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IBM launches experimental platform for embedding Watson into any device
Posted on 10-Nov-2016 20:24Tags News, Computing

The new platform allows developers to embed Watson functions into various end-user device form factors, offering a next generation architecture for building cognitive-enabled experiences. Comments (Comments)

Cyber Security Skills Taskforce established
Posted on 8-Nov-2016 10:30Tags News, Security

Communications Minister Amy Adams has today announced the establishment of a Cyber Security Skills Taskforce to address the shortage of cyber professionals in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Power poles may carry fibre to bush
Posted on 7-Nov-2016 11:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

While it’s not on their immediate agenda, Chorus and the other fibre companies would one day like to push their glass networks as far into the bush as possible. The Commerce Select Committee may be about to help. It is looking for “public submissions on the benefits of rolling out fibre on rural electricity infrastructure”[1]. […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft double-dipping with Outlook.com ads
Posted on 7-Nov-2016 06:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Outlook.com web mail app is clean, crisp and efficient. It is almost everything you’d want from a browser-based mail app. Almost. It fails because there’s an advertising pane on the right hand of the screen. You can’t miss it. Of course that’s the idea. Advertising is supposed to be in-your-face. Advertisers won’t pay up […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone, Chorus and the battle for fibre
Posted on 6-Nov-2016 11:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark pushes fixed wireless. Vodafone boosted and rebooted its HFC network. It is rebranded as FibreX[1]. Where possible, New Zealand’s two biggest retail telecommunications companies bypass copper and fibre. Most of the time that means not buying services from Chorus. It also means not buying regulated services. On copper and fibre networks they have to […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec unveils new endpoint security software
Posted on 1-Nov-2016 20:38Tags News, Security

Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 provides multi-layered protection including advanced machine learning and response capabilities. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Government adopts SAP cloud-based HRIS
Posted on 1-Nov-2016 20:13Tags News, SaaS

SAP New Zealand and the New Zealand Government have signed an ICT Common Capability Cloud Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Agreement. Comments (Comments)

Smartwatches not ticking
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 14:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IDC reports the smartwatch market dropped by more than 50 percent in the third quarter of 2016. It says 2.7 million units shipped during the quarter compared with 5.6 million units in the third quarter of 2015. IDC goes on to say: Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that 3Q15 was the first […] Comments (Comments)

Wireless — a drop in the data ocean
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 12:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From Statistics New Zealand’s Internet Service Provider Survey 2016: 143,109 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by broadband connections. 3,165 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by mobile phone internet connections. That makes wireless data about two percent of the month’s total data downloads. In other words a […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand VDSL missing in action
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Businessdesk Pattrick Smellie reports Chorus chair challenges telcos on slow VDSL uptake. He writes: “Some 400,000 internet users in New Zealand are on a slower form of internet connection than is available, with almost no cost involved in changing to the faster version[1], says Patrick Strange, the chairman of telecommunications infrastructure provider, Chorus. Strange […] Comments (Comments)

Rural Broadband Initiative part two
Posted on 29-Oct-2016 17:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the government will spend $150 million extending rural broadband. The Rural Broadband Initiative second stage has a $100 million budget. The money is to boost speeds for people not covered by the urban Ultrafast Fibre network. She has earmarked a further $50 million for extending mobile coverage. This will cover state highway black spots and in […] Comments (Comments)

Education and Social Enterprise top priorities for problem-solving Auckland entrepreneurs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 15:33Tags News, Web media

Next month, over 120 entrepreneurs will gather in Auckland to create unique solutions to some of the most challenging issues and opportunities facing society today - education and social enterprise. Comments (Comments)

