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Talking UFB on RNZ Nine to Noon
Posted on 7-Mar-2016 11:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This morning I was on Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan talking about possible problems with funding for residential fibre connections and other issues to do with the project. Fund running dry for non standard residential UFB connectionsFiled under: Media, Telecommunications Tagged: broadband, fibre, RBI, UFB Comments (Comments)

SenCbuds: Smart earphones that know when you’re not listening
Posted on 5-Mar-2016 17:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand-designed SenCbuds are smart earphones that detect when you stop listening. They know when you pull the earphones from your ear and pause whatever is playing. Put them back in and the audio starts again. While this feels like magic, the trick lies in smart engineering, not hocus-pocus. I tested a SenCbuds prototype with […] Comments (Comments)

4.5G mobile trials see gigabit speeds
Posted on 4-Mar-2016 12:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gigabit speed is a key promise from the equipment makers preparing 5G mobile network hardware. It will take until at least 2020 before anyone builds a 5G network in New Zealand, yet there’s a good chance we’ll see gigabit speeds before then. Last month Comms Day reported on an Optus-Huawei 4.5G trial which hit a […] Comments (Comments)

MacSparky on Apple Notes
Posted on 4-Mar-2016 07:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

David Sparks hits the spot with his post on Apple Notes: When I showed up at WWDC last year, Apple Notes was nothing more than a target for my derision. When they announced during the keynote that they had an “all-new” Apple Notes I chortled and rolled my eyes. Then I stated using Apple Notes […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 271: Auckland IT blowout, UFB uptake, Hololens 4.5G vs 5G
Posted on 3-Mar-2016 18:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Join me, Paul Spain and Mark Iles to hear a first-hand report from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona including the focus on virtual reality and Gigabit plus 4.5G vs 5G mobile networks. We also discuss Google Loon, UFB hitting an important milestone, Windows 10 rollout to business and Auckland Council’s $1.2B IT spend. This NZ Tech Podcast […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand among fastest fibre adopters
Posted on 3-Mar-2016 17:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One in five New Zealand homes, schools and businesses on the UFB network has chosen fibre services. Communications minister Amy Adams reports there are now around 184,000 connections. She says: “Connections are now growing at over 11,000 per month. In just the eight weeks since New Year’s Day, a further 22,000 households and businesses have […] Comments (Comments)

Dimension Data takes five global awards at Cisco Partner Summit
Posted on 3-Mar-2016 15:26Tags News, Computing

Dimension Data announced Group has been awarded five Cisco Partner Summit Global awards for its Americas, UK, Australia, and Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) operations. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ announces 2016 Partner Awards finalists
Posted on 3-Mar-2016 15:22Tags News, Computing

Cloud solutions dominate as record number of entries make annual event the biggest ever. Comments (Comments)

2015: The year nothing big happened in technology
Posted on 3-Mar-2016 11:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology develops at two speeds. Most of the time it moves at a smooth pace. There is a constant stream of small, incremental updates, bug fixes and minor changes. Software version numbers tick over by decimal point or less. Now and then we see a great leap forward. An unexpected new device, app or service […] Comments (Comments)

Mobile World Congress 2016: This year’s devices
Posted on 2-Mar-2016 12:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress is the telecommunications industry’s annual showcase and conference. As the name says, the emphasis is on mobile technology. That’s where you’ll find today’s action. Everyone from consumers to small businesses to corporations depends on devices you can carry. Apple wasn’t at MWC 2016, but every other technology company worth talking about was […] Comments (Comments)

HTC Vive virtual reality system pre-order open in New Zealand
Posted on 1-Mar-2016 19:41Tags News, Computing

HTC, in partnership with Valve, have unveiled pricing for New Zealand and a third title for the consumer edition of its Vive virtual reality system. Comments (Comments)

Spark gives back savings after Commerce Commission decision
Posted on 1-Mar-2016 11:25Tags News, Broadband

From today, Spark will be returning savings to customers from price increases last year, following a Commerce Commission decision not to backdate higher Chorus lines charges. Comments (Comments)

Loyalty NZ works with Amazon Web Services to enable new experiences for its members
Posted on 29-Feb-2016 11:31Tags News, SaaS

Loyalty New Zealand, the company that manages the Fly Buys programme, has used the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to create a new platform to manage members' accounts. Comments (Comments)

Dimension Data providing Victim Support with new contact centre system
Posted on 26-Feb-2016 16:52Tags News, Computing

Victim Support has employed a new Contact Centre system to help it meet the growing demand for services. Victim Support is an independent incorporated society in New Zealand that provides free 24/7 community response to help victims of serious crime and trauma. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone and Downer engineers and riggers to work in Fiji
Posted on 26-Feb-2016 16:49Tags News, Broadband

A second team of engineers and riggers, dubbed the Red Response Team, are en route to Fiji to help Vodafone Fiji repair damaged communication equipment and re-establish telecommunications services. Comments (Comments)

Kordia promotes new GM at Aura InfoSec
Posted on 25-Feb-2016 12:36Tags News, Security

Kordia New Zealand has appointed Peter Bailey to the newly created role of general manager of Aura Information Security. Comments (Comments)

Spark and China Telecom Global sign deal to improve interconnectivity
Posted on 25-Feb-2016 12:35Tags News, Mobile

The deal will see the two companies partnering to carry all their respective internet traffic between China and New Zealand and throughout the Pacific region, and provides Spark with a leading position in Chinese transit services. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone Foundation supports Fjii recovery with Instant Network
Posted on 24-Feb-2016 15:55Tags News, 3G

Vodafone Foundation deploys Instant Network to assist Fiji with recovery in wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston Comments (Comments)

Volvo to replace car keys with smartphone app
Posted on 23-Feb-2016 21:53Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Car keys are set to be replaced with a simple tap on a smartphone as early as 2017 with one major car manufacturer doing away with keys in favour of an app. Comments (Comments)

Xero announces deeper integration with Google
Posted on 23-Feb-2016 11:08Tags News, SaaS

Xero is partnering with Google to make it even easier for businesses to keep on top of their customer relationships by integrating with Google's Gmail platform and Google Apps for Work. Comments (Comments)

Kiwis support public sector agencies sharing common citizen data but want more interactive channels
Posted on 23-Feb-2016 11:03Tags News, Broadband

Unisys research reveals citizen desires for speed and personal touch is the key to success for New Zealand Digital Government initiatives. Comments (Comments)

Consumer NZ names Mobile Service Provider and ISP People's Choice Award winners
Posted on 23-Feb-2016 11:02Tags News, Broadband

Skinny Mobile and Inspire Net are the latest winners of Consumer NZ People's Choice awards. Comments (Comments)

Samsung announces Enterprise Device Program
Posted on 22-Feb-2016 15:34Tags News, Android

Samsung has announced a series of initiatives targeting enterprise mobility, focused on security, productivity and choice. Comments (Comments)

2degrees announce exclusive partnership with TIDAL
Posted on 22-Feb-2016 12:52Tags News, Consumer Electronics

2degrees has announced an exclusive partnership with global, experiential entertainment platform, TIDAL to offer students the monthly music service, alongside its $19 Carryover Combo. Comments (Comments)

LG Debuts the G5, its first modular smartphone
Posted on 22-Feb-2016 09:38Tags News, Android

LG Electronics has unveiled its highly anticipated LG G5 smartphone, a brand new design with a sleek, metal uni-body featuring a Slide out Battery and a Modular Type design that gives a greater smartphone experience. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more. Comments (Comments)


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