• Spark planning to take on direct management of all consumer stores

    Spark planning to take on direct management of all consumer stores

    Moving away from a Dealer partner model to directly owned stores will allow Spark to showcase digital experiences to customers in an interactive retail environment.
    - 6 days ago 19 Jun 17, 10:03am -
  • NZ Tech Podcast 340: E3 Highlights incl Xbox One X, UFB 1 rollout 75% complete, Magpie GPS tracker, Elanation kids wearable

    NZ Tech Podcast 340: E3 Highlights incl Xbox One X, UFB 1 rollout 75% complete, Magpie GPS tracker, Elanation kids wearable

    This week we discuss from E3 in Los Angeles, NZs Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout progress, highlights Magpie GPS tracker, ETurbo kids smartwatch from Elanation, Kin2Kin startup shares monetisation plans, Fuji Xero NZ financial dramas. Hosted by Paul Sp.…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jun 17, 2:29pm -
  • Qrious acquires Ubiquity

    Qrious acquires Ubiquity

    Spark NZ-owned big data and analytics software business, Qrious has signed a conditional agreement to acquire marketing automation provider, Ubiquity.
    - 11 days ago 14 Jun 17, 12:21pm -
  • Spark New Zealand prepares for 5G with Nokia

    Spark New Zealand prepares for 5G with Nokia

    Spark is upgrading its core infrastructure with a three-year strategic partnership with Nokia, including the industry-leading 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to address capacity and embrace architectural evolution on the path to 5G, ultra-broadb…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jun 17, 12:16pm -
  • The future-proof 10.5-inch iPad Pro

    The future-proof 10.5-inch iPad Pro

    There's something about the screen of the new 10.5" iPad Pro that feels immediately novel but quickly becomes normal, and something that seems obvious at first but reveals itself as a deeper change after a few days. As a heavy user of the 12.9" iPad…
    - 12 days ago 13 Jun 17, 6:16pm -
  • Mandatory data breach reporting in Australia

    Mandatory data breach reporting in Australia

    Mandatory data breach reporting has been on the agenda in New Zealand for some time. While they may have some ground to make up on the rugby field, it is one area where our trans-Tasman cousins have stolen a march on New Zealand. Source: Mandatory da…
    - 12 days ago 13 Jun 17, 11:30am -
  • NZ Tech Podcast 339: Intel Compute Card, New Macs, Apple HomePod, iPad Pro grows up, SpaceX recycles

    NZ Tech Podcast 339: Intel Compute Card, New Macs, Apple HomePod, iPad Pro grows up, SpaceX recycles

    This week on NZ Tech Podcast we discuss Intel Compute Card, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference highlights incl new Macs, Apple HomePod, iPad Pro comes of age. SpaceX recycling rockets and capsules, 25% of Australians support a cashless society, D.…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jun 17, 1:42pm -
  • NZ Tech Podcast 338: Glenn Gore - Chief Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    NZ Tech Podcast 338: Glenn Gore - Chief Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Paul Spain joined Glenn Gore following his keynote at Amazon's AWS Summit in Auckland. Glenn is an Australian based in London,and he shares his own story and discusses what he's learnt working with AWS client organisations around the world. Get the .…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jun 17, 1:37pm -
  • Google crawling Geekzone HTTPS

    Google crawling Geekzone HTTPS

    Last week (May 2017) I made the changes to start serving Geekzone over HTTPS (and this blog too). This included removing extra lines of code that dealt with HTTP to HTTPS redirection for some pages (the ones that were always served as HTTPS before th…
    - 34 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • Geekzone gone full HTTPS

    Geekzone gone full HTTPS

    Last night I switched Geekzone (www.geekzone.co.nz) to full HTTPS support. And slowly traffic over SSL is going up (comparing last six hours overnight vs last month).Up until now we only used SSL for login, registration, private messages and profil…
    - 37 days ago 19 May 17, 10:38am -
  • Television, (re)enhanced: the Samsung QLED range

