• National AI group launching next month

    National AI group launching next month

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast being used to make people more efficient and it will touch every element of New Zealanders' lives from better healthcare and education to faster service and more personalised products, tech leader Stu Christie say…
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 9:54am -
  • New Zealand Digital Future, according to tech companies

    New Zealand Digital Future, according to tech companies

    New Zealand's leading tech organisations have released their manifesto of New Zealand’s Digital Future.
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 9:51am -
  • New Microsoft Surface Pro delivers outstanding battery life, performance

    New Microsoft Surface Pro delivers outstanding battery life, performance

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled the new Surface Pro, delivering up to 13.5 hours of battery life, making it more than 2.5 times faster than Surface Pro 3, and providing unmatched versatility and mobility in a new, lighter, more refined design.
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 9:34am -
  • Garmin VIRB 360 brings immersive 360-degree 5.7K camera experience

    Garmin VIRB 360 brings immersive 360-degree 5.7K camera experience

    Garmin New Zealand, has announced the VIRB 360, a compact, rugged and fully spherical 360-degree camera.
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 9:30am -
  • Telecommunications monitoring report: Are you being served?

    Telecommunications monitoring report: Are you being served?

    There’s an untold story behind the 2017 Commerce Commission telecommunications monitoring report. Before we get to that, edited highlights from the official media release: Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale says: "The cost of internet use…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 17, 11:54am -
  • NetValue partners with CRM Provider SugarCRM

    NetValue partners with CRM Provider SugarCRM

    The alliance between NetValue and SugarCRM combines the core skills and capabilities of both organisations to provide best-of-breed CRM capabilities and effective software-integration to the New Zealand agricultural sector.
    - 3 days ago 23 May 17, 8:04pm -
  • 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…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • Terabyte looms as Vocus users download 430GB a month

    Terabyte looms as Vocus users download 430GB a month

    Vocus says its fibre broadband customers with unlimited data plans now download an average1 of 430GB a month. The average for all Vocus fibre customers is 425GB. With data use doubling every 12 to 18 months, a terabyte monthly average is in sight. Ta…
    - 7 days ago 19 May 17, 2:51pm -
  • 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…
    - 8 days ago 19 May 17, 10:38am -
  • 2degrees tips into profit after seven lean years

    2degrees tips into profit after seven lean years

    It’s taken seven years, but 2degrees is making money for its shareholders. The company says it made a profit of $13.4 million in 2016. That compares with a loss of $33.1 million a year earlier. Revenue was a shade over $700 million. Fuelling that g…
    - 8 days ago 19 May 17, 9:47am -
  • 2degrees growth story continues

    2degrees growth story continues

    2degrees delivered a maiden profit in the year ending December 31, 2016, repeating year-on-year double digit increases in revenue, while doubling the size of its broadband subscriber base.
    - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 3:25pm -
  • Symantec Blocks 22 Million Attempted WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Globally

    Symantec Blocks 22 Million Attempted WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Globally

    Real-time sharing of threat intelligence between endpoint and network systems, as well as machine learning technologies, helped ensure endpoint customers were fully protected.
    - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 12:41pm -
  • HPE Unveils Computer Built for the Era of Big Data

    HPE Unveils Computer Built for the Era of Big Data

    Prototype from The Machine research project upends 60 years of innovation and demonstrates the potential for Memory-Driven Computing.
    - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 12:39pm -
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Beautiful, feature-packed

    Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Beautiful, feature-packed

    Samsung needs a hit phone after the Note 7 debacle. The Galaxy S8 Plus could fit the bill. It is an elegant, slim, feature-packed slab of glass and metal. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus at a glance For: Looks great, feels great Well made, Feature packed. Aga…
    - 10 days ago 16 May 17, 8:14pm -
  • After ten years of mail pain Spark is done with Yahoo

    After ten years of mail pain Spark is done with Yahoo

    Spark pitches the move from Yahoo to SMX mail as bringing mail home to New Zealand. While that is clever marketing communications, it doesn’t begin to the tell the whole gory story of the company’s unhappy relationship with Yahoo. Those with long…
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 1:12pm -
  • Warnings from security firms: do not click that link or risk your computer being infected

    Warnings from security firms: do not click that link or risk your computer being infected

    Security company Symantec says a number of organisations globally have been affected, the majority of which are in Europe. While this malware slowed down during the weekend, a new variant seems to be already out there. NZTech warns against running un…
    - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 10:11am -
  • Pushpay named NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2017

    Pushpay named NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2017

    Pushpay Holdings Limited and their team were named PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year and IBM Innovative Company of the Year at the 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards on Friday evening.
    - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 9:59am -
  • 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…
    - 34 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…
    - 77 days ago 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…
    - 92 days ago 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...…
    - 99 days ago 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 -
  • Review: Freeview PVR Panasonic DMR-HWT260

    Review: Freeview PVR Panasonic DMR-HWT260

    This is my review of the Panasonic DMR-HWT260. When I went to buy one, there weren't any reviews so I hope this might fill a gap if you're looking to buy one. Keep in mind when reading this that I've already bought one, and people who own something…
    - 23 Jun 16, 11:52am -
  • Review: Huawei P9

    Review: Huawei P9

    Another year, another nice Huawei phone. Am I becoming a Huawei fanboy? Seems so. The P9, the successor to last year�s P8 which I reviewed, is a gorgeous phone.  It�s a smidgen smaller (I had to look up the specs to just to confirm), and thankf…
    - 10 Jun 16, 11:27am -
  • Poor man’s automation - WeMO + Limitless LEDs

    Poor man’s automation - WeMO + Limitless LEDs

    Home automation using a common platform such as the Philip�s Hue bulbs or the Wemo switchable plugs and bulbs is reasonably straight forawrd.  I�ve got a mix of Limitless LED light bulbs and Wemo switches, which makes it more complicated, but ca…
    - 29 May 16, 4:30pm -
  • Charles Sturt University opts for Unimarket eProcurement service

    Charles Sturt University opts for Unimarket eProcurement service

    Australia’s Charles Sturt University has opted for Auckland-based Unimarket’s cloud-based eProcurement system designed for educational institutions, to help streamline and automate its spend management and procurement processes.
    - 3 days ago 24 May 17, 8:00am -
  • Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

    Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

    Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now it has another lure for Java programmers: James Gosling, the father of Java.
    - 3 days ago 23 May 17, 11:44pm -
  • Microsoft's P language is aimed at where cloud, AI, and IoT meet
    The Rust-like open source language tackles application development where asynchrony leads to “heisenbugs” and other event complexities
    - 3 days ago 23 May 17, 10:00pm -
  • SAP has designs on new government business

    SAP has designs on new government business

    Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org, cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core m…
    - 4 days ago 23 May 17, 9:55am -
  • Pushpay on track for ACMR target

    Pushpay on track for ACMR target

    ​New Zealand Stock Exchange listed mobile payments company, Pushpay — whose main business is facilitating donations to churches in the US via a mobile app — has reported increased losses for the year to 31 March but says its focus is to continu…
    - 4 days ago 23 May 17, 8:00am -