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New Zealand iPhone 6 Plus plans compared
Posted on 11-Oct-2014 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Buy an Apple iPhone 6 Plus  outright and you’ll pay $1150 for the 16GB model. Move up to the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and the price rises to $1300.  The 128GB model is $1450. I recommend buying at least 64GB, you’ll soon bump against the limits of 16GB if you store any media on your phone. You don’t have […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec board votes for split
Posted on 10-Oct-2014 12:37Tags News, Security

The Symantec Corp. Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management. Comments (Comments)

League of Legends (LoL) event finds home in Christchurch
Posted on 10-Oct-2014 12:29Tags News, Gaming

On Sunday 19 October at 7pm, Harringtons Riccarton will be packed with fans, but they won't be there to watch the All Blacks, the Silver Ferns or any conventional sports team. The latest sports craze isn't played on the sports field at all. Comments (Comments)

Fibre-only MyRepublic aims to lead UFB push
Posted on 10-Oct-2014 12:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

MyRepublic, New Zealand’s newest ISP, sells nothing but full speed fibre-based broadband without data caps. Significantly are none of the pointless 30Mbps up, 10Mbps down entry-level fibre plans offering copper-like performance. Instead consumers can choose between two 100Mbps plans: one for gamers, the other for everyone else. MyRepublic’s $99 a month Pure plan includes installation […] Comments (Comments)

New mobile wallet brand Semble unveiled
Posted on 8-Oct-2014 19:00Tags News, NFC

Mobile wallet brand Semble was unveiled to the public today and will soon see Kiwis using their smartphones to make contactless payments. The new technology will eventually replace the traditional plastic cards that fill our wallets. Comments (Comments)

Samsung profits fall as iPhone trumps Galaxy
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 17:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung makes beautiful hardware and sells more smartphones than any other company. All it needs to do now is to figure out how to make the business profitable. The company has just posted its biggest drop in quarterly profit since at least 2009. According to Bloomberg, that happened despite selling more smartphones because the average […] Comments (Comments)

HP split will change NZ PC market
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 17:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Hewlett-Packard says it will split in two. One part will offer high-end computer equipment and services to large companies. The other will make and sell PCs, printers and other devices. The move is overdue. HP has struggled to make money in recent years. Putting Apple to one side, the PC business is now a commodity […] Comments (Comments)

Will smart phones bury PDAs?
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 15:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This story originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Icon section on 2 April 2002. Infofile The potential smart-phone market is huge. Gartner’s Robin Simpson estimates there are between 200,000 and 500,000 hand-held computers in Australia. He says the range is wide because many people own more than one device. This compares with Phonechoice’s estimate of […] Comments (Comments)

Noel Leeming brings technology learning to Kiwi communities
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 11:54Tags News, Computing

The initiative's focal point is a high-tech vehicle that will travel throughout New Zealand over the next two years letting students, parents and teachers, senior citizens and community groups experience first hand some of the latest technology Comments (Comments)

HP to separate into two public companies
Posted on 6-Oct-2014 23:52Tags News, Computing

Company will split into Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Comments (Comments)

iPhone 6, 6 Plus: 20mm and miles apart
Posted on 6-Oct-2014 13:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone 6 sports a 4.7 inch screen. The display on the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches across the diagonal. That’s just 20mm more and yet, in use, the difference between the iPhones is huge. It’s almost as if you are looking at two separate device classes. While the iPhone 6 feels like a […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft launches roadshow for medium-sized businesses
Posted on 6-Oct-2014 09:10Tags News, Computing

Six-city roadshow to show how technology can make the difference in driving business forward. Comments (Comments)

Study shows almost half of NZ businesses lack adequate security tools and policies says Vodafone
Posted on 5-Oct-2014 20:22Tags News, Security

Recent research commissioned by Vodafone has identified that 56% of New Zealand businesses experience IT security attacks at least once a year. Comments (Comments)

Getting off the technology upgrade hamster wheel
Posted on 4-Oct-2014 15:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s first iPhone appeared in 2007. Since then there have been nine product cycles. Microsoft recently took the wraps off its third Surface Pro tablet in 18 months. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the fifth model since the Galaxy S i9000 appeared in 2010. Technology giants like Apple, Samsung and Microsoft update their products at least once […] Comments (Comments)

Survey: Mobile Technology Spurring New Definition of Productivity
Posted on 3-Oct-2014 11:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:
It was only a few years ago when mobile devices were seen as a hindrance and distraction that would lead to decreased productivity. Times have clearly changed and we’ve got the numbers to prove it. Today, BlackBerry launched the initial results of a global study on productivity. The study, produced… Comments (Comments)

Editors who don’t use Twitter undercut their pleas to innovate
Posted on 3-Oct-2014 11:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on The Buttry Diary:
Editors who aren’t active on Twitter tell their newsrooms that we don’t all have to change. Journalists who aren’t active on Twitter choose to remain or fall behind. I’m late to this round of a?discussion that’s been going on intermittently since at least when I started advocating Twitter’s use… Comments (Comments)

Fibre uptake past 20% in Christchurch suburbs
Posted on 2-Oct-2014 19:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Enable Networks reports it is connecting about 600 customers a month to the Christchurch fibre network. The company says it has a total of 6,100 customers already connected — making a total uptake of 11 percent across the city. That’s a little better than the national average. Three Christchurch suburbs now have more than 20 percent […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand on the wrong end of Twitter spam
Posted on 2-Oct-2014 13:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A report commissioned by Trend Micro names New Zealand as one of the top ten countries for Twitter spam attacks. The research was carried out by academics from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. They looked at 500 million tweets and found roughly six percent of tweets with URLs are malicious or otherwise abuse the service. Before […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft technology stack — 2014 edition
Posted on 2-Oct-2014 12:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year I spent a week working with nothing but the company’s technology. Since then Microsoft has updated its flagship Surface Pro tablet and Lumia smartphone and delivered Windows 8.1. How does this change things? The big difference is the move from 2013’s Surface Pro 2 to the 2014 Surface Pro 3. While the Pro 2 could run […] Comments (Comments)

Android: Third among equals
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Google, Apple and Microsoft all have decent mobile operating systems. Last year I spent a week working exclusively with each. My conclusion is you won’t go far wrong with any of them. All three cover the basics adequately. None of them is perfect and none has a fatal flaw. Each has pluses and minuses. You […] Comments (Comments)

HP to deliver Big Data project for city of Auckland
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 11:15Tags News, Computing

The city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand mobile commerce market to reach nearly $10 billion by 2019
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 09:44Tags News, Mobile

New Zealanders are increasingly using tablets or smartphones to purchase a wide range of goods, content and services, including physical goods, travel, insurance, cinema tickets, music, news and e-books. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft unveils Windows 10: yes the Start button is back
Posted on 1-Oct-2014 09:15Tags News, Computing

The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Comments (Comments)

NZ telcos wince as they foot bill for more UFB
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 18:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

One of the National Party’s election promises was to extend the government’s Ultrafast Broadband network. Originally the plan was to spend $1.5 billion to cover 75 percent of the population living in cities and towns. Now the government aims to spend another $150 million to $200 million reaching an extra 200,000 people for a total […] Comments (Comments)

Working with iPhone 6 Plus
Posted on 30-Sep-2014 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s demonstrator laid an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus side-by-side on the coffee table. He asked “which do you prefer?” My instinctive first answer was to pick the smaller iPhone 6. Yet once the hands-on testing got underway I found myself returning repeatedly to the iPhone 6 Plus. You can read in-depth reviews of both phones […] Comments (Comments)

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