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Sphero announces Force Band wearable device and special edition BB-8 Droid
Posted on 1-Sep-2016 16:01Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Expanding outside of the app-enabled robotic experiences, Sphero's Force Band attaches to the wrist and utilizes gesture based controls to operate the iconic BB-8 robot produced by the same company. Comments (Comments)

Fitbit unveils Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2
Posted on 1-Sep-2016 11:27Tags News, Consumer Electronics

New Fitbit Charge 2 adds advanced health and fitness features like "Relax" guided breathing and cardio fitness level (estimated VO2 Max). New swim-proof Flex 2 goes ultra-slim, with modern accessories to stay motivated in style Comments (Comments)

New 7th Gen Intel Core Processor is built for the immersive Internet
Posted on 1-Sep-2016 11:03Tags News, Computing

To power new immersive experiences, Intel's new 7th Gen Intel Core processors are specifically built to leverage performance and new media capabilities. Comments (Comments)

Volvo to recruit 400 software engineers to expedite development of self driving and electric cars
Posted on 31-Aug-2016 19:44Tags News, Internet of Things

Volvo is launching one of the largest engineering recruitment drives in its 89-year history as it boosts the development of next generation safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies. Comments (Comments)

Printicular launches with Android Pay in Australia
Posted on 31-Aug-2016 19:36Tags News, Consumer Electronics

With Android Pay, people can order and pay for prints straight from their phone's picture albums or social media accounts, and have pictures delivered to their homes. Comments (Comments)

Executives committed to digital business despite security concerns says Unisys study
Posted on 30-Aug-2016 18:16Tags News, Security

Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of the respondents agree that it is critical or very important for an organisation to modify IT processes and resources to support a digital business model. That represents an increase of 7 percentage points (up from 65 percent) from the response to a similar question in a Unisys-IDG study conducted in October 2015. Comments (Comments)

Timely hits major milestone and appoints new Head of Finance
Posted on 30-Aug-2016 18:11Tags News, SaaS

Appointment scheduling software company Timely has successfully reached another of their projected milestones by hitting a cash positive position on time and on target. Comments (Comments)

Renesas Electronics expands Renesas Synergy platform for the Internet of Things market in New Zealand
Posted on 30-Aug-2016 18:04Tags News, Internet of Things

New Zealand system developers can now create innovative embedded applications faster. Comments (Comments)

Ballance Agri-Nutrients adopts SAP S/4HANA
Posted on 30-Aug-2016 18:01Tags News, SaaS

SAP New Zealand and Soltius have this morning announced Ballance Agri-Nutrients, the New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative, as the first organisation in New Zealand to go live with the SAP S/4HANA technology platform as it embarks on its digital future. Comments (Comments)

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Androidís new champion
Posted on 28-Aug-2016 14:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Packs every feature you might want in a phone and then some. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at a glance For: All the features: camera, display, design, virtual reality. Against: Expensive. TouchWiz. Maybe: Youíll love the stylus or ignore it. Likewise iris scanner. Battery life. Verdict: Androidís deserving championÖ for now. Price: NZ$1600 If you spend […] Comments (Comments)

SecureWorks research indicates top ransomware making their way through APAC
Posted on 27-Aug-2016 09:33Tags News, Security

Generally, 0.25% to 3.0% of victims elect to pay a ransom, meaning attackers need to destroy data on anywhere from 30 to 400 computers for every victim who relents and pays the ransom. Comments (Comments)

StretchSense to feature at Canterbury Tech Summit
Posted on 27-Aug-2016 09:19Tags News, Web media

Sensor technologies that can stretch with human motion and help improve how people interact with technology are rapidly developing as a New Zealand company is taking this technology to the world. Comments (Comments)

Intergen admitted to exclusive Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle 2016
Posted on 27-Aug-2016 09:10Tags News, Computing

Intergen has been admitted to the exclusive Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle 2016, an elite group of 60 of the most strategic Microsoft Dynamics partners from around 10,000 certified Dynamics partners across the globe. Comments (Comments)

