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Government says broadband deployment continues to deliver
Posted on 11-Feb-2015 11:25Tags News, Broadband

The rate at which people are signing up for the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network is accelerating with uptake quadrupling in the past two years, Communications Minister Amy Adams said today. Comments (Comments)

The state of the internet according to CallPlus
Posted on 10-Feb-2015 21:43Tags News, Broadband

TV and streaming video up, peer-to-peer sharing down and online shoppers turning to China. Comments (Comments)

Trans-Tasman cable gets regulatory green light
Posted on 9-Feb-2015 21:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When Spark, Vodafone and Telstra announced plans to lay a NZ$90 million submarine cable under the Tasman Tom Pullar-Strecker reported for Stuff on a potential regulatory hurdle. Today the Commerce Commission confirmed it had looked at plans for the Trans-Global Access project and said there are no competition issues at this stage. It went on […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung sets smartphone come-back launch date
Posted on 5-Feb-2015 13:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the NBR Chris Keall reports Samsung has sent notice of a product launch for March 2. He says there is an assumption the company will take the wraps of its Galaxy S6 smartphone. Geekzone’s†Mauricio Freitas also has an invitation. Samsung has not invited me. That’s not as bad as it sounds. The last two […] Comments (Comments)

EMC introduces VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure appliance
Posted on 4-Feb-2015 20:14Tags News, Computing

System comes with embedded integrated management experience, downloadable software titles and secure remote support. Comments (Comments)

3 out of 4 New Zealand households online according to data from the 2013 Census
Posted on 4-Feb-2015 19:13Tags News, Broadband

Three out of every four households at the 2013 Census had Internet access, an increase of 34 percent since 2006, according to census results released by Statistics New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Unlimited fibre broadband plans compared
Posted on 4-Feb-2015 10:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Suddenly unlimited fibre plans are everywhere. They are more affordable than you might expect. Prices start from as little as $75. You’ll be hard pressed to spend†twice that amount for even the fastest residential plan. Unlimited data makes sense for both consumers and service providers. For consumers it means no longer worrying about download caps. […] Comments (Comments)

MasterCard New Zealand says kiwis embracing contactless payments
Posted on 3-Feb-2015 11:17Tags News, RFID

Kiwis are embracing contactless payments for their everyday expenses as the technology continues to make shopping faster, more convenient and secure, according to new MasterCard research. Comments (Comments)

Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon WorkMail
Posted on 29-Jan-2015 11:41Tags News, SaaS

New email and calendaring service delivers security controls and built-in support for Microsoft Outlook and mobile email clients - all with the trusted reliability and performance of the AWS Cloud Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 214: Windows 10 ó Google, Apple, Microsoft security ó Spark and Vodafone
Posted on 29-Jan-2015 07:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

†I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with†Paul Spain†(@paulspain) and†Nathan Mercer. We talk security wars between Google, Apple and Microsoft, changes at Spark and Vodafone including Chris Quin stepping down as CEO of Spark Home, Mobile, Business. We also discuss Cloudflare NZ, Protools free and spent more than half the podcast talking with Nathan Mercer […] Comments (Comments)

New Dell KACE K1000 Appliance Delivers "Anypoint" Management
Posted on 28-Jan-2015 10:59Tags News, SaaS

New Windows agentless inventory and monitoring bring integrated server management to organizations of all sizes. Comments (Comments)

Certus Solutions announces MaaS offering
Posted on 28-Jan-2015 10:15Tags News, Mobile

Certus Mobile is a complete MaaS solution that includes out-of-the box and customised mobile app development, hosting, device distribution and management capabilities, device and data security software, and ongoing maintenance and support. Comments (Comments)

Givealittle reaches $20 million milestone
Posted on 27-Jan-2015 14:05Tags News, Web media

Users of Givealittle.co.nz have pushed the crowdfunding platform past another growth milestone, with the all-time total now surpassing $20 million. Comments (Comments)

Chris Quinn to leave Spark New Zealand as part of leadership changes
Posted on 27-Jan-2015 09:01Tags News, Broadband

