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Deceptive new tactics give advanced attackers free rein over corporate networks
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 08:41Tags News, Security

Symantec report reveals five out of six large companies were targeted in 2014, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. Comments (Comments)

Open Source conference in Wellington sold out - more tickets available
Posted on 13-Apr-2015 15:58Tags News, Open Source

With three days to go, innovative new conference Open Source // Open Society (OS//OS) has sold out. Comments (Comments)

Australian M2 buys New Zealand ISP CallPlus
Posted on 13-Apr-2015 13:25Tags News, Broadband

CallPlus, New Zealand's third largest telco and broadband provider, has been acquired by Australian-based, telecommunications and utilities provider, M2 Group Ltd for NZ$250 million. Comments (Comments)

One month with Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac
Posted on 13-Apr-2015 10:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft took five years to update Mac: Office 2011. Mac Office:2011 was almost a generation behind the Windows version of Office at launch. It didn’t just look out-of-date, it was missing functionality[1]. At best Microsoft was paying lip-service to Mac users. It left a vacuum for others to fill. This includes Apple with its iWorks […] Comments (Comments)

What an Australian Netflix tax means for New Zealand
Posted on 12-Apr-2015 16:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Australia plans to make Netflix and other overseas-based online sellers of ‘intangible services’ pay GST (Good and Services tax). In Joe Hockey prepares ‘Netflix tax’ BRW reports: The cost of downloading movies, music, books and other media from overseas providers such as Apple and Netflix is set to jump by 10 per cent after federal […] Comments (Comments)

TomTom GO Mobile goes freemium with up to 75km/month of free driving
Posted on 12-Apr-2015 12:16Tags News, GPS

GPS-based navigation company TomTom is introducing a new navigation app for Android devices, available globally for free on 64 Google Play stores. Comments (Comments)

Netflix, Quickflix, Lightbox, Neon: An interim market
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 16:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After years of waiting New Zealanders are now spoilt for choice with streaming TV. Netflix, Quickflix, Lightbox and Neon each offer a decent local catalogues at reasonable prices. There’s a thin line between choice and fragmentation. The most popular shows are scattered among the four services. Customers are left with difficult choices. The good news […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys Forward! Model 4150B Server achieves certification to run on SAP HANA
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 14:03Tags News, Computing

Advanced enterprise computing platform running SAP HANA delivers high performance, availability and security for real-time data analytics. Comments (Comments)

Adobe Document Cloud and Acrobat DC now available
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 13:49Tags News, SaaS

Adobe has announced the availability of its newest cloud offering, Adobe Document Cloud, a way to manage documents in multiple locations and across devices. Comments (Comments)

Less than 100 Days to End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 13:37Tags News, Computing

With close to 61% of organisations in New Zealand still hanging on to at least one instance of outdated Windows Server 2003, IT leaders are faced with the challenge of managing security and compliance risks. Comments (Comments)

Coca-Cola Amatil to use IBM Cloud
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 11:00Tags News, SaaS

IBM has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) to move its Asia Pacific customer planning and relationship management systems to the IBM Cloud. Comments (Comments)

Taxing times at Netflix New Zealand
Posted on 6-Apr-2015 14:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Netflix didn’t take long to disrupt New Zealand’s media sector. The disruption started before the world’s largest streaming TV and film service opened in New Zealand last month. Netflix is based overseas. That means it doesn’t have to charge GST. New Zealand companies do. Not charging GST gives Netflix a built-in 15 percent price advantage […] Comments (Comments)

Lenmar ChugPlug MacBook power back-up
Posted on 4-Apr-2015 13:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When Apple updated the MacBook Air in 2013 it went for extended battery life in a big way. At a pinch you can get 12 hours from a single charge. While that’s enough power to get through a long working day, there are always times when you need more. That’s the thinking behind Lenmar’s ChugPlug. […] Comments (Comments)

Global mode action: You Canute be serious
Posted on 3-Apr-2015 09:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s a whiff of King Canute and the tide in the Nick Grant and Chris Keall NBR report: “Sky, Spark, TVNZ, MediaWorks take action against CallPlus, other global mode ISPs“: Spark (owner of Lightbox), MediaWorks, Sky TV and TVNZ say they are taking action against internet and technology companies selling and promoting services that enable access to […] Comments (Comments)

Conference to discuss open source and open society in Wellington
Posted on 1-Apr-2015 21:46Tags News, Open Source

Wellington, New Zealand, will be on the world stage on the 16th and 17th of April when it plays host to a collaboration between open source developers, democracy activists, government officials and digital tech heavyweights at the Open Source // Open Society (OS//OS) conference. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft introduces Surface 3: the thinnest and lightest Surface yet
Posted on 1-Apr-2015 07:49Tags News, Windows

Microsoft announced today a new addition to the Surface family - the Surface 3 - which will be available in New Zealand by early May. Comments (Comments)

IBM plans to connect Internet of Things to the Enterprise
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 21:03Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced that it will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. Comments (Comments)

IBM and Telstra join forces to offer SoftLayer Cloud Platform
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 15:09Tags News, SaaS

With two newly opened data centres in Melbourne and Sydney, moving to the IBM Cloud allows organisations to quickly and securely provision capacity where and when it is required by an individual business. Comments (Comments)

Revera Apollo launches Azure-enabled services to local market
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 14:38Tags News, SaaS

Revera has launched a dedicated Microsoft Azure-enabled platform, called Apollo, providing a single ecosystem to mix and match client workloads across Revera's in-country Azure-enabled cloud platform and Microsoft Azure platforms. Comments (Comments)

Mobile payment solution Semble launches today
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 11:38Tags News, eWallet

Kiwi ingenuity, hard work and determination have paid off today as Semble, New Zealand's first mobile wallet, launched nationally. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand businesses can now use Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online through Australian datacentres
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 09:02Tags News, SaaS

Microsoft New Zealand announced today that Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online services are now available for hosting through Microsoft's Australian datacentres. Comments (Comments)

Kordia and Vadacom in cloud-based PBX play
Posted on 27-Mar-2015 11:33Tags News, VoIP

Kordia NZ has announced a new partnership with Vadacom to deliver a cloud-based PBX solution with lines and calling bundled together in one bill. Comments (Comments)

Wellington companies make the cut in Hi-Tech Awards
Posted on 27-Mar-2015 10:15Tags News, Web media

Wellington's economic development agency is thrilled to see a strong result from the region's high-tech businesses with eight Wellington-based companies named as finalists in this year's Hi-Tech Awards. Comments (Comments)

Fitbit releases new outdoor bike-tracking on Fitbit Surge
Posted on 27-Mar-2015 10:12Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Fitbit Inc. has today announced outdoor bike tracking for Fitbit Surge users as well as multiple device support per account. Comments (Comments)

Kiwi Companies underestimating Risk of cyber attacks
Posted on 25-Mar-2015 16:27Tags News, Security

New Zealand companies are failing to realise the need to insure against cyber attacks, despite a growing number of incidents, according to a top commercial insurance expert. Comments (Comments)


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