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Land Rover to help owners find keys with Tile app
Posted on 10-May-2016 20:45Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Land Rover says it will introduce a Bluetooth tracking system to its vehicle dashboard touchscreen in future models which will let owners know when they get in the car if they have forgotten to pack their wallet, cell phone, bags or a range of common items. Comments (Comments)

Garmin launches new activity trackers with long battery life
Posted on 10-May-2016 20:39Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Designed to be worn all day vivomove features a timeless analog style face and is available in several models: the sleek vivomove sport, vivomove classic with leather straps, and the more upscale vivomove premium with leather straps and full steel body. Comments (Comments)

Fuji Xerox Next Generation Services spotlight
Posted on 10-May-2016 20:37Tags News, Computing

As a mature offering, Managed Print Services has proven its value for organisations across the spectrum - but are New Zealand's businesses taking full control of their content from end to end? That's a question posed by Fuji Xerox, which notes that Next Generation Managed Print Services (MPS) go beyond document management to incorporate the full digital information lifecycle. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand government driving the switch to electric vehicles
Posted on 10-May-2016 20:35Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced an ambitious and wide ranging package of measures to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Spark to take over naming rights of Vector Arena venue
Posted on 10-May-2016 20:29Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Spark has announced today that it will become the new naming rights, brand and technology partner for New Zealand's biggest multi-purpose entertainment venue, currently known as Vector Arena, from late April 2017. Comments (Comments)

UFB and RBI now available to 1.2 million people
Posted on 10-May-2016 20:26Tags News, Broadband

Under the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) rollouts, more than 1.2 million New Zealanders can now connect to faster and more reliable internet, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today. Comments (Comments)

China Business: Auckland Airport readies for Chinese surge
Posted on 5-May-2016 13:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year a total of 140 million air passengers departed from China. Some 355,000 — about 0.2 per cent — of them flew to Auckland. Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood says the numbers show untapped potential for New Zealand’s tourism sector. “Today, our share is just a small fraction of a big market. It […] Comments (Comments)

Over NZ$1.2 million seed funding to launch Plattar augmented reality platform
Posted on 5-May-2016 09:48Tags News, Computing

News Corp Australia is the lead investor first ever seed investment. Comments (Comments)

Unisys releases ClearPath MCP software for virtual environments
Posted on 5-May-2016 09:43Tags News, Computing

The new version of the premier MCP operating environment is designed to provide a production-ready, entry-level instance of the full software stack running on any Intel x86 server under VMware ESXi or a client-chosen system conforming to a reference specification. Comments (Comments)

TomTom announces new START Navigation Series
Posted on 5-May-2016 09:36Tags News, GPS

TomTom has announced the launch of three new TomTom navigation devices for the car, boasting the latest innovations in address search, routing and guidance, as well as access to the most up-to-date maps. Comments (Comments)

Fiat Chrysler and Google join forces to develop self driving cars
Posted on 5-May-2016 09:34Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The Google Self-Driving Car Project and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have announced, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration, that they will integrate Google's self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid people movers to expand Google's existing self-driving test program. Comments (Comments)

Spark and Huawei enable first faster mobile site
Posted on 5-May-2016 09:26Tags News, 4G

Reaching 1.15Gbps (gigabits per second) in a speed test, it is the fastest mobile data speed in New Zealand, and three times faster than the highest recorded speed on the Spark network. Comments (Comments)

Spark, Huawei crack 1Gbps as Christchurch 4.5G mobile launches
Posted on 4-May-2016 20:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Phones connected to Spark’s Central Christchurch mobile site can now download data at 1Gbps. Or, to be more accurate, they when the hardware arrives in New Zealand later this year. Spark has worked with Huawei to upgrade its Central Christchurch cell-site to 4.5G. The company’s Hereford Street building houses the Pacific region’s first commercial 4.5G […] Comments (Comments)

Review: 9.7-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Cover
Posted on 1-May-2016 14:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s NZ$280 Smart Keyboard Cover doesn’t turn the 9.7-inch iPad Pro into a laptop. It does something more useful. At the launch Apple said its 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a PC replacement.. That’s debatable. People spend a lot of time typing on PCs so that claim doesn’t start to stack up until you add a keyboard. […] Comments (Comments)

