Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:01

TVNZ Streaming Ahead

It’s easier than ever for Kiwis to watch TVNZ shows with today’s launch of a revamped tvnz.co.nz bringing together Live TV and OnDemand viewing. TVNZ now live streams all its channels – giving viewers the option to view 1, 2 and DUKE on devices at the same time as on air broadcast – and offers local TV shows, Live sports, 1 NEWS, international dramas, box sets, movies and short form videos, all for free OnDemand. “The big growth trends among New Zealand viewers are the demand for video and viewing on mobile devices, and we’re responding to this by bringing…
This weekend the largest ever ransomware attack in the world has been hitting computer systems of private and public organisations in hundreds of countries, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Spread via phishing emails where an email that appears to come from someone people know encourages them to open an attachment or click on a link, only to deposit a small piece of malicious code on your system. The bug looks for machines running unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows and then spreads across your network infecting other machines as it goes, Muller says. “Called a ransomware as it locks people…
Spark has launched PureCloud, a new customer experience system by Genesys, to help New Zealand businesses manage and service their customers more seamlessly and affordably over the cloud, keeping on top of rising demand for smarter customer experiences. The new subscription-based contact centre infrastructure brings together inbound and outbound calling, email, webchat, social media, and fax (for those using it), enabling customer interactions to be viewed and managed as single, unbroken journeys across platforms. Richard Adams, GM Solutions for Spark Digital, said this is the kind of experience customers are growing to expect from businesses: "More and more, people expect…
By-product of Marcom build up Vodafone has joined in the online media gold rush by what it describes as “launching its own news website.” The New Zealand subsidiary of the British mobiles telco in recent times has swelled its marketing communications force with television, business, and IT sector journalists. The company’s “news” website meanwhile resembles an online version of the once familiar IT sector marketing support instrument, the house magazine. The company’s news site hardly surprisingly features Vodafone in its community role. Notably with emphasis on its participation in the post–earthquake Christchurch reconstruction participation. Also its ability to deploy helpful…
Co-venturing Wellington and Auckland universities will rub collegiate shoulders with world’s major production engineer General Motors subsidiary Holden’s arrival in Newsroom as founder-backer of the online information enterprise is GM’s second venture into the New Zealand information sector. It was New Zealand’s major data processing proprietor when it owned Databank through another of its subsidiaries, Electronic Data Systems. Databank at this time was considered the southern hemisphere’s pre-eminent non-governmental data processing operation in terms of capacity. GM’s return this year to the New Zealand information sector carries value through the early involvement in it also of the University of Auckland…
2017’s already been identified by Vodafone as the year of data explosion, with Kiwis using more and more of it to stay up to date. But it’s not just being chewed up by the binge-watching habits that online-only series like Netflix’s Stranger Things brings about. Kiwis are still just as interested in what’s happening around them, and the video and stories giving insight into their changing world. In fact, hyper levels of mobility in how we consume news - and how often we expect updates - appears to have increased the appetites of everyday readers. That’s all part of why…
2017’s already been identified by Vodafone as the year of data explosion, with Kiwis using more and more of it to stay up to date. But it’s not just being chewed up by the binge-watching habits that online-only series like Netflix’s Stranger Things brings about. Kiwis are still just as interested in what’s happening around them, and the video and stories giving insight into their changing world. In fact, hyper levels of mobility in how we consume news - and how often we expect updates, appears to have increased the appetites of everyday readers That’s all part of why Vodafone…
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:27

New Zealanders’ broadband habits revealed

New figures released by Chorus have shed light on New Zealanders’ broadband habits, including the busiest day of the year for surfing the internet. On an average day, data usage on the Chorus network is at its lowest at 5am and begins to rise between 6am and 8:30am. Usage remains consistent during the day and jumps sharply from 3:30pm. “It is unlikely to be a coincidence that it’s the same time certain data-hungry members of the family wander in from school,” says Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers. “We slow down again over dinner time, and from 7:30pm we climb…
The Government has today released a further Discussion Document as part of its review of the regulatory framework that will apply from 2020, which sets out final views on the approach to UFB fibre services, and new proposals for copper services for feedback. The Government has departed from the previous combined copper and fibre regulated asset base proposal. The key changes are: · The final decision is that UFB fibre will be regulated under a traditional utility style building block model framework. The initial valuation of the UFB fibre network will be determined by the Commerce Commission based on unrecovered…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 06:14

