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Trustpower misleads with untrusty broadband ads
Posted on 19-Aug-2016 16:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Trustpower’s $49 unlimited broadband offer always looked too good to be true. It turns out, it was too good to be true. At BusinessDesk Paul McBeth reports Trustpower to plead guilty over misleading broadband offer.  He writes: Trustpower intends to plead guilty to charges claiming the electricity generator and retailer mislead customers over the market and sale of a bundled power and broadband offer. The Commerce […] Comments (Comments)

Hybrid sales still need kickstart
Posted on 19-Aug-2016 12:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple knocked the laptop business sideways when the first iPad appeared in 2010. It is a stripped-down computer with a touch-screen, sound and wireless connections. But there is no keyboard. It does many, but not all, the things laptops do. The iPad is easy to use and portable. You can use one to browse the internet, write […] Comments (Comments)

Volvo and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars
Posted on 19-Aug-2016 10:31Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The two companies have entered a 411M joint venture to develop new vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, including fully autonomous driverless cars. Comments (Comments)

Why consumer PC sales will never rebound
Posted on 18-Aug-2016 11:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Personal computer sales peaked in 2011. In that year businesses and consumers bought around 360 million personal computers. IDC puts the number at 352 million. Gartner says it was 365 million. Consumer PC sales were about half the total. It has been downhill ever since. At some point PC sales will stabilise. We’re not there […] Comments (Comments)

Code Club Aotearoa brings together children and mentors to Mashup event
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 20:15Tags News, Computing

A national organisation helping school children in the digital era, Code Club Aotearoa, is holding its largest ever event in Wellington this week bringing together 350 children and 50 mentors to help solve the world’s problems at their annual Mashup. Comments (Comments)

Company uses Bluetooth to deliver audio safety messages to rental car drivers
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 20:12Tags News, Bluetooth

A world-first trial delivering Bluetooth audio safety messages to rental car drivers between Christchurch and Queenstown is proving successful, GO Rentals says. Comments (Comments)

Te Papa announces Mahuki innovation teams
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 20:09Tags News, SaaS

Mahuki, an innovation hub within the national museum has opened its doors to ten entrepreneurial teams. They will respond with digital solutions, to challenges faced by Te Papa and other cultural service providers across New Zealand and the world. Comments (Comments)

Xero and PayPal deliver express checkout option
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 20:02Tags News, SaaS

Payment solution by PayPal and Xero helps small businesses get paid faster. Comments (Comments)

Finalists for the 2016 New Zealand Open Source Awards announced
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 20:00Tags News, Open Source

The final award winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner in Wellington on October 25. Comments (Comments)

Red Bull Air Race launches free-to-play PC game
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 19:37Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Red Bull Air Race released its first free-to-play PC game at Gamescom in Cologne. Comments (Comments)

NZ phone market 2016Q2 — Apple stumbles, Huawei leaps
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 16:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Four brands dominate 2016 phone sales in New Zealand. Chayse Gorton, IDC associate market analyst, says Samsung, Apple, Vodafone and Huawei make up 87 percent of the market. That’s almost nine out of every ten phones sold here. Samsung remains New Zealand’s top phone brand by a clear margin. Its market share edged up in the […] Comments (Comments)

ComCom investigates backhaul competition
Posted on 17-Aug-2016 09:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In one sense the Commerce Commission’s move to investigate backhaul comes at a time when the sector has never been more competitive. Yet that’s not how everyone see things. There are issues that may need resolving by a regulator. Although few everyday users hear of it, backhaul is vital part of the telecommunications network. It […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand students show knowledge in worldwide competition
Posted on 16-Aug-2016 22:21Tags News, Computing

Two New Zealand students, Aidan Sharpe and Marie Bailey, came home winners in the technology Olympics after spending a week in Orlando, Florida, USA. Comments (Comments)

