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NZ Tech Podcast 182: LG G3, Vodafone $5 roaming, Chromecast cometh, Quickflix vs Netflix. I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast this week with  Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Paddy Buckley (@paddybuckley) from Quickflix. It’s a bigger than usual show where we…
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Microsoft says a new Mac version of Word is coming later this year. Hopefully it will be more like  Windows Word 2013 than OS X Word: 2011. When I switched to a MacBook last year, the thing I missed most was writing longer features in the Windows version…
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Vodafone is offering its Unlimited broadband and home phone customers a free six month subscription to Sky’s Basic television service. To get the free service customers have to sign to a Vodafone Unlimited plan for 24-months and then take a 12 month Sky…
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Auckland Transport imposes stingy restrictions on its customers using the Wi-Fi network installed at railway stations and, soon, bus terminals and ferry wharves. However, there’s good news for Telecom NZ mobile customers. The company tells me the Auckland…
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NBR looks at TradeMe’s recent performance in Trade Me sits at crossroads, testing investor patience — the story is only available to subscribers. After peaking last year with a value of NZ$2.15 billion, TradeMe’s share price now values the company at $1.4…
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Wellington tech industry lawyer Michael Wigley hits the nail on the head writing about the European court decision in Another loss for Fortress Google on the Tuanz website. He says the European decision is sensible and the move will not have a chilling…
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Toshiba says it will launch two Encore 2 tablets in July. The company plans a $US200 eight-inch tablet and a ten inch version that will sell for US$270. Going on past prices, New Zealanders can expect the models to sell here for a little over $300 and…
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This has been a big year for iPad word processing. In March Microsoft delivered an iOS version of  Word. April saw Apple update the iPad version of its Pages word processor and give the app away with new tablets. Last week Google joined the party with a…
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You need special kit not publicly available in New Zealand until later this year. And, for now, there are only six Auckland sites. Yet Telecom NZ’s carrier aggregation show where mobile data is heading with a service that has theoretical peak speeds of…
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Enable Networks faces a $64 million cost blowout as it struggles to meet Ultrafast Broadband deadlines. The blowout shows up in a footnote to the Christchurch City Holdings Limited 2013 annual report. Under the heading Capital Commitments on page 36, the…
Enable Networks faces a $64 million cost blowout as it struggles to meet Ultrafast Broadband deadlines. The blowout shows up in a footnote to the Christchurch City Holdings Limited 2013 annual repo...
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We’ve always been at war with Eastasia - 1984 Fortress Google under siege quotes Wellington technology industry lawyer Michael Wigley who mentions Google’s “difficult communication channels”.  One of those difficult communication channels is the Google…
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So very true - am consistently frustrated by Google's ongoing lack of real communication with the world at large and, in particular, here in NZ. 
 
Gigaom reports New Windows 8.1 license means cheap Windows laptops on the way. Microsoft announced a new version of Windows on Friday, Windows 8.1 with Bing, that will be sold only to hardware makers. The idea is to take advantage of lower system…
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