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Booking.com launches booking now in New Zealand
Posted on 4-Mar-2015 11:25Tags News, Mobile

Booking Now provides a completely personalised booking experience tailored to individual customer preferences and location. Comments (Comments)

Tackling data sovereignty
Posted on 4-Mar-2015 09:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From a story I wrote for TechTarget’s Storage ANZ eZine: Storage is a popular and fast-growing cloud service in Australia, but it comes with its challenges, not least local laws and latency Download the February ANZ Storage Management e-zine. There is a form to fill in, but that’ll give you access to a lot more […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone Spain and IBM working on Vodafone Connected City initiative
Posted on 4-Mar-2015 09:39Tags News, Computing

Vodafone announced a new initiative to provide intelligent services to cities, helping them ensure more effective management of city resources and address some of the most pressing needs faced by cities today. Comments (Comments)

Google tweaks Google+ mix as Photos, Streams break away
Posted on 4-Mar-2015 09:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Google will pull the Photos and Streams components from Google+ and set them up as two new products. What else? Comments (Comments)

How (and why) New Zealand bucks worldwide PC sales trend
Posted on 3-Mar-2015 15:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand PC sales surged in 2014. IDCís Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker unit reports sales grew almost 16 percent during the year. That total zoomed past IDCís already bullish forecast. New Zealanders snapped up 774,400 units in 2014. We purchased 218,000 units in the fourth quarter alone. Comments (Comments)

Netflix will begin streaming in Australia and New Zealand on 24 March
Posted on 3-Mar-2015 13:39Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Starting today, consumers in Australia and New Zealand can find the latest updates on Netflix content and social happenings via the company's local Twitter and Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Comments (Comments)

Sony delivers new mid-range smartphones with Xperia M4 Aqua
Posted on 3-Mar-2015 10:25Tags News, Android

Sony Mobile is changing its mid-range device strategy with the introduction of Xperia M4 Aqua - a smartphone bringing Sony’s leadership in camera, design, battery and performance to an accessible price point. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft introduces Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL smartphones
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 23:25Tags News, Windows Phone

New devices are upgradeable to Windows 10, come in dual SIM versions and offer full Office experience with Office 365 subscription included. Comments (Comments)

SOTI MobiControl 12.1 integrates Android for Work, Samsung KNOX 2.4 and Advanced iOS enrollment
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 23:20Tags News, Security

SOTI Inc. has announced the general availability of SOTI MobiControl 12.1. This new version represents the first same-day enterprise mobility management solution of devices using Android for Work. Also included in this release is support for Samsung KNOX, as well as a streamlined deployment of iOS devices. Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry Announces New Cross-platform EMM Cloud for Enterprises and SMBs
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 23:15Tags News, BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced BES12 Cloud, a cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution that will offer easy management of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 smartphones and tablets, as well as a wide range of Samsung KNOX and Android for Work smartphones and tablets. Comments (Comments)

Huawei announces new smart wearable devices
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 20:38Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Huawei today unveiled a series of wearable devices including the Huawei Watch, TalkBand B2, and TalkBand N1 for consumers to stay connected, on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. Comments (Comments)

Huawei unveils the Android Wear-based Huawei Watch
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 20:34Tags News, Android

The fully circular watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and six-axis motion sensors. Comments (Comments)

Closing the copper network
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 19:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A year ago I posted When should we rip out the copper network?†It’s too early to name a date today, but following this discussion on Linkedin, I predicted: As the law stands today, a street has copper even if only one house uses it. The price is regulated by the Commerce Commission and I guess […] Comments (Comments)

SanDisk pushes the envelope with a 200GB microSD card
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 12:02Tags News, Consumer Electronics

SanDisk achieved this capacity breakthrough by leveraging the proprietary technology developed last year for the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card, and creating a new design and production process that allows for more bits per die. Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry outlines vision to bring productivity and security software and services to mobile devices with BlackBerry Experience
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 11:14Tags News, BlackBerry

BlackBerry Limited has unveiled its software and services vision to infuse BlackBerry's productivity, communication, collaboration and security across all smartphone and tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems, giving users the ability to work seamlessly and securely across any device. Comments (Comments)

HTC And Valve partner to bring Virtual Reality to mass market
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 11:10Tags News, Gaming

HTC has announced plans to bring mass-market virtual reality (VR) one step closer through a strategic partnership with Valve. Comments (Comments)

HTC Unveils HTC Grip: Serious Performance For Serious Athletes
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 11:06Tags News, Mobile

HTC launches GPS-enabled smart fitness tracker designed for UA Record. Comments (Comments)

ZTE Grand S3 comes to market with eye-based security
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 10:59Tags News, Android

ZTE's new flagship device, the ZTE Grand S3, will be launched with a pioneering eye-based biometric solution from EyeVerify. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Galaxy S6: It all hinges on price
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Typically Samsung Galaxy phones appear on sale with iPhone-like price tags, but unlike with Apple phones, they decline over time. Comments (Comments)

Auckland to get hands-on with the latest tech at Spark Lab
Posted on 27-Feb-2015 11:44Tags News, Mobile

Creative Auckland will have the chance to get up close with the latest innovations and innovators next month, as Spark Lab launches Tech Month. Comments (Comments)

Finalists for Microsoft NZ 2015 Partner Awards announced
Posted on 25-Feb-2015 19:46Tags News, Computing

Now in its eighth year, the annual Partner Awards exists to recognise excellence in the IT sector from those companies that integrate Microsoft solutions into their products and services. Comments (Comments)

Huawei Outlines 4.5G Business Blueprint
Posted on 25-Feb-2015 10:01Tags News, 4G

At its Pre-Mobile World Congress briefing for analysts and media held in London today, Huawei further outlined its 4.5G strategy and supporting technologies. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone New Zealand testing Voice over LTE (4G)
Posted on 25-Feb-2015 09:25Tags News, 4G

Just two years after Vodafone announced the launch of New Zealand's first 4G service, the company has made another New Zealand first - successfully trialling what will become the next evolution in mobile calling. Comments (Comments)

Chromacon 2015 returns to Auckland
Posted on 24-Feb-2015 21:28Tags News, Web media

Chromacon, a celebration of homegrown comic art, graphic and gaming design, and animation is returning to Auckland's Aotea Centre on 18 and 19 April. Comments (Comments)

Broadband as part of the bigger infrastructure picture
Posted on 24-Feb-2015 16:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Broadband rarely gets discussed in the wider context of national infrastructure. Yet the government-sponsored Ultrafast Broadband project and the Rural Broadband Initiative are just two of a series of major infrastructure projects transforming New Zealand cities. To engineers there are two types of infrastructure. Vertical infrastructure means buildings while horizontal infrastructure means roads, railways, cycle […] Comments (Comments)


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