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When to choose closed or open source
Posted on 17-Apr-2015 09:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Open source has many advantages, but it isn’t always the right approach. At the Open Source Open Society 2025 conference in Wellington delgates discussed when projects should be closed and when open source is best. …it all depends on the circumstances GitHub head of open source Brandon Keepers says: “In an ideal world everything would […] Comments (Comments)

Decision makers ignore technology impact
Posted on 16-Apr-2015 15:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Most of America’s lawmakers still don’t use email. As Sascha Meinrath, founder of the Open Technology Institute says, that means the people making important decisions about how Americans use technology have no idea what is going on in that world. Meinrath was a keynote speaker at the Open Source Open Society 2015 conference in Wellington. […] Comments (Comments)

New Unisys app enables provisioning of IT Services on Microsoft Azure
Posted on 16-Apr-2015 14:20Tags News, SaaS

New application is among first to enable ServiceNow users to automate IT resource provisioning on Azure; two more new Unisys applications draw on ServiceNow platform to streamline logistics and facilities operations. Comments (Comments)

Open is about more than transparency
Posted on 16-Apr-2015 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“Share and share alike” is the message parents drum into children. But once they grow up and move out into the wider world, the shutters start to come down. We’re trained to be closed. Dave Lane, president of the New Zealand Open Source Society, says that explains the discomfort people find when they first encounter […] Comments (Comments)

Xero on iPad — the first month
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 09:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Xero broke the mould when it put accounting software in the cloud. Now, thanks to the iPad app released last month, tablet owners can get the most out of the software. How did Xero break the mould? First, it showed accounting works well in the cloud. It turns out accounting software works better in the […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand company Transfercar selected for Silicon Valley startups accelerator
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 08:47Tags News, Web media

Auckland-based Transfercar is one of only 30 companies chosen from thousands of applicants worldwide to take part in the a four-month programme. Comments (Comments)

Revera bolsters hybrid offering with VMware vCloud Air
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 08:45Tags News, SaaS

Cloud services provider Revera has partnered with VMware to deliver a New Zealand gateway to the virtualisation and cloud infrastructure giant's VMware vCloud Air public cloud. Comments (Comments)

Deceptive new tactics give advanced attackers free rein over corporate networks
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 08:41Tags News, Security

Symantec report reveals five out of six large companies were targeted in 2014, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. Comments (Comments)

Open Source conference in Wellington sold out - more tickets available
Posted on 13-Apr-2015 15:58Tags News, Open Source

With three days to go, innovative new conference Open Source // Open Society (OS//OS) has sold out. Comments (Comments)

Australian M2 buys New Zealand ISP CallPlus
Posted on 13-Apr-2015 13:25Tags News, Broadband

CallPlus, New Zealand's third largest telco and broadband provider, has been acquired by Australian-based, telecommunications and utilities provider, M2 Group Ltd for NZ$250 million. Comments (Comments)

One month with Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac
Posted on 13-Apr-2015 10:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft took five years to update Mac: Office 2011. Mac Office:2011 was almost a generation behind the Windows version of Office at launch. It didn’t just look out-of-date, it was missing functionality[1]. At best Microsoft was paying lip-service to Mac users. It left a vacuum for others to fill. This includes Apple with its iWorks […] Comments (Comments)

What an Australian Netflix tax means for New Zealand
Posted on 12-Apr-2015 16:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Australia plans to make Netflix and other overseas-based online sellers of ‘intangible services’ pay GST (Good and Services tax). In Joe Hockey prepares ‘Netflix tax’ BRW reports: The cost of downloading movies, music, books and other media from overseas providers such as Apple and Netflix is set to jump by 10 per cent after federal […] Comments (Comments)

TomTom GO Mobile goes freemium with up to 75km/month of free driving
Posted on 12-Apr-2015 12:16Tags News, GPS

GPS-based navigation company TomTom is introducing a new navigation app for Android devices, available globally for free on 64 Google Play stores. Comments (Comments)

Netflix, Quickflix, Lightbox, Neon: An interim market
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 16:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After years of waiting New Zealanders are now spoilt for choice with streaming TV. Netflix, Quickflix, Lightbox and Neon each offer a decent local catalogues at reasonable prices. There’s a thin line between choice and fragmentation. The most popular shows are scattered among the four services. Customers are left with difficult choices. The good news […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys Forward! Model 4150B Server achieves certification to run on SAP HANA
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 14:03Tags News, Computing

Advanced enterprise computing platform running SAP HANA delivers high performance, availability and security for real-time data analytics. Comments (Comments)

Adobe Document Cloud and Acrobat DC now available
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 13:49Tags News, SaaS

Adobe has announced the availability of its newest cloud offering, Adobe Document Cloud, a way to manage documents in multiple locations and across devices. Comments (Comments)

Less than 100 Days to End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 13:37Tags News, Computing

With close to 61% of organisations in New Zealand still hanging on to at least one instance of outdated Windows Server 2003, IT leaders are faced with the challenge of managing security and compliance risks. Comments (Comments)

Coca-Cola Amatil to use IBM Cloud
Posted on 8-Apr-2015 11:00Tags News, SaaS

IBM has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) to move its Asia Pacific customer planning and relationship management systems to the IBM Cloud. Comments (Comments)

Taxing times at Netflix New Zealand
Posted on 6-Apr-2015 14:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Netflix didn’t take long to disrupt New Zealand’s media sector. The disruption started before the world’s largest streaming TV and film service opened in New Zealand last month. Netflix is based overseas. That means it doesn’t have to charge GST. New Zealand companies do. Not charging GST gives Netflix a built-in 15 percent price advantage […] Comments (Comments)

Lenmar ChugPlug MacBook power back-up
Posted on 4-Apr-2015 13:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When Apple updated the MacBook Air in 2013 it went for extended battery life in a big way. At a pinch you can get 12 hours from a single charge. While that’s enough power to get through a long working day, there are always times when you need more. That’s the thinking behind Lenmar’s ChugPlug. […] Comments (Comments)

Global mode action: You Canute be serious
Posted on 3-Apr-2015 09:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s a whiff of King Canute and the tide in the Nick Grant and Chris Keall NBR report: “Sky, Spark, TVNZ, MediaWorks take action against CallPlus, other global mode ISPs“: Spark (owner of Lightbox), MediaWorks, Sky TV and TVNZ say they are taking action against internet and technology companies selling and promoting services that enable access to […] Comments (Comments)

Conference to discuss open source and open society in Wellington
Posted on 1-Apr-2015 21:46Tags News, Open Source

Wellington, New Zealand, will be on the world stage on the 16th and 17th of April when it plays host to a collaboration between open source developers, democracy activists, government officials and digital tech heavyweights at the Open Source // Open Society (OS//OS) conference. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft introduces Surface 3: the thinnest and lightest Surface yet
Posted on 1-Apr-2015 07:49Tags News, Windows

Microsoft announced today a new addition to the Surface family - the Surface 3 - which will be available in New Zealand by early May. Comments (Comments)

IBM plans to connect Internet of Things to the Enterprise
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 21:03Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced that it will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. Comments (Comments)

IBM and Telstra join forces to offer SoftLayer Cloud Platform
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 15:09Tags News, SaaS

With two newly opened data centres in Melbourne and Sydney, moving to the IBM Cloud allows organisations to quickly and securely provision capacity where and when it is required by an individual business. Comments (Comments)


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