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Chorus backhaul starts with 2degrees
Posted on 10-Aug-2017 15:49 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

2degrees has signed a multi-year backhaul contract with Chorus. The deal replaces a mix of services from providers including Spark and Vocus. The network will connect UFB points of presence and data centres to the international network. 2degrees says it now has a fully diverse and highly resilient network that transports voice and data worldwide. […] Chorus backhaul starts with 2degrees

New Zealanders cool on data analytics catching benefit fraud
Posted on 10-Aug-2017 09:56 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealanders don’t like welfare agencies using personal spending data from credit card or insurance to verify benefit claims. The 2017 Unisys New Zealand Security Index found only 42 percent agree with welfare agencies accessing this kind of information. It’s not just welfare. Even fewer New Zealanders support the tax office collecting similar data to […] New Zealanders cool on data analytics catching benefit fraud

New Zealanders wary of wearable biometrics: Unisys
Posted on 9-Aug-2017 09:39 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Unisys Security Index researchers looked at how comfortable New Zealanders are with biometrics and wearable computer devices. That’s the technical name for biometric hardware like health bands and other kit that measures medical data. It also covers smart watches and products like Google Glass. When there’s a clear benefit, New Zealanders are happy with the […] New Zealanders wary of wearable biometrics: Unisys

Unisys Security Index 2017: How New Zealand compares
Posted on 8-Aug-2017 15:05 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealanders worry more about security than ever before. The 2017 Unisys Security Index shows the NZ index sits at 154 out of a possible 300. That is the highest score New Zealand has registered in the 10 years the Index has run. It is up 12 percent since 2014. That was the last year […] Unisys Security Index 2017: How New Zealand compares

How Microsoft killed Windows Phone
Posted on 7-Aug-2017 18:39 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée writes about the death of Windows Phone: How could Microsoft’s Windows Phone licensing business model stand a chance against Google’s Free and Open Android? None of the Redmond giant’s complicated countermeasures worked, its smartphone platform is dead. And yet, inexplicably, Microsoft failed to use a very simple move… Source: Fiction: Who […] How Microsoft killed Windows Phone

Protecting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Covers, sleeves
Posted on 7-Aug-2017 12:14 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple made the large screen 12.9-inch iPad Pro to travel. It may not be as portable as the 9.7 or 10.5-inch iPads, but the bigger display makes up for that. It is fast becoming my first choice travelling computer1. The 12.9-inch screen on the second generation iPad Pro is tough. Even so, there is no […] Protecting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Covers, sleeves

Why New Zealand outplayed Australia on the NBN
Posted on 6-Aug-2017 18:09 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand will reach its broadband roll out goal on time and on budget – with superior technology. What went wrong in Australia? At the Australian Financial Review Jennifer Hewett goes back over the question asking Why New Zealand outplayed Australia on the NBN. Along the way she talks to MyRepublic’s Vaughn Baker who has played a role […] Why New Zealand outplayed Australia on the NBN 

Talking VPNs on Radio NZ Nine-to-Noon
Posted on 4-Aug-2017 13:56 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology journalist Bill Bennett discusses Russia’s move to crack down on virtual private networks. Also, two conflicting takes on the power of online advertising; and the day the music died: the Pandora music service closes in New Zealand and Australia. New technology – Bill Bennett From my speaker notes: Virtual Private Networks Virtual Private Networks […] Talking VPNs on Radio NZ Nine-to-Noon

New Zealanders naïve about wi-fi safety: Symantec
Posted on 2-Aug-2017 08:51 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Two-out-of-three New Zealanders think their personal data is safe when they use public wi-fi hotspots. Roughly the same number use hotspots regardless of the consequences. Hardly any users know if they are transmitting data safely when using public wi-fi. These are Key findings in Symantec’s 2017 Wi-fi Risk Survey. Wi-fi is popular. Symantec found half […] New Zealanders naïve about wi-fi safety: Symantec

Unisys: New Zealanders want IoT driving seat
Posted on 1-Aug-2017 11:20 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealanders have a healthy scepticism when it comes to the Internet-of-Things collecting and sharing their data. More than anything, we want control. For years we’ve been told the IoT is just a remote-monitored heartbeat away. The technology promises to change our lives as much as mobile phones. Heaters can start to warm homes when […] Unisys: New Zealanders want IoT driving seat

Counter offers don’t work
Posted on 31-Jul-2017 13:10 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Counter offers are proving to be ineffective in retaining employees for the long-term despite being common practice for many New Zealand companies. According to independent research commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half, more than eight in 10 (89 percent) New Zealand CFOs have extended a counter offer while 64 percent of the same CFOs also […] Counter offers don’t work

What to do if employer makes counter offer when you quit
Posted on 31-Jul-2017 13:06 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

How to quit your job and stay friends looks at how to resign without harming your future career prospects. Some resignations are messy. Including those where your existing employer makes a counter offer when you quit. While these counter offers look tempting, nine times out of ten you shouldn’t consider them. You’ve made a decision to […] What to do if employer makes counter offer when you quit

IDC thinks ANZ is a nation
Posted on 27-Jul-2017 11:51 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

