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New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted on 18-Jan-2018 12:21Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus’ network hit its 2017 peak at 9.25pm on December 10. The broadband network was delivering 1.328 Terabits per second. We once measured large amounts of data in terms of books or towers of compact discs between here and the moon. This time Chorus says the peak was the same as 260,000 HD video streams […]New Zealand hits peak broadband data Comments (Comments)

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted on 17-Jan-2018 09:02Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You don’t need to spend the thick end of NZ$2000 to get a decent phone. The NZ$500 Huawei Nova 2i gives you three-quarters of a modern high-end phone for a quarter of the price. Huawei offers powerful high-end phones. Unlike its rivals it also offers credible choices for those of us who don’t want, or […]Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei Comments (Comments)

Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted on 15-Jan-2018 13:15Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Facebook will drop traditional news stories from the News Feed clean up his company’s act. Mark Zuckerberg says the goal is to clean up the social network making it a force for good. The move is overdue. While there are many things wrong with Facebook, matters came to a head when unfriendly forces meddled in […]Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp Comments (Comments)

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted on 6-Jan-2018 13:59Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Politicians are rarely good with technology. Nothing illustrates this better than the 2011 parliamentary debate over the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act. A lot of nonsense was spoken at the time. The NBR described the debate as loopy. That was kind. It was obvious the MPs had no idea what they were talking about. […]Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer Comments (Comments)

Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted on 18-Dec-2017 10:52Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A Commerce Commission investigation into mobile market competition is underway. The carriers think they’ve seen enough regulation, with some justification. And yet there are areas where New Zealand’s mobile market does not work as well as it might. Spark managing director Simon Moutter has a point when he says New Zealand’s mobile market is competitive. […] Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch Comments (Comments)

Stuff Pix media strategy a new direction
Posted on 7-Dec-2017 09:37Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Stuff Fibre says it is to offer Stuff Pix, a movie streaming service, from early next year. It takes the company in a new direction, one that hasn’t been tried before in New Zealand. While getting into content is a natural move for an ISP part-owned by Fairfax, the largest regional media company, Stuff Pix […]Stuff Pix media strategy a new direction Comments (Comments)

European regulator wants to rein in tech
Posted on 5-Dec-2017 10:10Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, says the government has to move fast to ensure that tech does not subvert society. Presumably, she means the European government. “…as it becomes clearer how those companies were used to manipulate the 2016 U.S. elections, Vestager feels validated in her distrust of Silicon Valley’s power…” The quotes come […]European regulator wants to rein in tech Comments (Comments)

Sky TV fights piracy battle that’s already been won
Posted on 1-Dec-2017 13:02Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Sky TV launched legal action in a bid to force ISPs to block access to streaming and video download websites. As you’d expect, the move didn’t go down well with the industry. At least two ISPs say they will fight Sky in court. Sky sent notice that it will seek court orders for Spark, Vodafone, […]Sky TV fights piracy battle that’s already been won Comments (Comments)

Fixing MacBook Pro: Apple’s to-do list
Posted on 29-Nov-2017 09:47Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Marco Arment has a number of suggestions for Apple in Fixing the MacBook Pro. Arment’s post runs down a list of the things that are wrong with the 2016 MacBook Pros and offers suggestions for putting them right. It covers four areas, but the main one and the problem that bothers me personally is the new […]Fixing MacBook Pro: Apple’s to-do list Comments (Comments)

iA Writer 5: When you want words without fuss
Posted on 27-Nov-2017 19:21Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Is iA Writer a text editor? Or is it a minimal word processor? The software is both and neither at the same time. It’s an elegant stripped down writing tool that’s perfect for 2018. iA Writer starts from the premise that some writers focus on their words, not how they look on a page. There […]  iA Writer 5: When you want words without fuss Comments (Comments)

Phone prices rising as users move upmarket
Posted on 24-Nov-2017 17:16Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

People are paying more for phones. After years of falling prices, market research firm GfK reports the average price of a phone climbed seven percent in the last year. The number of phones sold worldwide climbed three percent during the year. Sales fell in North America and Western Europe. GfK works with actual sales data […]Phone prices rising as users move upmarket Comments (Comments)

Talking net neutrality on RNZ Nine-to-Noon
Posted on 24-Nov-2017 12:11Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I talk on Radio New Zealand National Nine-to-noon programme with Katherine Ryan about the US government moves to scrap net neutrality rules. It’s available as a 20-minute audio stream or download.  This has been on the cards since the US election a year ago. It’s a move the telecommunications giants pushed for, no-one else is […]Talking net neutrality on RNZ Nine-to-Noon Comments (Comments)

Why I'm not an early adopter
Posted on 21-Nov-2017 10:39Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m not an early adopter. Early adopters must own the latest devices. They run ahead of the pack. They upgrade devices and software before everyone else. Early adopters use the latest phones. They buy cars with weird features. They queue up in the wee small hours for iPhones, iPads or games consoles. Back in the […]Why I’m not an early adopter Comments (Comments)