Here’s one reason PC sales won’t recover
Posted on 28-Apr-2016 12:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The Wall Street Journal reports that desktop internet use is falling. The amount of time people spend accessing the Internet from desktop devices is showing signs of decline, according to online measurement specialist comScore. Data from the research company indicate overall time spent online in the U.S. from desktop devices—which include laptop computers—has fallen for […] Comments (Comments)

Reviewing technology products: Science and anecdotes
Posted on 26-Apr-2016 09:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tech product reviews take many forms. Some are scientific. Others are anecdotal.  Scientific reviews involve research, prising the back from things, taking them apart and dropping them on hard surfaces. Listening to noises. Measuring everything. Running battery life tests. You come away from these tests with numbers. Often many numbers. Maybe you’ve heard of data […] Comments (Comments)

Doing one thing at a time works wonders
Posted on 25-Apr-2016 14:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Tony Schwartz, at the Harvard Business Review, says dividing attention between tasks is dangerous. He says digital devices with always-on connections train us to split attention between tasks without ever focusing on one. Schwartz says this hurts productivity increasing the time to finish a task by 25 percent. In The magic of doing one thing at a time he recommends […] Comments (Comments)

New Garmin navigation devices to help increase driver awareness
Posted on 22-Apr-2016 14:18Tags News, GPS

The addition of smart notifications, which display calls, text messages and app notifications on the navigation screen, as well as voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling, allows drivers to keep both hands safely on the wheel. Comments (Comments)

FreeviewPlus now on satellite service
Posted on 22-Apr-2016 14:14Tags News, DVB and HD

Enjoying On Demand on TV is about to become a whole lot simpler and easier for even more Kiwis up and down the country, as Freeview New Zealand rolls out FreeviewPlus on their satellite platform. Comments (Comments)

New initiatives from NZ computer science education groups to give young Kiwis a head start in technology careers
Posted on 22-Apr-2016 14:12Tags News, Computing

Thousands of young people from underserved communities in New Zealand will now have the opportunity to get their start in a career in technology thanks to Microsoft grants announced today for two Kiwi computer science education groups. Comments (Comments)

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB3 review
Posted on 21-Apr-2016 09:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want to rock the house you need a big, heavy sub-woofer that moves a lot of air. The bad news is, car sound systems apart, it is hard to take big sub-woofers with you. That’s where you might want to turn to Sony’s $300 SRS-XB3 speakers. They are portable, battery-powered, Bluetooth speakers capable […] Comments (Comments)

Writing on iPad Pro: A field guide
Posted on 18-Apr-2016 17:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple says the iPad Pro is more powerful than most laptops. It is more portable. That should make it ideal for journalists and others who need to write while on the move. How does the writing experience compare with PCs and is the software up to the job? The sensible way to answer those questions […] Comments (Comments)

New cables may revive overseas interest in New Zealand data centres
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 16:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand hasn’t been able to capitalise on being a low-cost, green home for data centres. Until now. Tasman Global Access and Hawaiki could change that. At The Register, Simon Sharwood sums it up: New Zealand’s South Island, for example, is blessed with low ambient temperatures and lots of hydro power. A bit barn in […] Comments (Comments)

Panasonic launches 4K Smart Ultra HD 2016 TV range
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 10:29Tags News, DVB and HD

A large variety of easy-access content and apps makes Panasonic's new Smart TVs perfect for Kiwis who want access to popular video on demand applications including Netflix, Lightbox, YouTube, and New Zealand's best catch-up TV streaming services - FreeviewPlus, TVNZ OnDemand, 3NOW and Maori TV On Demand. Comments (Comments)

MYOB launch e-GST filing service
Posted on 15-Apr-2016 10:27Tags News, SaaS

Businesses using MYOB's Essentials cloud-based accounting software now have the ability to file their GST returns online directly to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), saving time and significantly simplifying the GST submission process for SMEs. Comments (Comments)


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