IBM says Macs cost less than PCs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 15:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The jamf blog covers a presentation by Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM: In 2015, IBM let their employees decide – Windows or Mac. “The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to achieve the best Mac program,” Previn said. An emerging favorite meant the deployment of 30,000 […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone’s clever free mobile data promise
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 13:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone says it will give customers mobile data at no extra charge if their fixed-line broadband connection fails. The deal only applies to customers who have a Vodafone home broadband plan and use the company’s mobile services. In a press release Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams says the always connected promise recognises an internet connection […] Comments (Comments)

HP New Zealand introduces OMEN series of gaming performance PCs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 13:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

HP New Zealand has launched a new suite of gaming products designed specifically for those who demand the ultimate, immersive gaming experience. Comments (Comments)

ASB cashless moneybox ready to ship
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 08:14Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The first ASB Clever Kash cashless moneyboxes are being released to a large waiting list of families across New Zealand from today. Comments (Comments)

New book of Kiwi tech cartoons launching at Ignite NZ
Posted on 24-Oct-2016 18:32Tags News, Web media

A new book of technology-themed cartoons by Kiwi cartoonist 'Jim' will be officially launched at the Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 conference being held at SKYCITY in Auckland. Comments (Comments)

Frazer Scott on Microsoft technology and digital transformation
Posted on 24-Oct-2016 10:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“No-one has the breadth of services and offerings that Microsoft brings to bear in this space”. — Microsoft New Zealand chief marketing and operations officer Frazer Scott At Intergen Dynamics Day 2016, Frazer Scott outlined Microsoft’s strategy to help companies with their digital transformation. This is the context for Dynamics 365. It all boils down […] Comments (Comments)

AT&T confirms buying Time Warner Inc.
Posted on 23-Oct-2016 13:15Tags News, Web media

AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire Time Warner in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at US$107.50 per share. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 307: Apple Pay, Sony Xperia XZ, submarine fibre, Samsung 10nm
Posted on 23-Oct-2016 11:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back at the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain this week we discuss: Apple Pay arrives on Apple Watch and iPhone in NZ Sony Xperia XZ Samsung launches 10nm chips, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, TomTom Touch, Vodafone Fibre X, Tasman Global Access cable update and visit to Ile De Re fibre cable laying ship, Hololens […] Comments (Comments)

Jucy’s Tristin King on ugly choices and being more like Apple
Posted on 22-Oct-2016 15:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Speaking at Intergen Dynamics Day 2016, Jucy Group head of technology Tristin King talked about choice.  King says there are two types of choice. The big ones are all about desire and by need. He says: “The other type of choice is an ugly choice, it’s a burden to most of us much of the time. […] Comments (Comments)

Free non-standard UFB install scheme extended
Posted on 22-Oct-2016 08:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the New Zealand Herald Sophie Boot writes: Chorus, the telecommunications network operator, will continue to provide free non-standard[1] residential ultrafast broadband installations until 2019, under an agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings which could see its debt repayments to the government entity delayed. The could part of that sentence is complicated. There is a regulatory review […] Comments (Comments)

Agility, knowledge economy key for Auckland as an emerging global city
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

James Rosenwax says Auckland should focus on agility and the knowledge economy as it continues to emerge as a dynamic global city. Rosenwax leads Aecom’s Australia and New Zealand cities practice. He recently authored a report on using innovation to transform Australian cities. He says Auckland is already on the radar for many of the […] Comments (Comments)

700MHz build boosts Spark, Vodafone mobile footprint
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 13:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark and Vodafone have built more rural cell towers than they were required to do under the terms of the 2014 auction for 700 MHz spectrum. In the past two years the carriers have added a total of 34 new cell towers. All of them in rural areas. Together they expanded the coverage by 3825 […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone gigabit FibreX promises faster installs, lower costs
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone is using the promise of a three-day install and lower gigabit prices as a lure to its FibreX network. FibreX is the new name for the Vodafone HFC (hybrid-fibre coaxial) network that services parts of Wellington, the Kapiti Coast and Christchurch. A naked unlimited data gigabit plan costs $110 a month on FibreX. That […] Comments (Comments)


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