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NotPetya ransomware attack, New Zealand view
Posted on 28-Jun-2017 15:07Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Victims of the NotPetya ransomware attack can’t get at their own computer data even if they pay the ransom. NotPetya is an attack on a grand scale causing a huge amount of disruption. Many victims are large companies in Europe. It has also hit American businesses. You may see this referred to elsewhere as Petya. At […] Comments (Comments)

Security concerns reach new peak, Unisys Security Index
Posted on 27-Jun-2017 14:11Tags News, Security

Identity theft, credit card fraud and natural disasters are top concerns for Kiwis. Comments (Comments)

Behind Spark’s slow-burn 4.5G plan
Posted on 26-Jun-2017 16:23Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Spark installed new technology on five Queenstown cellular towers. They mean the region now has New Zealand’s fastest mobile data network. The Queenstown towers join one-off upgraded Spark towers in Christchurch and Silverdale. Upgrading Queenstown is Spark’s latest move to squeeze the most from its cellular spectrum. It’s been doing this since buying the […] Comments (Comments)

Red Hat unveils production-ready open source hyperconverged infrastructure
Posted on 23-Jun-2017 22:10Tags News, SaaS

Red Hat debuts integrated, software-defined compute and storage platform designed for remote sites and edge deployments. Comments (Comments)

Whatever ailed Vodafone broadband … seems to be fixed
Posted on 23-Jun-2017 14:10Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

After reporting a series of poor results, broadband monitoring company TrueNet notes a welcome return to form for Vodafone broadband performance. The latest Urban Broadband Report notes: “Vodafone Cable connections show a 31 percent increase in NZ webpage average speed this month compared to last month. Vodafone Fibre shows a 29 percent increase month on […] Comments (Comments)

VMware NSX Meets Stringent Government Security Standards with Common Criteria Certification
Posted on 22-Jun-2017 19:05Tags News, Security

VMware NSX enables new levels of security, IT automation and application continuity to government organisations. Comments (Comments)

Brother launches next-generation colour laser printers and all-in- ones for business
Posted on 22-Jun-2017 18:56Tags News, Computing

Brother's new colour laser devices are designed for a wide range of office environments and industries. Comments (Comments)

Intel and IOC announce partnership
Posted on 22-Jun-2017 18:50Tags News, Web media

Intel and the IOC are partnering to bring Intel's technology to enhance the Olympic Games through 2024. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Best Android tablet
Posted on 21-Jun-2017 12:05Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Whatever you think about iOS and Android phones, Apple’s tablets have always been streets ahead. Samsung wants to change that. Its Galaxy Tab S3 is anything but just-another-Android-tablet. There’s nothing second-rate about this baby. Samsung first showed the Galaxy Tab S3 in February. It went on sale in New Zealand last month. I’ve had my […] Comments (Comments)

Wellington-based company helping secure Microsoft browsers
Posted on 20-Jun-2017 20:51Tags News, Security

New Zealand security company discovers zero day vulnerabilities in Microsoft browsers. Comments (Comments)

Endace delivers high performance with new 1/10/40 Gbps packet capture card
Posted on 20-Jun-2017 20:50Tags News, Computing

Endace has announced the release of a new 4-port packet capture card for 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE environments at a price to suit cost-conscious OEMs, system builders and high-frequency traders. Comments (Comments)

You can now integrate SMX security into Microsoft Office 365, Google and other cloud email platforms
Posted on 20-Jun-2017 20:47Tags News, SaaS

Cloud email security and managed messaging service provider SMX has launched a new integration service which enables the full suite of SMX email security and management services to be integrated into virtually any third-party cloud email service. Comments (Comments)

Ravensdown launches new decision-making tool HawkEye
Posted on 19-Jun-2017 15:38Tags News, SaaS

Ravensdown is introducing HawkEye, a set of pasture benchmarking and forecasting tools that will help farmers make smarter nutrient decisions by showing planned versus actual nutrient investments over time. Comments (Comments)

Spark planning to take on direct management of all consumer stores
Posted on 19-Jun-2017 10:03Tags News, Mobile

Moving away from a Dealer partner model to directly owned stores will allow Spark to showcase digital experiences to customers in an interactive retail environment. Comments (Comments)

Qrious acquires Ubiquity
Posted on 14-Jun-2017 12:21Tags News, SaaS

Spark NZ-owned big data and analytics software business, Qrious has signed a conditional agreement to acquire marketing automation provider, Ubiquity. Comments (Comments)

Spark New Zealand prepares for 5G with Nokia
Posted on 14-Jun-2017 12:16Tags News, Mobile

Spark is upgrading its core infrastructure with a three-year strategic partnership with Nokia, including the industry-leading 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to address capacity and embrace architectural evolution on the path to 5G, ultra-broadband and IoT. Comments (Comments)

The future-proof 10.5-inch iPad Pro
Posted on 13-Jun-2017 18:16Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s something about the screen of the new 10.5” iPad Pro that feels immediately novel but quickly becomes normal, and something that seems obvious at first but reveals itself as a deeper change after a few days. As a heavy user of the 12.9” iPad Pro, I’ve been pleasantly deceived by this new iPad, and […] Comments (Comments)

Mandatory data breach reporting in Australia
Posted on 13-Jun-2017 11:30Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Mandatory data breach reporting has been on the agenda in New Zealand for some time. While they may have some ground to make up on the rugby field, it is one area where our trans-Tasman cousins have stolen a march on New Zealand. Source: Mandatory data breach reporting in Australia | ITP Techblog New Zealand […] Comments (Comments)

Review: Sony MDR-1000X noise-cancelling headphones
Posted on 12-Jun-2017 08:08Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you have $700 to spend, these Sony MDR-1000X headphones do a fine job cancelling noise. Sony MDR-1000X at a glance For: Excellent noise cancellation, Seamless Bluetooth, First-class sound. Against: Erratic touch controls. Maybe: Features can complicate use. Verdict: Price: $700. Website: Sony. It would be easy to dismiss Sony’s marketing promise as hype. The […] Comments (Comments)

Kinetics Crowned Microsoft NZ Partner of the Year
Posted on 9-Jun-2017 09:32Tags News, Computing

Kinetics will be celebrating their victory at Microsoft Inspire in Washington next month, alongside the winners of 34 global awards. The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honour partners that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. Comments (Comments)

New supercomputing capability for New Zealand
Posted on 9-Jun-2017 09:27Tags News, Computing

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced an investment of $31.7 million to upgrade New Zealand's supercomputing capabilities. Comments (Comments)

HP unveils ProLiant Gen 10 servers
Posted on 7-Jun-2017 13:39Tags News, Computing

New innovations, including the only custom-designed secure silicon chip, enhanced agility solutions and flexible payment models. Comments (Comments)

VMware introduces vRealize Cloud Management Platform
Posted on 7-Jun-2017 13:35Tags News, SaaS

New VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 introduces automated workload balancing to proactively optimise application and infrastructure performance. Comments (Comments)

Fixed fee managed IT solution promises to get Kiwi small businesses HUMming
Posted on 7-Jun-2017 13:32Tags News, SaaS

Freedom from the hassle and worry of running IT systems - that's the promise of HUM, a brand new service created for the owners of Kiwi small businesses. Comments (Comments)

Smart watch: The revolution that didn’t happen
Posted on 7-Jun-2017 11:19Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple makes money selling Watches. In 2015 Apple said it made more money from watches than any company except Rolex. By that standard Apple’s Watch business is a success. Imagine the reaction if anyone else had gone from nowhere to the number two watch market position in a couple of years. It remains an outstanding […] Comments (Comments)


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