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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)

Lexar introduces 512GB professional 3500x CFast 2.0 card
Posted on 31-Jan-2017 17:25Tags News, Computing

Lexar has doubled capacity for the Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 memory card, providing the capacity and speed thresholds needed for cinematographers, filmmakers, and content creators to capture the highest-quality 4K and ProRes video and RAW photos. Comments (Comments)

Unisys launches advanced cyber resilience service
Posted on 31-Jan-2017 17:24Tags News, Security

Resilience testing and planning service uses wargaming methodologies to identify threats, develop countermeasures, build long-term response plans and organise and train team members for continuous operations. Comments (Comments)

Spark supports Contact Energy to take bold step into the Cloud
Posted on 31-Jan-2017 14:14Tags News, SaaS

Contact Energy is now running its entire business from the cloud, after completing a large scale migration to Spark's cloud services late last year. Comments (Comments)

Ultra-Fast Broadband extended to 151 towns
Posted on 26-Jan-2017 11:06Tags News, Broadband

Prime Minister Bill English and Communications Minister Simon Bridges have announced Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) will be extended to more than 151 additional towns, providing up to 85 per cent of New Zealanders with access to fibre by the end of 2024. Comments (Comments)

Datacom in Western Australian whole-of-government ICT services transformation project
Posted on 24-Jan-2017 19:59Tags News, SaaS

Datacom has been selected as one of three suppliers to deliver the Western Australian Government's GovNext-ICT initiative. Comments (Comments)

Norton Research: parents worry about online bullying
Posted on 24-Jan-2017 16:32Tags News, Security

Norton by Symantec has released findings from the 2016 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report: Family Edition, which sheds light on New Zealand parents' perceptions of cyberbullying and the preventative measures they are putting in place to protect their children. Comments (Comments)

Oppo phones coming to NZ
Posted on 22-Jan-2017 10:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Oppo says it will soon start selling Android phones in New Zealand. At the time of writing there are few details on Oppo’s New Zealand plans: the company says it will launch phone models and announce New Zealand partners in the first quarter of 2017. It has already recruited local staff. You can expect to […] Comments (Comments)

OPPO upcoming launch in New Zealand
Posted on 20-Jan-2017 10:14Tags News, Android

OPPO is establishing a presence in New Zealand and will provide a range of its products to New Zealanders. Comments (Comments)

Mobile launcher app company POSTR raises $3 million for APAC expansion
Posted on 19-Jan-2017 08:59Tags News, Web media

The fast-growing company builds telecom branded white-label apps, which let people hire out their Android lock screens for advertising in return for mobile data or airtime from major mobile carriers. It has recently launched Optus Xtra with Australian telecom giant Optus and will soon launch telecom-branded apps in major South East Asian markets. Comments (Comments)

Inland Revenue prepares to roll out $25 million information knowledge management system
Posted on 19-Jan-2017 08:57Tags News, Computing

Inland Revenue has signed a deal with New Zealand company TEAM Asparona to provide the first stage of a new multi-million dollar information knowledge management system. Comments (Comments)

Hawaiki sub-cable on track for mid-2018 launch
Posted on 18-Jan-2017 14:13Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Hawaiki says it has completed the route survey for its 14,000km submarine cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to the US mainland via Pacific island nations and Hawaii. The job was done with Hawaiki partner TE SubCom. Completing the survey puts Hawaiki on track to begin operating from the middle of 2018. The company says […] Comments (Comments)

NZ IT spending to climb 2.3 percent in 2017
Posted on 14-Jan-2017 17:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Gartner says New Zealand spending on IT  will reach NZ$11.4 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.3 percent on last year. This is less than the expected 2.7 percent rise in global IT spending. The reason for New Zealand’s underperformance is that nation’s biggest IT spending category is fixed and mobile communications services. It accounts for […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 316: Ten years of Apple iPhone
Posted on 13-Jan-2017 14:26Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week I join NZ Tech Podcast host Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Ross McDougall to discuss ten years of the iPhone along with highlights of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. We talk about the LG wallpaper TV, long range wireless charging, Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, Faraday Future, Lucid Motors and devices with voice assistants – cars, washing […] Comments (Comments)


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