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IBM’s late cloud play aims for Amazon catch up
Posted on 20-Jan-2014 09:51Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

IBM made headlines over the weekend when it said it will spend US$1.2 billion to expand its cloud computing business. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand broadband prices in global mid-range
Posted on 20-Jan-2014 08:32Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Residential broadband prices in New Zealand sit around the middle of the latest Point Topic country scorecard. The average subscription in New Zealand is US$76 using a purchasing power parity comparison. Comments (Comments)

Logitech Ultra-thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air review
Posted on 20-Jan-2014 08:10Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPad Air is thinner, smaller, lighter and more powerful than earlier iPads. Smaller means third-party add-on makers like Logitech either have to rework existing keyboard cover designs, come up with something new or miss out on potential business. Logitech chose the first option. Comments (Comments)

New smartphone to put privacy and control first (with video)
Posted on 16-Jan-2014 01:02Tags News, Android

Blackphone, powered by a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS, gives wide-ranging privacy protection to users. Comments (Comments)

HP launches voice tablets for consumers in India
Posted on 16-Jan-2014 00:59Tags News, Android

HP has unveiled two new mobile devices, the 6-inch diagonal HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the 7-inch diagonal HP Slate7 VoiceTab. Comments (Comments)

Southern Cross Cable to add another terabit to capacity
Posted on 14-Jan-2014 14:11Tags News, Broadband

Southern Cross to add 1Tb/s of lit capacity by July 2014 in largest upgrade to date. Comments (Comments)

From an alternate universe where Microsoft trumps Apple for customer mindshare
Posted on 9-Jan-2014 12:54Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

We understand research companies say outrageous things to get publicity. The latest from Forrester is a classic. Tracy Stokes writes Why Microsoft trumps Apple in the battle for consumer mindshare. Comments (Comments)

Smartphone market share myths
Posted on 9-Jan-2014 10:54Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Samsung sells more smartphones than any other company. Reuters reports Samsung accounts for every third smartphone sold around the world in 2013.  Gartner puts Apple’s market share at around 12 percent. Conventional thinking says this gives Samsung a dominate market position. Comments (Comments)

Desktop Android emerges as Windows rival
Posted on 7-Jan-2014 10:19Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

HP’s latest all-in-one business computer uses Android for its operating system instead of Microsoft Windows.  In another step away from the old Wintel approach that HP once championed, the new machine sports a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor instead of an Intel chip. Acer, Asustek and Lenovo are also bringing desktop Android PCs and laptops to the market. Comments (Comments)

HP unveils its first Android-based business PCs
Posted on 7-Jan-2014 10:04Tags News, Computing

HP starts years with new business PCs including an Android-based All-in-One. Comments (Comments)

Air New Zealand's intranet one of the best in the world
Posted on 7-Jan-2014 09:42Tags News, Computing

Air New Zealand's employee intranet Korunet has been announced as one of the top 10 in the world by Nielsen Norman Group. Comments (Comments)

Devices combining Windows and Android solve nothing
Posted on 6-Jan-2014 08:31Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

PC sales continue to struggle as users switch to smartphones and tablets. Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS did little to stop the rot. In their latest desperate attempt to revive sales PC makers have turned to systems combining Windows 8 and Android in a single device. Last year Asus tried this approach with the unexciting Transformer Book Trio. Comments (Comments)

2013 impressive gadgets, a personal view
Posted on 27-Dec-2013 12:41Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Software got cloudier in 2013. Smartphones got bigger, pixels on just about everything got smaller. New Zealand’s mobile data networks got faster and service providers began selling fibre broadband services. While you couldn’t call 2013 a vintage year, technology lurched forward. Admittedly, I didn’t see everything that appeared in 2013. Some encounters were fleeting. Comments (Comments)

2degrees Tops Mobile Phone Provider Customer Survey
Posted on 27-Dec-2013 10:22Tags News, Mobile

Survey also find Gen Ys most likely to sneak a peek and text/talk and drive. Comments (Comments)

