Stories by Stuart Corner

Smart Cities Council comes to ANZ

The Smart City Council, a global organisation that claims to be the world’s largest network of smart cities practitioners, has launched an Australian and New Zealand branch, headed by Adam Beck. It is only the council’s second regional initiative after India (where prime minister Narendra Modi has announced plans for 100 smart cities).

CropLogic agritech company aims for ASX listing

Christchurch-based agricultural technology company CropLogic has announced plans to list on the Australian Stock Exchange after raising money to fund the move via crowd-funding platform Equitise.

NZ ranked sixth for mobile connectivity

New Zealand has been ranked sixth in a 134 country index of mobile connectivity compiled by mobile network operators association, the GSA, which represents almost 800 mobile network operators.

Not a good idea: Joint NZ/Aus patent plan scrapped

A plan to enable a single patent application to be submitted for New Zealand and Australian patents has been scrapped following several years in gestation, after being rejected as unnecessary by the public.

Volpara delivers better breast imaging, via Azure

Wellington-based medical software company, Volpara Solutions, has launched VolparaEnterprise, running in Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The company says the software helps breast imaging providers deliver high quality, personalised breast screening, providing “real-time quality assurance and performance monitoring through dynamic, interactive dashboards.”

Tech Futures Lab to teach digitally disruptive disciplines

Tech Futures Lab, a training organisation founded in February by education futurist Frances Valintine in partnership with Unitec Technology Institute, has opened a new facility in Auckland to deliver training in today’s disruptive technologies.

Swiftpoint kickstarts ‘world’s most advanced mouse’

Swiftpoint, a company founded Grant Odgers who previously launched the Game Station chain, has raised almost US$300,000 from close to 1800 backers via Kickstarter to develop a new mouse, the Z, billed as the world’s most advanced.

Xero forges global partnership with time tracker TSheets

Cloud-based accounting software company, Xero, has announced a global partnership to integrate its software with that from TSheets, a US based company that has developed what is claimed to be “the number one employee rated and requested scheduling and time tracking software.”

Ten lucky Kiwi startups get Vodafone xone boost

Ten Kiwi start-ups and SMEs have been chosen to take part in Vodafone xone, billed as “a unique business accelerator designed to nurture the best ideas and kiwi talent in the research and commercialisation of world-class technology.”

Hays highlights hottest IT jobs

​Are you Jenkins savvy or TeamCity smart? If so your skills are in high demand, according to recruitment specialist Hays.

Options for fixed line telecoms regulation out for discussion

As part of its review of the Telecommunications Act 2001, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released an options paper seeking feedback on its proposed ‘utility-style’ framework for regulating fixed line communications services provided on the ultra-fast broadband network and Chorus’ copper network after 2020.