of the […] Comments (Comments)

700MHz build boosts Spark, Vodafone mobile footprint
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 13:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark and Vodafone have built more rural cell towers than they were required to do under the terms of the 2014 auction for 700 MHz spectrum. In the past two years the carriers have added a total of 34 new cell towers. All of them in rural areas. Together they expanded the coverage by 3825 […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone gigabit FibreX promises faster installs, lower costs
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone is using the promise of a three-day install and lower gigabit prices as a lure to its FibreX network. FibreX is the new name for the Vodafone HFC (hybrid-fibre coaxial) network that services parts of Wellington, the Kapiti Coast and Christchurch. A naked unlimited data gigabit plan costs $110 a month on FibreX. That […] Comments (Comments)

New WiFi enabled doorbell to be available in retail
Posted on 19-Oct-2016 08:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

New Zealanders are about to experience a new level of safety and a sense of community with the launch of the latest technology in home security - the Ring Video Doorbell. Comments (Comments)

Review: Sony Xperia XZ, Android contender
Posted on 18-Oct-2016 12:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A†solid high-end Android phone with an excellent camera and great sound.† Sony Xperia XZ at a glance For: great camera high-definition audio water resistance clean software Against: generic design no fingerprint scanner Maybe: chunky performance Verdict: Solid Android contender, gets important things right Price: NZ$1100 Website: Sony Xperia XZ While Sonyís Xperia XZ is late [Ö] Comments (Comments)

New player wants to shake things up in the recruitment game
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:59Tags News, Web media

PreviewMe is on a mission to take on the recruitment industry with its video platform. The start-up is working with a wide range of businesses and candidates and encouraging them to think differently about how jobs are promoted and applied for. Comments (Comments)

Bluetooth audio safety messages to South Island rental car drivers wins national award
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:57Tags News, Consumer Electronics

A collaboration of GO Rentals, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Transport Authority, HMI Technologies and Resolve has taken out the Charted Institute of Transport and Logistics Safety, Security & Environmental Innovation 2016 Award. Comments (Comments)

Digital signatures go live on MYOB
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:54Tags News, SaaS

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting "digital signatures", saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. Comments (Comments)

GEO and NZ Post trial to cut time-wasting on the job
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:53Tags News, Web media

Mobile workforce software company GEO has launched a nationwide trial with NZ Post's one-click courier service, BringIt, that allows customers to have parcels delivered quickly, usually within an hour and straight from their smartphones, at a discounted rate. Comments (Comments)

HoloLens set to feature at Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:48Tags News, Computing

Attendees to get sneak peek and chance for hands-on demo of Microsoft's new augmented reality device, following announcement of pre-order availability for New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

One month with the Apple Watch Series 2 and WatchOS3
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 11:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

GPS sensor and better water resistance target fitness tracking with Apple Watch Series 2. Forget talk about Apple being second only to Rolex in worldwide watch sales. Appleís Watch is not a direct competitor to Rolex. It is a fitness tracker first and wearable computer second. Being a wristwatch is only one of many applications. […] Comments (Comments)

Goody Card raises new capital and aims at one million members
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 10:58Tags News, SaaS

Some of the new capital will be spent on further developing the Goody platform, which includes adding a vast array of new features to improve merchant business intelligence and rewarding consumers. Comments (Comments)

Worrying about the social media footprint
Posted on 16-Oct-2016 14:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Judging by comments on this site and at Geekzone, readers are split over online privacy issues. Some worry about privacy. Others are happy to give away their most intimate details in return for accessing online services. This is not a judgement. Itís an observation. Snooping as a business model Privacy, or rather snooping on people, […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft announces global expansion for HoloLens
Posted on 13-Oct-2016 23:57Tags News, Computing

Microsoft HoloLens now available for preorder from the Microsoft Store in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with devices starting to ship in late November. Comments (Comments)

Sony launches PlayStation VR in New Zealand
Posted on 13-Oct-2016 23:51Tags News, Gaming

PS VR, which is compatible with the more than 40 million PS4 systems already inside consumers' homes across the globe, arrives with a lineup of 30 games. Comments (Comments)

Kiwibank FinTech accelerator partners with Simmonds Stewart
Posted on 13-Oct-2016 23:49Tags News, Computing

Creative HQ has confirmed the appointment of leading technology law firm Simmonds Stewart as the legal partner to the newly launched Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator. Comments (Comments)

Apple Pay coming to ANZ New Zealand customers
Posted on 13-Oct-2016 07:37Tags News, Apple

ANZ New Zealand today brings its customers Apple Pay, a mobile payment with an easy, secure and private way to pay that's fast and convenient. Comments (Comments)

Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN enhanced to support branch network simplification and expanded security
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 20:44Tags News, Computing

With NetScaler SD-WAN, Citrix offers enterprises a simple yet sophisticated solution to quickly and cost-effectively begin wide-scale deployments of SD-WAN, reduce network complexity and set up their branch to consume applications from the cloud in a seamless and more secure manner. Comments (Comments)

Kiwis hooked by online phishing expedition
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 20:37Tags News, Security

A KPMG test on the cyber security of New Zealand businesses as part of Connect Smart Week has revealed one in ten Kiwis could fall for a phishing attack. Comments (Comments)

PC market consolidates as shipments fall another 5.7 percent
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 19:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner reports the PC industry shipped some 69 million units†in the third quarter of 2016. Thatís a 5.7 decline on the same period in 2015 and the eighth consecutive quarter of falling sales. Meanwhile, the business is consolidating into fewer and fewer hands. The top six PC brands accounted for 78 percent of all shipments […] Comments (Comments)

Second presidential debate Twitter live stream captures 3.2 million viewers
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 09:46Tags News, Social media

Debate generates over 17 million Tweets, more than 3 billion impressions to become most Tweeted ever. Comments (Comments)

Samsung brand suffers from Galaxy Note 7 woes
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 08:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung has little choice but to scrap the Galaxy Note 7. But thatís only the start of its problems. The cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall is astronomical. Dropping the phone means foregoing at least $10 billion revenue now and, maybe, a billion or so in profit.† Then thereís the cost of two product [Ö] Comments (Comments)

Samsung brand suffers from Galaxy Note 7 woes
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 07:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung has little choice but to scrap the Galaxy Note 7. But that’s only the start of its problems. The cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall is astronomical. Dropping the phone means foregoing at least $10 billion revenue now and, maybe, a billion or so in profit.  Then there’s the cost of two product […] Comments (Comments)

The Icehouse opens applications for new Flux Accelerator
Posted on 11-Oct-2016 20:43Tags News, Web media

The Icehouse's new Flux Accelerator offers up to $100,000 to tech start-ups. Comments (Comments)

Spark to stop replacements of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7
Posted on 11-Oct-2016 20:37Tags News, Android

Spark has become aware this afternoon of one incident involving a Spark customer's Note7 device. Comments (Comments)

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