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Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone
Posted on 16-Oct-2017 07:27Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A decade ago Nokia accounted for almost half the mobile phones in use. Within a handful of years it was irrelevant. Today Nokia is back. Sort of. A little-known Finnish company called HMD Global has the name rights. HMD sells four Nokia models; the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8. Not much imagination went into […] Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone Comments (Comments)

Ring Floodlight Cam review
Posted on 15-Oct-2017 15:22Tags Reviews, Consumer Electronics, by M Freitas

Ring, the company that makes smart doorbells expanded its offering in New Zealand with the introduction of their latest Floodlight Cam. As the name implies the Floodlight Cam packages the common floodlight features with smart detection and recording capabilities, making it your first line of defence in a home security setup. Comments (Comments)

Grandstream GWN7000 review
Posted on 14-Oct-2017 17:41Tags Reviews, Wi-Fi, by Michael Murphy

Thanks to Go Wireless I've had a chance to play around with some Grandstream networking products. Comments (Comments)

AmpliFi HD review
Posted on 14-Oct-2017 17:27Tags Reviews, Wi-Fi, by @l43a2

From opening the box to setting up the main router AmpliFi was designed with ease of use in mind for general consumers. Comments (Comments)

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs
Posted on 13-Oct-2017 09:42Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this year Communications Minister Simon Bridges wrote to the Commerce Commission asking it to investigate competition in the mobile market. Last Friday the Commerce Commission confirmed the study will go ahead. The Commerce Commission says study aims to “better understand how mobile markets are developing and performing, particularly around the competitive landscape and any […] Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MNVOs Comments (Comments)

Fitbit launches Ionic, its health and fitness smartwatch
Posted on 12-Oct-2017 15:52Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Fitbit's first smartwatch debuts with personalised guidance, on-device dynamic workouts, relative SpO2 sensor, industry-leading GPS, swim tracking, on-board music, contactless payments and multi-day battery life - in addition to a partnership with Adidas to deliver the Fitbit Ionic special edition and training programmes. Comments (Comments)

Xero launches machine learning automation to improve coding accuracy for small businesses
Posted on 12-Oct-2017 15:45Tags News, SaaS

Building on the success of its first machine learning project, Xero announced the next step in its journey towards code-free accounting - the automation of account codes and bills for all small businesses and their partners. Comments (Comments)

Bank of New Zealand uses Intel AI to detect financial crime
Posted on 12-Oct-2017 15:39Tags News, Security

Intel Saffron Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Advisor uses explainable AI to enhance decision-making for investigators and analysts. Associative memory AI finds and explains multidimensional patterns so that investigators and analysts can explore emerging trends across a bank's or insurer's data. Comments (Comments)

Sony launches Xperia XZ1, a smartphone with real-time 3D capture
Posted on 11-Oct-2017 10:26Tags News, Android

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Combines Sony's Motion-Eye camera with super slow motion video, new smile predictive capture and autofocus burst on package that includes a 5.2" Full HD HDR display and premium audio experience. Comments (Comments)

Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback
Posted on 10-Oct-2017 10:06Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s a Nokia 8 phone vibrating on the desk in front of me. Soon I’ll write a potted review of my experience with the phone. For now, let’s tease you with this: My first impressions are favourable. Nokia’s new phones use Android. It makes sense. The phone operating system is popular. Android runs on about […] Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback Comments (Comments)

Air New Zealand begins Inflight Wi-Fi rollout
Posted on 9-Oct-2017 20:16Tags News, Wi-Fi

Airline has been working closely with its partners to prepare for the launch of Inflight Wi-Fi which will enable customers to access email, social media channels, web browsing and go shopping while travelling. Comments (Comments)

The latest mobile phones in perspective
Posted on 9-Oct-2017 18:34Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This year’s premium phones are better equipped and more powerful than most PCs. They also tend to be more expensive. Phones have been pocketable personal computers for four or five years now. For most of that time their productive capacity has been on a par with desktops and laptops. While there was no dramatic gear […] The latest mobile phones in perspective Comments (Comments)

Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup
Posted on 8-Oct-2017 11:22Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Acronis True Image promises to store all your data so you can recover it in a hurry. The company’s marketing says the process is complete and easy. You are give a choice of storing data to a local drive, in the cloud or both. Acronis also says it has high levels of security. None of […] Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup Comments (Comments)

Lenovo launches ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25
Posted on 7-Oct-2017 23:16Tags News, Notebooks

The ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is a modern incarnation of the classic design and includes iconic retro features such as a backlit 7-row ThinkPad Classic keyboard, dedicated volume buttons, multiple status LEDs and a multicolor logo. Comments (Comments)

Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over
Posted on 6-Oct-2017 08:16Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone has a new version of its speech-mark logo and a new slogan: ‘The Future is Exciting. Ready?’ The bright red colour stays. Although there will be less of it. From today the white on red will become red on white. The changes are all part of a global brand make-over. According to the company the […] Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over Comments (Comments)

API Talent Achieves AWS MSP Partner Status
Posted on 5-Oct-2017 21:20Tags News, SaaS

The AWS Managed Service Partner program independently assesses a provider's ability to set up, migrate and manage Cloud infrastructure and applications. Comments (Comments)

Stellar Consulting Group now a Domo Partner
Posted on 5-Oct-2017 21:03Tags News, SaaS

Stellar Consulting Group, a provider of data analytics solutions in New Zealand, has become the country's first Domo Certified Partner. Comments (Comments)

Xero passes quarter of a million subscriber milestone in UK
Posted on 5-Oct-2017 21:02Tags News, SaaS

Xero also announces that it is deepening its existing partnerships in the UK with HSBC and Banco Santander, paving the way for enhanced banking services on Xero's platform. Comments (Comments)

Visa Everywhere Initiative looking for women in leadership
Posted on 5-Oct-2017 20:57Tags News, FinTech

Visa's 2017 Everywhere Initiative calls on start-ups that have women in leadership, with the aim of empowering women in the finance and technology industries. Comments (Comments)

The Cloud is Getting Darker
Posted on 5-Oct-2017 20:47Tags Articles, Security, by Symantec

We are living in a cloud generation powered by a fundamental shift in the way enterprises, employees and customers use technology. The traditional corporate security perimeter is being transformed by the dominance of hybrid IT infrastructure, growth in personally owned devices, ubiquitous high-speed internet and cloud-based computing platforms.  Comments (Comments)

Nokia smartphones come back to New Zealand through Spark
Posted on 2-Oct-2017 19:52Tags News, Android

The first Nokia smartphone range on Android – comprising of the Nokia 8, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 – will be available to buy in New Zealand exclusively from Spark and Spark's retail channel partners, according to HDM, the company that now owns the Nokia brand for smartphones. Comments (Comments)

Hawaiki Cable Transpacific Cable System ready for installation
Posted on 28-Sep-2017 15:25Tags News, Broadband

The Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to additional South Pacific islands. Comments (Comments)

Intel Core X-series Extreme Edition 18-core Processor arrives
Posted on 28-Sep-2017 15:24Tags News, Computing

Intel is announcing the availability of its 14-, 16- and 18-core processors - Intel Core i9-7940X, Intel Core i9-7960X and Intel Core i9-7980XE processors. Comments (Comments)

The Mind Lab by Unitec bringing its innovative postgrad programme to more teachers nationwide
Posted on 28-Sep-2017 15:22Tags News, Education

The Mind Lab by Unitec is coming to a town near you, with 12 new locations announced for the November intake of its Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) and free workshops over the next month. Comments (Comments)

D-Link NZ launches high-performance wireless AC1200 4G/3G Router
Posted on 28-Sep-2017 15:18Tags News, Wi-Fi

New router allows users to share super-fast 4G/3G mobile Internet and fixed line broadband with the ability to create secure, personal hotspots. Comments (Comments)


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