Stories by Michael Foreman

Dotcom extradition hearing delayed again

The hearing that will decide whether Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is extradited from New Zealand to face copyright infringement charges in the United States has been postponed again.

Inside Datacom's Kapua datacentre

Datacom’s Kapua datacentre near Hamilton has been quietly operating for a couple of months now, but the IT services firm hosted an official opening ceremony at its newest facility earlier this month.

Editorial: Don't let IT foul the nest

“Well, I’m not having them in my house,” was the immediate and somewhat indignant verdict on the Google Glass concept from a not too tech-savvy friend. I had just given her a run down on some of the possible Google Glass features and how the device might be abused by a gatecrasher to gain entry to a party for example.

Yelp arrives in NZ

Local listings website operators will face an overseas competitor with the arrival of US giant reviews network Yelp, which launches in New Zealand today.

Security newcomer makes inroads at local banks

US-based security appliance company FireEye claims it can count half of Australia-New Zealand’s banks as customers despite entering the Asia Pacific market little more than a year ago.

Maclean Technology sheds 'handful' of staff

IT services company Maclean Technology has made “a handful” of its staff redundant in what the company describes as a “minor restructure”.
Maclean Technology CEO Chris Maclean replied in an email to an enquiry from Computerworld that a “small number of roles” were made redundant last Friday.
“Some of the reduction in overhead has been made possible by some major advances in automation achieved since the introduction of our new service automation tools over the past three months,” Maclean continued. “These have allowed us to streamline some core business processes that previously required heavy administration but are now largely automatic.”
Asked how many positions would be lost, Maclean would only say that it was “a handful”, adding that half of the staff affected would be re-hired in other positions.
He also refused to confirm the staff headcount following the restructure, saying the “net loss of staff isn’t substantial”.
Last September, Maclean Technology employed over 40 staff, according to its website. The company was formed following the demise of Maclean Computing last year.
Maclean Computing was founded in 1993 by Allan and Kevin Maclean. The company employed 72 staff when Chris Maclean took over as CEO from his father, Allan Maclean, in 2009.
Maclean Computing went into liquidation on Friday July 13, 2012, owing suppliers, vendors, partners, some staff and other unsecured creditors $953,000. The following Wednesday the company announced that its assets were being sold to Maclean Technology Limited, a company which listed Chris Maclean and his business partner Matthew Bellingham as directors.

Microsoft and MSD fund ICT consultancy for Canterbury NGOs

Microsoft and the Ministry of Social Development have launched an initiative that will provide free ICT consultancy to 50 non-government organisations (NGOs) in the Canterbury region. The initiative is being administered by Infoxchange, an Australia-based not-for-profit organisation formed in the late 1980s that specialises in helping NGOs make better use of technology.

The 'accidental' cloud commerce company

Cloud-based ERP company NetSuite last week announced the availability in Australasia of its SuiteCommerce commerce as a service platform for its NetSuite cloud-based ERP system.

Tuhura launches location-based tourist app

Location-based apps are nothing new, but a North Auckland-based start-up is claiming a world first with Tuhura, a tourist-orientated, HTML5-powered mobile website that serves up cultural and historical video content based on the user’s location.

Dotcom cries foul over Megaupload raid

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appeared in Auckland High Court today as part of a judicial review of the police raid on his rented Coatesville mansion in January. This followed a ruling last month that the search and seizure operation was unlawful.