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PC market consolidates as shipments fall another 5.7 percent
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 19:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner reports the PC industry shipped some 69 million units in the third quarter of 2016. That’s a 5.7 decline on the same period in 2015 and the eighth consecutive quarter of falling sales. Meanwhile, the business is consolidating into fewer and fewer hands. The top six PC brands accounted for 78 percent of all shipments […] Comments (Comments)

Second presidential debate Twitter live stream captures 3.2 million viewers
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 09:46Tags News, Social media

Debate generates over 17 million Tweets, more than 3 billion impressions to become most Tweeted ever. Comments (Comments)

Samsung brand suffers from Galaxy Note 7 woes
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 08:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung has little choice but to scrap the Galaxy Note 7. But that’s only the start of its problems. The cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall is astronomical. Dropping the phone means foregoing at least $10 billion revenue now and, maybe, a billion or so in profit.  Then there’s the cost of two product […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung brand suffers from Galaxy Note 7 woes
Posted on 12-Oct-2016 07:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung has little choice but to scrap the Galaxy Note 7. But that’s only the start of its problems. The cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall is astronomical. Dropping the phone means foregoing at least $10 billion revenue now and, maybe, a billion or so in profit.  Then there’s the cost of two product […] Comments (Comments)

The Icehouse opens applications for new Flux Accelerator
Posted on 11-Oct-2016 20:43Tags News, Web media

The Icehouse's new Flux Accelerator offers up to $100,000 to tech start-ups. Comments (Comments)

Spark to stop replacements of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7
Posted on 11-Oct-2016 20:37Tags News, Android

Spark has become aware this afternoon of one incident involving a Spark customer's Note7 device. Comments (Comments)

No allergy worries with Apple Watch Series 2
Posted on 11-Oct-2016 11:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The last time I wore an Apple Watch it made me ill. The Apple Watch Series 2 models do not. Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry phone business ends not with a bang but a whimper
Posted on 10-Oct-2016 19:39Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry knows all about disruption. It was the top smartphone brand when Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. The phone maker continued to grow for the next three years. BlackBerry customer numbers didn’t peak until 2011. It’s been downhill ever since Last month BlackBerry finally threw in the towel. The company said it is shutting […] Comments (Comments)

Windows 8 damaged Microsoft in ways 10 can’t fix
Posted on 9-Oct-2016 13:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In mid–2013 I needed a new computer. Like many others I chose A MacBook Air instead of a Windows laptop. It wasn’t my first Apple. In 1984 I bought one of the first 128k Macs. There were others. Yet for twenty years my work had revolved around Microsoft Windows. A vote against Windows So why […] Comments (Comments)

TVNZ DUKE and OnDemand have teamed up to bring extensive coverage of eLeague
Posted on 7-Oct-2016 23:28Tags News, Consumer Electronics

eLeague is a Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league featuring 24 teams from across the world to compete in two 10-week league seasons annually, which includes a regular season, playoffs, and a championship tournament for $1,100,000 USD in prize money. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand organisations continue to experiment with IoT solutions as security and cost limits deployment
Posted on 7-Oct-2016 21:30Tags News, Computing

Initial results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) 2016 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey show that the market is pivoting away from proof of concept projects to scalable Internet of Things (IoT) deployments that are incorporating cloud, analytics, and security capabilities. Comments (Comments)

High needs children see a future in tech jobs
Posted on 7-Oct-2016 21:28Tags News, Computing

National charity organisation Code Club Aotearoa has teamed up with Christchurch's Allenvale School on a first of its kind New Zealand initiative to teach high needs students how to think like a computer. Comments (Comments)

Older students flocking to Vision College's new computer class
Posted on 7-Oct-2016 21:27Tags News, Computing

Generation X and Baby Boomers are flocking to upskill in computing and business administration, with extra classes being put on to meet the demand. Comments (Comments)

