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BlackBerry Announces New Cross-platform EMM Cloud for Enterprises and SMBs
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 23:15Tags News, BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced BES12 Cloud, a cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution that will offer easy management of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 smartphones and tablets, as well as a wide range of Samsung KNOX and Android for Work smartphones and tablets. Comments (Comments)

Huawei announces new smart wearable devices
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 20:38Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Huawei today unveiled a series of wearable devices including the Huawei Watch, TalkBand B2, and TalkBand N1 for consumers to stay connected, on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. Comments (Comments)

Huawei unveils the Android Wear-based Huawei Watch
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 20:34Tags News, Android

The fully circular watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and six-axis motion sensors. Comments (Comments)

Closing the copper network
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 19:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A year ago I posted When should we rip out the copper network? It’s too early to name a date today, but following this discussion on Linkedin, I predicted: As the law stands today, a street has copper even if only one house uses it. The price is regulated by the Commerce Commission and I guess […] Comments (Comments)

SanDisk pushes the envelope with a 200GB microSD card
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 12:02Tags News, Consumer Electronics

SanDisk achieved this capacity breakthrough by leveraging the proprietary technology developed last year for the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card, and creating a new design and production process that allows for more bits per die. Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry outlines vision to bring productivity and security software and services to mobile devices with BlackBerry Experience
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 11:14Tags News, BlackBerry

BlackBerry Limited has unveiled its software and services vision to infuse BlackBerry's productivity, communication, collaboration and security across all smartphone and tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems, giving users the ability to work seamlessly and securely across any device. Comments (Comments)

HTC And Valve partner to bring Virtual Reality to mass market
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 11:10Tags News, Gaming

HTC has announced plans to bring mass-market virtual reality (VR) one step closer through a strategic partnership with Valve. Comments (Comments)

HTC Unveils HTC Grip: Serious Performance For Serious Athletes
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 11:06Tags News, Mobile

HTC launches GPS-enabled smart fitness tracker designed for UA Record. Comments (Comments)

ZTE Grand S3 comes to market with eye-based security
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 10:59Tags News, Android

ZTE's new flagship device, the ZTE Grand S3, will be launched with a pioneering eye-based biometric solution from EyeVerify. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Galaxy S6: It all hinges on price
Posted on 2-Mar-2015 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Typically Samsung Galaxy phones appear on sale with iPhone-like price tags, but unlike with Apple phones, they decline over time. Comments (Comments)

Auckland to get hands-on with the latest tech at Spark Lab
Posted on 27-Feb-2015 11:44Tags News, Mobile

Creative Auckland will have the chance to get up close with the latest innovations and innovators next month, as Spark Lab launches Tech Month. Comments (Comments)

Finalists for Microsoft NZ 2015 Partner Awards announced
Posted on 25-Feb-2015 19:46Tags News, Computing

Now in its eighth year, the annual Partner Awards exists to recognise excellence in the IT sector from those companies that integrate Microsoft solutions into their products and services. Comments (Comments)

Huawei Outlines 4.5G Business Blueprint
Posted on 25-Feb-2015 10:01Tags News, 4G

At its Pre-Mobile World Congress briefing for analysts and media held in London today, Huawei further outlined its 4.5G strategy and supporting technologies. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone New Zealand testing Voice over LTE (4G)
Posted on 25-Feb-2015 09:25Tags News, 4G

Just two years after Vodafone announced the launch of New Zealand's first 4G service, the company has made another New Zealand first - successfully trialling what will become the next evolution in mobile calling. Comments (Comments)

Chromacon 2015 returns to Auckland
Posted on 24-Feb-2015 21:28Tags News, Web media

Chromacon, a celebration of homegrown comic art, graphic and gaming design, and animation is returning to Auckland's Aotea Centre on 18 and 19 April. Comments (Comments)

Broadband as part of the bigger infrastructure picture
Posted on 24-Feb-2015 16:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Broadband rarely gets discussed in the wider context of national infrastructure. Yet the government-sponsored Ultrafast Broadband project and the Rural Broadband Initiative are just two of a series of major infrastructure projects transforming New Zealand cities. To engineers there are two types of infrastructure. Vertical infrastructure means buildings while horizontal infrastructure means roads, railways, cycle […] Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry Classic: Steampunk smartphone
Posted on 23-Feb-2015 11:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry Classic takes the company’s designs back to a time when the brand was still a name to conjure with. It arrived in New Zealand last week. New Zealanders can buy the BlackBerry Classic from Vodafone for NZ$650. Externally the BlackBerry Classic looks like the 2011 Bold 9900 series — arguably BlackBerry’s last successful phone. […] Comments (Comments)

Satya Nadella was the right choice for Microsoft CEO
Posted on 22-Feb-2015 16:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It’s one year since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its third CEO. He was clearly the right person for the job. Things are not perfect at Microsoft, but Nadella has done a great job of reinventing the company and making it relevant again. Some of his achievements: Made Microsoft a player in the booming iOS with first […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand a digital evolution stand-out
Posted on 20-Feb-2015 14:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand gets a reassuring thumbs up from the Digital Evolution Index. The index, created by the Fletcher School at Tufts University, ranks 50 countries on four measures to assess their overall readiness for the digital economy. The academics look at Demand, Supply, Institutional Environment and Innovation to reach an overall figure. In raw numbers New Zealand […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Lumia Denim software update rolls out in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Feb-2015 09:35Tags News, Windows Phone

The over-the-air update will become available over the coming weeks, dependent on country and operator variant, with the full range of devices expected to be updated by the end of March. Comments (Comments)

Questions as Vocus lifts Southern Cross capacity
Posted on 20-Feb-2015 08:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In a press release Vocus says it aims to lift its Southern Cross capacity by 10 times. Sydney-based Vocus entered into an agreement to buy extra capacity on the undersea link between New Zealand, Australia and the US over a six-year period, beginning from December this year, it said in a statement. When fully-allocated that will increase […] Comments (Comments)

Lebara Talk app offers app-based mobile calls with HD-quality voice
Posted on 19-Feb-2015 19:08Tags News, VoIP

Mobile app for iOS and Android platforms enables low cost international calls and convenient cash top-up. Comments (Comments)

Catalyst offer competitive open source cloud in New Zealand
Posted on 19-Feb-2015 14:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand open-source champion Catalyst has taken on the multinationals launching a locally-hosted automated cloud service. The Catalyst Cloud service uses OpenStack, a free, open-source set of tools. It was built using low-cost commodity hardware. Catalyst Cloud was officially opened this morning by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. See Catalyst Cloud Formally Launched for the company’s own description. […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand-based Catalyst Cloud launches
Posted on 19-Feb-2015 08:30Tags News, SaaS

The product of two years of research and development and millions of dollars of investment, the Catalyst Cloud brings full automation and internationally competitive pricing to New Zealand businesses. Comments (Comments)

Me-too Dick Smith sees NZ sales fall
Posted on 18-Feb-2015 09:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Dick Smith Holdings blames market competition and weak consumer sentiment for poor New Zealand sales. Businessdesk reports the result in Dick Smith’s NZ 1H sales fall in competitive market. There’s another possible reason for the drop in business and it isn’t something businesses like to talk about. Dick Smith’s Australian business saw sales rise 12 percent […] Comments (Comments)


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