The latest in entrepreneurial technology news for Kiwis
Bin 'em: Those bomb threat emails are complete hoaxes
A worldwide spate of spam emails claiming there is a bomb in the recipient’s building is almost certainly a hoax.
Marriott sets up call centres to answer questions on data breach
Marriott has released an update on the breach of the Starwood guest reservation data breach which affected 500 million guests.
How to stay safe when shopping online
Online shopping is a great way to avoid the crowds – but there are risks.
Soul Machines' virtual humans go mainstream
An Auckland AI firm renowned for its work creating ‘digital humans’ is now unleashing its creativity to the wider market.
Hands-on review: The Logitech R500 laser presentation remote
With a clever ergonomic design, you’ll never have to glance at the device, unless you deliberately look to use the built-in laser pointer to emphasise your presentation.
GCSB welcomes Inspector-General's report on intelligence warrants
Intelligence warrants can include surveillance, private communications interception, searches of physical places and things, and the seizure of communications, information and things.
Lightning Lab accelerator delves into tourism
“It’s great to see the tourism sector taking a proactive and collaborative approach to innovation."
Apax Partners wins bidding war for Trade Me buyout
“We’re confident Trade Me would have a successful standalone future," says Trade Me chairman David Kirk
Verifi takes spot in Deloitte Asia Pacific Fast 500
"An increasing amount of companies captured by New Zealand’s Anti-Money laundering legislation are realising that an electronic identity verification solution can streamline their customer onboarding."
Homegrown stress relief app to be launched next year
Researchers at the University of Auckland and an Auckland-based creative agency are working together to create a ‘world first’ app that they believe will help with stress relief.
How blockchain will impact NZ’s economy
Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
Preparing for the future of work – growing big ideas from small spaces
We’ve all seen it: our offices are changing from the traditional four walls - to no walls. A need to reduce real estate costs is a key driver, as is enabling a more diverse and agile workforce.
Start 2019 with a bang with these four steps
While it’s easy to become absorbed by the day-to-day running of the business, an SMB’s success depends on the ability to step back.
Capitalising on exponential IT
"Exponential IT must be a way of life, not just an endpoint."
Vero study: Women run larger SMBs; and they're more worried too
Women are more likely to run larger SMBs, but they’re also more worried, more stressed, and less likely to use an insurance broker for their business than male SMB owners.
Digital transformation drives demand for tech professionals across NZ
"A good employer will ensure they provide suitable training and development for their top candidates, not just from a technical perspective but also from a soft skill perspective."
Tether: The Kiwi startup fighting back against cold, damp homes
“Mould and mildew are the new asbestos. But unlike asbestos, detecting the presence – or conditions that encourage growth – of mould and mildew is nearly impossible."
CERT NZ highlights rise of unauthorised access incidents
“In one case, the attacker gained access and tracked the business’s emails for at least six months. They gathered extensive knowledge of the business’s billing cycles."
Report - Nine tips for tech companies to maximise growth
“Marketing and sales are critical to the successful growth of any business, but especially for those in the tech industry.”
NZ's growing tech sector creates job boom
"New tech roles are highly paid generating new wealth for regional New Zealand and research has found that for every new tech role created 4.9 other support roles are created in a community."
PhD student's wildlife-monitoring drone wins award
“You see a lot in the media about the threats facing yellow-eyed penguins in New Zealand, but those reports are mainly based on penguins from the mainland."
Xero celebrates 1m subscriber milestone
“Our growth is an indication of the strength of the small business economy across Australia and New Zealand,” says Xero’s managing director of Australia and Asia, Trent Innes.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
5c more per share: Trade Me bidding war heats up
Another bidder has entered the bidding arena as the potential sale of Trade Me kicks up a notch.
T'is the season SMBs may close their doors
Too many small businesses will try to keep a sinking ship afloat when really they should be closing up shop.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."
Whitepaper: Microsoft’s framework for inclusive and responsible cloud policies
Microsoft wants to empower organisations to use technology within a clear ethical and responsible framework.
Govt commits $5.15m to digital identity research
“With more and more aspects of our lives taking place online it’s critical the government takes a lead to ensure New Zealanders have control of how and who uses their identity information,” says Minister Woods.
DanaBot banking Trojan: How to protect your organisation
DanaBot is a Trojan written in the Delphi programming language that includes banking site web injections and stealer functions.
