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Dell introduces new BIOS verification and advanced threat protection for commercial PCs
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 09:54Tags News, Security

Technology provides off-host verification, ensuring all devices remain secure through the boot process. Comments (Comments)

Visa opens Global Network with launch of Visa Developer
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 09:53Tags News, Computing

Visa Inc. has announced the launch of Visa Developer, making the world's largest retail payments network an open platform that hopes to drive innovation in payments and commerce. Comments (Comments)

Dell XPS 13 Touch: Give my regards to Broadwell
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 08:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Not everyone wants to move on from Windows laptops. Dell makes a case for staying with the touch-screen XPS 13 Touch. The XP a business class Ultrabook at a business class price: the reviewed model costs NZ$2800. A dazzling 13.3-inch quad HD+ display sets the XPS 13 Touch apart from the Ultrabook pack. To infinity… […] Comments (Comments)

Android fails to revive BlackBerry
Posted on 4-Feb-2016 15:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry‘s Android model, the Priv, failed to revive the company’s phone sales. According to Juniper Research, BlackBerry only sold 734,000 phones in the last quarter of 2015 — a total of 3.7 million for the full year. If anyone is interested, the phone went on sale in Australia today. Microsoft‘s Windows phone fared little better […] Comments (Comments)

Internet of Things network launches in Wellington
Posted on 4-Feb-2016 11:01Tags News, Mobile

A new commercial wireless network to carry data to and from sensors and other connected objects - the so called Internet of Things - has been launched in Wellington today. Comments (Comments)

Rural Broadband Initiative upgrades bring faster speeds
Posted on 1-Feb-2016 11:29Tags News, Broadband

More rural New Zealanders are experiencing faster internet speeds thanks to Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) towers being upgraded to 4G, Communications Minister Amy Adams said today. Comments (Comments)

iPhone sales growth flattens – a perspective
Posted on 1-Feb-2016 08:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Apple confirmed iPhone sales grew at their lowest-ever rate during the last quarter of 2015. Apple went on to say sales could fall in the current quarter, ending in March. Mike Hosking asked me to put this into perspective on Newstalk ZB. Yes, it does spell the end of stellar iPhone sales growth. […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft now all about cloud
Posted on 30-Jan-2016 09:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Forget Surface, Lumia and Windows. Today’s Microsoft is all about cloud and subscriptions. Surface Pro tablets did well. Microsoft has strong orders for the Surface Book. Yet the big story is elsewhere. Investors are more interested in the cloud progress: Azure grew 140 percent last year. Office 365 subscriptions continue to surge. The interesting thing here […] Comments (Comments)

More thoughts on Skinny Broadband
Posted on 30-Jan-2016 08:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you don’t need fibre speeds or large amounts of data my review found Skinny Broadband is a good low cost alternative. While it’s possible to get speeds of 40 Mbps, I could only get 25 Mbps at home. Coverage Readers ask how they can know in advance if they’ll get decent speeds. Skinny says […] Comments (Comments)

Modern technology is not expensive
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 18:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A thought… Although modern digital technology sometimes feels expensive, by historic standards it is anything but. When I began writing about computers in the 1980s a business microcomputer cost close to the annual average take home salary. In the 1990s most workers would need to toil for months to buy a basic PC. According to […] Comments (Comments)

Compass Communications to buy Ultracom's UFB business
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 12:46Tags News, Broadband

New Zealand owned and operated Compass Communications Limited has reached a conditional offer to acquire the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) business of Ultracom, which provides telecommunications services to customers in the Northland region, using the Northpower Fibre network. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand's most remote students connected to the world
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 12:42Tags News, Broadband

New Zealand's 49 most remote schools are all now connected to faster broadband just in time for the start of Term One, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. Comments (Comments)

Surface Book now available through retail in New Zealand
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 12:41Tags News, Computing

Microsoft Corp. announced today the retail availability of Surface Book throughout New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Future of personal computing: Where Chromebook fits
Posted on 28-Jan-2016 07:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After reading I have seen the future of personal computing Darrin Lim asks: @billbennettnz Thrust of your piece is about cloud yet you don't mention Chromebooks. Any reason why? — Darrin Lim (@darrinlim) January 27, 2016 Lim is right: Personal computing’s future is cloudy. The trend is towards something we once called thin clients. I call them: thinner clients. I […] Comments (Comments)

I have seen the future of personal computing: It isn’t a Windows laptop
Posted on 27-Jan-2016 15:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft understands where personal computing is heading. So does Apple. Only a handful of today’s computers matter1. None are Windows laptops. None are desktops. They are: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Apple iPad Pro Apple 2015 MacBook Everything else is legacy computing, a clever clone of one of the above or specialist kit […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys to provide baggage handling reconciliation system to New Zealand operations
Posted on 27-Jan-2016 10:43Tags News, SaaS

A group of 16 airlines chooses Unisys to secure and validate baggage for international flights departing New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Orion Health boosts offering to UK's largest health board
Posted on 26-Jan-2016 21:00Tags News, SaaS

The publicly funded NHS GGC is one of the largest scale users of Orion Health technology with over 25,000 users. Comments (Comments)

Orion Health secures major French contracts
Posted on 26-Jan-2016 20:57Tags News, SaaS

Orion Health is contributing to the transformation of the French healthcare sector as it embarks on two major projects in France, the company announced today. Comments (Comments)

Dimension data to provide partner managed cloud for SAP Hybris Commerce
Posted on 26-Jan-2016 20:53Tags News, SaaS

Global ICT solutions and services provider Dimension Data has announced an agreement with SAP to offer partner managed cloud for the SAP Hybris Commerce solution in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Comments (Comments)

New Plymouth set to Go Faster with UFB
Posted on 26-Jan-2016 20:50Tags News, Broadband

The next generation of online game designers will get free, hands-on experience next month as part of an event to showcase Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) in action. Comments (Comments)

Trans-Pacific submarine cable phoney war
Posted on 25-Jan-2016 15:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A new company plans to build a transpacific submarine cable. By now I have the hang of how this works: First, there’s a big announcement complete with a list of features showing the planned cable differs from the Southern Cross Cable Network. There is also an argument explaining why the new cable is essential. Beautiful […] Comments (Comments)

BrydgeAir iPad keyboard review
Posted on 24-Jan-2016 13:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Brydge has a keyboard for anyone who bought an iPad Air or Air 2 but meant to buy a MacBook Air. The BrydgeAir keyboard is a sturdy aluminium frame that clips to the iPad Air. When closed it forms a tough laptop-like shell. When open you can use the hinge at any angle, just like […] Comments (Comments)

A month with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 12:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There are plenty of good options if you can afford a premium work computer. For most the best choices are something with MacBook in the name, an iPad Pro or a Surface Pro 41. All are light, robust, portable and have long battery life. They have beautiful build quality. They all look and feel attractive. […] Comments (Comments)

Dell Networking introduces Operating System 10 (OS10)
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 11:22Tags News, Computing

The next-generation networking software is designed to introduce new levels of software flexibility and programmability in large-scale data center environments. Comments (Comments)

Cisco annual security report reveals decline in defender confidence
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 11:19Tags News, Security

Businesses make strides in advancing security posture in the face of persistent attacks
that take advantage of aging infrastructure and data leaks through browser extensions. Comments (Comments)


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