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Review: Norton Security Premium
Posted on 1-Mar-2017 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you wrangle a handful of devices and need extra security software1, Norton Security Premium from Symantec will help. It protects your computers from malware. Yet that’s only part of the story. There are different versions of the software depending on the devices you use and the licences you buy. Each version includes identity protection […] Comments (Comments)

Air New Zealand joins Unisys Cargo Portal Services
Posted on 28-Feb-2017 20:59Tags News, Web media

Cloud-based e-booking portal to help Air New Zealand expand cargo bookings around the world. Comments (Comments)

Joint venture to drive artificial intelligence in legal services
Posted on 28-Feb-2017 20:24Tags News, Computing

Law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts today announced it has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Goat Ventures to explore, and capitalise on, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for legal services. A market first in New Zealand, the JV is a NZ$2m co-investment at pre-seed stage. Comments (Comments)

Cluster of Waikato businesses report strong growth and finances
Posted on 28-Feb-2017 20:23Tags News, General

Despite the downturn in the dairy industry, businesses based at Waikato Innovation Park have reported strong growth and financial results. Comments (Comments)

According to this survey NZ cities aren’t innovative
Posted on 28-Feb-2017 09:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

London, New York and Tokyo top the 2017 Innovation Cities index. Auckland limps in at a feeble 89. Wellington rates at 108. The index is released by someone called 2thinknow. No, I’ve never heard of it either. It describes itself as a “global innovation agency”, whatever  that is supposed to mean. According to 2thinknow the index […] Comments (Comments)

Android won’t save Nokia or Blackberry
Posted on 28-Feb-2017 08:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nokia and Blackberry showed new phones this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The familiar, but faded brands pin their hopes on cheap novelty phones and Android. Nokia played the retro card with a revamped 3310. It’s an expensive novelty for indulgent spendthrifts. There are also three ho-hum conventional Android models. A Finnish start-up […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Netflix a well-timed marketing promotion
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 18:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s no comparison between Spark’s Netflix promotion the and halted Vodafone-Sky deal. One would have changed New Zealand’s telecommunications and media scene. The other is marketing. Clever, perhaps. Timely, yes. But still marketing. Spark customers signing a two-year broadband contract will get a one-off credit on their Netflix subscription. The deal only applies to unlimited data plans […] Comments (Comments)

Fuji Xerox New Zealand delivers process efficiency with global leader Esker
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 16:05Tags News, SaaS

Fuji Xerox New Zealand's Enterprise Consulting Services says its partnership with global Accounts Payable (AP) leader Esker is bringing best practice capabilities to the local AP market, driving out inefficiencies and improving cash flow performance. Comments (Comments)

Spark’s high risk broadband strategy
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 14:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark New Zealand turned in a decent first year result earlier this month. The edited highlights are: Total operating revenues up 4.1 percent to $1.793 billion, Mobile revenue up 4.4 percent , and IT services revenue up 19.3 percent, and Broadband revenue up 1.5 percent. The last number is the lowest increase, but the most […] Comments (Comments)

World first data-sharing initiative to power energy innovation
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 09:47Tags News, Internet of Things

A groundbreaking collaboration between Simply Group, Counties Power, Callaghan Innovation, and Creative HQ will unlock half-hour electricity data for the first time, to promote research and innovation. Comments (Comments)

D-Link launches first Apple HomeKit-enabled camera Omna 180 Cam HD
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 09:31Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The Omna 180 Cam HD provides an easy way for users to monitor their home for extra peace of mind. Omna's HomeKit integration allows users to be "always home" and includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the camera and an iPhone or iPad. Comments (Comments)

Nokia back in mobile business with candybar, Android devices
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 09:23Tags News, Mobile

Company announced three new Android smartphones and the return of its hit Nokia 3310. Comments (Comments)

Huawei introduces new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Android smartphones
Posted on 27-Feb-2017 09:00Tags News, Android

Huawei Consumer Business Group has launched the HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI P10 Plus Android smartphones, with a a combination of beautiful hardware and the latest advances in software, showcasing striking colors and introducing new Leica front and back cameras. Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry KEYone brings keyboard back to Android
Posted on 26-Feb-2017 20:10Tags News, Android

Made from an anodized aluminum frame and soft touch textured back, the new BlackBerry smartphone is built to offer the best in durability and usability. Comments (Comments)

Staying safe online is about more than buying security
Posted on 26-Feb-2017 15:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You may not need security software. Or, to be accurate, you may not need to buy extra security software. It’s possible you already have all the defences you need. If you are computer savvy, sceptical and careful you should be fine. In theory modern operating systems include enough protection for advanced users. Staying safe means […] Comments (Comments)

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 I’m on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain and Brett Roberts. We’re talking about US Homeland Security, the stoush between Australian Banks and Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitech’s 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake and near invisible malware. It’s a special edition for three reasons. First, the NZ Tech Podcast hit one million […] 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)


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