NZ firefighter breathing-mask radio a world first
Posted on 16-Aug-2016 16:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A new two-way radio design developed by Motorola Solutions and the New Zealand Fire Service is believed to be a world first. The radio’s microphone built into firefighter breathing apparatus. Each radio also has a push-to-talk button positioned centrally on the body.This means firefighters can operate it through thick rubber gloves with a clenched fist or fingers. […] Comments (Comments)

Datacom surges to a billion
Posted on 15-Aug-2016 11:25Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Pushing into the Australian market paid dividends for privately owned Datacom. The Wellington-based technology company reported 13 percent revenue growth to a shade over NZ$1 billion. It is the first New Zealand technology company to pass the billion dollar milestone. In comparison profits were small. The group after tax profit was NZ$27 million, up 12 […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand looks overseas for tech skills
Posted on 13-Aug-2016 15:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Overseas readers wanted to know how New Zealand is filling its tech industry vacancies. Here is my story published earlier this year in London-based Computer Weekly.  Wellington is as far as you can fly from Heathrow before you start coming back. New Zealand’s capital is almost 19,000km and at least 24 hours away. The city […] Comments (Comments)

Main data theft threat is inside, overlooked
Posted on 12-Aug-2016 07:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Despite companies spending billions to protect systems from external threats, data theft continues to climb. Businesses often fail to address the underlying problem: most online crime involves an insider. Although in most cases that insider is an unwitting accomplice. The latest Ponemon Institute study shows companies are struggling to protect information from theft and other […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei releases its 2015 Sustainability Report
Posted on 11-Aug-2016 19:03Tags News, Consumer Electronics

'Connecting the Future' focuses on bridging the digital divide and climate change. Comments (Comments)

Datacom Group delivers outstanding growth and passes $1 billion in revenue
Posted on 11-Aug-2016 18:07Tags News, Computing

Datacom delivered 13% revenue increase, up to NZ$ 1.058 billion reported. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone and Unitec join forces to combat rise in cyber-crime
Posted on 11-Aug-2016 17:17Tags News, Security

Vodafone has joined forces with Unitec Institute of Technology to help combat cyber-crime, which continues to evolve at an alarming rate globally. Comments (Comments)

Long-reach VDSL2 has potential for rural NZ broadband
Posted on 11-Aug-2016 10:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Communications Day reports BT is testing a long-reach version of VDSL2 in rural areas. The story first appeared at ISP Review. Long-reach VDSL2 could be ideal for those parts of New Zealand falling between the urban UFB fibre-based network and the fixed wireless broadband delivered by Rural Broadband Initiative towers. At the moment the government […] Comments (Comments)

Marine survey as Hawaiki cable build nears
Posted on 10-Aug-2016 10:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A submarine cable is just talk until the ships start moving. Hawaiki expects the trans-Pacific cable will be delivered by mid–2018. Hawaiki Submarine Cable says its marine route survey has started. The company is working with partner TE SubCom to investigate the route for a new trans-Pacific cable connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United […] Comments (Comments)

Struggling Fairfax enters low-margin broadband market
Posted on 9-Aug-2016 21:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A struggling media company moves into another unprofitable market. At Business Day Fairfax journalist Tom Pullar-Strecker writes Stuff to enter the broadband market with Stuff Fibre. It’s a clumsy headline, but a safe bet managers would not allow the sub-editor to write a better one. He says: “Stuff is entering the broadband market, launching an internet […] Comments (Comments)

Consider government open source, don’t mandate it
Posted on 9-Aug-2016 07:15Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Act Party leader David Seymour wants the New Zealand government to consider open source software. In Act calls on government to support open source software at the NBR, he says the government needs to take a new approach when buying software procurement. It can save the taxpayer large sums of money. Seymour tells the NBR: […] Comments (Comments)

Apple’s ageing Mac line-up reflects bigger picture
Posted on 8-Aug-2016 10:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apart from the 2016 MacBook, Apple’s entire Mac line is overdue for a refresh. Sam Byford at The Verge caused a stir last week writing; “Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers“. MacBook aside, Apple’s August 2016 catalogue is the same as it was a year ago. It is more than a year since any other […] Comments (Comments)

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