Two years ago Spark New Zealand (Telecom at that time) embarked on a new strategy designed to transform the business from a traditional fixed and mobile infrastructure company to a future-oriented, competitive retailer of digital services delivered over their networks and the Cloud. Comments (Comments)

Take Control of Apple Pages
Posted on 23-Jan-2015 14:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you find Apple Pages 5 puzzling or you want to get more out of the software Michael E. Cohenís US$20 Take Control of Pages is a good starting point. The 266 ebook is published by TidBits Publishing (ISBN: 9781615424320). On one level Cohen has written a comprehensive user manual for the software. The user […] Comments (Comments)

Credit where credit is due on NZ tech regulation
Posted on 22-Jan-2015 12:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From Andrew Cushen at InternetNZ writing in Flexibility of regulation for technology.: …the government moving relatively quickly to respond to technical innovation in a sensible, considered matter, and that seeks to accommodate that innovation rather than stifle it. …I hope that when we continue to talk to the government about challenges that regulation creates for […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Windows 10 brings devices and holograms together for seamless experience
Posted on 22-Jan-2015 10:18Tags News, Windows

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new generation of Windows, with a wide range of experiences designed to usher in a new era of more personal computing, as well as two new devices designed to extend the Windows experience from large screens to no screens. Comments (Comments)

Amazon Web Services to use wind farm power
Posted on 21-Jan-2015 10:02Tags News, Computing

In November 2014, AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. Comments (Comments)

Looming customer service cuts at Vodafone
Posted on 20-Jan-2015 11:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The New Zealand Herald reports Vodafone plans to trim†staff numbers across the board and cut the customer service department by up to 100 jobs.. The proposal, outlined in an internal document obtained by the Herald, is part of a restructuring expected to bring 200 to 250 job cuts. Vodafone says the average revenue per customer […] Comments (Comments)

Fast broadband: How does New Zealand shape up internationally?
Posted on 20-Jan-2015 08:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand is behind the international pack†when it comes to broadband speeds. The table shows the challenge ahead of the network builders: Chorus. Ultrafast Fibre, Northpower and Enable Networks. We have†long way to go before we match the world leaders. At the time of the last Akamai report, third quarter 2014, New Zealand ranked 44 [Ö] Comments (Comments)

ICONZ-Webvisions Cloud computing now without term contracts
Posted on 19-Jan-2015 17:01Tags News, Computing

Provider ICONZ-Webvisions is now offering its public cloud without a contracted duration. Cloud computing offers processing power that is scale-able and flexible, allowing organisations to vary their usage. Comments (Comments)

Megaport offers interconnection services to Google Cloud Platform
Posted on 19-Jan-2015 16:57Tags News, Computing

Google Cloud Platform enables enterprises to build, test and deploy applications on Google's highly-scalable and reliable infrastructure. Google Cloud Platform offers computing, storage and application services for web, mobile and backend solutions. Comments (Comments)

Uber: The lost opportunity
Posted on 19-Jan-2015 13:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Whatisitwellington Ian Apperley says the fuss over Uber operating in New Zealand is a fight between dinosaurs and exciting new business models:†The War on Uber in New Zealand: Dinosaur business models meet new tech. He writes: … the Taxi Federation would be better working on new technologies for its members rather than engaging in […] Comments (Comments)

Trolling, dumb-arsed headline questions
Posted on 17-Jan-2015 12:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Iím not one for new year resolutions, but IF I had one it would be to not write trolling, dumb-arsed questions in headlines ó Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) January 16, 2015 …and I’m sure if you dig hard enough you can find a few old ones with my byline on them. In my defence, back in […] Comments (Comments)

Tasman Global Access addresses internet centre of gravity shift
Posted on 16-Jan-2015 17:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealandís internet centre of gravity is shifting. Until now New Zealand data traffic was mainly east to and from the US. Thatís changing. Increasingly our traffic goes west across the Tasman to Australia and Asia. This will probably accelerate now cloud computing giants like Amazon and Microsoft offer data centres in Sydney and Melbourne. […] Comments (Comments)


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