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IBM remote work recall a red herring
Posted on 29-May-2017 19:15Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this year IBM told remote employees they must return to the office or leave the company. It’s a turnaround. IBM pioneered allowing employees to work from home. At times as many as more than a third of the firm’s staff worked at places away from company offices. The company often lectures others on the […] Comments (Comments)

RBI2 bidders at Rural Connectivity Symposium
Posted on 29-May-2017 12:50Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The second stage of the government’s Rural Broadband Initiative was centre stage at the 2017 Rural Connectivity Symposium in Wellington last week. In his keynote address Communications Minster Simon Bridges put the project into the broader context of government telecommunications policy. He says the goal is for 99 percent of New Zealanders to be able […] Comments (Comments)

iStorage diskAshur 2 review
Posted on 28-May-2017 14:52Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

I recently had the chance to review the iStorage USB memory drives but what if you need larger storage for entire laptop backups or large file transfers? Take a look at the new iStorage diskAshur2 secure external drives. Comments (Comments)

Edifier R2000DB Lifestyle speakers review
Posted on 28-May-2017 14:46Tags Reviews, DVB and HD, by M Freitas

We look at Edifier's high end speakers for home entertainment. Comments (Comments)

Edifier R1700BT speakers review: Luxury Bluetooth sounds
Posted on 28-May-2017 13:06Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want more from desktop speakers, the Edifier R1700BT is worth a look, and a listen. Edifier R1700BT at a glance For: Big warm sound, smart-looking, fun to use. Against: Too much bass, Controls sometimes difficult to use Maybe: The design and sound may not be to your personal taste. Price: $250 Website: Edifier’s […] Comments (Comments)

National AI group launching next month
Posted on 25-May-2017 09:54Tags News, Computing

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast being used to make people more efficient and it will touch every element of New Zealanders' lives from better healthcare and education to faster service and more personalised products, tech leader Stu Christie says. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Digital Future, according to tech companies
Posted on 25-May-2017 09:51Tags News, Web media

New Zealand's leading tech organisations have released their manifesto of New Zealand’s Digital Future. Comments (Comments)

New Microsoft Surface Pro delivers outstanding battery life, performance
Posted on 25-May-2017 09:34Tags News, Mobile

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled the new Surface Pro, delivering up to 13.5 hours of battery life, making it more than 2.5 times faster than Surface Pro 3, and providing unmatched versatility and mobility in a new, lighter, more refined design. Comments (Comments)

Garmin VIRB 360 brings immersive 360-degree 5.7K camera experience
Posted on 25-May-2017 09:30Tags News, DVB and HD

Garmin New Zealand, has announced the VIRB 360, a compact, rugged and fully spherical 360-degree camera. Comments (Comments)

Telecommunications monitoring report: Are you being served?
Posted on 24-May-2017 11:54Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s an untold story behind the 2017 Commerce Commission telecommunications monitoring report. Before we get to that, edited highlights from the official media release: Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale says: “The cost of internet use has dropped over the last year with up to four times the data included at the same price points. 100GB in […] Comments (Comments)

NetValue partners with CRM Provider SugarCRM
Posted on 23-May-2017 20:04Tags News, SaaS

The alliance between NetValue and SugarCRM combines the core skills and capabilities of both organisations to provide best-of-breed CRM capabilities and effective software-integration to the New Zealand agricultural sector. Comments (Comments)

Terabyte looms as Vocus users download 430GB a month
Posted on 19-May-2017 14:51Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vocus says its fibre broadband customers with unlimited data plans now download an average1 of 430GB a month. The average for all Vocus fibre customers is 425GB. With data use doubling every 12 to 18 months, a terabyte monthly average is in sight. Taryn Hamilton, Vocus Group’s general manager of consumer for Orcon and Slingshot […] Comments (Comments)