    Television, (re)enhanced: the Samsung QLED range

    Television. Been around since the 1930’s, with an evolution that has been interesting and non stop. It wasn’t that long ago we had a Philips K9 TV in the house (no remote – that was an extra $600 in 1984), and in recent years we’ve had the ra…
    - 63 days ago 23 Apr 17, 10:11am -
  • Cyber attacks on NZ small business

    Cyber attacks on NZ small business

    In August 2016, Symantec sampled 525 NZ business owners and operators about their perception of cyber security issues; all the businesses employed less than 20 people, and some of the discoveries show that we are woefully behind the eight ball. Most…
    - 10 Mar 17, 2:30pm -
  • Webstock 2017: think of others

    Webstock 2017: think of others

    I had the good fortune to be allowed to attend Webstock 2017 this year, held in Wellington New Zealand from 13-17 February. This quirky event is growing in popularity and attendance, and this year featured a whole host of presenters covering many top…
    - 23 Feb 17, 11:07pm -
  • NZ Tech Podcast 321: $3000+ Free Gadgets, One Million Podcast Downloads, US Homeland Security vs Travellers, Banks vs Apple

    NZ Tech Podcast 321: $3000+ Free Gadgets, One Million Podcast Downloads, US Homeland Security vs Travellers, Banks vs Apple

    On NZ Tech Podcast's 6th anniversary we celebrate over a million downloads of the podcast. Topics included Homeland Security vs Travellers, Australian Banks vs Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitech's 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake, near Invisible Ma...…
    - 16 Feb 17, 5:37pm -
  • NZ Tech Podcast 314: Meet Quickflix new Hollywood owner, a temptation to share Ransomware, Homes.co.nz update

    NZ Tech Podcast 314: Meet Quickflix new Hollywood owner, a temptation to share Ransomware, Homes.co.nz update

    This week on NZ Tech Podcast, Hollywood's Erik Pence discusses Quickflix v2 and Jeremy O'Hanlon shares an update on Homes.co.nz. Also featured - new Ransomware which rewards you for sharing it, Netflix Virtual Reality on Google Daydream, Sky TV/Du...…
    - 15 Dec 16, 6:40pm -
  • NZ Tech Podcast 313: Amazon Go, John Key’s legacy, Goodnest, Media Design School, Network 4 Learning, Uber Eats NZ

    NZ Tech Podcast 313: Amazon Go, John Key’s legacy, Goodnest, Media Design School, Network 4 Learning, Uber Eats NZ

    This week on NZ Tech Podcast we discussed Amazon Go – the new bricks & mortar supermarket with checkouts. In studio guest James MacAvoy shared about NZ startup Goodnest and how it provides discount access to cleaners, electricians and ... (more in…
    - 10 Dec 16, 12:37pm -
  • Microsoft Ignite New Zealand, Microsoft Surface Studio

    Microsoft Ignite New Zealand, Microsoft Surface Studio

    Earlier this week I had the chance to attend this year's Microsoft Ignite New Zealand. This was the ninth year I attended the event, previously known as Microsoft TechEd.Many, many things changed over the years and while Microsoft Ignite is still a…
    - 30 Oct 16, 6:25pm -
  • How one database query can fix HOP cards

    How one database query can fix HOP cards

    From Stuff this morning: Auckland train commuters were over-charged due to a fault with HOP card machines, but Auckland Transport says it won't issue refunds unless passengers complain. Commuters at Takanini train station on Wednesday found both tag…
    - 13 Oct 16, 12:33pm -
  • The secret life of mobile batteries - UPDATED 6.10.2016

    The secret life of mobile batteries - UPDATED 6.10.2016

    Smartphone batteries have been in the news recently, in case you haven't been keeping up. On this mornings Jetstar flight the attendant took extra care to call out that Galaxy Note7 users would have to keep their device off - personally if I had one…
    - 20 Sep 16, 7:29pm -
  • Review: Navman MiVUE680

    Review: Navman MiVUE680

    There’s a competition on Geekzone to win this review unit. Click here to enter.Dashcams are not normally a product that I’d review, however when the opportunity came up to do some stunt driving, including a ridiculously tight parallel park, an…
    - 14 Sep 16, 12:07am -