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Small business says technology has no business impact

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:42 am | Digitl

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

Ross Patterson: NZ private sector fibre beats Australia's

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:40 am | Digitl

CommsDay reports on comments by former telecommunications commissioner Ross Patterson: New Zealand’s private sector-led approach to its fast broadband deployment is far more likely to achieve a successful outcome than Australia’s publicly funded NBN ... More >>

Open Source Open Society 2016: Sign me up

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 9:24 am | Digitl

As a journalist I spend a lot of time in conferences. There’s often a sense of déjà vu. The same faces, topics and speakers show up time after time. Even the same food. It’s not unusual to recognise recycled PowerPoint slides or even an ... More >>

Ten lessons from Open Source Open Society 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015, 10:47 am | Digitl

Few conferences range as wide as the Open Source Open Society 2015 event held in Wellington last week. The material was surprisingly accessible to non-specialists considering this was a two-day event that filled the Michael Fowler Centre with software ... More >>

How open source grew up

Sunday, 19 April 2015, 3:48 pm | Digitl

In the late 1990s and early 2000s I worked for Australian Linux Today . At that time open source was a vibrant, yet immature, market. More >>

Where open data meets open government...

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 6:49 pm | Digitl

Technology is the easy part of building an open society. Deal with the human side of the problem is much tougher. More >>

How to run or join a hackathon

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:14 pm | Digitl

A breakout session at Open Source Open Society 2015 lead by GovHackNZ organiser Mike Riversdale gave participants a quick taste of what to expect from a hackathon. More >>

When to choose closed or open source

Friday, 17 April 2015, 9:51 am | Digitl

Open source has many advantages, but it isn’t always the right approach. At the Open Source Open Society 2025 conference in Wellington delgates discussed when projects should be closed and when open source is best. …it all depends on the circumstances ... More >>

Decision makers ignore technology impact

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:55 pm | Digitl

As Sascha Meinrath, founder of the Open Technology Institute says, that means the people making important decisions about how Americans use technology have no idea what is going on in that world. More >>

Open is about more than just transparency

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:03 pm | Digitl

“Share and share alike” is the message parents drum into children. But once they grow up and move out into the wider world, the shutters start to come down. We’re trained to be closed. Dave Lane, president of the New Zealand Open Source Society, ... More >>

One month with Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 3:50 pm | Digitl

Mac Office:2011 was almost a generation behind the Windows version of Office at launch. It didn’t just look out-of-date, it was missing functionality [1] . More >>

Xero on iPad — the first month

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 3:45 pm | Digitl

Xero broke the mould when it put accounting software in the cloud. Now, thanks to the iPad app released last month, tablet owners can get the most out of the software. More >>

What an Australian Netflix tax means for New Zealand

Sunday, 12 April 2015, 5:48 pm | Digitl

Australia plans to make Netflix and other overseas-based online sellers of ‘intangible services’ pay GST (Good and Services tax). More >>

Netflix, Quickflix, Lightbox, Neon: An interim market

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:24 am | Digitl

After years of waiting New Zealanders are now spoilt for choice with streaming TV. Netflix, Quickflix, Lightbox and Neon each offer a decent local catalogues at reasonable prices. More >>

Taxing times at Netflix New Zealand

Monday, 6 April 2015, 5:15 pm | Digitl

The disruption started before the world’s largest streaming TV and film service opened in New Zealand last month . More >>

Global mode action: You Canute be serious

Sunday, 5 April 2015, 4:58 pm | Digitl

There's a whiff of  King Canute and the tide  in the Nick Grant and Chris Keall NBR report: "[Sky, Spark, TVNZ, MediaWorks take action against CallPlus, other global mode ISPs](": ... More >>

Lenmar ChugPlug MacBook power back-up

Sunday, 5 April 2015, 4:51 pm | Digitl

When Apple updated the MacBook Air in 2013 it went for extended battery life in a big way. At a pinch you can get 12 hours from a single charge. More >>

Two ways to get attention: advertising, publicity

Monday, 30 March 2015, 7:34 pm | Digitl

A basic guide for business owners and others who want publicity. This is an updated version of a story first posted in 2008. More >>

Asus Transformer T300 Chi

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 5:41 pm | Digitl

Asus has worked hard to move upmarket. Making low-cost no-brand PCs is not good business. Today Asus wants to been seen as a maker of affordable, good-quality hardware. And Asus wants to be interesting. More >>

Six months with iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 3:39 pm | Digitl

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus landed in New Zealand six months ago. At the time I posted  my first impressions . Here’s a more reflective review of what the phones are like to use. More >>



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