What you’ll pay for Vodafone gigabit fibre
Posted on 7-Oct-2016 18:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand’s second largest ISP, Vodafone, says it will soon offer gigabit fibre plans. The price in the Northpower, Enable and Ultra Fast Fibre UFB areas will be $140 a month. It says “Elsewhere”, read that as the Chorus UFB area, prices will be released in the “near future”.[1] Vodafone stands out from the service […] Comments (Comments)

Google Pixel phone, creepy Home speaker sideline New Zealand… for now
Posted on 7-Oct-2016 07:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand is not among the first countries to get Google’s Pixel phones. The US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and India are all ahead of us in the queue. Google says it plans to sell the phones in more countries, but offers no further details. There’s also no news about when the creepy Google Home […] Comments (Comments)

Google Pixel phone, creepy Home speaker sideline New Zealand… for now
Posted on 6-Oct-2016 14:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand is not among the first countries to get Google’s Pixel phones. The US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and India are all ahead of us in the queue. Google says it plans to sell the phones in more countries, but offers no further details. There’s also no news about when the creepy Google Home […] Comments (Comments)

Throw Yahoo mail overboard now, then worry about everything else
Posted on 6-Oct-2016 08:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Yahoo can’t do anything right with email. It can’t do anything right by its customers. The web company has also been a nightmare for partners like Spark NZ. The sooner Yahoo wraps up and stops trading the better for everyone. If you haven’t already severed your ties with Yahoo, stop reading this, go to the […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand says no to smart watches
Posted on 4-Oct-2016 16:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IDC Research says New Zealand smart watch adoption rates are less than half the worldwide average. Just three percent of people in New Zealand own a smart watch. The number hasn’t changed in the last year. It is the same percentage as Japan. In a survey of consumers in 26 countries, IDC found the average […] Comments (Comments)

Akamai report fails to do justice to NZ broadband speeds
Posted on 3-Oct-2016 07:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Everyone living in New Zealand knows broadband is getting faster. A lot faster. Regular Truenet reports documenting ISP performance underline this. Many people move from copper to fast fibre networks every day. This week sees new gigabit fibre plans which will further boost speeds. It isn’t just fixed-line broadband. New Zealand’s mobile networks deliver more […] Comments (Comments)

What you’ll pay for gigabit fibre
Posted on 2-Oct-2016 13:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The short answer to the question is “less than you might think”. If you live in parts of New Zealand covered by the Ultrafast Broadband network, you can now download data at gigabit speeds. Most of the time that means services running at 1Gbps down and 500Mbps up. Prices in Dunedin, winner of the Chorus Gigatown promotion, hover around […] Comments (Comments)

Windows 10 one year on
Posted on 1-Oct-2016 14:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Some diehards still argue Windows XP was Microsoft’s best-ever operating system. Nobody says that about Windows 8. Windows Vista was just as forgettable. For many users, Windows reached a peak with 7. Where does Windows 10 fit in this picture? If Windows 10 has yet to earn an XP or 7-like reputation for greatness, it has […] Comments (Comments)

Windows 10 one year on
Posted on 1-Oct-2016 07:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Some diehards still argue Windows XP was Microsoft’s best-ever operating system. Nobody says that about Windows 8. Windows Vista was just as forgettable. For many users, Windows reach a peak with 7. Where does Windows 10 fit in this picture? If Windows 10 has yet to earn an XP or 7-like reputation for greatness, it has […] Comments (Comments)

Hawaiki cable in US partnership
Posted on 29-Sep-2016 17:08Tags News, Broadband

Hawaiki cable to land in Oregon and operate in partnership with Alaska Communications. Comments (Comments)

Apple and Deloitte team up to accelerate business transformation on iPhone & iPad
Posted on 29-Sep-2016 11:32Tags News, Apple

Apple and Deloitte have announced a partnership to help companies quickly and easily transform the way they work by maximising the power, ease-of-use and security the iOS platform brings to the workplace through iPhone and iPad. Comments (Comments)

SecureCom acquires Atmospheric
Posted on 29-Sep-2016 11:28Tags News, SaaS

Privately-held IT services provider SecureCom has today acquired cloud specialist Atmospheric Ltd. Comments (Comments)


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