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Petal Search highlights barriers facing Huawei

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 12:31 pm | Digitl

A US ban shut Huawei out of Google Play Services. It hope Petal Search will make that less of a problem. More >>

Huawei Y6P review: Budget phone but no Google

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 12:30 pm | Digitl

Huawei's NZ$300 1  Y6P comes with a three lens rear camera and a 5000mAh battery. There is a 6-inch screen and 64GB of storage. More >>

Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 12:25 pm | Digitl

Surface Go 2 is Microsoft’s second generation Windows 10 tablet. Like Apple’s iPad, the Surface Go 2 is a lovely device, Yet it has more in common with ultraportable Window laptops than the iPad. More >>

Tablet sales surge as pandemic bites

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 12:21 pm | Digitl

Canalys reports worldwide tablet shipments hit 37.5 million units in Q2 2020 , a 26 percent year-on-year increase . More >>

How long should you keep a phone?

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 12:11 pm | Digitl

New phone models arrive all the time. The phone product lines get an annual refresh. More >>

It’s official: Fibre overtakes copper

Sunday, 2 August 2020, 2:21 pm | Digitl

At the end of September, fibre companies had 880,000 premises connected to their networks. There were 581,000 copper connections. Fibre connections were up 31 percent on the year earlier. Copper connections were down 23 percent. More >>

Above Avalon on Apple pulling away from competitors

Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:28 pm | Digitl

For the second year in a row, Apple held a developers conference that should frighten its competitors. Relying on a nearly maniacal obsession with the user experience, Apple is removing oxygen from every market that it plays in. More >>

The PC: Reports of its death an exaggeration

Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:25 pm | Digitl

It is more than a decade since people started telling us we are in the post-PC era. I’m guilty 1 . From memory the idea took off soon after crowds first queued to buy the original Apple iPhone. More >>

When telcos don’t like regulated industry structure

Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:08 pm | Digitl

Telcos are waging a public relations war on Ultrafast Broadband. Reading between the lines of their public statements, they don’t like the regulated market model. More >>

How to choose hardware that can last for years

Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:05 pm | Digitl

It raised smiles 14 years ago when I carried a 1996 Apple Newton MessagePad 130 into the IDG Auckland office. More >>

The last days of urban copper

Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:01 pm | Digitl

Copper phone networks have served New Zealand for over 100 years. They won’t be around much longer, at least in cities and towns. More >>

Quantum 800 wireless headset: JBL targets gamers

Friday, 31 July 2020, 1:59 pm | Digitl

It is a fun product. You could, at a pinch, use it for work, but it doesn’t look businesslike and it hasn’t been optimised for serious tasks. In other words, don’t buy it for work thinking you might use it for gaming. More >>

Telcowatch steady mobile market through lockdown

Friday, 31 July 2020, 1:57 pm | Digitl

The latest Telcowatch mobile market share report shows the relative performance of New Zealand’s carriers were close to unchanged during the second quarter. This is the period that covered much of the nation’s Covid-19 lockdown. More >>

New Zealand's bias challenging algorithm charter could save

Friday, 31 July 2020, 1:53 pm | Digitl

Statistics minister James Shaw launched the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand . He says it is a world first. More >>

Spark’s timid Covid-era 5G mobile launch

Friday, 31 July 2020, 1:50 pm | Digitl

There could not be more contrast between Spark and Vodafone's 5G launches. The two launch events tell a tale about the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on carriers. More >>

Huawei handset sales pass Samsung

Friday, 31 July 2020, 1:47 pm | Digitl

Reuters reports:  Huawei overtakes Samsung as top handset maker thanks to robust China sales China’s Huawei Technologies snatched the title of biggest smartphone seller from Samsung Electronics in the second quarter, underscoring the resilience ... More >>

Samsung serving advertising on $2400 Galaxy Flip

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 5:05 pm | Digitl

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is the best foldable phone so far . It flips and folds like phones did 20 years ago. The difference between then and now is that today both halves are part of a full colour touch screen. More >>

NZ companies should hire more tech interns

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 3:20 pm | Digitl

Trent Mankelow says New Zealand companies and organisations hired 352 interns last summer. That's not many when you consider more than 2000 students applied for positions. Applying takes a fair amount of effort, so there are many disappointed students. More >>

Privacy regulation: New Zealand wants more

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 3:13 pm | Digitl

A survey conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner found that two-third of New Zealanders want more privacy regulation. More >>

Galaxy Z Flip: Samsung's folding phone

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 3:10 pm | Digitl

In February I posted a short note about the then forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This week I got my hands on one. More >>