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SDN & NFV
Avaya makes SDN easier at the edge
Avaya has introduced an open SDN architecture which it says is the first to deliver a ‘connect anything, anywhere’ simplicity'.
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Symantec
Intralinks expands Enterprise Fabric Partner Ecosystem
"Through this partnership, mobile and cloud collaboration can now truly intersect without compromising enterprise security or user experience.”
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Managed Services
Agile business continuity now available for MSPs
LogicNow is touting the release of a new version of its hybrid cloud backup and disaster recovery solution as equipping MSPs to upgrade customers.
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Internet of Things
Internet of Things: Why identity is critical to success
Resellers take note: the devil is in the detail for the IoT and its success will rest on managing identities and access.
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Apple
Smartphones: Could bigger screens herald the end of tablets?
The concomitant move towards bigger screens in smartphone handsets may be about to throw a further spanner in the works.
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Gaming
Blamsung: why it would make sense for Samsung to buy BlackBerry
While the rumours of a takeover by Samsung of struggling BlackBerry were quickly hosed down by the companies concerned, such a move would make perfect sense for both.
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Document Management
Balanced Deployment: why the ‘where’ of printing is important
In short, Balanced Deployment means putting printing and imaging technology within reach of everyone who needs it.
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Apple
2degrees founder’s rumblings over ComCom mobile market monitoring
2degrees founder comes out swinging, saying the Commerce Commission is asleep at the wheel and has produced faulty information
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HP
Is the age of the mega tech company drawing to a close?
With news out this week that HP is to split into two closely followed by a similar announcement from Symantec, it could be time to ponder whether or not mega-corporations still make sense in the technology business.
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Cisco
Is all well in VCE-land? Potential wobbly for converged infrastructure company
Rumours that Cisco is to limit its future involvement in VCE have been quickly hosed down by the networking giant.
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Apple
Will an extra two inches make any difference for Apple?
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s rumours that Apple may have a 12-inch convertible tablet in its skunkworks, chatter is suggesting the possibility of a similarly sized tablet to join the regular iPad and the iPad mini.
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Gaming
Young boffin finds use for Android smartwatch
While there is a young boffin and while he has done something amazing, the jury is still out – way out – on whether or not it is a useful something.
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Microsoft
Rumoured Apple hybrid boosts Surface strategy
With its flailing Surface, Microsoft is pushing the notion that people want a single device instead of the practically ubiquitous ‘laptop plus tablet’ combination
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Microsoft
Meet Windows 10’s biggest competitor: Windows 7
The most exciting thing about the imminent introduction of Windows 10 is that Microsoft skipped number 9. Early previews of the operating system show a rejiggered interface which brings it closer to the Windows 7
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Document Management
HP takes huge step - a split is coming
Rumours that HP is to split into two have been confirmed by the company itself.
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Big Data
Meet the Big Data professionals (it’s not who you think)
Reckon the top users of Big Data are the likes of banks, consumer products companies and mass marketers? Maybe so, but there’s another industry altoge
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Gaming
Netflix: Not only a danger to the neighbourhood video shop
Forget about video stores being under siege by Netflix. It looks like streaming video services which go up against the market leader might be the first to hit the wall. That could be the lesson emerging as Verizon puts the kibosh on its video on demand service in the USA.
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Gaming
Kiwis fall foul of Twitter’s dark side
Any time you use a social media service, it provides an additional opportunity for spammers, scammers and malicious masterminds to take advantage.
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Gaming
Headwinds for Baboom as Dotcom calls it quits
After the expensive fiasco of the Internet Party which resulted in a declaration that his brand was ‘poisonous’, Kim Dotcom has sold his share in the proposed Baboom music streaming service.
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BYOD / Bring Your Own Device
Paying too much for telecoms
Chances are, your company is forking out more than it should for telecommunications.
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Gaming
Dirty politics enabled by technology
In the wake of the launch of Nicky Hager’s latest book, it has become apparent is that ‘Dirty Politics’ is enabled in an unprecedented fashion by technology in general and social media in particular.
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Government
Where is the government's UFB rollout up to
In a recent update, Chorus says New Zealand is ranked first for growth in fibre coverage from 2012 to 2013 worldwide.
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Gaming
Slice of Silicon Valley History coming to NZ with your help
What better way for an IT museum to raise money than by leveraging technology itself? Startup Techvana, which intends to become New Zealand’s first and likely only public repository of the techie stuff from yesteryear
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Gaming
How social media lost the New Zealand election
In the wake of the 2014 general election, it could be time for companies and political parties alike to take a fresh look at social media.