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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 >>

MacBook: One USB-C port is enough

Monday, 4 May 2015, 7:29 pm | Digitl

Critics point to a lack of ports in the 2015 Apple MacBook as a mistake. More >>

Apple 2015 MacBook: Between laptop and tablet

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 2:27 pm | Digitl

Earlier this month I took the MacBook on the road for a reporting job. Here’s what I learnt: More >>

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 >>



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