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  • Pushpay on track for ACMR target

    ​New Zealand Stock Exchange listed mobile payments company, Pushpay — whose main business is facilitating donations to churches in the US via a mobile app — has reported increased losses for the year to 31 March but says its focus is to continue to invest to grow the business.

    23 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Southern Cross signs seven customers for NEXT cable

    Southern Cross Southern Cross Cable Network says seven organisations have now signed letters of intent to use its planned Southern Cross NEXT trans Pacific cable. It says these include “three major Australasian carriers and four Pacific islands,” adding: “ Discussions with several other customers showing strong interest are also in progress.”

    18 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • BDO NZ now Xero largest partner worldwide

    ​BDO NZ, the New Zealand arm of the global accounting firm with 850 staff and 15 offices in New Zealand, says it is now Xero’s biggest partner in the world after signing up its 10,000th Xero user.

    17 May 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wagbot the chatbot delivers educational advice

    ​Community Law Wellington has launched a chatbot to provide information to parents and students about schools and education throughout New Zealand. The chatbot, dubbed ‘Wagbot’ is claimed to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to ‘learn on the job’.

    17 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone creates airborne cell site for search and rescue

    ​Vodafone in conjunction with Police Search and Rescue (SAR) has developed a mobile cell site that can be fitted into a helicopter enabling rescuers to communicate with people on the ground via their cellphones in areas where there is no mobile network coverage.

    16 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New investment guide trumpets NZ’s ‘firsts’

    ​Did you know that the world’s first powered flight was made not by the Wright Brothers but by a New Zealander, Richard Pearce; or that the global pharmaceutical empire Glaxo Smith Kline had its origins in Bunnythorpe?

    11 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • James Pascoe switches SAP support to Rimini Street

    ​New Zealand retailer James Pascoe Group has switched to Rimini Street support for SAP ERP applications used by its eight retail brands in New Zealand and Australia.

    10 May 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Qrious to become Cloudera MSP for New Zealand

    Qrious - the big data and analytics software business set up in 2014 by Spark NZ - has become the first managed service provider in New Zealand for global data management and analytics software company, Cloudera, which offers software built on the open source Hadoop, and which went public on the New York Stock Exchange last week.

    02 May 17 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Frogparking launches investment-fuelled recruitment drive

    New Zealand based parking technology company Frogparking says it is hunting for new talent in New Zealand, Australia and the United States as it embarks on a growth programme fuelled by a recent multi-million dollar investment.

    28 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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.

    26 April 17 10:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Connexionz software to manage New York ferries

    ​Christchurch-based Connexionz, which specialises in the development and delivery of real time passenger information and intelligent systems for managing transport networks, has been awarded a contract for software and systems to manage a new New York ferry service.

    12 April 17 11:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Immigration no panacea for IT skills shortage, says NZTech

    ​Wellington’s LookSee campaign offering 100 oversees IT professionals an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand for a series of pre-arranged job interviews has garnered over 48,000 applications, prompting a warning from the New Zealand Technology Association (NZTech) that New Zealand should not depend on immigration as the silver bullet to the tech skills shortages.

    11 April 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • First Auckland, now Wellington to get VR facility

    Details have been revealed of plans for a National Virtual Reality Complex in Wellington, following yesterday’s opening by Auckland Council of the AR/VR Garage, saying it established Auckland as an international AR/VR hub.

    06 Sept. 16 14:10 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone smart jacket makes cycling safer

    Vodafone is trialling a smart jacket for cyclists developed in the Netherlands that is fitted with LEDs that, like a mobile phone’s navigation app, indicate when the cyclist is making a turn.

    06 Sept. 16 09:44 Written by Stuart Corner
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