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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)

HTC And Valve bring Virtual Reality with unveiling of Vive Consumer Edition
Posted on 22-Feb-2016 09:32Tags News, Consumer Electronics

HTC is working with developers to foster the creation of content that spans multiple sectors including entertainment, retail, education, design, healthcare and automotive. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Introduces Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
Posted on 22-Feb-2016 09:24Tags News, Android

Advanced optics, IP68 water and dust resistance, microSD expansion are just a few of the features Samsung is introducing to the newly announced smartphone series. Comments (Comments)

Copper price crimps Chorus profit, dividend returns
Posted on 19-Feb-2016 14:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus posted a lower profit for 2015. In a statement chief executive Mark Ratcliffe said the fall was due to the lower regulated copper price. What he didn’t say is the numbers could have been much worse. The company dodged a bullet, maybe more than one, when the Commerce Commission ruled to cut the copper […] Comments (Comments)

Delighted the data centre contract was awarded to a New Zealand company
Posted on 19-Feb-2016 12:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Computerworld James Henderson reports: Spark seals $60 million IRD contract as Revera overhauls tax system. The headline tells the story in 11 tight words. Nice work. Next comes what old school journalists call the second deck:  We are delighted that the data centre’s contract has been awarded to a New Zealand company. It is a […] Comments (Comments)

Premier League Pass: Miss you already
Posted on 18-Feb-2016 08:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chris Keall, writing at the NBR, reports Coliseum Sports Media has lost the New Zealand TV rights to English Premier League football. Coliseum’s Premier League Pass is innovative. It is special: Premier League Pass packages top-flight English football in a handy, innovative online format. Fans can watch it on a laptop, tablet, phone or stream […] Comments (Comments)

UFB customer numbers jump as build hits 60%
Posted on 16-Feb-2016 18:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Will nobody stop this constant flood of good news coming from New Zealand telecommunications sector? Journalists received two positive press releases from Communications Minister Amy Adams yesterday. The first reports a jump in UFB customers. Connection numbers are up 135 percent in the last year and 22 percent since September 2015. This means almost one-in-five […] Comments (Comments)

Relections on the first Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference
Posted on 16-Feb-2016 16:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Podcasting arrived on the scene more than a decade ago. The name tells you that. It comes from the words iPod and broadcasting. Ten years ago iPod was a name to conjure with. Every so often podcasting goes through an up cycle. One is on now. It started last year when US President Barack Obama […] Comments (Comments)

Start-ups: Just tell us the interesting stories
Posted on 15-Feb-2016 08:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Start-ups: Just tell us the interesting stories Judging by incoming mail, press releases and social media, technology start-ups think we care about their money-raising. They often spend precious resources telling us how much they have raised or expect to raise. Start-ups also want to tell us they or were mentioned in an important publication or […] Comments (Comments)

Revera to design and supply data centre services to IRD
Posted on 12-Feb-2016 15:22Tags News, SaaS

Inland Revenue has selected New Zealand company Revera as the preferred supplier for the design and supply of data centre services to support the country’s new tax and social policy system. Comments (Comments)

Panasonic launches lithium-ion home storage battery system
Posted on 11-Feb-2016 09:19Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Panasonic New Zealand has today launched its first Lithium-ion home storage battery - a clever system that can sense and store excess clean solar energy to power the household in the evening once the solar system has stopped producing. Comments (Comments)

Xero integrates with Microsoft Power BI
Posted on 10-Feb-2016 09:07Tags News, SaaS

Xero has unveiled an integration with Microsoft Power BI to deliver an easier way to access and analyze information from Xero and other sources to make smart, informed decisions. Comments (Comments)

Trade Me woes
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 15:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Radio New Zealand’s Higher prices on cards as Trade Me changes fees and NBR’s Trade Me cut to ‘sell’ from ‘buy’ at broker Craigs are two sides of the same story. As the Craig’s broker in the NBR story explains Trade Me is a mature business. There’s not much room for the kind of fast […] Comments (Comments)

Carrier-grade KotahiNet bring IoT wireless network to New Zealand
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 11:04Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

KotahiNet plans a New Zealand-wide network using LoRaWAN; a new wireless technology designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Earlier this month the first part of the network launched in Wellington. LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is one of a range of promising wireless technologies competing for IoT business. Another is Sigfox. They all […] Comments (Comments)

New Kiwi software to prevent back problems associated with Tech use
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 09:32Tags News, Computing

Physiotherapists Nikki Tse and Trevor Montgomery have developed Prometheus, a desktop software application that give users live feedback about their posture via their webcam. Comments (Comments)

Tilt training board uses smartphones to control interactive games
Posted on 9-Feb-2016 09:30Tags News, Computing

A group of Victoria University of Wellington alumni has developed an interactive gaming system to help take the chore out of physiotherapy exercises. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand takes global silver for LTE speed
Posted on 8-Feb-2016 19:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand’s mobile network faster than UK, US and Australia.  New Zealand has the world’s second fastest LTE phone downloads. Only Singapore has better mobile data speeds. Australia comes in at number eight in the list while the UK and USA are miles behind. The statistics come from a network monitoring app called OpenSignal. The […] Comments (Comments)

Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference in Auckland this Friday, Saturday
Posted on 8-Feb-2016 08:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want to learn more about podcasting the first Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference takes place in Auckland this Friday and Saturday.  My friend Paul Spain from the New Zealand Tech Podcast is the conference organiser and other podcasters he works with will be taking part.  Podcasting is booming worldwide and taking off in New Zealand. More […] Comments (Comments)

Dell introduces new BIOS verification and advanced threat protection for commercial PCs
Posted on 5-Feb-2016 09:54Tags News, Security

Technology provides off-host verification, ensuring all devices remain secure through the boot process. Comments (Comments)


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