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Microsoft Azure: Cloud for the rest of us

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:10 pm | Digitl

Cloud computing is great. Yet anything beyond Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud can be daunting for those of us who aren't IT professionals. While Amazon is the market leader at selling cloud services to business, you couldn't describe setting up a ... More >>

Touch Voicemail iPhone app makes smartphones smarter

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:04 pm | Digitl

Modern cellphones are smart, but that’s not what it feels like when it comes to voicemail. Until now the only way to get at missed incoming messages is to call your phone network’s voicemail service, wade through clumsy prompts and listen to messages ... More >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 3:22 pm | Digitl

Samsung has something to prove. The company sells more smartphones than anyone else. It is the only Android hardware maker that matters. But it doesn’t have Apple’s brand power. Samsung isn’t cool. That’s why Samsung took pains getting its latest ... More >>

NZ broadband beats Australia again

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 3:12 pm | Digitl

More evidence that New Zealand's broadband is accelerating past Australia's network. Local web performance measuring company TrueNet compared the speed of downloading Australian and New Zealand websites from PCs in Australia and New Zealand . More >>

See you at ITx conference

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 3:07 pm | Digitl

Last year's IITP conference was a eye-opener  with many great speakers. This year the conference has expanded to become ITx , it won't be New Zealand's biggest technology conference, Microsoft's Tech Ed is larger, but it is the most wide ranging vendor ... More >>

A challenge of smartphones, a desperation of smart watches

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:58 pm | Digitl

Everyone has heard of a school of fish . Most people know there's also  murder of crows . More >>

Microsoft's cloud first, mobile first challenge

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:43 pm | Digitl

Microsoft shows a refreshing ability to reinvent itself. On his first day in the job incoming CEO Satya Nadella told employees: “Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.” Those words, slightly rearranged as ... More >>

Apple's modest New Zealand iPhone 6 mark-up

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:34 pm | Digitl

From September 26 New Zealanders will able to buy a 16 GB Apple iPhone 6 for $999. That's what it costs to buy the phone outright. The US headline prices quoted in Apple's launch presentation were for people buying phones on mobile plans. The US ... More >>

Apple Watch: All fun and games until someone loses an eye

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:33 pm | Digitl

Seen from afar Apple's Watch looks better than any other attempt at creating a smart watch. It has a sharp design and a solid feature set. More >>

Another cable won't lower NZ internet costs

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:15 pm | Digitl

There is a good reason to build another submarine cable linking New Zealand to the world. Cheaper internet is not that reason. More >>

Big iPhone 6 good for business users

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:07 pm | Digitl

Not everyone loves having a large phone in their pocket. One of the beauties of older iPhones is most people can use them one-handed. On the other hand, there are plenty of compensations from moving to a 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch screen with the iPhone 6 models. ... More >>

New Zealand's affordable broadband

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 2:02 pm | Digitl

A short report from Jon Brewer at Telco2 provides some much-needed perspective on New Zealand broadband prices. More >>

Byword: A Mac writing tool focusing on words

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 1:33 pm | Digitl

Byword is the ideal Mac writing tool if you just want to focus on words. There are versions for OS X ( US$12.99 in the Mac app store ) and iOS ( US$4.99 in the iTunes app store ). This review looks at the Mac version. More >>

A better plan for 2degrees

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 1:29 pm | Digitl

A story in the NBR says Indonesia's PT Telekomunikasi may invest in 2degrees . It then reports Australian telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says it's only a matter of time before Spark buys 2degrees. More >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 1:27 pm | Digitl

Samsung has something to prove. The company sells more smartphones than anyone else. It is the only Android hardware maker that matters. But it doesn’t have Apple’s brand power. Samsung isn’t cool. More >>

Apple, Microsoft — two tablet visions

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 7:04 pm | Digitl

When Steve Jobs took the wraps off Apple's first iPad, he showed an entirely new class of device. The iPad was neither a new type of PC nor was it just a giant smartphone. It opened new territory. Apple sold the original iPad as a personal digital media ... More >>

Server sales tick up, more to come

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 7:02 pm | Digitl

Server revenues climbed 2.5 percent in the past year according to IDC’s quarterly worldwide server tracker. In the second quarter of 2014 sales totalled US$12.6 billion. Unit shipments grew 1.2 percent to 2.2 million. The standout segment was mid-range ... More >>

NZ$400 Surface 2 a bargain for Office fans

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 7:01 pm | Digitl

Microsoft's swanky new Surface Pro 3 went on sale in New Zealand earlier this week. It's a lovely device, but not cheap . Prices start at NZ$1200. For one-third of that you can buy a 32GB Surface 2 at Noel Leeming until September 7. Is it worth considering? ... More >>

Addressing high growth companies' skills gap

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 6:58 pm | Digitl

This week I chaired an interactive panel discussion on the skills challenge facing New Zealand technology companies. It’s part of Massey University’s ecentre cloud series. Here's how the discussion played out on Twitter. More >>

Addressing the skills gap for high growth companies

Monday, 25 August 2014, 7:15 pm | Digitl

Tomorrow night I'm chairing an interactive panel discussion on the skills challenge facing New Zealand technology companies. It's part of Massey University's ecentre cloud series.   The session starts at 5:30 at the Sir Neil Waters Building, Massey ... More >>

 

 

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