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Valet service for auction sellers launches on eBay Australia
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 17:09Tags News, Web media

Fishpond WorldFront has launched a Valet service that takes care of the end to end listing of items for sale on eBay.com.au. Comments (Comments)

Research indicates digital skills shortage in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 17:06Tags News, Computing

Half of Kiwis in the workforce admit they need to acquire more digital skills in order to guarantee their future employability. Comments (Comments)

New jobs initiative to bring global talents to Wellington
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 16:58Tags News, Computing

LookSee Wellington, a new global talent search initiative that aims to address the city's IT skills shortage and position the industry for further growth, is now accepting registrations from talented tech professionals from around the globe. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand company kickstart valve amplifier project
Posted on 20-Feb-2017 15:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

IMS Electronics, a New Zealand based manufacturer of audio products has just announced their 'Desktop Valve Amplifier', a compact hybrid valve amplifier with head turning good looks. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 321- Banks and Apple, US Homeland security
Posted on 18-Feb-2017 08:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week I’m on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain and Brett Roberts. We’re talking about US Homeland Security, the stoush between Australian Banks and Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitech’s 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake and near invisible malware. It’s a special edition for three reasons. First, the NZ Tech Podcast hit one million […] Comments (Comments)

Apple back at top, but Chinese brands are phone market winners
Posted on 17-Feb-2017 13:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple edged out Samsung to take the phone sales top spot for the fourth quarter of 2016. The real winners are Huawei, Oppo and BBK. Although Apple and Samsung get the most attention, the rise of the Chinese phone makers is the big story of the last 18 months. Oppo was started by BBK, but […] Comments (Comments)

Northpower in 10Gbps world first test run
Posted on 16-Feb-2017 17:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Whangarei-based fibre provider Northpower says it has demonstrated 10Gbps network speeds. A press release from Northpower partner Calix says this is the world’s first live test of its NG-Pon2 technology. Northpower’s test served 10Gbps to both a business and to a residential home. NG-Pon2 is a standard developed by the International Telecommunications Union. It is […] Comments (Comments)

Here’s the thing about Apple Pay and banks
Posted on 16-Feb-2017 12:27Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple insists banks don’t pass on Apple Pay charges to customers. Banks accept this in most countries. But not in Australia and, by extension, New Zealand.1 Wrangling over the issue slowed Apple Pay’s progress in both countries. Three of Australia’s four big banks asked that country’s regulator for permission to negotiate with Apple as a […] Comments (Comments)

Oppo R9s- Galaxy-like phone at half the price
Posted on 15-Feb-2017 12:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo R9s: Galaxy-like phone at half the price Oppo delivers nine-tenths the function of a Samsung Galaxy S7 for half the dollars. Oppo R9s XZ at a glance For: Value 16 megapixel cameras front and rear Battery life Against: Rough edges Clumsy software overlay No NFC chip Maybe: Performance Verdict: Lots of phone for less […] Comments (Comments)

Spark signs deal with Ericsson to deliver next-generation voice network technology
Posted on 14-Feb-2017 17:41Tags News, 4G

The new solution, called IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) brings Spark's core networks together into a modern and unified platform, providing more diversity, reliability and scalability. Comments (Comments)

IBM delivers Watson for Cyber Security
Posted on 14-Feb-2017 12:43Tags News, Security

According to IBM research, security teams sift through more than 200,000 security events per day on average, leading to over 20,000 hours per year wasted chasing false positives. The need to introduce cognitive technologies into security operations centers will be critical to keep up with the anticipated doubling of security incidents over the next five years and increased regulation globally. Comments (Comments)

Unisys appoints Aquion as first Unisys Stealth Security Software VAR in New Zealand and Australia
Posted on 9-Feb-2017 10:46Tags News, Security

New channel partner to broaden market for Unisys Stealth software to help organisations deal with growing cybersecurity threats. Comments (Comments)

Intergen Wellington moves into Press Hall
Posted on 9-Feb-2017 09:05Tags News, Computing

