Stories by Sim Ahmed

Kiwi agriculture startup wins IBM competition

Christchurch-based CropLogic won IBM's startup incubation competition, SmartCamp Australia New Zealand, IBM announced last night.
Of the five finalists CropLogic was the only New Zealand-based company.

App review: Instapaper

There is a lot of interesting content on the internet but the great tragedy of life is that none of us will ever get to read all of it. The Herculean problem of trying to read all the things you want to is being tackled by different services (with varying levels of success), but Instapaper is leading the pack.

Data for the masses

Big data analytics should be used for more than just financial gain; the power of data combined with good design can be used to convey complex information to the masses, says Jer Thorp, data artist in residence at The New York Times.

Review: After the divorce

Sony’s Xperia line is the first range of smartphones produced by the company following its split with long time partner Ericsson.

Auckland Transport ends Snapper contract

Auckland Transport has terminated its contract with Snapper after concluding the Infratil-owned company would not be able to meet the November 30 deadline to deliver its part of the $98 million Auckland Integrated Fares System (AIFS).

Telecom posts earnings of $1.157 billion

Telecom reported a net profit of $1.157 billion dollars in an announcement to the New Zealand Stock Exchange this morning.
Total revenues were $4.5 billion, 9 percent less than the figure posted last year, but Telecom says the results include five months of trading before its demerger from Chorus, which makes year on year comparisons “complex”.

App review: Outlook.com


I bet I’m not the only one out there that wishes they could go back in time and choose a less embarrassing user name for their first email account. If you’re like me your first email provider was Hotmail, which remains the dominant email platform to this day.

SFO evaluation clears Maclean Technology sale

A preliminary investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has found there is no proof that fraud occurred in the sale of the assets of liquidated company Maclean Computing to Maclean Technology.

Maclean Computing's unsecured creditors unlikely to be paid

Defeat hung in the air at the end of the creditors' meeting for the failed Maclean Computing Limited (MCL) yesterday. Damien Grant, liquidator at Waterstone Insolvency, told the room of around 20, mostly unsecured creditors that they were unlikely to recover any money from MCL.

Gen-i and Westpac renew contract worth $50 million

Gen-i and Westpac have renewed their seven-year IT services contract for a further two years, a deal which Gen-i says is worth $50 million.
The current contract which was signed in 2005 sees Gen-i providing the bank with data, voice, and call centre services among others.

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