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Global Mode: No winners, only losers

Monday, 29 June 2015, 5:08 pm | Digitl

CallPlus backed down. From September it will stop providing Global Mode, a service allowing customers to hide their whereabouts so they can buy low-cost streaming video services direct from the US, UK or elsewhere. More >>

Rural broadband gets competitive reboot

Monday, 29 June 2015, 5:05 pm | Digitl

Spark will soon begin selling a fixed wireless broadband service to rural customers in direct competition with Vodafone. More >>

Duck Duck Go undercooked in New Zealand

Monday, 22 June 2015, 3:29 pm | Digitl

It doesn't spy on you. It doesn't track your searches. Nor does it collect your IP address when you search. There's no log-in. More >>

When even a MacBook Air is too big

Monday, 22 June 2015, 3:11 pm | Digitl

There are times when even the lightest, slimmest laptop is more than you want to carry. And times when there’s not enough room to use it. More >>

Huawei P8 review: Flagship phone, midrange price

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 1:49 pm | Digitl

Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Huawei . Soon the brand will be as well-known and the name as easy to pronounce as Nokia or Samsung. More >>

NZ Tech Podcast 234: Apple, robots, Unisys’ chief engineer,

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 1:40 pm | Digitl

Unisys Chief Engineer Jim Thompson is in New Zealand for the CIO Summit and joins the NZ Tech Podcast along with Nate Dunn. We discuss DARPA's robot challenge, rural broadband, UFB and Apple WWDC announcements - including WatchOS 2, Payments, iOS ... More >>

Trans-Tasman consolidation as Vibe buys RackCentral

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 12:01 pm | Digitl

New Zealand's telecommunications industry consolidation continues as Vibe Communications acquires RackCentral, a troubled Australian cloud service provider. More >>

Apple Music: What New Zealanders will pay

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 5:55 pm | Digitl

From the announcement Apple Music seems an interesting mix of Spotify-like music streaming with DJs and human, not algorithmic, curation. More >>

Talking Apple Music on TV3 News 6PM 

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 5:46 pm | Digitl

New Zealand DJ Zane Lowe is the face of Apple Music. TV3 journalist Adam Hollingworth interviewed interviewed me for last night's 6PM news bulletin me for last night's 6PM news bulletin asking me what it means for local music. More >>

Behind Vodafone's Worldxchange acquisition

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 5:40 pm | Digitl

Vodafone's official press release sheds little light on the reason the company acquired Worldxchange. More >>

P8 phone highlights Huawei ambition

Sunday, 7 June 2015, 3:30 pm | Digitl

Phone makers are not modest by nature. Their product launches are often a mix of razzamatazz, extravagant claims and a laundry list of features. More >>

Xero engine pulling NZ tech train

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 5:56 pm | Digitl

New Zealand could soon be home to a global technology giant. It's time to get ready. More >>

Surface 3: Keyboard frustrates laptop replacement ambition

Monday, 18 May 2015, 7:50 pm | Digitl

Microsoft pitches the NZ$800 Surface 3 as a laptop alternative. While it will fit the bill for some folk, Surface still has a way to go before it’s a realistic laptop replacement for most users. More >>

Rod Drury on speed, capital raising, marketing complexity

Monday, 18 May 2015, 3:27 pm | Digitl

First a correction [1] to the quote in Speed, cost behind Xero move to PaaS, AWS : @envycollect @billbennettnz It's not the big that eat the small. It's the fast that eat the slow — Rod Drury (@roddrury) May 15, 2015 Next a few interesting ideas ... More >>

Microsoft Surface 3: Worth buying, not cheap

Monday, 18 May 2015, 2:45 pm | Digitl

It has a new Atom chip, real Windows 8.1, great screen, decent battery life and a one year, one person subscription to Office 365 . Power for day-to-day needs Intel’s Atom mobile device chip and a full version of Windows 8.1 are more than enough to ... More >>

Spark Fibre Landline may solve old folk telephone woes

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6:51 pm | Digitl

From today Spark fibre customers wanting a voice telephone service no longer need to buy a separate copper line as well as fibre. And people living in fibre-only places can now get the closest thing to an old-school telephone. More >>

Spark follows broadband money trail

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6:48 pm | Digitl

Spark’s pie chart tells the story: Half the money a customer pays for broadband goes to Chorus. More >>

GridAKL-Huawei partnership highlights shifting focus

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6:39 pm | Digitl

There was a time when an ambitious New Zealand innovation project would have looked to the UK, US or Japan for an international partner. More >>

Amazon, Apple: A tale of two tech giants

Monday, 4 May 2015, 7:37 pm | Digitl

Last week Amazon Web Services announced an operating profit of US$265 million for the quarter. It was the first time Amazon broke out the figures for its cloud business. More >>

NZ small business productivity, technology

Monday, 4 May 2015, 7:31 pm | Digitl

Westpac’s 2015 Grow New Zealand survey reports nearly one-third of New Zealand small and medium-sized enterprises say digital technology had no impact on their business over the past five years and 27 percent don’t expect it to in the next ... More >>



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