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Broadband as part of the bigger infrastructure picture
Posted on 24-Feb-2015 16:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Broadband rarely gets discussed in the wider context of national infrastructure. Yet the government-sponsored Ultrafast Broadband project and the Rural Broadband Initiative are just two of a series of major infrastructure projects transforming New Zealand cities. To engineers there are two types of infrastructure. Vertical infrastructure means buildings while horizontal infrastructure means roads, railways, cycle […] Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry Classic: Steampunk smartphone
Posted on 23-Feb-2015 11:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry Classic takes the company’s designs back to a time when the brand was still a name to conjure with. It arrived in New Zealand last week. New Zealanders can buy the BlackBerry Classic from Vodafone for NZ$650. Externally the BlackBerry Classic looks like the 2011 Bold 9900 series — arguably BlackBerry’s last successful phone. […] Comments (Comments)

Satya Nadella was the right choice for Microsoft CEO
Posted on 22-Feb-2015 16:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It’s one year since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its third CEO. He was clearly the right person for the job. Things are not perfect at Microsoft, but Nadella has done a great job of reinventing the company and making it relevant again. Some of his achievements: Made Microsoft a player in the booming iOS with first […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand a digital evolution stand-out
Posted on 20-Feb-2015 14:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand gets a reassuring thumbs up from the Digital Evolution Index. The index, created by the Fletcher School at Tufts University, ranks 50 countries on four measures to assess their overall readiness for the digital economy. The academics look at Demand, Supply, Institutional Environment and Innovation to reach an overall figure. In raw numbers New Zealand […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Lumia Denim software update rolls out in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Feb-2015 09:35Tags News, Windows Phone

The over-the-air update will become available over the coming weeks, dependent on country and operator variant, with the full range of devices expected to be updated by the end of March. Comments (Comments)

Questions as Vocus lifts Southern Cross capacity
Posted on 20-Feb-2015 08:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In a press release Vocus says it aims to lift its Southern Cross capacity by 10 times. Sydney-based Vocus entered into an agreement to buy extra capacity on the undersea link between New Zealand, Australia and the US over a six-year period, beginning from December this year, it said in a statement. When fully-allocated that will increase […] Comments (Comments)

Lebara Talk app offers app-based mobile calls with HD-quality voice
Posted on 19-Feb-2015 19:08Tags News, VoIP

Mobile app for iOS and Android platforms enables low cost international calls and convenient cash top-up. Comments (Comments)

Catalyst offer competitive open source cloud in New Zealand
Posted on 19-Feb-2015 14:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand open-source champion Catalyst has taken on the multinationals launching a locally-hosted automated cloud service. The Catalyst Cloud service uses OpenStack, a free, open-source set of tools. It was built using low-cost commodity hardware. Catalyst Cloud was officially opened this morning by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. See Catalyst Cloud Formally Launched for the company’s own description. […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand-based Catalyst Cloud launches
Posted on 19-Feb-2015 08:30Tags News, SaaS

The product of two years of research and development and millions of dollars of investment, the Catalyst Cloud brings full automation and internationally competitive pricing to New Zealand businesses. Comments (Comments)

Me-too Dick Smith sees NZ sales fall
Posted on 18-Feb-2015 09:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Dick Smith Holdings blames market competition and weak consumer sentiment for poor New Zealand sales. Businessdesk reports the result in Dick Smith’s NZ 1H sales fall in competitive market. There’s another possible reason for the drop in business and it isn’t something businesses like to talk about. Dick Smith’s Australian business saw sales rise 12 percent […] Comments (Comments)

JBL OnBeat Micro: iPhone speaker review
Posted on 17-Feb-2015 15:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

JBL’s OnBeat Micro, NZ$120, is a black pint-size iPhone or iPod speaker dock with a Lightning connector. It measures 50 by 190 by 150 mm and about 360g. That makes it small enough to sit on a bookshelf, kitchen bench or a window sill. You might consider using the OnBeat Micro on a bedside cabinet. […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand site plans to become global 3D printing design marketplace
Posted on 17-Feb-2015 10:30Tags News, Consumer Electronics