Cutting through the noise with AI-driven threat analytics
SANS has provided an independent review of a new AI analytics solution designed to rescue businesses 'drowning in data' from SIEM platforms.
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
The six golden keys to successful identity assurance
When someone tries to access your internal systems, how can you be sure a user is who they claim to be?
Entrepreneur reactivates business engagement in AU Super funds
10 million workers leave it up to employers to choose their Super fund for them – and the majority of employers are just as passive and unengaged at putting that fund to work.
Whitepaper: Why it’s critical to detect cyber attacks as they happen
"Many organisations are struggling to keep pace with the speed in which hackers are attacking their systems."
GirlBoss wins 2018 YES Emerging Alumni of the Year Award
The people have spoken – GirlBoss CEO and founder Alexia Hilbertidou has been crowned this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Emerging Alumni of the Year.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill.
Is your business growing the way you want it to?
Small business owners often have to be a jack-of-all-trades to keep their business running - but it doesn't have to be that way.
Hootsuite's five social trends marketers should take note of
These trends should keep marketers, customer experience leaders, social media professionals and executives awake at night.
Different approach to malware detection needed – VMware
Security needs to move away from the traditional approach of chasing after arbitrary forms of malware.
3 key points to securing your digital transformation journey
In this report Unisys details three key areas focus on when implementing a successful digital transformation as with every opportunity comes risk.
Quora's been breached: Users, change your passwords
Quora’s 100 million users are the latest targets in a major data breach, but at least the company has moved quickly to contain it.
Whitepaper: Taking an integrated approach to combatting ransomware
Rather than having multiple different solutions, businesses need to ensure their endpoint management, malware and backup solutions are providing full coverage.
Report finds GCSB in compliance with NZ rights
The Inspector-General has given the GCSB its compliance tick of approval for the fourth year in a row.
SingleSource scores R&D grant to explore digital identity over blockchain
Callaghan Innovation has awarded a $318,000 R&D grant to Auckland-based firm SingleSource, a company that applies risk scoring to digital identity.
Spark Lab launches free cybersecurity tool for SMBs
Spark Lab has launched a new tool that it hopes will help New Zealand’s small businesses understand their cybersecurity risks.
Is mobile shopping compromising your enterprise security?
When employees do their holiday shopping on company resources, security teams have a challenge with the surge in browsing and online transactions.
Bluetooth-enabled traps could spell the end for NZ's pests
A Wellington conservation tech company has come up with a way of using Bluetooth to help capture pests like rats and stoats.
Working smarter not harder key to building stronger business
So you want to build a stronger business. It’s one of the goals that everyone in your workplace should strive for.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Company-X celebrates ranking on Deloitte's Fast 500 Asia Pacific
Hamilton-based software firm Company-X has landed a spot on Deloitte Technology’s Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2018 ranking - for the second year in a row.
Why use a trade exchange platform?
How thinking out of the box can bring unexpected benefits to small-to-medium businesses.
CASE STUDY: Prototyping the most ambitious innovation in audio design yet
Central Innovation helped Nura leverage CAD software SOLIDWORKS to refine and prototype the Nuraphone.
Kiwis sceptical about tech's future impact on their business
Many business owners think AI, virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles are 'overhyped'.
Whitepaper: How much is your company’s data really worth?
The most valuable companies in the world are so valued because of the data those companies control.
Preparing for e-invoicing requirements
The New Zealand and Australian governments are working on a joint approach to create trans-Tasman standards to e-invoicing that’ll make it easier for businesses in both countries work with each other and across the globe
IDC: Standalone VR headset shipments grow 428.6% in 3Q18
The VR headset market returned to growth in 3Q18 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined market.
Cyber attacks develop complexity, target Windows sysad tools - report
The report explores changes in the threat landscape over the past year, uncovering trends and how they are expected to impact cybersecurity in 2019.
How to build successful business partnerships
Not every business in your market needs to be a competitor.
OPPO completes 'world first' 5G multiparty video call
“This is just the beginning. Through 5G, we are creating truly immersive and revolutionary smartphones that will unlock a whole new user experience."
The features that should be front and centre when evaluating SIEMs
According to Frost & Sullivan, SIEM can either be an enabler or a retardant and there's a thin line between the two - here's the key attributes.
Aussie company announces accredited Diploma in Blockchain
The ASQA has accredited Blockchain Collective’s Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain consisting of eight modules - six core and two electives.