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NZ Games Industry launches Business Startup Competition
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 12:25Tags News, Gaming

The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched a startup programme for interactive games businesses – the KiwiGameStarter. One promising games business will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. Comments (Comments)

Technology Showcase hits Wellington Friday, Christchurch Monday
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ingram Micro has an interesting pitch for its NZ Technology Showcase which reaches Wellington this Friday (August 22) and Christchurch on Monday (August 25). The company says: This is a fast track way for you and your colleagues to get an update from the key vendors in the local market.  It is arguably the most […] Comments (Comments)

Smart cities — coming soon to a place near you
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 17:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From a story I wrote for today’s New Zealand Herald: Smart cities are where digital technologies are used to create better places to live and work. Sensors, intelligent networks and applications combine to connect, monitor and analyse information in order to make the city work more efficiently. This can mean making transport run smoother; providing […] Comments (Comments)

Paymark to take EFTPOS payment online
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Web media

Paymark is set to launch EFTPOS online next year allowing those with a New Zealand bank account to purchase online without having to have a credit card. Comments (Comments)

Telemarketing company fined almost $170K for misleading claims
Posted on 15-Aug-2014 15:03Tags News, Broadband

Telemarketing company Power Marketing Limited has been fined $168,750 after pleading guilty in the Auckland District Court today to 23 charges under the Fair Trading Act. The charges related to misrepresentations the company made during telemarketing calls on behalf of telecommunications company Slingshot. Comments (Comments)

MYOB acquires HR and payroll solutions company PayGlobal
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 19:22Tags News, SaaS

PayGlobal offers HR and payroll solutions that are accessed by over 500,000 employees from leading companies in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (Comments)

NZ’s largest tech Showcase comes to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 15:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

NZ’s Technology Showcase – an Ingram Micro event is fast approaching, bringing more than 50 of the world’s biggest technology brands together under one roof for three days only. With the likes of Apple, Toshiba, HP, Microsoft, IBM and Brother exhibiting alongside Cisco, Fortinet, Redhat and VMWare among many others, Showcase is the only event […] Comments (Comments)

48 hours with Surface Pro 3
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 10:48Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 goes on sale in New Zealand on August 28. Two days with the device has convinced me it’s one of the best computers I’ve used, but it’s not perfect.  Microsoft flagship tablet, the Surface Pro, is already on version three just 18 months after the first version appeared. That’s good, it […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone expects mobile data traffic surge over next three years
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 10:37Tags News, 4G

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow by 1200% in the next three years, with 90% of its customers expected to have a smartphone by 2015. Preparations to cope for smart future include Tri-Band and Carrier Aggregation technologies being activated now. Comments (Comments)

Mobile solutions Sush Mobile acquired by Finzsoft
Posted on 13-Aug-2014 13:23Tags News, Mobile

Sush Mobile have announced a new agreement with NZX-listed Finzsoft Solutions Limited, establishing Sush Mobile as an independently operating subsidiary under the Finzsoft umbrella. Comments (Comments)

Spark Business has partnered with local Kiwi company Optimizer on mobile payments
Posted on 13-Aug-2014 11:54Tags News, Mobile

Partnership to solve one of the most common "pain points" for small business owners - keeping cash flow steady without spending precious hours chasing up payment from customers. Comments (Comments)

Newegg expands global footprint, including New Zealand
Posted on 13-Aug-2014 11:41Tags News, Computing

New Zealand is part of a few new markets Newegg reaches now, including India, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands. Comments (Comments)

Global eduroam Wi-Fi service extended across Wellington CBD
Posted on 12-Aug-2014 12:51Tags News, Wi-Fi

Wellington's CBD is now a global campus for students and academics from around the world with REANNZ extending "eduroam" wireless Internet access services across CityLink’s central city Wi-Fi network. Comments (Comments)