150 Years of the Cook Strait Cable
Posted on 27-Aug-2016 09:09Tags News, Broadband

On 26 August 1866, New Zealand's telecommunications took a leap into the future with the successful connection of the Cook Strait Telegraph Cable, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. Comments (Comments)

Cybercriminals recruit insiders to attack telecoms providers
Posted on 25-Aug-2016 23:27Tags News, Security

Cybercriminals are using insiders to gain access to telecommunications networks and subscriber data, recruiting disaffected employees through underground channels or blackmailing staff using compromising information gathered from open sources - according to a Kaspersky Lab intelligence report into security threats facing the telecommunications industry. Comments (Comments)

Canon introduces new EOS 5D Mark IV
Posted on 25-Aug-2016 23:19Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the camera fuses speed and resolution with excellent low light capability and movie functionality. Comments (Comments)

Garmin introduces premium version of multisport watch
Posted on 25-Aug-2016 23:12Tags News, Consumer Electronics

With Connect IQ compatibility and wireless connectivity features, fenix Chronos is a full-fledged smartwatch that can be totally customised to each user. Comments (Comments)

Domino's Pizza to start New Zealand trials for pizza drone delivery in late 2016
Posted on 25-Aug-2016 12:56Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited has joined forces with global drone deliveries company Flirtey to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world. Comments (Comments)

What reviewers mean when they say best ever
Posted on 25-Aug-2016 12:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology publications and daily newspapers are full of gushing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reviews. Samsung deserves much of the praise. Itís an impressive phone. Expect a review here in the next few days. Where reviewers give stars, the Galaxy Note 7 either gets five or 4.5. When they give a percent the scores are often […] Comments (Comments)

Trend Micro detects almost 40,000 ransomware threats in New Zealand throughout 1H 2016
Posted on 24-Aug-2016 20:32Tags News, Security

A Trend Micro security report, "The Reign of Ransomware" saw a 172 percent increase in ransomware and US$3 billion in losses due to business email compromise (BEC) scams so far in 2016, as well as nearly 500 vulnerabilities in a variety of products. Comments (Comments)

Review: Dell Inspiron 13 5000
Posted on 24-Aug-2016 14:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Dell sent a sample computer with a non-working trackpad. This meant we couldnít do a full review. Hereís what we learned about the machine before it went back for repair. At a glance For: Laptop, can work as a tablet. Keyboard. Against: Heavy for a tablet. Some missing drivers. Touchpad on review model didnít work. […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand CERT Establishment Advisory Board appointed
Posted on 23-Aug-2016 15:49Tags News, Security

A highly skilled group of people from the private sector have been named as the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) Establishment Advisory Board by Communications Minister Amy Adams. Comments (Comments)

Class of 2016: The best ultraportables
Posted on 23-Aug-2016 07:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There has never been a better time to buy an ultraportable computer. PC makers may face falling sales, but they havenít stopped building great laptops. For years the laptop market was stagnant, with lacklustre me-too designs and unappetising performance. Thatís changed. The challenge from phones and tablets has spurred a new wave of innovation. In […] Comments (Comments)

More gigacities coming as fibrecos ready October launch
Posted on 22-Aug-2016 11:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Enable Networks, Northpower Fibre and Ultrafast Fibre plan to launch gigabit wholesale broadband services in October. They say they will offer download speeds of 1Gbps with uploads running at 500Mbps. Meanwhile Spark New Zealand says it is already testing Enable’s gigabit services in Christchurch. The company had previously asked wholesale fibre companies to roll out […] Comments (Comments)

Skinny Broadband sweetens fixed wireless internet deal
Posted on 22-Aug-2016 08:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Skinny Broadband has dropped the cost of a fixed wireless internet connection. From today it costs 20 percent less. The price is $52 a month for 100GB of data. If you donít need the highest download speeds and lots of data it is a great alternative to fixed line internet. See an in-depth review of […] Comments (Comments)


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