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Spark fast-tracks intensive rollout of fast 4G broadband services across rural Canterbury
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:27Tags News, 4G

Spark has been working with local councils to support Canterbury's Regional Economic Development Strategy. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand company MyWave launches UK/Europe subsidiary
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:24Tags News, Computing

New Zealand Intelligent Assistant company MyWave launched in Europe today with a keynote address at the Ctrl-Shift "Growth Through Trust" Conference in London. Comments (Comments)

Sony launches the VPL-VW5000ES ultimate 4K home theatre projector
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:22Tags News, Consumer Electronics

New laser-powered projector has 5,000 lumens and 4K resolution with premium features for home theatre enthusiasts. Comments (Comments)

Enlighten Designs opens doors in Auckland
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:21Tags News, Computing

Two new hires means dedicated experts "around the corner" for Auckland clients. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ calls for entries to 2016 Partner Awards
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:21Tags News, Computing

Microsoft introduces new "Innovative Software Product of the Year" category for 2016 – a category unique to the New Zealand market. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft’s Betamax phone operating system
Posted on 9-Dec-2015 12:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Analyst firm IDC says Microsoft’s Windows Phone is going nowhere. According to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone tracker, Microsoft’s mobile OS has just 2.2 percent market share. That in 2015. By 2019 it will add another 0.1 percent giving it a total 2.3 percent of the mobile market. IDC says despite all the […] Comments (Comments)

Orion Health announces global launch of Amadeus healthcare platform
Posted on 9-Dec-2015 11:04Tags News, SaaS

Orion Health is firing up its global offering by launching Amadeus, a platform that will enable highly personalised healthcare and the implementation of Precision Medicine. Comments (Comments)

Kiwi internet business OnlyDomains sells for NZ$35m
Posted on 9-Dec-2015 10:31Tags News, Broadband

OnlyDomains, an online retailer of domain names and other services, has agreed to be acquired by CentralNic, one of the fastest growing technology companies on the London Stock Exchange. Comments (Comments)

Xero enables two-factor authentication
Posted on 7-Dec-2015 13:30Tags News, SaaS

Additional security layer verifies trusted users for vital information. Comments (Comments)

Spark acquires CCL and boosts its Cloud services capabilities
Posted on 7-Dec-2015 13:28Tags News, SaaS

CCL to continue with its growth plans, now supported by Spark New Zealand resources and capability. Comments (Comments)

Why I had to stop wearing the Apple Watch
Posted on 7-Dec-2015 12:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I had to stop wearing the Apple Watch after an allergic reaction. Comments (Comments)

OMGTech! to kick off Hour of Code campaign in Pt England
Posted on 6-Dec-2015 12:08Tags News, Computing

Pt England schools in Auckland to host coding events for kids Monday morning to help kick off "Hour of Code" and Computer Science Education Week, 7-13 December. Comments (Comments)

HP Spectre x2: like a Surface Pro, priced wrong for NZ
Posted on 5-Dec-2015 12:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft gave the mobile PC tree a good shake when it introduced the Surface. Its touch-screen PC-cum-tablet design is a fresh take on mobile computing. If imitation is flattery the HP Spectre x2 is a love letter to Microsoft. The Spectre x2 has its own style and finish but the nods to Surface are constant […] Comments (Comments)

Alcatel-Lucent and Bluesky Pacific Group launch new submarine cable system
Posted on 3-Dec-2015 22:44Tags News, Broadband

Moana Cable system will span more than 9,700 km, connecting New Zealand to Hawaii and Cook Islands to Samoa. Comments (Comments)

Symantec expands global Security Operations Centers
Posted on 2-Dec-2015 20:10Tags News, Security

Company has announced plans to beef up its Cyber Security Services business globally with an investment of more than US$50 million. Comments (Comments)

Navman Wireless new GPS tracking software comes with new driver behaviour and safety analytics
Posted on 2-Dec-2015 20:05Tags News, GPS

The software helps businesses improve the efficiency of their fleet management through unparalleled data about their workforce's driving habits. Comments (Comments)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft announce plans to deliver integrated hybrid IT infrastructure
Posted on 2-Dec-2015 09:04Tags News, SaaS

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover, HPE and Microsoft Corp. announced new innovation in Hybrid Cloud computing through Microsoft Azure, HPE infrastructure and services, and new program offerings. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone adds OneDrive secure file storage to some business plans
Posted on 1-Dec-2015 15:29Tags News, SaaS

Vodafone has announced Microsoft OneDrive for Business is now available on selected Vodafone business mobile plans. This cloud-based storage solution helps businesses stay confidently connected by enabling them to access work files on the go. Comments (Comments)

The time I should have had faith in the iPad Pro
Posted on 1-Dec-2015 14:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

While Apple’s iPad Pro is enough computer for day-to-day journalism, there are times when things might get tricky. In the end I didn’t use the iPad Pro as my only device last week[1]. It wasn’t because of anything wrong with the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro stayed at home because I needed to play safe […] Comments (Comments)

Kiwi kids get set to join in global Hour of Code campaign
Posted on 30-Nov-2015 14:37Tags News, Computing

Microsoft and offering educators a Minecraft-inspired coding tutorial for the classroom as part of Computer Science Education Week, 7-13 December. Comments (Comments)

More than a phone
Posted on 30-Nov-2015 08:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone has always been more than just a phone. From the outset it has also been a pocket computer. The same is true for many Android and Windows phones [1] While iPhones can’t do everything PCs do, they do the important things. They do them well enough for many people’s needs. In the third […] Comments (Comments)

Why you shouldn’t skimp on technology
Posted on 28-Nov-2015 13:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology is an important part of life. Most of us need it to earn a living. Many businesses can’t function without technology. Money spent on hardware, software and services as an investment, not a cost. My key lesson from 30 years writing about computers and technology is: Don’t cut corners. It’s solid advice in every […] Comments (Comments)

Youth projects get NZ$1 million to engage young Kiwis with science and tech
Posted on 27-Nov-2015 10:17Tags News, Computing

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced nearly $1 million of new funding to 25 additional projects around the country to engage more young Kiwis with science and technology under the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund pilot. Comments (Comments)

Xero launches Apple Watch app
Posted on 24-Nov-2015 14:19Tags News, SaaS

Xero has released Xero for Apple Watch, a fast and convenient way for business owners to stay on top of their cash flow, with notifications and alerts when invoices have been paid. Comments (Comments)

iPad Pro, 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air productivity
Posted on 24-Nov-2015 07:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing bad happened switching from the 2015 MacBook to the iPad Pro. If there were any surprises they were all good ones. Every Friday morning I pack a computer, coffee money and a banana in a briefcase. Next I catch a bus to town where I work in a client’s office. Although I interview people, […] Comments (Comments)

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