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Unisys to deliver enterprise security on the AWS cloud
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 11:16Tags News, Security

Unisys Stealth technology delivers micro-segmentation on the Amazon Web Services Cloud for improved security, simplified management, lower costs and faster results. Comments (Comments)

Polycom RealPresence Clariti is a new collaboration infrastructure software with cloud burst
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 11:13Tags News, VoIP

The remote and mobile workforce, coupled with its expectations for seamless connectivity and collaboration, is placing greater demand on organisational networks to operate efficiently on-premises, in hybrid deployments, and in the cloud. Comments (Comments)

Volvo owners will be able to control car with voice via Microsoft Band 2
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 11:09Tags News, Consumer Electronics

1980s TV cult classic Knight Rider captured the hearts and minds of a generation - The Hoff and his talking Trans Am KITT using futuristic technology to solve crime all with the flick of a wrist. Comments (Comments)

New Zealanders get more digital
Posted on 19-Jan-2016 22:57Tags News, Mobile

Latest research from global performance management company, Nielsen, has found that 3.1 million New Zealanders spend the equivalent of two workings days online each week. Comments (Comments)

TechnologyOne releases next generation Software as a Service offering
Posted on 19-Jan-2016 22:54Tags News, SaaS

Enterprise software provider TechnologyOne has released the fifth generation of its TechnologyOne Cloud, 5.0, introducing the start of its mass production Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. Comments (Comments)

Southern Cross shareholders start work on future international cable roadmap
Posted on 19-Jan-2016 21:05Tags News, Broadband

Spark New Zealand and Optus, the two largest shareholders in the Southern Cross Cable Network, said today they will jointly begin industry discussions about future international cable connectivity across the South Pacific. Comments (Comments)

Skinny Broadband undermines copper tax
Posted on 18-Jan-2016 11:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Skinny Broadband is a solid, affordable low-end alternative to a copper or fibre internet connection. It suits many customers’ needs. It is competitively priced. Even after the $200 upfront payment for a suitable fixed wireless modem, Skinny Broadband is New Zealand’s cheapest mainstream broadband plan. We’ve been conditioned to think wireless data is expensive. So […] Comments (Comments)

Skinny Broadband: Low-cost wireless alternative
Posted on 18-Jan-2016 11:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Skinny Broadband is cost effective alternative to a copper or fibre internet connection. It is a fixed wireless broadband service piggybacking off the Spark 4G mobile data network. Sometimes this approach is known as BoLTE: broadband over LTE. You get the same basic data service as a Spark mobile phone user on the 4G network, […] Comments (Comments)

Specsavers selects Accenture to manage its technology
Posted on 18-Jan-2016 10:39Tags News, SaaS

Agreement includes application maintenance, development, testing and infrastructure monitoring across 10 countries including New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Android: Argumentum ad populum
Posted on 15-Jan-2016 12:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Argumentum ad populum is a fancy Latin term for a logical fallacy. It refers to an appeal to popular opinion to win an argument. The idea behind it is if most people think something is true, then it must be true. It turns up often with technology: Eight in ten buyers choose Android. The implication […] Comments (Comments)

Southern Cross expands LA and Silicon Valley access
Posted on 14-Jan-2016 09:34Tags News, Broadband

Southern Cross Cable Network is expanding its footprint to make its international capacity services available from a further four key data-centre locations across Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Comments (Comments)

PC horror show continues as numbers drop 10 percent
Posted on 14-Jan-2016 08:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Analyst firm IDC says worldwide PC sales for the last quarter of 2015 were 10.6 percent lower than the same quarter a year earlier. Rival analyst Gartner puts the drop at 8.3 percent. Overall sales for the whole year dropped below 300 million units. The last time sales were below 300 million was 2008. Apple […] Comments (Comments)

