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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)

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)

Here’s 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)

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)

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)

Oppo phones coming to NZ
Posted on 22-Jan-2017 10:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo says it will soon start selling Android phones in New Zealand. At the time of writing there are few details on Oppo’s New Zealand plans: the company says it will launch phone models and announce New Zealand partners in the first quarter of 2017. It has already recruited local staff. You can expect to […] Comments (Comments)

Hawaiki sub-cable on track for mid-2018 launch
Posted on 18-Jan-2017 14:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Hawaiki says it has completed the route survey for its 14,000km submarine cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to the US mainland via Pacific island nations and Hawaii. The job was done with Hawaiki partner TE SubCom. Completing the survey puts Hawaiki on track to begin operating from the middle of 2018. The company says […] Comments (Comments)

NZ IT spending to climb 2.3 percent in 2017
Posted on 14-Jan-2017 17:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner says New Zealand spending on IT  will reach NZ$11.4 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.3 percent on last year. This is less than the expected 2.7 percent rise in global IT spending. The reason for New Zealand’s underperformance is that nation’s biggest IT spending category is fixed and mobile communications services. It accounts for […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 316: Ten years of Apple iPhone
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 14:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week I join NZ Tech Podcast host Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Ross McDougall to discuss ten years of the iPhone along with highlights of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. We talk about the LG wallpaper TV, long range wireless charging, Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, Faraday Future, Lucid Motors and devices with voice assistants – cars, washing […] Comments (Comments)

Lenovo Miix 510: A Surface Pro 4 for less
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 11:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want a Surface Pro 4 but find Microsoft's price too high, Lenovo's Miix 510 may fit the bill. Comments (Comments)

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac
Posted on 12-Jan-2017 06:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories elsewhere. A number appeared after Apple launched the MacBook Pro in late October. Other Apple users used social media to wonder out loud about jumping to Windows […] Comments (Comments)

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac
Posted on 11-Jan-2017 14:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories elsewhere. A number appeared after Apple launched the MacBook Pro in late October. Other Apple users used […] Comments (Comments)

MacBook Pro, Surface Book choice down to what you do with your hands
Posted on 9-Jan-2017 15:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

MacBook Pro and Surface Book are flagship laptops. They show the best hardware Apple and Microsoft have to offer. They are also showcases for MacOS and Windows 10. Each makes a powerful statement about what laptops are today and where they are going. The two share underlying technology. Both use the same Intel Core i5 […] Comments (Comments)

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Posted on 16-Dec-2016 12:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard, better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. Everything in that list, except maybe the keyboard, is an improvement on earlier MacBooks. If you own an old MacBook Pro that’s approaching the end of its life, now is […] Comments (Comments)

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Posted on 16-Dec-2016 07:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard, better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. Everything in that list, except maybe the keyboard, is an improvement on earlier MacBooks. If you own an old MacBook Pro that’s approaching the end of its life, now is […] Comments (Comments)

Project Auckland: Mobile data is main priority
Posted on 15-Dec-2016 10:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you want fast wireless data now, move to Silverdale. Spark recently installed one of the world’s first 4.5G mobile sites in the suburb. The tower there can handle about five times as many connections as today’s 4G cellular sites. Data speeds are three, four or even five times faster than you’d see elsewhere. It’s […] Comments (Comments)

Spark moves to 200Gbps wavelength milestone
Posted on 7-Dec-2016 16:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark is using Nokia kit to roll out New Zealand’s first 200Gbps wavelength network link. The link connects Spark’s core network node at Papakura with the Southern Cross Cable Network landing station about 45km away at Takapuna. It was a 100Gbps link. Powering the link is Nokia’s PSS1830 Optical Transport Network. It uses Nokia’s PSE–2 photonic […] Comments (Comments)

Xero adds Apple Pay
Posted on 7-Dec-2016 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Xero says its Apple Pay partnership will help small businesses get paid faster. The company says slow payments are a major source of grief for small businesses who often struggle with poor cash flow. Xero says its customers around the world sent 15 million invoices in the last 30 days. Based on Xero’s data customers […] Comments (Comments)

Review new Apple MacBook Pro 2016 (13-inch)
Posted on 6-Dec-2016 10:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Mac NZ:
My now venerable 15-inch MacBook pro of 2012, which has an SSD inside instead of a traditional hard drive, starts up in 21 seconds (when it was new, the startup time was 13 seconds, but there’s a lot more software on it now and it’s been through several major Mac… Comments (Comments)

50Mbps the new fibre normal
Posted on 6-Dec-2016 07:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus says it will upgrade the 85,000 residential customers on a 30Mbps plan to 50Mbps at no extra charge. It means 50Mbps will become the new entry-level plan for customers on the Chorus fibre network. Comments (Comments)

Touch typing on the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro keyboard
Posted on 5-Dec-2016 11:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple introduced its butterfly laptop keyboard design for the 2015 12-inch MacBook. It is shallower than previous keyboards. The key action is less positive than on older Apple laptops like the MacBook Air or earlier MacBook Pros. The 2016 12-inch MacBook uses the same keyboard. Put aside for one moment the Touch Bar that appears on […] Comments (Comments)


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