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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)

Vodafone TV — television in the cloud
Posted on 17-Oct-2017 19:29Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You need a fast fibre connection to use the new-look Vodafone TV. Less than 100Mbps won’t cut it. That means a UFB connection or Vodafone’s own FibreX alternative. You also need a Vodafone broadband account. The service is company exclusive. CEO Russell Stanners says he hopes customers who like the look of Vodafone TV will […] Vodafone TV — television in the cloud Comments (Comments)

Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone
Posted on 16-Oct-2017 07:27Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A decade ago Nokia accounted for almost half the mobile phones in use. Within a handful of years it was irrelevant. Today Nokia is back. Sort of. A little-known Finnish company called HMD Global has the name rights. HMD sells four Nokia models; the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8. Not much imagination went into […] Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone Comments (Comments)

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs
Posted on 13-Oct-2017 09:42Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this year Communications Minister Simon Bridges wrote to the Commerce Commission asking it to investigate competition in the mobile market. Last Friday the Commerce Commission confirmed the study will go ahead. The Commerce Commission says study aims to “better understand how mobile markets are developing and performing, particularly around the competitive landscape and any […] Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MNVOs Comments (Comments)

Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback
Posted on 10-Oct-2017 10:06Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There’s a Nokia 8 phone vibrating on the desk in front of me. Soon I’ll write a potted review of my experience with the phone. For now, let’s tease you with this: My first impressions are favourable. Nokia’s new phones use Android. It makes sense. The phone operating system is popular. Android runs on about […] Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback Comments (Comments)

The latest mobile phones in perspective
Posted on 9-Oct-2017 18:34Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This year’s premium phones are better equipped and more powerful than most PCs. They also tend to be more expensive. Phones have been pocketable personal computers for four or five years now. For most of that time their productive capacity has been on a par with desktops and laptops. While there was no dramatic gear […] The latest mobile phones in perspective Comments (Comments)

Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup
Posted on 8-Oct-2017 11:22Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Acronis True Image promises to store all your data so you can recover it in a hurry. The company’s marketing says the process is complete and easy. You are give a choice of storing data to a local drive, in the cloud or both. Acronis also says it has high levels of security. None of […] Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup Comments (Comments)

Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over
Posted on 6-Oct-2017 08:16Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone has a new version of its speech-mark logo and a new slogan: ‘The Future is Exciting. Ready?’ The bright red colour stays. Although there will be less of it. From today the white on red will become red on white. The changes are all part of a global brand make-over. According to the company the […] Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over Comments (Comments)

The Cloud is Getting Darker
Posted on 5-Oct-2017 20:47Tags Articles, Security, by Symantec

We are living in a cloud generation powered by a fundamental shift in the way enterprises, employees and customers use technology. The traditional corporate security perimeter is being transformed by the dominance of hybrid IT infrastructure, growth in personally owned devices, ubiquitous high-speed internet and cloud-based computing platforms.  Comments (Comments)

If Vodafone dropping mail worries you, you’re doing online wrong
Posted on 11-Sep-2017 13:54Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the New Zealand Herald, Holly Ryan writes Vodafone axes email services – NZ Herald Customers with a Vodafone email address will have to switch at the end of November, when the telco plans to axe its email services after 20 years. Email addresses affected include its Clear and Paradise services. Vodafone had about 200,000 […] If Vodafone dropping mail worries you, you’re doing online wrong Comments (Comments)

Norton Wi-Fi Privacy — Easy, flawed VPN
Posted on 11-Sep-2017 09:48Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year Symantec released an iOS version of Norton Wi-Fi Privacy. It’s a solid app that shields an iPhone or iPad against everyday risks with public Wi-Fi hotspots1. This year Norton has expanded the product in two ways. First, it now comes in PCs and Macs versions as well as iOS and Android. Second, you […] Norton Wi-Fi Privacy — Easy, flawed VPN Comments (Comments)

Kiwibank wastes $90 million on software – Reseller News
Posted on 1-Sep-2017 13:45Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Reseller News, Rob O’Neill writes: Kiwibank has booked a $90 million impairment in its software assets and flagged a major change in its SAP core banking roilout. “Although the strategic review has not yet concluded, a potential change to how we build the core ‘back end’ IT system (CoreMod) to match the demands of […] Kiwibank wastes $90 million on software – Reseller News Comments (Comments)

Government broadband investment fills the gaps
Posted on 31-Aug-2017 12:53Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The money earmarked for more broadband may or may not have been an election bribe. Either way is it a sound infrastructure investment. — Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) August 30, 2017 Cynics were quick to label the government’s generous broadband funding announcement as pork barrel politics. There’s something in that. New Zealand is, after all, in […] Government broadband investment fills the gaps Comments (Comments)

Duck Duck Go versus Google juggernaut
Posted on 28-Aug-2017 20:55Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For the last month Duck Duck Go has been my default search engine on my computers, tablets and phone. It’s not the first time I’ve tried this experiment. Unlike other search engines Duck Duck Go doesn’t track your searches. You’ll see advertising based on your search terms, but they don’t relate back to earlier searches. Nor are […] Duck Duck Go versus Google juggernaut Comments (Comments)


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