Intergen, one of Wellington's first ICT companies, kicks off a new chapter in its 15-year growth, moving this week into the historic new Press Hall development, site of The Evening Post's original printing hall opened in 1923. Comments (Comments)

Vivaldi releases update with focus on usability
Posted on 8-Feb-2017 21:01Tags News, Web media

Web browser Vivaldi version 1.7 is being released today, introducing built-in screenshot options, improved sound control for tabs and further enhancements. Comments (Comments)

Government agencies welcome first 15 GovTech Talent graduates
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 18:48Tags News, Computing

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has welcomed the inaugural graduates participating in the GovTech Talent Graduate Programme, a cross-agency pilot to build Government's information, technology and digital talent pipeline. Comments (Comments)

Arrowtown tech start-up develops software to help schools communicate
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 18:45Tags News, SaaS

An Arrowtown teacher and her web-developer husband have designed a new software as a service (SaaS) product for schools to effectively get their messages to parents and students. Comments (Comments)

Spark offers to buy TeamTalk
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 09:28Tags News, Broadband

Spark New Zealand Trading Limited has filed a notice of its intention to make a full takeover offer for 100% of the fully paid ordinary shares in TeamTalk Limited at an offer price of 80 cents per share. Comments (Comments)

Apple Watch a winner but not for me
Posted on 7-Feb-2017 08:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple is now the world’s second largest watch revenue earner. That’s a solid performance for a product line introduced less than two years ago. By any commercial standard it is a success. Rolex remains the leading watchmaker and is likely to stay on top for now. In Apple’s recent Q1 financial report, Tim Cook said […] Comments (Comments)

The enduring charm of VDSL
Posted on 6-Feb-2017 12:58Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

TrueNet reports users with VDSL connections on Chorus’ copper network now get better speeds than the lowest priced fibre connections. The net performance company says average VDSL speeds hit 40mbps in December 2016. This is up from the 35mbps it clocked in October. These are impressive numbers considering TrueNet took its VDSL measurements at 9pm, […] Comments (Comments)

Opportunity for New Zealanders to have their say on personal data use
Posted on 2-Feb-2017 19:39Tags News, Computing

Anyone can take part by using a new online tool that explores people's comfort levels in different data use situations. There will also be a nationwide series of workshops, involving hundreds of New Zealanders, taking place throughout February. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand government secures major agreement with HP Enterprise
Posted on 1-Feb-2017 17:02Tags News, SaaS

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has secured a pan-government agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) New Zealand - a significant global ICT supplier to New Zealand's government agencies. Comments (Comments)

Spark store ram-raided, stolen phones blocked on all NZ networks
Posted on 1-Feb-2017 15:54Tags News, Mobile

Thieves ram-raided the Spark Ponsonby store with a car and stole a number of mobile devices. This robbery follows a previous ram-raid on the same store a few months ago. Comments (Comments)

Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR deliver commercial Gigabit LTE network
Posted on 1-Feb-2017 09:07Tags News, Mobile

Service extends Telstra's current network download speed to Gigabit speeds (1Gbps) whilst doubling upload peak speed (~150Mbps). Comments (Comments)

IBM: your computer can help scientists search for new childhood cancer treatments
Posted on 1-Feb-2017 08:11Tags News, Computing

Scientists are searching for chemical drug candidates that can affect the key molecules and proteins that control cancer cells in several common childhood cancers. However, finding drug candidates is normally an expensive and slow process. Comments (Comments)

Malwarebytes releases Global State of Malware Report
Posted on 1-Feb-2017 08:00Tags News, Security

The findings, presented in the Malwarebytes State of Malware Report, illustrate a significant shift in cybercriminal attack and malware methodology from previous years. Ransomware, ad fraud and botnets, the subject of so much unjustified hype over previous years, surged to measurable prominence in 2016 and evolved immensely. Cybercriminals migrated to these methodologies en masse, impacting nearly anyone and everyone. Comments (Comments)


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