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Microsoft New Zealand Ignite back for 2016
Posted on 8-Jun-2016 09:40Tags News, Computing

Microsoft New Zealand's annual technical training event for the Kiwi IT sector, Microsoft Ignite NZ, is set to light up Auckland again this year, just at a slightly later date. Comments (Comments)

Apple’s role in the PC’s downfall
Posted on 7-Jun-2016 16:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s no question PC sales are down. Nor is there any end to the fall in sight. This could be the post-PC era. Or maybe something more subtle is happening. Either way, the familiar personal computer no longer tops the technology food chain. How the iPhone meteor killed dinosaur PCs, says the decline is due […] Comments (Comments)

Decade of technology inspires new book of cartoons
Posted on 7-Jun-2016 09:29Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Auckland-based cartoonist "Jim" is getting ready to publish a new book of cartoons inspired by his 10 years working a day job as a public relations consultant for some of the world’s biggest technology brands. Comments (Comments)

Digital platform for cricket CricHQ talks about growth
Posted on 5-Jun-2016 18:31Tags News, SaaS

CricHQ, a digital platform for cricket, presented its growth story to an international audience of tech startups, industry leaders and international investors, at the RISE Conference in Hong Kong. Comments (Comments)

Samsung lanches new line-up of SUHD TVs
Posted on 5-Jun-2016 18:26Tags News, DVB and HD

Built on the Tizen operating system (OS), Samsung's 2016 Smart TVs bring a new Smart Hub, designed to provide users with simple access to their favourite content all in one place. Comments (Comments)

Law change will allow for e-signatures on tax returns
Posted on 5-Jun-2016 18:22Tags News, SaaS

The passing of legislation that will allow Inland Revenue to accept electronic signatures will free up accountants and others from an outdated system. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand goverment improves DNS security
Posted on 5-Jun-2016 18:22Tags News, Security

Recent changes to how the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) manages government website domain names will increase online security and result in greater public trust in government websites. Comments (Comments)

New high-speed Endace network device capture traffic at record speeds
Posted on 5-Jun-2016 18:20Tags News, Security

Faster network recording speed helps protect against DDOS-backed security breaches . Comments (Comments)

New Zealand wireless rural broadband hits key milestone
Posted on 3-Jun-2016 13:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After a slow start New Zealand’s Rural Broadband Initiative has hit its stride. RBI is a government-subsidised scheme to give farmers and people living in rural areas a broadband network. Communications minister Amy Adams says the first stage is now complete with 154 new cellular towers now built. The towers serve 3G and 4G fixed […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec introduces Encryption Everywhere increasing website security options
Posted on 3-Jun-2016 09:12Tags News, Security

Encryption Everywhere lets web hosting providers integrate encryption into every website from the moment it is created. With the new web security service, hosting providers can offer a variety of flexible options, including basic website encryption included as part of any hosted service, and a number of premium security packages with increasingly stronger levels of website validation, protection, and trust seals. Comments (Comments)

RBI cell tower completion boosts rural coverage
Posted on 3-Jun-2016 09:07Tags News, Broadband

Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced the completion of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) Phase 1 new tower programme with 154 new cell towers now built ahead of schedule.
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How the iPhone meteor killed dinosaur PCs
Posted on 2-Jun-2016 12:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On January 9 2007 Apple chief executive Steve Jobs stood on a stage and showed the world the iPhone. It seemed important at the time. Yet nobody knew just how significant this would turn out to be. Thanks to the iPhone Apple became the world’s most valuable company. It defined our times. It isn’t hyperbole […] Comments (Comments)

Paypr introduces a new way of reconciling paper receipts
Posted on 31-May-2016 23:59Tags News, SaaS

Imagine no more end-of-month hassles reconciling paper receipts while trying to remember who you had coffee with on the 7th of the month. Now when you swipe your card at a Paymark EFTPOS terminal, Paypr will generate a digital receipt in real time, ready to be easily coded and sent directly into your Xero account. Comments (Comments)

NetSafe appointed to cyberbullying role
Posted on 31-May-2016 20:15Tags News, Security

Justice Minister Amy Adams announced that internet safety organisation NetSafe has been appointed as the "Approved Agency" under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. Comments (Comments)

Typing on a glass keyboard
Posted on 31-May-2016 12:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

David Sparks writes about writing with iPad screen keyboards after years of touch typing. Much of what he says resonates: “It started with the iPad Air. On that machine I got quite good at thumb typing in portrait mode. It’s nothing like touch typing but still pretty great to sit on an airplane and thumb […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone buyers may find 2degrees tempting too
Posted on 29-May-2016 13:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

News reports say overseas buyers want Vodafone New Zealand. Rival 2degrees is also a likely take-over target. Vodafone is the largest mobile carrier in New Zealand. In comparison, 2degrees is an also-ran. Yet, in the right hands, the smaller mobile carrier could prove a better investment. At The Australian, Bridget Carter and Gretchen Friemann write […] Comments (Comments)

TomTom Jam Ahead Warnings alerts drivers to unseen hazards
Posted on 28-May-2016 10:43Tags News, GPS

TomTom Jam Ahead Warnings visually and audibly alert drivers to rapidly slowing, or stationary, traffic on the highway ahead, giving the driver the opportunity to brake smoothly, and in time. Comments (Comments)

Finding opportunities in the fog
Posted on 27-May-2016 07:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you’ve only just come to terms with cloud computing, here comes the next thing: fog computing. “Fog computing is the necessary next stage on from cloud computing,” says Vikram Kumar, the chief executive of KotahiNet. “It is where the edge of networks become intelligent and autonomous.” Fog computing has the features of cloud computing, […] Comments (Comments)

Apple 2016 MacBook one month review: The song remains the same
Posted on 26-May-2016 12:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Although the MacBook has changed little since last year, it is much improved. If the song remains the same, it now lasts longer and has a faster tempo. That’s because Apple uses newer Intel Core M processors. Intel’s updated chip gives the MacBook a speed boost and at least an extra hour of battery life. […] Comments (Comments)

Epson launches new G-Series projectors in Australia and New Zealand
Posted on 25-May-2016 21:00Tags News, DVB and HD

New series consists of six models delivering up to 8,000 lumens of colour brightness and 8,000 lumens of white brightness Comments (Comments)

New Zealand up for six awards in Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2016
Posted on 25-May-2016 20:56Tags News, Computing

The IDC Smart City Development Index is an evolving benchmarking framework that helps smart city planners analyze the current state of their Smart City initiatives. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Gear 360 now available in New Zealand
Posted on 25-May-2016 20:54Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has announced availability in New Zealand of the Samsung Gear 360, a camera that lets users easily create, edit, view and share 360-degree video and still image content using their smartphone. Comments (Comments)

Mega-conference ITx to focus on innovation, technology and education
Posted on 25-May-2016 20:50Tags News, Computing

This year IITP is collaborating with 12 tech associations to bring one mega-conference to New Zealand, ITx 2016. Comments (Comments)

New Panasonic UHD TVs powered by Firefox OS
Posted on 25-May-2016 20:47Tags News, DVB and HD

Panasonic has launched their new flagship 4K Pro Smart Ultra-High Definition (UHD) DX900 television series. Comments (Comments)

Forward planning is key to combat cybercrime
Posted on 25-May-2016 20:36Tags News, Security

Earlier this month, the government announced that it will invest $22.2 million from the Budget 2016 to boost cyber security but Liam Rowland, Head of Incident Response and Forensics, APJ at Dell SecureWorks, believes that businesses taking action to protect themselves is the key and that if they don't, they could be in for a surprise if their systems are compromised. Comments (Comments)


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