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Talking Vodafone-Sky on Newstalk ZB Christchurch
Posted on 25-Feb-2017 12:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I†talk with Chris Lynch about the Commerce Commission decision to decline the proposed merger of Vodafone and Sky Television. Bill Bennett “Vodasky a bridge too far in Commerce Commissions eyes”    Filed under: Media, Portfolio, Telecommunications Tagged: Commerce Commission, Sky, Vodafone Comments (Comments)

Chorus first half: Copper boosts, wireless bites
Posted on 23-Feb-2017 14:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus did better than expected during in its first-half. The network operator saw net profit rise to $66 million up from $33 million a year earlier. Revenues and profits lifted thanks to an increase in the regulated copper price. At the same time fixed wireless broadband made inroads into Chorus’ connection numbers. Revenue is up […] Comments (Comments)

First thoughts on Commerce Commission Vodafone-Sky ruling
Posted on 23-Feb-2017 10:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The Commerce Commission declined the proposed Vodafone-Sky merger on it†would decrease competition in telecommunications. That seems right1. The important thing is that Sky has all the important rights tied up. It owns or sub-licenses all the popular sporting codes. Most of all it has the rights to Rugby. At the moment Sky has a deal […] Comments (Comments)

Valet service for auction sellers launches on eBay Australia
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 17:09Tags News, Web media

Fishpond WorldFront has launched a Valet service that takes care of the end to end listing of items for sale on eBay.com.au. Comments (Comments)

Research indicates digital skills shortage in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 17:06Tags News, Computing

Half of Kiwis in the workforce admit they need to acquire more digital skills in order to guarantee their future employability. Comments (Comments)

New jobs initiative to bring global talents to Wellington
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 16:58Tags News, Computing

LookSee Wellington, a new global talent search initiative that aims to address the city's IT skills shortage and position the industry for further growth, is now accepting registrations from talented tech professionals from around the globe. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand company kickstart valve amplifier project
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 15:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

IMS Electronics, a New Zealand based manufacturer of audio products has just announced their 'Desktop Valve Amplifier', a compact hybrid valve amplifier with head turning good looks. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 321- Banks and Apple, US Homeland security
Posted on 18-Feb-2017 08:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week Iím on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain and Brett Roberts. Weíre talking about US Homeland Security, the stoush between Australian Banks and Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitechís 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake and near invisible malware. Itís a special edition for three reasons. First, the NZ Tech Podcast hit one million [Ö] Comments (Comments)

Apple back at top, but Chinese brands are phone market winners
Posted on 17-Feb-2017 13:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple edged out Samsung to take the phone sales top spot for the fourth quarter of 2016. The real winners are Huawei, Oppo and BBK. Although Apple and Samsung get the most attention, the rise of the Chinese phone makers is the big story of the last 18 months. Oppo was started by BBK, but […] Comments (Comments)

Northpower in 10Gbps world first test run
Posted on 16-Feb-2017 17:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Whangarei-based fibre provider Northpower says it has demonstrated 10Gbps network speeds. A press release from Northpower partner Calix says this is the world’s first live test of its NG-Pon2 technology. Northpower’s test served 10Gbps to both a business and to a residential home. NG-Pon2 is a standard developed by the International Telecommunications Union. It is […] Comments (Comments)

Hereís the thing about Apple Pay and banks
Posted on 16-Feb-2017 12:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple insists banks don’t pass on Apple Pay charges to customers. Banks accept this in most countries. But not in Australia and, by extension, New Zealand.1 Wrangling over the issue slowed Apple Pay’s progress in both countries. Three of Australia’s four big banks asked that country’s regulator for permission to negotiate with Apple as a […] Comments (Comments)

Oppo R9s- Galaxy-like phone at half the price
Posted on 15-Feb-2017 12:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo R9s: Galaxy-like phone at half the price Oppo delivers nine-tenths the function of a Samsung Galaxy S7 for half the dollars. Oppo R9s XZ at a glance For: Value 16 megapixel cameras front and rear Battery life Against: Rough edges Clumsy software overlay No NFC chip Maybe: Performance Verdict: Lots of phone for less […] Comments (Comments)

