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Google for Nonprofits launch in New Zealand
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 12:04Tags News, SaaS

Eligible community and voluntary organisations in NZ will now have free access to online marketing and technology from Google worth more than $120,000 each a year. Comments (Comments)

IBM Watson Discovery Advisor brings scale and speed to research
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 11:56Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced significant advances in Watson's cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data. Comments (Comments)

Intel announces its first 8-core desktop processor
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 11:54Tags News, Computing

Intel Corporation unveiled its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named "Haswell-E," targeted at power users who demand the most from their PCs. Comments (Comments)

NZ$400 Surface 2 a bargain for Office fans
Posted on 30-Aug-2014 10:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s swanky new Surface Pro 3 went on sale in New Zealand earlier this week. It’s a lovely device, but not cheap. Prices start at NZ$1200. For one-third of that you can buy a 32GB Surface 2 at Noel Leeming until September 7. Is it worth considering? At NZ$400 the Surface 2 is good value. Whether […] Comments (Comments)

Samsung Gear S brings 3G connectivity to wearable devices
Posted on 28-Aug-2014 21:42Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The new Samsung Gear S delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features. Comments (Comments)

Technology Investment Network (TIN) reveals top ten high growth technology export companies in New Zealand
Posted on 28-Aug-2014 11:56Tags News, Web media

List includes New Zealand’s top ten high growth technology export companies across two categories: TIN100 EY Ten Companies to Watch and the TIN100+ Ten Hot Emerging Companies as part of the annual TIN 100 Report measuring the performance of the technology export sector. Comments (Comments)

Spark NZ launches new TV-streaming service Lightbox
Posted on 28-Aug-2014 07:38Tags News, Web media

New Zealand's newest online subscription TV service is now live. Lightbox delivers thousands of hours of TV show available to anyone with broadband, regardless of their internet provider, on an all-you-can-eat basis Comments (Comments)

Orcon launches its Global Mode service
Posted on 26-Aug-2014 14:58Tags News, Broadband

New Orcon General Manager, Michael Shirley, today announced Orcon customers will be able to access previously blocked international websites with Global Mode, coinciding with survey results pointing to a shift from broadcast TV to online streaming. Comments (Comments)

Addressing the skills gap for high growth companies
Posted on 25-Aug-2014 19:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tomorrow night I’m chairing an interactive panel discussion on the skills challenge facing New Zealand technology companies. It’s part of Massey University’s ecentre cloud series.  The session starts at 5:30 at the Sir Neil Waters Building, Massey University Albany. Innovative companies depend on talented knowledge workers. They are in short supply everywhere, New Zealand is no different […] Comments (Comments)

Hack Miramar: Your suburb needs you
Posted on 23-Aug-2014 14:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ian Apperley wants geeks living in Wellington’s Eastern Suburbs to work on problems like traffic, consultation and free internet access at Hack Miramar. It’s a smart suburb project, which Apperley says is a mini version of a smart city. He says: The weekend doesn’t have to be exclusive to technology ideas, for example, teams could focus […] Comments (Comments)

E-books harder for comprehension
Posted on 23-Aug-2014 13:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Five years ago I wrote why people read less online than with print: People spend less time reading online news than reading printed newspapers because reading a screen is more mentally and physically taxing. I’ve no hard and fast evidence to offer. This is just my observation. It would make a great research project for […] Comments (Comments)

TrueNet clocks Big Pipe as fastest ADSL
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 18:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

TrueNet’s July 2014 urban broadband report says newcomer Bigpipe is the fastest ADSL ISP for downloading New Zealand web pages. The Spark-owned, no frills service provider was fractionally ahead of Slingshot and Flip downloading eight pages in just 3.4 seconds. Bigpipe also turned in a solid time-of-day result equaling Orcon. This measures the lowest performance […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec opens new office and expands Security Operations Centre in Sydney
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 14:18Tags News, Security