2degrees tips into profit after seven lean years
Posted on 19-May-2017 09:47Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It’s taken seven years, but 2degrees is making money for its shareholders. The company says it made a profit of $13.4 million in 2016. That compares with a loss of $33.1 million a year earlier. Revenue was a shade over $700 million. Fuelling that growth is a fast rise in post-paid mobile customers. That means […] Comments (Comments)

2degrees growth story continues
Posted on 17-May-2017 15:25Tags News, Mobile

2degrees delivered a maiden profit in the year ending December 31, 2016, repeating year-on-year double digit increases in revenue, while doubling the size of its broadband subscriber base. Comments (Comments)

Symantec Blocks 22 Million Attempted WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Globally
Posted on 17-May-2017 12:41Tags News, Security

Real-time sharing of threat intelligence between endpoint and network systems, as well as machine learning technologies, helped ensure endpoint customers were fully protected. Comments (Comments)

HPE Unveils Computer Built for the Era of Big Data
Posted on 17-May-2017 12:39Tags News, Computing

Prototype from The Machine research project upends 60 years of innovation and demonstrates the potential for Memory-Driven Computing. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Beautiful, feature-packed
Posted on 16-May-2017 20:14Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung needs a hit phone after the Note 7 debacle. The Galaxy S8 Plus could fit the bill. It is an elegant, slim, feature-packed slab of glass and metal. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus at a glance For: Looks great, feels great Well made, Feature packed. Against: Fixed battery, Fingerprint scanner position, Android 7.0, not 7.1, […] Comments (Comments)

After ten years of mail pain Spark is done with Yahoo
Posted on 15-May-2017 13:12Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark pitches the move from Yahoo to SMX mail as bringing mail home to New Zealand. While that is clever marketing communications, it doesn’t begin to the tell the whole gory story of the company’s unhappy relationship with Yahoo. Those with long memories may recall Spark moved its mail to Yahoo in 2007. At the […] Comments (Comments)

Warnings from security firms: do not click that link or risk your computer being infected
Posted on 15-May-2017 10:11Tags News, Security

Security company Symantec says a number of organisations globally have been affected, the majority of which are in Europe. While this malware slowed down during the weekend, a new variant seems to be already out there. NZTech warns against running unpatched, outdated operating systems. Comments (Comments)

Pushpay named NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2017
Posted on 15-May-2017 09:59Tags News, Computing

Pushpay Holdings Limited and their team were named PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year and IBM Innovative Company of the Year at the 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards on Friday evening. Comments (Comments)

Huawei P10 Plus review
Posted on 13-May-2017 17:28Tags Reviews, Android, by M Freitas

Huawei is quickly becoming a household name in the smartphone market. Its Huawei P9 brought in innovations such as dual lenses, Leica partnership for the camera software and hardware while the Huawei Mate 9 brought super-fast processor, AI-based multi-tasking and power management. With the new Huawei P10 this goes even further. Comments (Comments)

Petcube Play review
Posted on 13-May-2017 16:53Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

Here's an idea: get a WiFi camera, add something we all know pets love to play with (laser!), overlay a social network for pets and a sleek design. You get Petcube Play. Comments (Comments)

Passive Optical Lan means fibre to the desktop
Posted on 12-May-2017 17:09Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus held a Tech-Week event introducing Passive Optical Lan technology at its Auckland laboratory. Thanks to the government-sponsored UFB roll-out most New Zealand businesses are now on the fibre network. Fibre delivers gigabit internet to offices, factories and other business buildings. It means better, more reliable communications. Done well, fibre delivers productivity gains. In business, […] Comments (Comments)

Finalists Named for 2017 CIO Awards
Posted on 11-May-2017 20:00Tags News, Web media

IDC and Conferenz today announced this year's finalists in the CIO Awards which recognise individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business. Comments (Comments)

Exhibition to showcase digital artwork from across the globe
Posted on 10-May-2017 18:54Tags News, Web media

Wacom presents the second series of 'The Next Level' exhibition. Comments (Comments)


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