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Xero woos small business with Microsoft Outlook link
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 07:15Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One of the advantages of cloud apps like Xero is that it is easy to link them. You do none of the hard work, that’s all handled for you. Best of all, you don’t need to buy fresh software or download and install patches. Xero founder Rod Drury has hinted in the past that this […] Comments (Comments)

Xero integrates with Microsoft Outlook API
Posted on 13-Apr-2016 04:00Tags News, SaaS

Small businesses benefit from real-time access to emails within Xero and access to Xero information inside Office 365. Comments (Comments)

Zero-day vulnerability attacks an every week occurrence in 2015
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 16:00Tags News, Security

Cybercriminals are establishing professional businesses and adopting corporate best practices in order to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers. Comments (Comments)

Media should unfriend Facebook
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 13:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Scientists say a meteor hit the earth 66 million years ago and wiped out most dinosaurs. Journalists know how they felt. A meteor crashed into our world in the 1990s. The internet’s effect wasn’t immediate. Now, two decades on, most of my former colleagues work in other industries. The media companies that employed us have […] Comments (Comments)

Oracle Announces New Oracle HCM Cloud Solutions
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 12:17Tags News, SaaS

Oracle announced new additions to its Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud portfolio that help organizations drive HR transformation. Comments (Comments)

MyRepublic Announces Former Vodafone Head of Finance as Group CFO
Posted on 12-Apr-2016 12:17Tags News, Broadband

Lavina Koh, previously the Head of Finance for the Vodafone Group Enterprise business across Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, has joined MyRepublic as its Group Chief Financial Officer. Comments (Comments)

A week with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Posted on 10-Apr-2016 15:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s latest iPad Pro packs the internals of the 13-inch model in the same space as the 9.7-inch iPad Air. Prices start at NZ$1050. The 9.7-inch iPad Air is more expensive than many laptops, but then Apple says it’s more powerful. After a week of using it as my main, but not only, computer, it’s […] Comments (Comments)

What Hawaiki cable green light means for New Zealand
Posted on 8-Apr-2016 07:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Odd email appears in journalists’ inboxes on April 1. Here’s one: Please find attached a media release from Hawaiki announcing the coming into force of the Hawaiki cable. Please also note that despite the date, this is not an April Fools’ joke – it is for real. Hawaiki: Australia to Hawaii via New Zealand If […] Comments (Comments)

New Kordia partnership moves IoT from talk to action
Posted on 7-Apr-2016 20:15Tags News, Internet of Things

With the announcement of a new partnership with Thinxtra, business telecommunications provider Kordia is set to introduce a platform which will allow New Zealand enterprises and local Government to progress from talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), to the widespread deployment of IoT solutions. Comments (Comments)

TomTom launches TomTom City
Posted on 7-Apr-2016 20:08Tags News, GPS

New service showcases the extensive range of traffic information available on a city by city basis and will provide a platform to connect traffic authorities, businesses and citizens to jointly manage sustainable and efficient mobility. Comments (Comments)

Spark opens second fixed wireless broadband front
Posted on 5-Apr-2016 08:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Three months after Spark subsidiary Skinny opened its fixed wireless broadband service, the parent company is getting in on the act. Yesterday Spark launched Home Wireless Broadband. There are three plans: $80 a month buys 40GB of data and free local calling. $90 boosts the data cap to 80GB. $85 buys the same 80GB but […] Comments (Comments)

Innovative 11Ants Analytics wins innovative software award
Posted on 3-Apr-2016 19:59Tags News, Computing

The retail and airline data analytics specialist 11Ants Analytics has just won the "innovative software product of the year" award in Microsoft New Zealand's 2016 Partner Awards for its 11Ants RAP (retail analytics platform). Comments (Comments)

Technology company Intergen takes another four Microsoft awards home
Posted on 3-Apr-2016 19:57Tags News, Computing

IT services firm Intergen has received awards in four categories at this year's Microsoft Partner Awards. Comments (Comments)

An Apple iPhone SE review written using the phone
Posted on 3-Apr-2016 09:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You know how, as an adult, you visit the place you grew up and everything seems smaller than it did at the time? That’s what the iPhone SE feels like after 18 months with bigger iPhones. There is no better way of getting to grips with a device than using it to write about the […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft New Zealand announces Partner Awards winners
Posted on 1-Apr-2016 08:46Tags News, Computing

The awards recognise Microsoft partners who show excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technologies. This year, Microsoft recognised partners in 22 categories that celebrate core partner competencies. Comments (Comments)

FIRST competitions to take flight in NZ with support from Boeing
Posted on 31-Mar-2016 17:54Tags News, Computing

The Boeing Company announced new funding for travel grants to help with the cost of attending tournaments at ACG Strathallan in Auckland along with providing robot kits for rookie teams. Comments (Comments)

Fuji Xerox New Zealand opening showroom, sales and service centre at The Landing in Queenstown
Posted on 31-Mar-2016 17:50Tags News, Computing

One of the world’s most recognised technology brands is moving to Queenstown’s newest shopping and commercial centre to open a flagship facility. Comments (Comments)

Unisys rolls out express versions of flagship ClearPath Forward software
Posted on 31-Mar-2016 17:45Tags News, Computing

MCP and OS 2200 Express operating environments expand programmers' skills while helping organizations contain operating costs Comments (Comments)

Virsae secures $3 million capital for global expansion
Posted on 31-Mar-2016 17:42Tags News, SaaS

Local cloud provider Virsae is on track to double sales within the next six months after securing $3 million of equity funding from local investors. Comments (Comments)

How New Zealanders get raw deal from international media
Posted on 31-Mar-2016 07:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

When Apple’s iOS 9 landed, a new Newstand folder appeared on the first screen. Inside were four options: The New York Times, Businessweek, the Australian and the New Yorker. Whatever their merits, none is a natural choice for New Zealand readers. It’s the latest example of how international media doesn’t think for one moment about […] Comments (Comments)

Spark winner as NZ mobile spectrum ownership shifts
Posted on 29-Mar-2016 09:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Two years ago Vodafone owned more mobile spectrum than any other carrier. While it still owns the most spectrum, Vodafone’s lead is slipping. It may yet fall further. We’re seeing a land rush as carriers prepare for the next generation of mobile data services and Spark is grabbing more territory than anyone else. One feature […] Comments (Comments)

The second iPad Pro
Posted on 28-Mar-2016 11:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s pitch says you can dump your existing PCs and get an iPad Pro instead. “…It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.” — Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing This is true: up to a point. There are still things that work best with a […] Comments (Comments)

Spark spectrum buy tilts broadband power balance
Posted on 25-Mar-2016 14:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On Thursday the Commerce Commission gave Spark permission to buy 70 MHz of the 2300 MHz band from Craig Wireless and Whoosh. That’s a lot of bandwidth. It changes the balance of power in mobile spectrum holdings. It could change the broader economics of broadband in New Zealand. More fixed wireless broadband Spark says it […] Comments (Comments)

ICQ still alive with new Windows version and open source code
Posted on 25-Mar-2016 10:01Tags News, Computing

New version is lighter and minimalistut functionality is preserved. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft New Zealand 2016 Partner Awards Finalist Projects
Posted on 23-Mar-2016 15:22Tags News, Computing

Microsoft has released a showcase list of finalist projects for this year's Partner Awards. Comments (Comments)

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