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Spark Fibre Landline may solve old folk telephone woes
Posted on 6-May-2015 18:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From today Spark fibre customers wanting a voice telephone service no longer need to buy a separate copper line as well as fibre. And people living in fibre-only places can now get the closest thing to an old-school telephone. Fibre Landline is Spark’s new voice-over-fibre product. It provides a dedicated path for voice traffic alongside […] Comments (Comments)

Tait Communications chosen to deploy one of the largest radio networks in North America
Posted on 5-May-2015 19:14Tags News, Mobile

The company has been selected by Alliant Energy Corporation, a leading Midwest U.S. energy company, to roll out a new digital mobile radio network (DMR Tier 3) - the largest of its kind to be deployed in North America. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ employee appointed to Asia-Pacific leadership role
Posted on 5-May-2015 19:12Tags News, Computing

Marianne Ma tapped for Business Manager role reporting to Microsoft APAC President. Comments (Comments)

Energizer introduces high-performance battery made with recycled batteries
Posted on 5-May-2015 18:41Tags News, Consumer Electronics

EcoAdvanced is made with recycled batteries with four percent recycled content by total weight, up to 10% of a key active ingredient. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ celebrates 20 years of TechEd with name change to Ignite NZ
Posted on 5-May-2015 13:46Tags News, Computing

Registrations are now open for New Zealand's biggest technology conference. Comments (Comments)

Samsung launches the ruggedised Galaxy Tab Active
Posted on 5-May-2015 10:56Tags News, Android

Partnerships with GeoOp and SAP offer a total solution for business on the move, enabling always-on connectivity, information-rich decision making and increased productivity. Comments (Comments)

Nanogirl named as Bright Sparks ambassador
Posted on 5-May-2015 10:55Tags News, Web media

New Bright Sparks ambassador Michelle Dickinson encourages girls to get involved in technology. Comments (Comments)

MacBook: One USB-C port is enough
Posted on 3-May-2015 10:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Critics point to a lack of ports in the 2015 Apple MacBook as a mistake. It’s no mistake. Apple configured the MacBook with a specific target market in mind. For those people a single port is not an issue. Sure, the lack of ports is a reason not to buy for many people. If you […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 227: Apple Watch, MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand, Open Source Open Society
Posted on 2-May-2015 17:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Paul Spain acquires an Apple Watch in Los Angeles and spends time with the new MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2. Also: Open Source Open Society Conference, Xero results, Internet speeds and Netflix, Uber price increase. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Published by Podcasts NZ. Get the podcast […] Comments (Comments)

ASB rural customers and staff to have special perks with ISP Wireless Nation
Posted on 1-May-2015 14:18Tags News, Broadband

Wireless Nation has just signed a contract with ASB to provide the Bank's rural customers and staff with additional free data on its Rural Broadband solutions, discounts on Voice over IP (VoIP) phone lines, and Zero-rated Data on its Satellite Broadband network. Comments (Comments)

MYOB ready for listing at $3.65 per share
Posted on 1-May-2015 14:15Tags News, SaaS

MYOB's shares will trade under the code MYO and are expected to commence trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on Monday, 4 May 2015 at midday Sydney time. Comments (Comments)

Bulletproof and Cloud House join forces to boost innovation in high-growth New Zealand businesses
Posted on 1-May-2015 09:57Tags News, SaaS

ASX-listed cloud services specialist Bulletproof is partnering with New Zealand–based cloud infrastructure group Cloud House to deliver cloud services to New Zealand's high-growth entrepreneurial businesses. Comments (Comments)

Chinese approval opens huge market to kiwi tech company TruScreen Limited
Posted on 1-May-2015 09:53Tags News, Computing

TruScreen Limited, a New Zealand company with a unique real time cervical cancer screening technology now has open access to a potential NZD $1 billion per annum market after receiving Chinese Food And Drug Administration (CFDA) approval Comments (Comments)

LG unveils the G4, its most ambitious smartphone yet
Posted on 1-May-2015 09:43Tags News, Android

LG paid special attention to materials used in its newest flagship, available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather in six colours, as well as improvements in photography. Comments (Comments)

TomTom launches new GO navigation devices with lifetime world maps and lifetime speed cameras
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 14:44Tags News, GPS

Lifetime TomTom Traffic is available via a smartphone connection on the TomTom GO 510 and the TomTom GO 6100 offer Lifetime TomTom Traffic via a built-in SIM with unlimited data and roaming at no extra cost. Comments (Comments)

New Polycom services help IT expand workplace collaboration
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 14:40Tags News, VoIP

Polycom RealAccess brings the power of big data and connected products to help IT departments analyse utilisation, capacity and success rates to make faster and smarter decisions. Comments (Comments)

TomTom shakes up the action camera market with new TomTom Bandit Action Camera
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 11:52Tags News, Consumer Electronics

TomTom has announced the new TomTom Bandit Action Camera which makes editing and sharing videos quick and easy. Instead of spending hours downloading and sorting through footage, users can now create, edit and share it within moments of the action. Comments (Comments)

Xero announces latest innovations for small business
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 11:44Tags News, SaaS

Company previews Business Performance dashboard to improve business health and integration with Microsoft Office 365. Comments (Comments)

Xero and Paymark join forces to eliminate paper receipts
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 11:41Tags News, SaaS

The Paymark EFTPOS network processes more than 75 per cent of all electronic transactions in the New Zealand retail market. Coupled with Xero's 138,000 New Zealand business customers, the companies are well positioned to eliminate paper receipts to small businesses and consumers. Comments (Comments)

NZ small business productivity, technology
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 10:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Westpac’s 2015 Grow New Zealand survey reports nearly one-third of New Zealand small and medium-sized enterprises say digital technology had no impact on their business over the past five years and 27 percent don’t expect it to in the next five years. At first sight this looks bad, but the cup is two-thirds full. Most […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft announces new Windows 10 browser, Universal apps scaling and new .NET Core for OS X and Linux
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 09:46Tags News, Computing

Microsoft Corp. has announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits (SDKs) to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10. Comments (Comments)

Adobe and Microsoft partner to transform customer engagement across sales, service and marketing
Posted on 29-Apr-2015 22:15Tags News, SaaS

Partnership includes the integration of Adobe Marketing Cloud Solutions with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution. Comments (Comments)

Amazon, Apple: A tale of two tech giants
Posted on 29-Apr-2015 17:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Amazon Web Services announced an operating profit of US$265 million for the quarter. It was the first time Amazon broke out the figures for its cloud business. Meanwhile Apple turned in another record result with quarterly revenues of US$58 billion and earnings up 33 percent to US$13.6 billion. Both companies did better than expected. […] Comments (Comments)

High profile Silicon Valley thought leaders to visit New Zealand
Posted on 28-Apr-2015 15:32Tags News, Web media

Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures and Adiba Barney, CEO of Silicon Valley Forum to visit the country. Comments (Comments)

Apple 2015 MacBook: Between laptop and tablet
Posted on 28-Apr-2015 09:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this month I took the MacBook on the road for a reporting job. Here’s what I learnt: Apple’s newest laptop isn’t a MacBook Air. It just goes by the name MacBook — a pared down name for a pared down computer. It uses technologies and techniques Apple learnt from making the iPhone and the […] Comments (Comments)


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