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Review: 9.7-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Cover
Posted on 1-May-2016 14:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s NZ$280 Smart Keyboard Cover doesn’t turn the 9.7-inch iPad Pro into a laptop. It does something more useful. At the launch Apple said its 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a PC replacement.. That’s debatable. People spend a lot of time typing on PCs so that claim doesn’t start to stack up until you add a keyboard. […] Comments (Comments)

Here’s one reason PC sales won’t recover
Posted on 28-Apr-2016 12:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The Wall Street Journal reports that desktop internet use is falling. The amount of time people spend accessing the Internet from desktop devices is showing signs of decline, according to online measurement specialist comScore. Data from the research company indicate overall time spent online in the U.S. from desktop devices—which include laptop computers—has fallen for […] Comments (Comments)

Reviewing technology products: Science and anecdotes
Posted on 26-Apr-2016 09:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tech product reviews take many forms. Some are scientific. Others are anecdotal.  Scientific reviews involve research, prising the back from things, taking them apart and dropping them on hard surfaces. Listening to noises. Measuring everything. Running battery life tests. You come away from these tests with numbers. Often many numbers. Maybe you’ve heard of data […] Comments (Comments)

Doing one thing at a time works wonders
Posted on 25-Apr-2016 14:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tony Schwartz, at the Harvard Business Review, says dividing attention between tasks is dangerous. He says digital devices with always-on connections train us to split attention between tasks without ever focusing on one. Schwartz says this hurts productivity increasing the time to finish a task by 25 percent. In The magic of doing one thing at a time he recommends […] Comments (Comments)

New Garmin navigation devices to help increase driver awareness
Posted on 22-Apr-2016 14:18Tags News, GPS

The addition of smart notifications, which display calls, text messages and app notifications on the navigation screen, as well as voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling, allows drivers to keep both hands safely on the wheel. Comments (Comments)

FreeviewPlus now on satellite service
Posted on 22-Apr-2016 14:14Tags News, DVB and HD

Enjoying On Demand on TV is about to become a whole lot simpler and easier for even more Kiwis up and down the country, as Freeview New Zealand rolls out FreeviewPlus on their satellite platform. Comments (Comments)

New initiatives from NZ computer science education groups to give young Kiwis a head start in technology careers
Posted on 22-Apr-2016 14:12Tags News, Computing

Thousands of young people from underserved communities in New Zealand will now have the opportunity to get their start in a career in technology thanks to Microsoft grants announced today for two Kiwi computer science education groups. Comments (Comments)

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB3 review
Posted on 21-Apr-2016 09:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want to rock the house you need a big, heavy sub-woofer that moves a lot of air. The bad news is, car sound systems apart, it is hard to take big sub-woofers with you. That’s where you might want to turn to Sony’s $300 SRS-XB3 speakers. They are portable, battery-powered, Bluetooth speakers capable […] Comments (Comments)

Writing on iPad Pro: A field guide
Posted on 18-Apr-2016 17:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple says the iPad Pro is more powerful than most laptops. It is more portable. That should make it ideal for journalists and others who need to write while on the move. How does the writing experience compare with PCs and is the software up to the job? The sensible way to answer those questions […] Comments (Comments)

New cables may revive overseas interest in New Zealand data centres
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 16:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand hasn’t been able to capitalise on being a low-cost, green home for data centres. Until now. Tasman Global Access and Hawaiki could change that. At The Register, Simon Sharwood sums it up: New Zealand’s South Island, for example, is blessed with low ambient temperatures and lots of hydro power. A bit barn in […] Comments (Comments)

Panasonic launches 4K Smart Ultra HD 2016 TV range
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 10:29Tags News, DVB and HD

A large variety of easy-access content and apps makes Panasonic's new Smart TVs perfect for Kiwis who want access to popular video on demand applications including Netflix, Lightbox, YouTube, and New Zealand's best catch-up TV streaming services - FreeviewPlus, TVNZ OnDemand, 3NOW and Maori TV On Demand. Comments (Comments)

MYOB launch e-GST filing service
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 10:27Tags News, SaaS

Businesses using MYOB's Essentials cloud-based accounting software now have the ability to file their GST returns online directly to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), saving time and significantly simplifying the GST submission process for SMEs. Comments (Comments)

First New Zealand industry-accredited computing degrees announced
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 10:24Tags News, Computing

The first six computing degrees to successfully achieve robust accreditation and endorsement by the IT industry were announced today, with a mix of institutions from across New Zealand being recognised. Comments (Comments)

SAP and Akina Foundation partner to scale New Zealand's social enterprise sector
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 10:20Tags News, SaaS

SAP delivering funding, technology consulting, mentoring and volunteering to help social entrepreneurs succeed. Comments (Comments)

Falling PC sales: From bad to worse
Posted on 14-Apr-2016 11:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Global PC sales were down 9.6 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2016 according to Gartner. Total sales for the quarter were a shade under 65 million. This was the first quarter with less than 65 million units sold since 2007. In contrast, sales in the same quarter of 2013 were a little over […] Comments (Comments)

World Internet Project New Zealand survey results show privacy concerns
Posted on 14-Apr-2016 00:02Tags News, Broadband

More New Zealanders are worried about companies checking on their personal online activity than about government keeping tabs on their online movements. Comments (Comments)

SAP launches Young ICT Explorers programme in New Zealand
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 20:13Tags News, Computing

Programme is designed to grow the digital economy by encouraging innovation among school students. Comments (Comments)

Endace unveils EndaceProbe Deep Storage network recorders
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 20:11Tags News, Security

New network recorders with industry-leading storage capacity enable detailed, back-in-time forensic analysis to quickly and accurately identify, investigate and resolve
network security issues . Comments (Comments)

Xero insights provide health check for New Zealand's small businesses
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 20:08Tags News, SaaS

New initiative aggregates anonymous Xero data from almost 10,000 NZ small businesses to highlight small business trends. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 278: Hawaiki, self-driving cars, Microsoft Build
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 11:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I join Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Craig Young (TUANZ) on the NZ Tech Podcast to talk about Microsoft Build 2016, Hawaiki submarine cable, Pentagon hacking, wearable sensors coming to hospitals, Spark fixed wireless broadband, Huawei’s growth, Tesla 3 and taking a self-driving car over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. The NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology. Get […] Comments (Comments)

Xero woos small business with Microsoft Outlook link
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 07:15Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One of the advantages of cloud apps like Xero is that it is easy to link them. You do none of the hard work, that’s all handled for you. Best of all, you don’t need to buy fresh software or download and install patches. Xero founder Rod Drury has hinted in the past that this […] Comments (Comments)

Xero integrates with Microsoft Outlook API
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 04:00Tags News, SaaS

Small businesses benefit from real-time access to emails within Xero and access to Xero information inside Office 365. Comments (Comments)

Zero-day vulnerability attacks an every week occurrence in 2015
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 16:00Tags News, Security

Cybercriminals are establishing professional businesses and adopting corporate best practices in order to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers. Comments (Comments)

Media should unfriend Facebook
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 13:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Scientists say a meteor hit the earth 66 million years ago and wiped out most dinosaurs. Journalists know how they felt. A meteor crashed into our world in the 1990s. The internet’s effect wasn’t immediate. Now, two decades on, most of my former colleagues work in other industries. The media companies that employed us have […] Comments (Comments)

Oracle Announces New Oracle HCM Cloud Solutions
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 12:17Tags News, SaaS

Oracle announced new additions to its Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud portfolio that help organizations drive HR transformation. Comments (Comments)


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