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Victoria professor to write a history of New Zealand's security surveillance
Posted on 4-Nov-2014 13:42Tags News, Security

Professor Richard Hill from Victoria University of Wellington has been awarded Marsden funding to compile a critical analysis of covert intelligence gathering in New Zealand, the only western country to have no academic study on the history of its security intelligence. Comments (Comments)

Starwood Hotels and Resorts rolls out SPG Keylees entry (with video)
Posted on 3-Nov-2014 22:37Tags News, Bluetooth

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is introducing SPG Keyless, saying it is the hospitality industry's first truly mobile and keyless entry system that allows guests to use their smartphone as a key. Comments (Comments)

Seagate Kinetic Storage Solution slashes costs by removing server layers
Posted on 3-Nov-2014 22:27Tags News, Computing

Kinetic HDD is said to dramatically reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by combining an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity to eliminate multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure. Comments (Comments)

Cloud latency, data centres and the lure of Australia
Posted on 1-Nov-2014 09:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Latency is†a good reason to build a data centre closer to customers.† Spark Digital has just spent NZ$60 million building a data centre in Takanini, South Auckland. That puts it within spitting distance of New Zealand’s biggest market.†According to Spark the Takanini data centre is part of a NZ$200 million investment in New Zealand cloud […] Comments (Comments)

MYOB launches its POS solution MYOB Kount
Posted on 31-Oct-2014 09:59Tags News, SaaS

MYOB Kounta is the first product to emerge from MYOB's minority stake in the high growth start-up Kounta, combining accounting and POS to eliminate compatibility and sync risk between systems. Comments (Comments)

Techvana team launches Computer Museum project
Posted on 31-Oct-2014 07:42Tags News, Computing

With the help of computing enthusiasts nation-wide, an Auckland couple is working to create New Zealand's first dedicated computer museum, using the equity crowd funding website PledgeMe. Comments (Comments)

Spark Digital opens Takanini Data Centre
Posted on 31-Oct-2014 07:39Tags News, SaaS

New data centre is one of New Zealand's safest, most secure buildings with a $60 million investment in its new Takanini Data Centre. Comments (Comments)

Mac writing apps November 2014
Posted on 30-Oct-2014 16:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Professional writer compares the current crop of writing apps for the OS X. Includes Pages 5, Word:mac2011, Byword, Google Docs, iA Writer, Comments (Comments)

EMC announces availability of its enterprise hybrid cloud solution
Posted on 29-Oct-2014 15:24Tags News, SaaS

The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Federation Software-Defined Data Centre Edition with VMware is available immediately, with Microsoft Cloud Platform and OpenStack Editions to be available in 2015. Comments (Comments)

Megaport Open Alliance Partnership Announced with Vibe Communications to Extend Reach into New Zealand markets
Posted on 29-Oct-2014 15:21Tags News, Broadband

Vibe Communications has launched a new venture, IntelliPath, which has full API integration with Megaport, allowing customers to provision and manage services in near real-time from any one of the 7 main data centres in Auckland to any Megaport location or customer in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (Comments)

Google Play apps, games, music and eBooks now available on your 2degrees bill
Posted on 28-Oct-2014 09:51Tags News, Mobile

2degrees is partnering with Google to enable Android customers to pay for apps, movies, music and books via their mobile account. Comments (Comments)

How Microsoft can win cloud computing
Posted on 28-Oct-2014 09:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft opened Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne this week. In theory Australiaís East Coast is just a 14ms ping from Auckland. Realistically most traffic will take longer. It isnít like having a server in the next room, but close enough. Australian Azure data centres come at a price. Lifehacker reports many Australian services […] Comments (Comments)

New Microsoft Azure Geo opens for business in Australia
Posted on 27-Oct-2014 20:47Tags News, SaaS

Diverse group of Australian organisations use Microsoft Azure to drive innovation and deliver better outcomes for their customers; Microsoft announces expanded ExpressRoute partnerships. Comments (Comments)

What I want from my blogging tools
Posted on 25-Oct-2014 18:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A look at how to get more from blogging with WordPress on a MacBook Air and using Byword Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: China phishes, Apple refreshes, Intergen sells, UFB 200/200
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 15:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week the NZ Tech Podcast discusses Apple’s product refresh across iPad, iMac, iOS and OS X, hear about a massive phishing attack in China, Intergen’s sale, Microsoft’s Azure data centre launch in Sydney, Spark’s Socialiser and the $US179 tablet-laptop hybrid. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by†Paul Spain†(@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Supported by†Vector […] Comments (Comments)

Why Gigatown is not a waste of money
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 13:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On Radio New Zealandís Morning Report critics describe Gigatown as a waste of money. Gigatown is a year-long competition run by Chorus. It promotes the companyís UFB fibre network being rolled out to urban New Zealand. The prize will see the nationís switched-on town get 1Gbps broadband connections ahead of the rest of the country. […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Tech Export grows to $8.3 billion
Posted on 23-Oct-2014 09:25Tags News, Computing

IT Services growth slowed for the $ 1.2 billion revenue TIN100 sector in 2014; but Software Development companies continued to grow strongly in most markets, increasing total revenue by 15%. Comments (Comments)

Enable Services targets early completion of fibre broadband roll-out
Posted on 22-Oct-2014 11:30Tags News, Broadband

Enable Services Limited (ESL) has reported a significant acceleration in the local ultra-fast broadband (UFB) roll-out and an even more aggressive programme for the coming year in its 2014 Annual Result. Comments (Comments)

IBM stumbles on path to cloud
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IBM needs to reinvent itself to deal with cloud computing. Although the job was never going to be easy, IBM has an enviable track record on major change. It is the organisation that defined the original computer business. IBM built a monopoly and lead the mainframe era. Although it was late into the PC game, […] Comments (Comments)

Intergen acquisition by ASX-listed Empired creates largest Australasian Microsoft services provider
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 10:45Tags News, Computing

The deal creates the largest Trans-Tasman Microsoft services provider with 825 staff across 15 Australasian locations and one North American office. Comments (Comments)

Spark partners with Facebook and Twitter to launch Socialiser
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 08:47Tags News, Web media

New Spark partnership with Facebook and Twitter gives customers 1GB of free data to access both mobile apps every month, for the life of their plan. Comments (Comments)

Acer introduces new Chromebook devices in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Oct-2014 19:21Tags News, Computing

Acer today announces the expansion of its Chrome OS range with the availability of the Chromebook 11 and Chromebox CX1. Comments (Comments)

Personal cloud storage plans Ė October 2014
Posted on 20-Oct-2014 10:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you're looking for cloud storage there are plenty of options. Most cloud storage providers offer a basic service for free. You may get by using these offerings alone. Comments (Comments)

Why people wonít try Windows Phone
Posted on 19-Oct-2014 09:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

My time with the Nokia Lumia 930 is up. Microsoft called on Friday asking me to return the review smartphone. Iíll miss it. Like all recent high-end Microsoft smartphones, the Lumia 930 is big, beautiful and powerful. I hesitate to describe a phone as intuitive. Still, anyone who has spent time with modern technology will […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys awards NZTA and McDonald's New Zealand at client and partner event
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 20:36Tags News, Computing

Ten organizations recognized at Universe 2014 for innovations in applying modern technologies to mission critical challenges Comments (Comments)


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