Symantec has invested close to AUD$12 million in the newly expanded office and Security Operations Centre, reaffirming its commitment to Australian customers and partners and positioning the company to better support future Government IT cybersecurity initiatives. Comments (Comments)

Westpac signs five year agreement with IBM
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 12:00Tags News, Computing

Westpac New Zealand has selected IBM's private cloud technology to support its goal to be New Zealand's leading digital bank. Comments (Comments)

Dunedin as an innovation hub
Posted on 22-Aug-2014 09:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Civic leaders from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all talk of their city as the nation’s leading innovation hub. Each city has a case: Auckland is big. It has the largest and the best university and an international airport. Most international technology companies are based there. It has more knowledge workers than any other city but […] Comments (Comments)

When venture capital hurts start-ups
Posted on 21-Aug-2014 19:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Peter Kerr at Stick reports raising venture capital can hurt a new business. The title of his  Should you bother with venture capital funding…the numbers suggest no says it all. He quotes one investor who points out there is an inverse correlation between the amount of venture capital invested and business success. In other words, […] Comments (Comments)

Long wait for ARM servers
Posted on 21-Aug-2014 19:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Rick Merritt at EE Times reports ARM-based servers are coming, but it is taking longer than expected. He writes: “There will definitely be [ARM] server products shipping this year and a reasonable number next year, but it won’t really begin to ramp until 2016,” Forrest Norrod, general manager of Dell Inc.’s server group, told EE […] Comments (Comments)

Firefox now or no choice later
Posted on 21-Aug-2014 08:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Robert O’Callahan makes the case for not using Google’s Chrome browser in Choose Firefox Now, Or Later You Wont Get A Choice. His argument is simple. He says: Google is bent on establishing platform domination unlike anything we’ve ever seen, even from late-1990s Microsoft. Google controls Android, which is winning; Chrome, which is winning; and key […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand’s Fastest ISPs 2014
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 16:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

PC Magazine asked me to write about New Zealand’s fastest ISPs as part of a series looking an online speeds in countries around the world. The story uses data collected by Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net and uses aggregated data collected by the online service. Ookla found New Zealand has an average download speed of 20.96 […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Games Industry launches Business Startup Competition
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 12:25Tags News, Gaming

The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched a startup programme for interactive games businesses – the KiwiGameStarter. One promising games business will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. Comments (Comments)

Technology Showcase hits Wellington Friday, Christchurch Monday
Posted on 20-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Ingram Micro has an interesting pitch for its NZ Technology Showcase which reaches Wellington this Friday (August 22) and Christchurch on Monday (August 25). The company says: This is a fast track way for you and your colleagues to get an update from the key vendors in the local market.  It is arguably the most […] Comments (Comments)

Smart cities — coming soon to a place near you
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 17:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From a story I wrote for today’s New Zealand Herald: Smart cities are where digital technologies are used to create better places to live and work. Sensors, intelligent networks and applications combine to connect, monitor and analyse information in order to make the city work more efficiently. This can mean making transport run smoother; providing […] Comments (Comments)

Paymark to take EFTPOS payment online
Posted on 19-Aug-2014 10:49Tags News, Web media

Paymark is set to launch EFTPOS online next year allowing those with a New Zealand bank account to purchase online without having to have a credit card. Comments (Comments)

Telemarketing company fined almost $170K for misleading claims
Posted on 15-Aug-2014 15:03Tags News, Broadband

Telemarketing company Power Marketing Limited has been fined $168,750 after pleading guilty in the Auckland District Court today to 23 charges under the Fair Trading Act. The charges related to misrepresentations the company made during telemarketing calls on behalf of telecommunications company Slingshot. Comments (Comments)

MYOB acquires HR and payroll solutions company PayGlobal
Posted on 14-Aug-2014 19:22Tags News, SaaS

PayGlobal offers HR and payroll solutions that are accessed by over 500,000 employees from leading companies in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (Comments)


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