• newPush notifications: A productivity killer

    Push notifications: A productivity killer

    At Wired David Pierce writes: Kill your notifications. Yes, really. Turn them all off. (You can leave on phone calls and text messages, if you must, but nothing else.) You’ll discover that you don’t miss the stream of cards filling your lockscree…
    - 15 hours ago 25 Jul 17, 2:15pm -
  • newIntergen takes SKYCITY to the cloud

    Intergen takes SKYCITY to the cloud

    Intergen has announced a deal with SKYCITY Entertainment Group (SKYCITY) to deliver Microsoft Dynamics 365 to 6,000 users across Australia and New Zealand.
    - 15 hours ago 25 Jul 17, 2:04pm -
  • Nothing nebulous about Microsoft�s cloud-transition

    Nothing nebulous about Microsoft�s cloud-transition

    Four years ago Microsoft lost its mojo. The software giant had failed to compete in web search. People questioned whether Microsoft was on an IBM-style path to irrelevance. When the phone business flopped, it looked like Microsoft’s time in the sun…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jul 17, 3:34pm -
  • We�re spending more on tech, but not as much as Australians

    We�re spending more on tech, but not as much as Australians

    Gartner says New Zealand technology spending will be $11.8 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.7 percent from 2016. It’s also a lot higher than last year’s forward looking forecast from Gartner. The total spend is forecast to pass $12 billion in 201…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jul 17, 11:43am -
  • Endace announces EndaceFabric for network-wide packet recording

    Endace announces EndaceFabric for network-wide packet recording

    Scalable, centrally-managed fabric of Network Recorders gives NOC and SOC teams quick access to network history, and accelerates network security and performance investigations.
    - 5 days ago 20 Jul 17, 8:49pm -
  • Acorn 6: MacOS image editing for the rest of us

    Acorn 6: MacOS image editing for the rest of us

    For years Adobe Photoshop was my image editor. I used it on a Windows PC. Then switched to the Mac version. Now my first choice image editor is Flying Meat’s Acorn 6. Acorn only runs on a Mac. Last week the software updated from version 5 to 6. The…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jul 17, 5:04pm -
  • HTC faces backlash over keyboard pop-up ads

    HTC faces backlash over keyboard pop-up ads

    The phone maker says the pop-ups have been seen because of an "error" to the annoyance of users. Source: HTC backlash over pop-up ads on keyboard – BBC News HTC has responded to the fuss over the pop-up ads on its Android keyboard by saying the mov…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jul 17, 3:53pm -
  • BNZ adds Visa credit cards to Android Pay wallet

    BNZ adds Visa credit cards to Android Pay wallet

    From today, BNZ customers can load their BNZ Visa credit card into their Android Pay wallet, allowing even greater flexibility when it comes to payment choice.
    - 7 days ago 18 Jul 17, 7:44pm -
  • Still living in a Notification hell � Om Malik

    Still living in a Notification hell � Om Malik


    - 8 days ago 18 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • Duet Display uses iPad to extend Mac, PC

    Duet Display uses iPad to extend Mac, PC

    Duet Display started life as an iOS app to turn an iPad into a second screen for a Mac or Windows PC. It has since moved on. The latest version adds a Touch Bar interface. There’s also an optional upgrade that turns an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil int…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jul 17, 10:58am -
  • PC sales could be worse

    PC sales could be worse

    ~650,000 machines still ship every day, but that’s the lowest total since 2007 Source: PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared • The Register Simon Sharwood writes: Both analyst firms suggest that rising component prices have led to…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jul 17, 7:34am -
  • Crypto-currencies, tulips, market bubbles

    Crypto-currencies, tulips, market bubbles

    Source: Crypto-tulips Frances Coppola writes about financial bubbles. She says the cryptocurrency market shares characteristics with earlier bubbles like Dutch tulips and dotcom stocks. Which means a crash is underway. That’s not just Bitcoin, but…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jul 17, 6:38am -
  • NZ Tech Podcast: Big batteries, solar cars, cold war, IoT

    NZ Tech Podcast: Big batteries, solar cars, cold war, IoT

    You can hear me with Paul Spain and Ed McKnight on the NZ Tech Podcast episode 345. We talk about the world's largest lithium-ion battery which is heading to South Australia. Also: Russia vs US; solar car, electric autonomous trucks, UFB 2 moving,…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jul 17, 4:53pm -
  • Vodafone Australia mulls Wisp alliance, NZ implications

    Vodafone Australia mulls Wisp alliance, NZ implications

    CommsDay reports that Vodafone Australia is considering an alliance with regional wireless ISPs. Wireless ISPs or wisps provide local wireless broadband. Most operate in areas the big carriers find uneconomic to service. They might connect a handful…
    - 12 days ago 13 Jul 17, 4:49pm -
  • Rural health professionals see fibre pay-off

    Rural health professionals see fibre pay-off

    Health is one area where rural broadband can change lives, even save lives. Broadband gives health professionals and patients fast access to resources and expertise. In rural areas this would often be difficult, expensive or time-consuming to get any…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jul 17, 11:52am -
  • 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.…
    - 42 days ago 14 Jun 17, 2:29pm -
  • 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.…
    - 47 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 .…
    - 47 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…
    - 65 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 94 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 -