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NZ Tech Podcast 230: Security, Hi-Tech Awards, Lily Drone, Samsung wide screen
Posted on 24-May-2015 06:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with host†Paul Spain†(@paulspain) with guests†Bryce Boland (@bryceboland)Asia Pacific CTO at†FireEye. This week’s recording is a small departure from the usual format. We discuss insights into security attacks from both covert organisations and nation states Ė including North Koreaís 1000s of paid hackers. Elsewhere on the agenda was the […] Comments (Comments)

New FileMaker 14 Platform speeds business solution development for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web
Posted on 21-May-2015 09:53Tags News, Computing

The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of FileMaker software, the brainchild of a bootstrapped startup founded in Massachusetts by four entrepreneurs intent on creating easy-to-use database software. Comments (Comments)

With new ClearPath Dorado systems Unisys completes family's transition to Intel-Based fabric architecture
Posted on 21-May-2015 09:45Tags News, Computing

Surpassing the performance of previous high-end models, new Dorado 8300 Series features an advanced fabric computing environment that enables clients to build a software-defined data centre. Comments (Comments)

Not-for-profit Presbyterian Support Central moves to cloud with Fronde and AWS
Posted on 19-May-2015 15:35Tags News, SaaS

Not-for-profit Presbyterian Support Central (PSC) is embarking on a cloud technology journey as way to improve productivity, reduce costs and drive innovation. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone offers pathways to future technology stars
Posted on 19-May-2015 15:34Tags News, Computing

Nineteen year old Auckland man, Faleola Faingataa, opted for the path less taken when he chose an apprenticeship at Vodafone over his university education. Only 18 months into his apprenticeship, Fale is working as a release and deployment manager and has won the telecommunications industry award for Apprentice of the Year Comments (Comments)

iTICKET marks 10 years of growth with move to the Microsoft Azure cloud
Posted on 19-May-2015 15:32Tags News, SaaS

One of New Zealand's leading home-grown ticketing agencies, iTICKET, is readying itself for an ambitious new phase of growth following the full migration of its operations to Microsoft's regional Azure datacentres in Australia. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand cloud services provider seeks capital for global expansion
Posted on 19-May-2015 09:49Tags News, SaaS

Auckland-based cloud services provider Virsae is looking to raise $3 million from equity investors to accelerate international growth. Comments (Comments)

Monday morning brings the malware says report
Posted on 19-May-2015 09:45Tags News, Security

Research shows decline in detected malware attacks in organisations coincides perfectly with weekends. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Surface 3: Worth buying, not cheap
Posted on 18-May-2015 14:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft comes close to getting it right with the Surface 3. It has a new Atom chip, real Windows 8.1, great screen, decent battery life and a one year, one person subscription to Office 365. Power for day-to-day needs Intelís Atom mobile device chip and a full version of Windows 8.1 are more than enough […] Comments (Comments)

Rod Drury on speed, capital raising, marketing complexity
Posted on 17-May-2015 16:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

First a correction[1] to the quote in Speed, cost behind Xero move to PaaS, AWS: @envycollect @billbennettnz It’s not the big that eat the small. It’s the fast that eat the slow ó Rod Drury (@roddrury) May 15, 2015 Next a few interesting ideas were left in my notebook after I interviewed Xero CEO Rod […] Comments (Comments)

Surface 3: Keyboard frustrates laptop replacement ambition
Posted on 17-May-2015 07:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft pitches the NZ$800 Surface 3 as a laptop alternative. While it will fit the bill for some folk, Surface still has a way to go before itís a realistic laptop replacement for most users. Letís start with the price. $800 only buys the tablet. You need to spend another $200 for the keyboard. The […] Comments (Comments)

Xero moving to PaaS, AWS
Posted on 15-May-2015 06:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Rod Druryís name wasnít mentioned on the agenda for the AWS Auckland Summit. So it was interesting to see the Xero founder and CEO chatting to the other keynote speakers as media representatives filed into to the hall. AWS put Drury on stage early. He talked about the advantages of building a business on cloud […] Comments (Comments)

GridAKL-Huawei partnership highlights shifting focus
Posted on 14-May-2015 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There was a time when an ambitious New Zealand innovation project would have looked to the UK, US or Japan for an international partner. Now China is the first port of call. Yesterday Huawei Technologies signed a three-year, million dollar sponsorship making it the foundation partner for GridAKL. All such deals are symbolic. There are […] Comments (Comments)

Veeam Software challenges Symantec in favourable USPTO rulling
Posted on 14-May-2015 10:24Tags News, Computing

Veeam Software has announced a victory over Symantec, with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board issueing final written decisions on four more inter partes reviews in Veeam's favor. Comments (Comments)

Polycom transforms small workspaces into high-powered collaboration hubs
Posted on 14-May-2015 10:00Tags News, VoIP

Polycom RealPresence Group Convene video collaboration solution is right-sized for small workspaces from huddle rooms and personal workspaces to open office environments. Comments (Comments)

China Business: Alliance across the spectrum
Posted on 13-May-2015 18:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From my work portfolio: When Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visited Auckland last November he joined New Zealand PM John Key to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Huawei and Spark. The agreement will see the world’s largest telecommunications equipment company use its massive research and development resources to tailor mobile technologies for […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei becomes GridAKL foundation partner
Posted on 13-May-2015 15:43Tags News, Web media

Global networking and telecommunications company Huawei has become the foundation partner of Auckland's innovation hub GridAKL, in a $1 million sponsorship which is expected to help Auckland's most innovative ICT and digital companies make inroads into international markets. Comments (Comments)

Verizon to Acquire AOL
Posted on 13-May-2015 10:16Tags News, Web media

Verizon Communications Inc. has announced the signing of an agreement to purchase AOL Inc. for $50 per share -- an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Ministry of Health selects IBM cloud
Posted on 13-May-2015 08:15Tags News, SaaS

The New Zealand Ministry of Health has adopted IBM's government cloud service to meet its all-of-government requirements to operate an onshore Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model Comments (Comments)

Spark New Zealand sees increased broadband use with online streaming consumption
Posted on 12-May-2015 13:32Tags News, Broadband

New figures from Spark New Zealand have confirmed that New Zealanders are in the midst of a transformational change in how they use the internet. Comments (Comments)

Grants4Apps Accelerator Program 2015 looking for health tech innovations
Posted on 11-May-2015 15:03Tags News, Web media

Bayer New Zealand Ltd is inviting health technology start-up companies looking for support to bring their innovation to market to apply to the Grants4Apps Accelerator program. Comments (Comments)

Parliament TV to use new Kordia advanced video web streaming platform
Posted on 11-May-2015 14:35Tags News, Web media

Kordia NZ has announced the launch of a new video web streaming platform that simplifies delivery and improves the quality of live video feeds to the internet. Comments (Comments)

Making copper users pay for fibre build is like asking cyclists to pay for motorways
Posted on 10-May-2015 08:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Making copper users pay for fibre build is like asking cyclists to pay for motorways @stevebiddle — Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) May 9, 2015 Filed under: Telecommunications Tagged: copper, fibre Comments (Comments)

Spark follows broadband money trail
Posted on 9-May-2015 13:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Sparkís pie chart tells the story: Half the money a customer pays for broadband goes to Chorus. Itís a simple way of sending a powerful message. And itís timely. The Commerce Commission will soon decide how much Chorus can charge to connect a line to the copper phone network. The price could rise and in [Ö] Comments (Comments)

Finalists named for 2015 CIO Awards
Posted on 8-May-2015 09:45Tags News, Web media

Conferenz and IDC have announced this year's finalists in the CIO Awards which recognise individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business. Comments (Comments)

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