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New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted on 22-Jan-2018 12:50Tags Articles, Computing, by iStart

International Data Corporation (IDC) has made some predictions for the New Zealand IT industry for 2018 and beyond. Comments (Comments)

Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted on 22-Jan-2018 12:45Tags Articles, Web media, by Jonathan Cotton

The new (est) breed takes a different approach to tech than their Millennial predecessors. Comments (Comments)

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

Chorusí 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 donít 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 donít want, or [Ö]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. [Ö]Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer Comments (Comments)

All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted on 19-Dec-2017 19:54Tags Articles, EV, by Donovan Jackson

Futurist reckons ICE cars will be obsolete in under a decade. He might just be right... Comments (Comments)

How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted on 19-Dec-2017 19:52Tags Articles, Artificial Intelligence, by iStart

While eliminating 1.8 million less demanding ones... 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)

2018 Cyber Security Predictions
Posted on 7-Dec-2017 14:55Tags Articles, Security, by Mark Shaw, Technology Strategist, Symantec

This past year, cyber criminals caused major service disruptions around the world, using their increasing technical proficiency to break through cyber defences. In 2018, we expect the trend to become more pronounced as these attackers will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to launch even more potent attacks. 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)

Digital transformation is dead
Posted on 7-Dec-2017 09:31Tags Articles, Digital Business, by Donovan Jackson

Long live digital transformation Comments (Comments)

Fake news and cyber security
Posted on 7-Dec-2017 09:27Tags Articles, Security, by Donovan Jackson

Why thinking clearly about security is so hard. 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 Valleyís power…” The quotes come […]European regulator wants to rein in tech Comments (Comments)

Sky TV fights piracy battle thatís 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)

Techweek looks to import VIP contingent
Posted on 30-Nov-2017 09:33Tags Articles, Web media, by Jonathan Cotton

It seems in 2017 every country wants to rebrand itself as an innovation hotspot, and New Zealand is no different. But what are we doing about it? Comments (Comments)

DevOps, disruption and Tesla doing business the old fashioned way
Posted on 30-Nov-2017 09:26Tags Articles, Digital Business, by Donovan Jackson

All the awesome tech in the world still superseded by the basics... Comments (Comments)

Fixing MacBook Pro: Appleís 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. Itís an elegant stripped down writing tool thatís perfect for 2018. iA Writer starts from the premise that some writers focus on their words, not how they look on a page. There [Ö] †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)

From small to medium and beyond: Navigating the ERP battlefield
Posted on 21-Nov-2017 21:12Tags Articles, SaaS, by Donovan Jackson

The double-edged sword of right-sizing your systems... Comments (Comments)

Business owners: ERP software selection starts (and finishes) with you
Posted on 21-Nov-2017 21:11Tags Articles, SaaS, by Donovan Jackson

Rushing into an RFP process wastes everyone's time. Comments (Comments)

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

Iím 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 [Ö]Why Iím 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

Huaweiís marketing wants to tell you about the artificial intelligence features built into the Mate 10 phone. Its AI technology is impressive, but thatís 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. Thereís [Ö]Huawei Mate 10: Punchy, long battery life, artificial intelligence Comments (Comments)


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