Thoughts on the Skinny 4G modem
Posted on 14-Jan-2016 08:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tim Hughes comments on Geekzone‘s story about Skinny’s 4G broadband service. He suggests $200 is a lot of money to pay upfront for a modem.  Maybe.  The Skinny 4G service costs $55 a month for 60GB of data. From reading the Skinny site it seems the modem is not optional.  If you stick with Skinny for a […] Comments (Comments)

My ultimate device acid test
Posted on 13-Jan-2016 15:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s an objective side to reviewing technology product and services. There’s also an emotional side. I’m often interested in exploring how I feel about integrating technology into my work and life. It’s not something I write about often because it is so personal. One size does not fit all. However, I’m aware that my emotional response […] Comments (Comments)

WordPress.com OS X app
Posted on 13-Jan-2016 14:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The WordPress.com OS X app is beautiful and almost pointless. WordPress has wrapped its app around the most recent browser version of the WordPress.com software. That’s it. It runs well enough, but it doesn’t do anything that can’t be done in the browser. Moreover, there are some things it doesn’t do, so you are sent […] Comments (Comments)

When Dick Smith Electronics lost the plot
Posted on 13-Jan-2016 12:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners bought Dick Smith Electronics for A$94 million in 2012. A year later it floated the business in an A$534 million public listing. Those numbers rang alarm bells at the time. At the NZ Herald, Hamish Fletcher quotes Matt Ryan of Forager Funds who says Anchorage pulled off “the greatest […] Comments (Comments)

Skinny Broadband launches with 4G service
Posted on 12-Jan-2016 21:05Tags News, 4G

Skinny Mobile has announced an extension of its business with the launch of Skinny Broadband. Comments (Comments)

Southern Cross increases capacity
Posted on 12-Jan-2016 07:46Tags News, Broadband

Southern Cross Cable Network has successfully completed its latest upgrade adding 900Gbs to all segments of the Network, bringing total Network lit capacity to 5.8Tbs. Comments (Comments)

IBM Watson to help Under Armour transform personal health and fitness
Posted on 7-Jan-2016 19:20Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Under Armour announced a partnership with IBM to create and provide meaningful data-backed health and fitness insights, powered by IBM Watson's cognitive computing technology. Comments (Comments)

Netflix Is Now Available Around the World
Posted on 7-Jan-2016 19:15Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world, for a total of more than 190 countries. The company made the announcement - and the service went live - during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016. Comments (Comments)

Casio to release smartwatch with Android Wear
Posted on 6-Jan-2016 12:32Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The new WSD-F10 wrist device is optimal for the outdoors, boasting water resistance for use in rain and around water, and is tested to military standard specifications to ensure it can withstand a variety of rugged activities. Comments (Comments)

Kodak bets on Super 8 filmmaking revival
Posted on 6-Jan-2016 12:23Tags News, Consumer Electronics

On the heels of celebrating 50 years of manufacturing Super 8 film, Kodak is launching an initiative aimed at putting Super 8 cameras into the hands of a new generation of filmmakers as well as meeting the needs of top directors, indie filmmakers and others who appreciate the art and craft of filmmaking. Comments (Comments)

Fitbit Blaze brings style to smart trackers
Posted on 6-Jan-2016 12:05Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Fitbit has unveiled the Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch, available today for presale with global retail availability starting in March 2016. Comments (Comments)

Fiat Chrysler announces new fourth-generation Uconnect systems
Posted on 5-Jan-2016 14:04Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Fiat Chrysler are heading to the world's largest and most important electronics show, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, to reveal the new fourth-generation Uconnect system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a preview of the latest technology advancements in FCA vehicles. Comments (Comments)

Lenovo unveils modular ThinkPad X1 tablet
Posted on 4-Jan-2016 21:19Tags News, Mobile

Lenovo has unveiled its newly expanded X1 portfolio, including new additions such as the adaptable ThinkPad X1 Tablet with its modular design; the ThinkPad X1 Yoga with world's first OLED display; and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with an even thinner and lighter design. Comments (Comments)


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