Spark signs deal with Ericsson to deliver next-generation voice network technology
Posted on 14-Feb-2017 17:41Tags News, 4G

The new solution, called IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) brings Spark's core networks together into a modern and unified platform, providing more diversity, reliability and scalability. Comments (Comments)

IBM delivers Watson for Cyber Security
Posted on 14-Feb-2017 12:43Tags News, Security

According to IBM research, security teams sift through more than 200,000 security events per day on average, leading to over 20,000 hours per year wasted chasing false positives. The need to introduce cognitive technologies into security operations centers will be critical to keep up with the anticipated doubling of security incidents over the next five years and increased regulation globally. Comments (Comments)

Unisys appoints Aquion as first Unisys Stealth Security Software VAR in New Zealand and Australia
Posted on 9-Feb-2017 10:46Tags News, Security

New channel partner to broaden market for Unisys Stealth software to help organisations deal with growing cybersecurity threats. Comments (Comments)

Intergen Wellington moves into Press Hall
Posted on 9-Feb-2017 09:05Tags News, Computing

Intergen, one of Wellington's first ICT companies, kicks off a new chapter in its 15-year growth, moving this week into the historic new Press Hall development, site of The Evening Post's original printing hall opened in 1923. Comments (Comments)

Vivaldi releases update with focus on usability
Posted on 8-Feb-2017 21:01Tags News, Web media

Web browser Vivaldi version 1.7 is being released today, introducing built-in screenshot options, improved sound control for tabs and further enhancements. Comments (Comments)

Government agencies welcome first 15 GovTech Talent graduates
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 18:48Tags News, Computing

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has welcomed the inaugural graduates participating in the GovTech Talent Graduate Programme, a cross-agency pilot to build Government's information, technology and digital talent pipeline. Comments (Comments)

Arrowtown tech start-up develops software to help schools communicate
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 18:45Tags News, SaaS

An Arrowtown teacher and her web-developer husband have designed a new software as a service (SaaS) product for schools to effectively get their messages to parents and students. Comments (Comments)

Spark offers to buy TeamTalk
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 09:28Tags News, Broadband

Spark New Zealand Trading Limited has filed a notice of its intention to make a full takeover offer for 100% of the fully paid ordinary shares in TeamTalk Limited at an offer price of 80 cents per share. Comments (Comments)

Apple Watch a winner but not for me
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 08:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple is now the world’s second largest watch revenue earner. That’s a solid performance for a product line introduced less than two years ago. By any commercial standard it is a success. Rolex remains the leading watchmaker and is likely to stay on top for now. In Apple’s recent Q1 financial report, Tim Cook said […] Comments (Comments)

HP Elite X3 review
Posted on 6-Feb-2017 16:32Tags Reviews, Windows Phone, by M Freitas

For the last month or so I had time to experience the HP Elite X3, a full blown Windows 10 Mobile experience. Comments (Comments)

The enduring charm of VDSL
Posted on 6-Feb-2017 12:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

TrueNet reports users with VDSL connections on Chorus’ copper network now get better speeds than the lowest priced fibre connections. The net performance company says average VDSL speeds hit 40mbps in December 2016. This is up from the 35mbps it clocked in October. These are impressive numbers considering TrueNet took its VDSL measurements at 9pm, […] Comments (Comments)

Opportunity for New Zealanders to have their say on personal data use
Posted on 2-Feb-2017 19:39Tags News, Computing

Anyone can take part by using a new online tool that explores people's comfort levels in different data use situations. There will also be a nationwide series of workshops, involving hundreds of New Zealanders, taking place throughout February. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand government secures major agreement with HP Enterprise
Posted on 1-Feb-2017 17:02Tags News, SaaS

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has secured a pan-government agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) New Zealand - a significant global ICT supplier to New Zealand's government agencies. Comments (Comments)


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