A Kiwi team are in the final stage of building a new global marketplace for the hosting and downloading of 3D design files, called It comes as 3D printing by home users is surging in popularity worldwide. Comments (Comments)

National infrastructure platform for New Zealand DHBs moves to IBM Cloud
Posted on 17-Feb-2015 10:20Tags News, Computing

District Health Boards (DHBs) across the country are set to introduce new IT infrastructure which will increase security, reliability, and service levels, and reduce the risk of critical outages. Comments (Comments)

Drone firm achieves New Zealand's largest ever equity crowdfunding result
Posted on 17-Feb-2015 10:17Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The equity crowdfunding campaign for drone designer and manufacturer Aeronavics has hit $1 million so far - the largest equity crowdfunding campaign undertaken in New Zealand to date. Comments (Comments)

HP Stream 11: A laptop for under NZ$400
Posted on 14-Feb-2015 01:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

HP’s Stream 11 laptop shows Microsoft’s reply to Chromebooks and other low-cost non-Windows PCs. The computer’s features are not as important as the headline price. You can buy an HP Stream 11 laptop for under NZ$400. Allowing for taxes and conversion that’s a lot more than the US$200 it sells for in the United States. Even […] Comments (Comments)

Visa wants your location to protect your card
Posted on 13-Feb-2015 10:19Tags News, Security

New mobile location confirmation service uses real-time, geo-location technology to prevent unnecessary purchase declines by as much as 30%. Comments (Comments)

Fishy numbers claim NZ entry-level broadband among most expensive
Posted on 12-Feb-2015 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

CommsDay reports on claims New Zealanders pay one of the world’s highest prices for entry-level residential broadband. In its survey for the fourth quarter of 2014, UK-based market researchers Point Topic ranked New Zealand at 77 out of 85 surveyed countries. Australia ranks at 76. Point Topic says it tracked 2,674 residential broadband services from […] Comments (Comments)

New local app designed to streamline business travel
Posted on 12-Feb-2015 14:40Tags News, Web media

The Orbit Travel App has been created by Kiwi-owned Travel Management Company, Orbit Corporate Travel. It will enable travelers to save time and secure access to all itinerary details with real-time notification of any changes to bookings. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand doing well according to Trend Micro's 2014 Security Threat report
Posted on 12-Feb-2015 14:34Tags News, Security

New Zealanders doing well in the cyber war compared to other countries, but consumers urged to remain vigilant with online security despite decrease in cybersecurity threats. Comments (Comments)

Westpac NZ launches fully responsive online banking platform
Posted on 11-Feb-2015 11:42Tags News, Web media

Westpac has launched its new online banking platform "Westpac One", redefining the way customers are able to bank using mobile devices. Comments (Comments)

Government says broadband deployment continues to deliver
Posted on 11-Feb-2015 11:25Tags News, Broadband

The rate at which people are signing up for the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network is accelerating with uptake quadrupling in the past two years, Communications Minister Amy Adams said today. Comments (Comments)

The state of the internet according to CallPlus
Posted on 10-Feb-2015 21:43Tags News, Broadband

TV and streaming video up, peer-to-peer sharing down and online shoppers turning to China. Comments (Comments)

Trans-Tasman cable gets regulatory green light
Posted on 9-Feb-2015 21:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When Spark, Vodafone and Telstra announced plans to lay a NZ$90 million submarine cable under the Tasman Tom Pullar-Strecker reported for Stuff on a potential regulatory hurdle. Today the Commerce Commission confirmed it had looked at plans for the Trans-Global Access project and said there are no competition issues at this stage. It went on […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung sets smartphone come-back launch date
Posted on 5-Feb-2015 13:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the NBR Chris Keall reports Samsung has sent notice of a product launch for March 2. He says there is an assumption the company will take the wraps of its Galaxy S6 smartphone. Geekzone’s Mauricio Freitas also has an invitation. Samsung has not invited me. That’s not as bad as it sounds. The last two […] Comments (Comments)

EMC introduces VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure appliance
Posted on 4-Feb-2015 20:14Tags News, Computing

System comes with embedded integrated management experience, downloadable software titles and secure remote support. Comments (Comments)

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