Stories by Stuart Corner

Government initiatives needed to boost digital inclusion

The Innovation Partnership, a body sponsored by Google, Chorus and InternetNZ, says New Zealand is falling short on ‘digital inclusion’ and it has called on Government to address the issue in collaboration with other organisations.

Wearable wearers beware: you are a prime target market

​Market research firm Nielsen Consumer and Media Insights says usage of wearable devices is rising exponentially in New Zealand, doubling over the past 12 months to nine percent of the online population over 15 years of age, representing an attractive target market.

Fuji Xerox NZ finances under parental scrutiny

​New Zealand First Winston Peters has called for the Serious Fraud Office to take a second look at the Government’s dealings with Fuji Xerox New Zealand following report in the Japanese press that its parent company, Fujifilm Holdings, will delay its 2016 annual report pending an investigation of accounting practices at Fuji Xerox NZ.

Gentrack acquisitions boost airport software portfolio

NZX listed Gentrack Group (NZX: GTK), a developer of software for utilities and airports has acquired Denmark based Blip Systems A/S and agreed to acquire Maltese company CA Plus Ltd, saying the deals will expand its airport software product range and customer base worldwide.

Hikurangi to get Northpower UFB by September

​Northpower has announced commencement of construction of the UFB network in Hikurangi, saying it will be completed in September this year and will pass more than 650 customers.

NZTech aims to get more girls into IT careers

Citing research that it says shows tech firms with a balance of men and women make more money, the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTEch) is seeking to persuade more schoolgirls to take up careers in IT.

Spark to add WiFi to Westpac Stadium

​Spark has become the official technology partner of Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and will install a high density WiFi network throughout the stadium in partnership with technology supplier, Huawei to improve mobile communications for visitors and to support a network of display screens for advertising and information.

How Aussie innovation is helping secure IT

Last September a report by US think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, commissioned by Intel Security, found that 88 per cent of Australian IT decision makers surveyed believed there was a local shortage of cyber security skills.

Vodafone seeks to support promising startups with xone

Vodafone has launched its second xone accelerator programme offering funding packages worth $150,000 that include cash, office space, workshops, events, and network access to the 10 startups selected to join the programme.

How the power of sports content killed the Voda/Sky merger

The Commerce Commission has given its full statement of reasons for blocking the planned merger of Vodafone NZ and Sky saying it believes the merged entity’s power over premium sports content would kill competition in both the fixed broadband and mobile markets.

Ultrafast Fibre moves IT into Dimension Data’s cloud

Ultrafast Fibre, which owns and operates the Ultrafast Broadband network in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, has chosen Dimension Data’s managed cloud facility in Hamilton to host all its data and applications.

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