Huawei Mate 10: Punchy, long battery life, artificial intelligence
Posted on 20-Nov-2017 16:30Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Huawei’s marketing wants to tell you about the artificial intelligence features built into the Mate 10 phone. Its AI technology is impressive, but that’s not the best reason to choose the phone over its closest rivals. The Huawei Mate 10 is a first-class Android phone that, at NZ$1100, also represents good value for money. There’s […]Huawei Mate 10: Punchy, long battery life, artificial intelligence Comments (Comments)

UFB killer app: Speed
Posted on 17-Nov-2017 17:01Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

What will move New Zealanders from copper to Ultra-Fast Broadband? Or as we used to say in the 1990s: “What is the UFB killer app”? Video is the simple answer. It’s not the only answer. We’ve been using video communications tools such as Facetime and Skype with success since the early days of ADSL. Video conferencing […]UFB killer app: Speed Comments (Comments)

The case for RSS — MacSparky
Posted on 13-Nov-2017 14:35Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For several years now, the trend among geeks has been to abandon the RSS format. RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to queue up and serve content from the internet. Source: The Case for RSS — MacSparky Geeks might not like RSS, but it’s an essential tool if you monitor news or need […]The case for RSS — MacSparky Comments (Comments)

WordPress and Indieweb: Take control of your online presence — 6:30 GridAKL Nov 30
Posted on 11-Nov-2017 13:43Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Indieweb – why you should take more control of your online presence and how to use WordPress to do it. What you post online should belong to you, not a corporation. That corporation can close shop or change its rules tomorrow: you may not be able to get at your own data. Even if you […] WordPress and Indieweb: Take control of your online presence — 6:30 GridAKL Nov 30 Comments (Comments)

Vodafone VoIP transition to start this month
Posted on 7-Nov-2017 12:33Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone says will start moving all its copper landline customers to a voice over IP service later this month. The Dominion Post reports Vodafone will move customers with VDSL connections first. Those on the Vodafone FibreX cable network and customers with older copper connections will move next year. Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams says the […] Vodafone VoIP transition to start this month Comments (Comments)

Vocus NZ sale and broadband competition
Posted on 6-Nov-2017 14:36Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Spark boss Simon Moutter told shareholders at the company’s AGM it is cheaper to win customers through merger and acquisition than through market efforts. The NBR reports him saying: “We expect to see, and participate in, significant consolidation of the retail broadband industry over the next couple of years. Give that Vocus NZ […] Vocus NZ sale and broadband competition Comments (Comments)

Active wholesale as Chorus tackles wireless challenge
Posted on 3-Nov-2017 10:55Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Computerworld New Zealand reports that Chorus says it has moved to ‘active wholesale’ to stem the loss of customers to rival networks. The story covers comments made by Chorus CEO Kate McKenzie at the company’s annual general meeting. She says the number of connections on the Chorus network has fallen following Spark’s move to push […] Active wholesale as Chorus tackles wireless challenge Comments (Comments)

Nokia 3310 – a $100 nostalgia phone with long battery life
Posted on 2-Nov-2017 15:15Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Phone nostalgia fans will love the new Nokia 3310 3G. The $100 phone looks like the old Nokia 3310 that was a hit in the first years of the 21st century. It also sounds like an old school Nokia. The phone can play the famous Nokia theme at almost ear-splitting intensity. The phone maker has […] Nokia 3310 – a $100 nostalgia phone with long battery life Comments (Comments)

Google opens door to New Zealand smart home
Posted on 1-Nov-2017 11:24Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nest, the smart thermostat maker Google acquired in 2014, is the world’s best-known home automation brand. The company is now selling its smart home products and services in New Zealand. Smart home technology has been slow to take off around the world. It gets the attention from technology fetishests, but, despite years of hype and […] Google opens door to New Zealand smart home Comments (Comments)

Building a resilient Wellington
Posted on 30-Oct-2017 13:29Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Building a resilient Wellington by bill bennett (NZ Herald) After the earthquake, the priorities of the city changed overnight. Wellington is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project. It’s an ambitious project that aims to help cities prepare for challenges such as earthquakes or floods then bounce back fast when they happen. It’s […] Building a resilient Wellington Comments (Comments)

TDL shows flat telecommunications growth
Posted on 27-Oct-2017 10:53Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week the Commerce Commission published its draft numbers for the $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy. In a way the TDL acts as a report card on the shifting fortunes of the main telecommunications companies. The levy is, in effect, an extra and, somewhat discriminatory, tax on telecommunications companies imposed by the outgoing National government. […] TDL shows flat telecommunications growth Comments (Comments)

Vocus New Zealand on the block as Aussies bail
Posted on 23-Oct-2017 17:06Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vocus is preparing its New Zealand assets, which include mobile, broadband, and energy offerings, for sale by June 2018, while also exploring the sale of its ‘non-core Australian assets’ including datacentres. Source: Vocus to sell New Zealand assets | ZDNet The Australian parent is in trouble. As is so often the case, the people at […] Vocus New Zealand on the block as Aussies bail Comments (Comments)


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