Stories by Rob O'Neill

Buyers dial up new homes on iPhones

The Kiwi obsession with home ownership can further indulged by a new location-aware iPhone application that allows users to research homes for sale in their vicinity.

Huawei weighs local iPad competitor

The iPad will likely face Android-based competition in the local tablet market by Christmas.
Speaking at the launch of another of his company’s devices – the Ideos smartphone which will be offered here by 2Degrees – Asia Pacific director of marketing and product planning Alan Wong said the S7 tablet could be launched locally before the end of the year.
Wong said Huawei was in talks with distributors and channel partners here about the S7 tablet, one of which is understood to be 2Degrees.
The Ideos smartphone's local launch price will be $379.

Telco group looks for industry improvement

The Telecommunications Industry Group (TIG) is pursuing goals of industry improvement and the promotion of communications technology to business, seeking areas where operators can work together to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

NZCS lobbies to end patent protection for software

The New Zealand Computer Society has come out in support of a ban on software patents, sending a letter yesterday to Minister of Commerce Simon Power supporting a Commerce Select Committee recommendation to remove patent protection for software in New Zealand law.

Watercare platforms to deliver Supercity service

The Supercity consolidation of water services in Auckland will see many functions in the existing six water retailers migrated onto of Watercare's platforms, says Gary Swift, Watercare's general manager of finance.

Anatomy of a Conficker infection: Waikato DHB

Faulty software, aging systems, complexity and a lack of full network control all contributed to computer virus infection at Waikato District Health Board last December, according to a report presented to the DHB’s board today.

IBM outpoints Cisco at Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs, which operates the Government Technology Service, is preparing to implement IBM's Proventia software for intrusion prevention and detection.

Solution Dynamics moves into the black

Database management, imaging and marketing company Solution Dynamics earned a profit of $38,000 for the six months ended 31 December 2009, an improvement on a $11,000 loss for the same period in 2008.

Eftpos undepins NZ mobile landscape

The fact that New Zealand is so well served by Eftpos, something not seen in many overseas markets, means our mobile banking and payments market is likely to take a different shape from others, says Caroline Dewe, CEO of Fronde Anywhere.

Nelson City tackles information 'labyrinth'

Nelson City Council is reaping the rewards of an investment in document management technology, finding the software helps it comply with regulation such as the Public Records Act and boosts customer service as well.