Slack finally launches its enterprise edition

The company’s new tools let businesses manage several teams together After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. On Tuesday in San Francisco, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product, aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances. Grid allows business administrators to set up each team inside their organization with their own centrally managed Slack instance. Those workspaces can then be linked together using shared channels, and all of the people inside an enterprise can direct- message one another, even if they’re not part…
Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:53

Ultra-Fast Broadband extended to 151 towns

Prime Minister Bill English and Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) will be extended to more than 151 additional towns, providing up to 85 per cent of New Zealanders with access to fibre by the end of 2024. The second, $300 million phase of the Government’s UFB programme was launched in Amberley, north Canterbury, this morning. Following intensive commercial negotiations, the Amberley event marked the awarding of contracts between Crown Fibre Holdings and four partner companies: Northpower, Ultrafast Fibre, Chorus and Enable. “Phase two of the UFB build will see fibre rolled out across all mainland regions,…
Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:04

Consumption of news spiralling upwards

Worldwide the consumption of news continues to esculate and New Zealand is not immume There is an old saying "you can't see the wood for the trees" which something we all suffer from at various times.  Now I have had such an attack, its not painful, not even frustrating, no physical signs at all and in fact  I didn't even know I had it until now. Fortunately the remedy is nearly at hand with no  prescriptions, pills or vile medicine to take , just a dose of goodwill is all thats required.  And this could very well come from you,…
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International submarine cable consulting firm Pioneer Consulting has been selected to oversee the procurement support for the construction of a new submarine fiber optic cable system by Southern Cross Cables Limited (SCCL). The Southern Cross NEXT cable system will be constructed and operated by SCCL to connect Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Pioneer Consulting has already provided detailed market analysis as well as consulting on the network’s overall design and technical specifications. Pioneer is now assisting in the system specification, procurement, permitting, survey and contracting activities. This new system will provide connectivity between Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New…
Thursday, 19 January 2017 06:45

Slack finally launches threaded replies

Slack, the popular work chat app, has launched one of the features that users have been clamoring for over its entire lifetime: threaded messages. On Wednesday, the company began the process of rolling out the update to all of its users, which will allow them to keep conversations about a particular topic corralled into a single thread. The feature is designed to keep conversations on a particular topic out of the main flow of a chat channel, the company said in a blog post. Starting a thread just requires users to hover over a message, click the “Start a Thread”…
The route survey for the long-awaited Hawaiki cable has now been completed, and details have been revealed about how far production has progressed. The 14,000 km cable, scheduled for completion in 2018, will link New Zealand and Australia to the United States, Hawaii and American Samoa, as well as other South Pacific islands. The route survey included details about the kinds of small boat and shallow water work for all landings. “The information garnered from the recently completed deep water route survey will be instrumental in ensuring the long-term viability of the cable system and we are thrilled with the…
Monday, 09 January 2017 06:35

Bewebs Speaking Email

A Kiwi-made app is getting global attention after securing a strategic partnership with technology giant Bosch to bring email into cars. Bosch is this week featuring Speaking Email as part of their stand at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 5-8. Speaking Email is an app that reads emails aloud so people can safely check their email while driving. Bosch is incorporating Speaking Email into their mySPIN platform, which enables drivers to use authorised apps on their iPhone or Android smartphone via a touchscreen integrated into cars and motorbikes. “We are very happy that Speaking…
Monday, 19 December 2016 10:46

Phone number portability to stay

The Commerce Commission has decided to continue to regulate number portability for both local and mobile telephone numbers for another five years. Number portability enables a customer to keep the same telephone number despite switching telecommunications provider. The regulation limits the time gap in service and the price the telecommunications companies pay each other for the switchover. Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said that users support continued controls and the industry is comfortable with the existing number portability regulations. "The ability of New Zealanders to keep their phone number when switching providers has been regulated for nearly a decade now…
Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:37

Hawaiki cable construction starts

Construction of the 14,000 kilometre Hawaiki submarine cable that will link New Zealand to Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States has started with a ground breaking ceremony at Bream Trail Farm, Mangawhai Heads, Northland attended by NZ prime minister John Key and communications minister Amy Adams. Through REANNZ the government has become an anchor tenant of the cable at a cost of NZ$65 million. Adams said the Hawaiki cable would increase connectivity for New Zealanders and contribute to the growth of the digital economy with more than 30Tbps of capacity, a fivefold increase on current capacity When the cable is…