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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)

Slingshot launches simple, one switch parental control
Posted on 7-Aug-2016 11:28Tags News, Security

Three quarters of Kiwi parents are concerned their children may have access to online pornography, yet fewer than a third use online parental controls. New Zealand ISP Slingshot has introduced an easy online tool that blocks the darker corners of the web and helps protect Kiwi kids. Comments (Comments)

Review: LibreOffice 5.2 — solid, unpolished alternative
Posted on 6-Aug-2016 13:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office gets the job done. Yet there are compromises. At a glance For: Free. Open source. Feature rich. Runs on old hardware. Can open most document formats. Against: Not as polished as paid-for alternatives. Lacks cloud integration. Inconsistent user interface. Maybe: Comes with graphics app, equation editor and […] Comments (Comments)

Orcon modems are a work of art
Posted on 5-Aug-2016 19:09Tags News, Broadband

Top New Zealand artists come together to create five designs for 2,500 limited edition modems for broadband provider Orcon. Comments (Comments)

Amazon to show first of its air cargo planes
Posted on 5-Aug-2016 19:01Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Amazon has entered into agreements to lease 40 dedicated cargo airplanes to serve customers; its first branded airplane to be revealed as part of inaugural flight in Seattle. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand companies didn’t win government tenders back in the day either
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 16:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“Why don’t New Zealand companies win government tenders?” asks Ian Apperley at the IITP Techblog. He writes about the institutional bias government departments and agencies have when it comes to buying technology. More often than not they’ll choose an overseas supplier when there are perfectly good and better value alternatives available here in New Zealand. […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update rolls out in New Zealand
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 15:30Tags News, Computing

Microsoft started rolling out the latest version of its Windows 10 OS, called Anniversary Update. Computers currently running Windows 10 have access to an improved experience and new features, depending on hardware support. Comments (Comments)

Dona Sarkar announced as keynote speaker for Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 13:18Tags News, Computing

Microsoft New Zealand has announced Dona Sarkar - tech developer, published author, blogger, fashion designer and entrepreneur - will be the keynote speaker for Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016. Comments (Comments)

Endace Branch Office Network Recorders for debut at Black Hat
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 13:16Tags News, Security

Endace has announced at Black Hat conference the release of new EndaceProbe 114 Network Recorders designed specifically for deployment in branch offices as part of a network-wide monitoring and recording fabric. Comments (Comments)

NZMCA to offer mobile broadband access for motorhomes
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 13:10Tags News, 4G

Takapuna-based Wireless Nation has played a key role in launching a new 4G-enabled broadband service that's designed specifically to meet the needs of motorhomers. Comments (Comments)

Fuji Xerox NZ introduces Customer Communications Management solutions
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 13:08Tags News, SaaS

With the introduction of its multi-channel Customer Communications Management portfolio, Fuji Xerox New Zealand is making available services which support businesses in the acquisition, retention and growth of their customer base. Comments (Comments)

Pyrios launches cloud contact centre service
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 13:02Tags News, Computing

Trans-Tasman communications technology specialist Pyrios has inked a deal with Interactive Intelligence to bring cloud contact centre services to the New Zealand and Australian markets. Comments (Comments)

Open Source conference comes to Wellington this August
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 10:32Tags News, Computing

Using open source to improve how business and Government work at 2nd annual Open Source Open Society. Comments (Comments)

Noel Leeming opens South island flagship store
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 10:17Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Noel Leeming is celebrating its Christchurch heritage with the re-opening of its Moorhouse Ave store which has been given a $1 million facelift. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand video game exports continue to grow
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 10:14Tags News, Gaming

NZ Game Developers Association says entertainment software and apps continue to be one of New Zealand's fastest growing hi-tech creative exports. Comments (Comments)

Symantec launches Control Compliance Suite
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 10:10Tags News, Security

Symantec Corp. has announced the next version of Symantec Control Compliance Suite, an enterprise-class IT governance, risk and compliance solution. Comments (Comments)

SOTI extends secure mobility management to all Windows 10 endpoints
Posted on 4-Aug-2016 10:04Tags News, Computing

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution company SOTI Inc has announced its same-day support for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Comments (Comments)

What hasn’t been said about MYOB buying Greentree
Posted on 3-Aug-2016 19:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Australian accounting software company MYOB bought Greentree for NZ$25.5 million now and will pay another $3 million if the owners meet unspecified targets. It’s the latest move by what was until recently the regional leader in small business accounting software. Over the last five years Xero has hammered MYOB by offering a clean,  online, subscription-based alternative to […] Comments (Comments)

Thoughts on iPad-only the new desktop Linux
Posted on 3-Aug-2016 08:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“You like the iPad because it’s simple. But if you’re using the iPad as your primary computer, you may just like it because it’s a challenge.” Watts Martin hits a nerve writing iPad-only is the new desktop Linux. Martin says people who use only iPads for their computing do it because it’s a challenge. He […] Comments (Comments)

InternetNZ Easy Transparency aims to help identify mass surveillance in New Zealand
Posted on 2-Aug-2016 19:33Tags News, Security

These reports will mean New Zealanders will be better able to see how often government agencies are requesting their personal information. Comments (Comments)

Entries open for The Everywhere Initiative by Visa
Posted on 2-Aug-2016 18:27Tags News, Security

Visa is inviting start-ups to enter a competition to use Visa APIs to solve business challenges and bring new ideas to payments, creating the next wave of payments innovation. Comments (Comments)


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