Telstra to acquire Ooyala
Posted on 12-Aug-2014 10:34Tags News, Web media

Ooyala will become a subsidiary of Telstra, and will operate as an independent business under the leadership of its existing management team led by chief executive officer Jay Fulcher. Comments (Comments)

Google one of six companies backing new Trans-Pacific cable system
Posted on 12-Aug-2014 08:00Tags News, Broadband, by M Freitas

A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called "FASTER" with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. Comments (Comments)

Why companies stick with Microsoft Windows
Posted on 11-Aug-2014 14:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ryan Pierson at Delighted Robot nails the issue at the bottom of his Ten Reasons Corporations Stick with Windows list where he writes: There really isn’t a big pain point right now with Windows And that’s just it. Business people know the pain moving to anything else is going to be worse than sticking with […] Comments (Comments)

Arguments for and against a second submarine cable
Posted on 11-Aug-2014 14:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Brendan Ritchie from DTS  revisits the arguments for an against building a new submarine cable linking New Zealand to the world. In How will a new international cable benefit NZ? Ritchie looks at capacity and concludes, at least from this point of view, there’s no pressing need for another cable. SCC is frequently upgrading its capacity and at […] Comments (Comments)

Tech21 Impact Shell case for iPhone 5S
Posted on 10-Aug-2014 08:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s leather-finish iPhone 5S case will protect your phone from everyday bumps and scratches. If the way you live and work means you give your phone a harder time, then Tech21’s €29.99 Impact Shell Case promises to absorb more punishment. There are two ways to build a protective shell around a smartphone. You can build something […] Comments (Comments)

Apple iPhone 5S Case
Posted on 10-Aug-2014 07:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone 5S is a beautiful device. It looks and works best naked. When I carry the phone in my pocket it is so small and light I often forget it is there. The phone isn’t fragile, it can take everyday knocks and bumps in its stride. But there are limits. The iPhone 5S is […] Comments (Comments)

Crunch time for lost Microsoft Surface
Posted on 9-Aug-2014 14:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

As Microsoft prepares to launch the Surface Pro 3 in New Zealand, overseas news services report the company may pull the plug on its tablet. Gregg Keizer at Computerworld says Microsoft’s Surface has lost money every quarter since first appearing in 2012. To date, the total loss is close to US$2 billion. Keizer quotes Jackdaw Research analyst Jan […] Comments (Comments)

Unraveling the Turla cyber-espionage campaign
Posted on 8-Aug-2014 12:49Tags News, Security

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of a precursor to the Turla APT campaign called Epic. The attacks are known to use a cocktail of zero-days and off-the-shelf exploits against previously unknown and patched vulnerabilities to compromise victims. Comments (Comments)

Can’t start a fire without a Spark
Posted on 8-Aug-2014 10:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Today Telecom NZ becomes Spark New Zealand. It’s a big change for the company. I worked with Peter Kerr of Stick on a feature series about the name change at Scoop: Igniting the Spark – Why Telecom Wanted To Change. Spark sponsored the story and gave us access to executives, but didn’t interfere with the editorial. As […] Comments (Comments)

Spark New Zealand launches new crowdfunding initiative
Posted on 8-Aug-2014 10:47Tags News, Web media

Spark New Zealand and the Spark Foundation have today announced the launch of a flagship new crowdfunding initiative that will help further the dreams of New Zealanders aspiring to do great things. Comments (Comments)

Telecom New Zealand rebranding as Spark New Zealand today
Posted on 8-Aug-2014 07:52Tags News, Broadband

The company that for the past 27 years New Zealanders have known as Telecom has today changed its name to Spark New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia 930 first NZ look
Posted on 7-Aug-2014 09:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Although it says Nokia Lumia 930 on the box, the brand is under new ownership. Strictly speaking the Lumia 930 is Microsoft’s first flagship phone. It is a good start. The Lumia 930 — NZ$999 at Vodafone — is a solid contender. It needs to be. Microsoft faces an uphill struggle wooing phone users away from […] Comments (Comments)


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