Three non-obvious predictions for 2014
Posted on 22-Dec-2013 08:29Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

December saw a flurry of 2014 technology forecasts. I predict the same thing will happen next year. The forecasts fall into two categories. First there are those along the lines of ‘cloud computing company predicts 2014 will be the year of cloud computing’. In other words: advertising. Some are clever, some are ridiculously unsubtle. Comments (Comments)

Curran says Ernst & Young Chorus report flawed
Posted on 20-Dec-2013 08:20Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Labour communications spokesperson Clare Curran says there are two flaws in Ernst & Young report into the financial state of Chorus. Communications minister Amy Adams commissioned Ernst & Young Australia to investigate how the Commerce Commission ordered price cuts to the network operator’s copper lines changed Chorus’ finances. Comments (Comments)

Has Oracle’s hardware decline halted?
Posted on 19-Dec-2013 19:04Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Oracle’s run of bad financial results ended today as the company’s revenue and earnings beat market expectations. The headline news is the company managed to reduce the losses in its hardware division. Best known as a software company, Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems four years ago. Ever since, the business has been in free fall. Comments (Comments)

Apple tax returns with Mac Pro
Posted on 19-Dec-2013 11:40Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s Darth Vader lookalike Mac Pro went on sale in New Zealand overnight. It’s a stunning machine. It looks impressive and it has computing power to burn. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand video games praised in Best of 2013 lists
Posted on 18-Dec-2013 19:27Tags News, Gaming

Five New Zealand video game makers have been lauded in major international Best of 2013 lists. Comments (Comments)

Ovum calls for copper broadband network shutdown
Posted on 18-Dec-2013 08:39Tags News, Digitl, by billbennettnz

Ovum’s Australia-based research director David Kennedy says if New Zealand’s government is serious about making Ultrafast Broadband work, it must name a date to close the copper network. Kennedy says: “Tensions in the New Zealand telecommunications policy framework will persist as long as New Zealand has two access networks, FTTN and UFB, operating in parallel. Comments (Comments)

What did New Zealanders search online in 2013?
Posted on 18-Dec-2013 07:40Tags News, Broadband

Google reveals New Zealand's top trending searches for 2013: Royal baby, Lorde, and Harlem Shake make the list.
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Apple, Microsoft, Google technology stacks – conclusions
Posted on 17-Dec-2013 08:28Tags News, Digitl, by billbennettnz

Continually jumping between technology stacks feels inefficient. Would it make sense to just pick one and stick with it? To answer the question I spent a week working exclusively with each of the three main technology stacks: Apple, Microsoft and Google. I wanted to see if this approach improves productivity and whether it is practical. Comments (Comments)

Chorus after Ernst & Young report
Posted on 16-Dec-2013 09:28Tags News, Digitl, by billbennettnz

One interpretation of the Ernst & Young report is that Chorus was correct when it claimed the drop in copper access price would mean a $1 billion funding shortfall. The report surfaced Saturday lunchtime. Later that afternoon Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe issued a statement: “The report aligns with our market disclosure of 5 November and […] Comments (Comments)

NZ iPhone plans – December 2013
Posted on 15-Dec-2013 14:34Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone 5S remains the world’s top-selling smartphone. New Zealand carriers report it is popular here too. Recently 2degrees added iPhone models to its range. I’ve updated the plan table, shown below to reflect this. Although the company’s prices are a little lower than Telecom NZ or Vodafone, at the moment the smaller carrier doesn’t […] Comments (Comments)

Chorus can close UFB funding gap to $250 million UFB
Posted on 14-Dec-2013 14:39Tags News, Digitl, by Bill Bennett

Ernst & Young Australia’s report into Chorus’s ability to deliver on its broadband contracts says the company could reduce the funding gap to $250 million or less with “cash flow savings initiatives”. The report was commissioned by Communications Minister Amy Adams to investigate whether Chorus was able to meet its obligations building two government supported […] Comments (Comments)

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