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How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted on 14-Apr-2018 11:08Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

As Microsoft refocuses to chase enterprise cloud opportunities, Google has an opportunity to lead the productivity software market. It has taken a decade, but now G-Suite can challenge Office. Almost every office worker of my generation spent years working with Microsoft software. For a while Windows was, in effect, a monopoly. Any other operating system […]How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown Comments (Comments)

How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted on 12-Apr-2018 21:15Tags Articles, Computing, by Donovan Jackson

With the Inland Revenue Department undergoing a massive systems upgrade, transformation of the back office is among the central raisons d'etre. Comments (Comments)

iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted on 12-Apr-2018 21:13Tags Articles, Web media, by Jonathan Cotton

Innovation-unfriendly laws prevail as A/NZ lawmakers struggle to keep pace with technology. Comments (Comments)

Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted on 13-Mar-2018 07:47Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Since taking over as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella has remade the company. What was a PC giant is now a cloud and enterprise computing giant. And that has implications for Windows. Microsoft’s latest financials underline the change. In the three months to December 2017 the company’s revenue was almost US$29 billion. Of that, what Microsoft […]Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus Comments (Comments)

Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted on 11-Mar-2018 12:25Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Every recent high-end phone launch has focused, sorry about that, on the device’s camera. Likewise, phone promotion or marketing always pushes cameras to the fore. Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 in Auckland last month. The company invited journalists to an open plan restaurant. There, Samsung invited journalists to photograph the chef preparing food. The menu […]Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras Comments (Comments)

Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow
Posted on 2-Mar-2018 11:48Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IDC says New Zealand phone shipments dropped 14.5 percent in unit terms during 2017. This is the first year-on-year decline reported in this country. A total of 1.60 million phones shipped in 2017 compared with 1.87 million in 2016. A phone shipment is not the same as a sale. Shipments count the number of phones […]Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow Comments (Comments)

Oppo R11s: high-end Android, budget price
Posted on 27-Feb-2018 16:27Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo released the R11s, a low-cost Android phone about three months after Apple’s iPhone X emerged. On the surface, the R11s resembles the iPhone X., so that’s quite an achievement. There’s no question what inspired Oppo’s engineers. The R11s has a similar physical design and a software overlay that makes Android look like Apple’s iOS. […]Oppo R11s: high-end Android, budget price Comments (Comments)

Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted on 21-Feb-2018 18:27Tags Articles, Internet of Things, by Donovan Jackson

Auckland-based software company IMAGR is launching its Smartcart shopping solution at Four Square Ellerslie. Comments (Comments)

2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted on 21-Feb-2018 18:25Tags Articles, Internet of Things, by Jonathan Cotton

With 2017 seeming like just one long string of security breaches against consumers, companies and even whole countries - and with the login-process still an enormous pain in the behind - can we just get some innovation happening in identity authentication please? Comments (Comments)

Time to take Apple’s iPad Pro seriously
Posted on 12-Feb-2018 16:54Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

CEO Satya Nadella has turned Microsoft around. It is relevant again. Things didn’t look that way when he took over the company. His switch of focus to the cloud was timely and has been a huge success. Much of what he says and does is sensible. Much, but not everything. In November, Nadella made a […]Time to take Apple’s iPad Pro seriously Comments (Comments)

Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted on 9-Feb-2018 08:26Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You have to hand it to Nuance. The latest Dragon Professional voice recognition software is impressive. So is its business model. Dragon’s software is expensive by today’s standards. A single user licence for Dragon Professional version 6 costs US$300. You can buy a PC for less. Keep in mind both Apple and Microsoft include voice […]Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation Comments (Comments)

Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted on 25-Jan-2018 13:51Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It is an aggressive price move from Slingshot. The company has thrown down the gauntlet to larger service providers who already complain about margins. Offering the cheapest option is vital in a market like New Zealand where consumers tend to buy on price more than any other criteria. Spark charges $40 more for a service […]Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton Comments (Comments)

Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted on 24-Jan-2018 15:44Tags Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For over a year Spark has pushed fixed wireless broadband as an alternative to fixed-line internet. Spark sells fixed wireless products using its own label and its cut-price Skinny brand. From a customer point of view the two services are identical. Skinny is cheaper. The cheapest plan is NZ$40 a month. At NZ$85 Spark’s own-brand […]Spark doubles down on wireless broadband Comments (Comments)

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

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)

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)


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