  The headline on IDC’s press release is worrying: ANZ named as a top nation in IDC Asia/Pacific’s IoT Readiness Index 2017. Put aside for a moment the political insensitivity. The disturbing thing here is that IDC is in the business of selling information about technologies and technology companies. It’s a research organisation. Reports cost […] IDC thinks ANZ is a nation

British new home buyers see ultrafast broadband as vital
Posted on 27-Jul-2017 09:46 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New home buyers in the UK want running water, electricity and ultrafast broadband according to property developer The Berkeley Group. Berkeley chief executive Rob Perrins says: “If we weren’t able to offer fibre, I think there would be the real prospect of some people walking away from property sales.” There’s anecdotal evidence the same applies […] British new home buyers see ultrafast broadband as vital

Australians want NZ-style gigabit, but for less
Posted on 27-Jul-2017 08:57 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

CommsDay reports on a survey commissioned by MyRepublic in Australia. In it around Australians were told New Zealanders could get residential gigabit internet. They were told this is around one hundred times faster than ADSL and forty times faster than the standard NBN plan. When asked if they would like this, 76 percent said yes. […] Australians want NZ-style gigabit, but for less

Push notifications: A productivity killer
Posted on 25-Jul-2017 14:15 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Wired David Pierce writes: Kill your notifications. Yes, really. Turn them all off. (You can leave on phone calls and text messages, if you must, but nothing else.) You’ll discover that you don’t miss the stream of cards filling your lockscreen, because they never existed for your benefit. They’re for brands and developers, methods […] Push notifications: A productivity killer

Nothing nebulous about Microsoft’s cloud-transition
Posted on 21-Jul-2017 15:34 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Four years ago Microsoft lost its mojo. The software giant had failed to compete in web search. People questioned whether Microsoft was on an IBM-style path to irrelevance. When the phone business flopped, it looked like Microsoft’s time in the sun was over. Today it is back. The 2017 Microsoft is a different beast, the […] Nothing nebulous about Microsoft’s cloud-transition

We’re spending more on tech, but not as much as Australians
Posted on 21-Jul-2017 11:43 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner says New Zealand technology spending will be $11.8 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.7 percent from 2016. It’s also a lot higher than last year’s forward looking forecast from Gartner. The total spend is forecast to pass $12 billion in 2018. Communications services is the top technology category in New Zealand. Customers will spend a total […] We’re spending more on tech, but not as much as Australians

Acorn 6: MacOS image editing for the rest of us
Posted on 20-Jul-2017 17:04 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For years Adobe Photoshop was my image editor. I used it on a Windows PC. Then switched to the Mac version. Now my first choice image editor is Flying Meat’s Acorn 6. Acorn only runs on a Mac. Last week the software updated from version 5 to 6. The upgrade brings a raft of new […] Acorn 6: MacOS image editing for the rest of us

HTC faces backlash over keyboard pop-up ads
Posted on 19-Jul-2017 15:53 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The phone maker says the pop-ups have been seen because of an “error” to the annoyance of users. Source: HTC backlash over pop-up ads on keyboard – BBC News HTC has responded to the fuss over the pop-up ads on its Android keyboard by saying the move was “an error”. From the outside it looks […] HTC faces backlash over keyboard pop-up ads

Still living in a Notification hell – Om Malik
Posted on 18-Jul-2017 13:00 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

It doesn’t matter what app it is — they are all trying to get me to turn on notifications, again and again, so that I can come back to their service. Facebook and Instagram are the most aggressive, b Source: Still living in a Notification hell – Om Malik There comes a point where this […] Still living in a Notification hell – Om Malik

Duet Display uses iPad to extend Mac, PC
Posted on 18-Jul-2017 10:58 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Duet Display started life as an iOS app to turn an iPad into a second screen for a Mac or Windows PC. It has since moved on. The latest version adds a Touch Bar interface. There’s also an optional upgrade that turns an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil into an advanced drawing tablet. I’ve been […] Duet Display uses iPad to extend Mac, PC

PC sales could be worse
Posted on 17-Jul-2017 07:34 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

~650,000 machines still ship every day, but that’s the lowest total since 2007 Source: PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared • The Register Simon Sharwood writes: Both analyst firms suggest that rising component prices have led to rising PC prices which has led to falling enthusiasm from buyers, especially consumers. DRAM, LCD […] PC sales could be worse

Crypto-currencies, tulips, market bubbles
Posted on 17-Jul-2017 06:38 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Source: Crypto-tulips Frances Coppola writes about financial bubbles. She says the cryptocurrency market shares characteristics with earlier bubbles like Dutch tulips and dotcom stocks. Which means a crash is underway. That’s not just Bitcoin, but all of the cryptocurrencies. The remarkable aspect of this is that everyone couldn’t see it coming. As Coppola points out some […] Crypto-currencies, tulips, market bubbles

NZ Tech Podcast: Big batteries, solar cars, cold war, IoT
Posted on 16-Jul-2017 16:53 Articles, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You can hear me with Paul Spain and Ed McKnight on the NZ Tech Podcast episode 345. We talk about the world’s largest lithium-ion battery which is heading to South Australia. Also: Russia vs US; solar car, electric autonomous trucks, UFB 2 moving, New Zealand IoT networks, Bitcoin exchange hacked, audio tickets, Alibaba vs Amazon Echo and the NZ Young Professionals Podcast.      NZ Tech Podcast: Big batteries, solar cars, cold war, IoT


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