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NZ Tech Podcast 234: Apple, robots, Unisys’ chief engineer, rural broadband
Posted on 14-Jun-2015 06:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Unisys Chief Engineer Jim Thompson is in New Zealand for the CIO Summit and joins the NZ Tech Podcast along with Nate Dunn. We discuss DARPA’s robot challenge, rural broadband, UFB and Apple WWDC announcements – including WatchOS 2, Payments, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei steps out on super-smart path to 5G — NZ Herald
Posted on 13-Jun-2015 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The next generation of mobile technology is still at least five years away. But when it arrives New Zealand could be among the first countries to get it. The telecommunications industry still hasn’t nailed down a detailed plan for 5G, but Alex Wang, Huawei vice-president of wireless marketing, says his company is determined to play […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei P8: Flagship phone, midrange price
Posted on 13-Jun-2015 10:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Huawei. Soon the brand will be as well-known and the name as easy to pronounce as Nokia or Samsung. Huawei is already well-known in telecommunications circles. It builds most of the world’s phone networks. In New Zealand it works with Spark, 2degrees and Chorus. Now Huawei’s P8 Android […] Comments (Comments)

Behind Vodafone’s Worldxchange acquisition
Posted on 11-Jun-2015 11:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone’s official press release sheds little light on the reason the company acquired Worldxchange. The release says the move: “Brings complementary skills together to deliver enhanced solutions to enterprise customers”[1]. In plain English: Vodafone can sell more things. That’s the key: New Zealand’s telecommunications industry is consolidating. Vodafone is bulking up. Big fish eats little fish. […] Comments (Comments)

Vibe Communications leaps feet first into Australia with the acquisition of RackCentral
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 19:26Tags News, Computing

Telco and network wholesaler, Vibe Communications, today announced that it has acquired 100% of Melbourne-based colocation and virtual server provider RackCentral which owns both the RackCentral and CloudiO brands. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone acquires WorldxChange
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 15:42Tags News, Broadband

Vodafone has today announced the acquisition of WorldxChange, a New Zealand based telecommunications business delivering high reliability IP-based voice and converged services, in a move that brings complementary skills together to deliver enhanced solutions to Enterprise customers. Comments (Comments)

Talking Apple Music on TV3 News 6PM
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 08:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand DJ Zane Lowe is the face of Apple Music. TV3 journalist Adam Hollingworth interviewedinterviewed me for last night’s 6PM news bulletin me for last night’s 6PM news bulletin asking me what it means for local music.  NZ DJ Zane Lowe fronts Apple’s new radio station There’s good and bad news for local radio. […] Comments (Comments)

Winners and finalists in the 2015 NZ CIO Summit Awards
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 07:50Tags News, Web media

The Awards are made up of five categories, recognizing individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business. Comments (Comments)

Apple Music: What New Zealanders will pay
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 16:39Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple announced its subscription Music service at the World Wide Developer Conference overnight. From the announcement Apple Music seems an interesting mix of Spotify-like music streaming with DJs and human, not algorithmic, curation. An interesting aspect of the Apple Music is that you’ll be able to store all your music, including iTunes purchases and personally ripped […] Comments (Comments)

Lightbox adds Chromecast and Panasonic Smart TVs to its device line-up
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 11:20Tags News, Web media

Watching online TV has just become easier with Lightbox now adding Google’s popular Chromecast and Panasonic Smart TVs to its device line up. Comments (Comments)

Spark successfully tests high-definition voice and video calling over 4G mobile network
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 10:55Tags News, 4G

Company working on a more flexible, fully digital future network, paving the way for new services such as high definition voice and video calls over 4G (also known as LTE). Comments (Comments)

Three cloud computing advantages beyond lower costs
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 09:44Tags News, SaaS

Cloud computing is now a well-established business practice in NZ, according to ICONZ-Webvisions. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone says bigger, faster Rural Broadband hits New Zealand
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 21:03Tags News, Broadband

Vodafone confirms further investment into its rural network, with 20 additional communities set to receive 4G coverage in the next 12 months. Comments (Comments)

Cloud connections a breeze following launch of Vector Cloud Link
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 21:00Tags News, SaaS

New Zealand companies will be able to connect to the cloud at a lower cost with no long-term contracts following launch of Vector Cloud Link. Comments (Comments)

ViFX teams with VMware to provide New Zealand enterprises with hybrid cloud offering
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 21:00Tags News, SaaS

New-Zealand company ViFX is partnering with VMware to launch a simple, cost effective way for New Zealand enterprise customers to access the transformative advantages of the hybrid cloud. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone puts improved productivity into the hands of kiwi farmers
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 20:56Tags News, Broadband

Vodafone is accelerating its support of agribusiness in New Zealand, harnessing partnerships with leading kiwi-based innovators to help farmers navigate increasing pressures on profitability and productivity in the sector. Comments (Comments)

Kiwi student innovators heading to USA for Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 20:54Tags News, Computing

University of Auckland team earns global finalist placing for innovative job-search app 'Tether'. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 232: Dot Kiwi, Google IO, Cortana for iOS and Android, Amazon Echo
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 13:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The news of the week and insights into the Dot Kiwi domain. Topics include Google IO news including unlimited free photo storage and Levi’s wearable tech, Ford car sharing hits London, Windows 10 launch announced and we talk with ‘Alexa’ (Amazon Echo). This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Angus Richardson (Dot Kiwi). […] Comments (Comments)

P8 phone highlights Huawei ambition
Posted on 7-Jun-2015 14:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Phone makers are not modest by nature. Their product launches are often a mix of razzamatazz, extravagant claims and a laundry list of features. Huawei’s P8 phone launch in Singapore on Wednesday had razzamatazz[1]. There was a long feature list. The Huawei P8 includes most things you’d expect to see in a 2015 flagship phone. […] Comments (Comments)

Unisys wins contract to provide IT services supporting government agencies in New South Wales
Posted on 6-Jun-2015 12:00Tags News, Computing

Unisys to help NSW Government move to an on-demand, consumption-based model for providing consistent IT services to agencies supporting citizens across the State. Comments (Comments)

Symantec announces extensive new cloud offering
Posted on 6-Jun-2015 11:56Tags News, SaaS

Symantec DLP 14 provides CIOs with more visibility and control over company data. Comments (Comments)

Canon launches search for New Zealand's best environmental projects
Posted on 5-Jun-2015 11:07Tags News, Web media

Canon New Zealand announces today that its 2015 environmental grants programme is open and calls for not-for-profit organisations and schools championing environmental initiatives to apply. Comments (Comments)

Xero engine pulling NZ tech train
Posted on 4-Jun-2015 16:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last month Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce issued a report on the state of New Zealand’s technology sector. It says the sector is “strong” and “fast growing”. In other words, the NZ tech express is leaving the station. What the report didn’t say is that the engine pulling that train is a single company: Xero. […] Comments (Comments)

Hortonworks Expands Australian Office
Posted on 4-Jun-2015 15:40Tags News, Computing

Expansion includes sales, marketing and regional support centre to meet fast-growing demand. Comments (Comments)

Digital content for preschooler Hopster arrives in Australia and New Zealand
Posted on 4-Jun-2015 11:10Tags News, Web media

With its unique mix of high quality kids shows and fun educational games in an easy-to-use, ad-free interface, Hopster removes the trade-off between peace and peace of mind when it comes to "screen time". Comments (Comments)

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