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Review
Tech junkies rejoice: The Dux Backpack is a tech fortress you can take anywhere
For any tech junkie out there looking for the optimal means to get your devices from point A to point B, STM’s Dux Backpack is here to fulfil those needs.
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Cloud
Microsoft NZ Partner Awards 2021: The finalists are announced
The Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards are coming up again — and Microsoft has kick-started the fanfare today with an official announcement of the finalists.
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Samsung
Hands-on review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
After reviewing the Galaxy Z Fold 3, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s my favourite foldable phone (so far).
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Cybersecurity
Zero trust in NZ, and its rise from fringe approach to industry standard
The guiding principle of a zero trust security model is that no-one in an organisation — from a new recruit to the CISO — is granted intrinsic trust to access the network.
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Sustainability
Microsoft makes Emissions Impact Dashboard tool generally available
The tool gives customers insight into the greenhouse gas emissions associated with using Microsoft cloud services.
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Cybersecurity
Ethical hacking in Aotearoa: How can it benefit cybersecurity in NZ?
Negative connotations have traditionally been applied to the term 'hacking'. But with cyber-threats ramping up, things are changing fast — and CISOs can't afford to keep the status quo.
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Construction
Interview: How technology enriches the construction industry
Techday sat down with Clough senior project manager Giuseppe Gaudiello and Bentley Systems exec Hugh Hofmeister about their experiences combining technology and infrastructure.
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Remote Working
Enhancing the digital experience for hybrid workers
As they consider the possibilities, companies must ensure that employee digital experience is consistent across workplace models to optimise productivity.
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Data center
AWS invests NZ$7.5 billion in Aotearoa with new data centre region in Auckland
The company estimates that, over the next 15 years, the new infrastructure region will add over $10 billion to New Zealand’s GDP.
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Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori
Digital Māori dictionary partners with Dynamo6 to overhaul app
Upgrades to the app include new audio clips pronouncing 24,000 words in te reo Māori, as well as the ability to filter results by idioms, phrases, proverbs and loan words.
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Endpoint Management
Mobile Mentor: From smartphone mentoring to Microsoft Partner of the Year
Mobile Mentor managing director Randall Cameron says the company’s success has been to move with the technology as it changes.
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Zero trust
No more security tradeoffs for SMBs or the branch office
Palo Alto Networks' PA-400 Series Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) allows small and medium-sized business to expand their zero trust network security to every branch.
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Mergers and Acquisitions
DDLS expands into NZ with $17m acquisition of Auldhouse
Australia's largest ICT training provider has acquired its New Zealand counterpart in a deal with $17 million.
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Denodo
Logical data fabric: knitting together enterprise data
The rise of data sprawl has posed a real challenge for many organisations, writes Denodo senior vice president and chief marketing officer Ravi Shankar.
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10 Minute IT Jams
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - Cohesity's data management as-a-service in action
In this interview, two execs from Cohesity discuss the company's data management as a service (DMaaS) solutions. 
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WSO2
Improving CX and ROI with WSO2 Identity Server
A recent Forrester analysis has found that WSO2's Identity Server solution can accelerate time-to-market, ROI and productivity.
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Network Detection and Response / NDR
ExtraHop reveals expansion on response and forensics capabilities
he new features include one-click incident response reporting, NDR investigation capabilities, and a packet capture product available on AWS Marketplace.
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Cloud
Genesys G-Summit South Asia 2021: Taking CX to the next level
Genesys G-Summit South Asia 2021 is a two-day virtual customer experience event for customers, industry visionaries, and market experts from around the South Asia region.
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Cloud
Samsung reveals new lineup of next-gen foldable smartphones
Samsung has unveiled its new lineup of next-generation foldable smartphones — the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G.
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API
Code outside the box: Why customisable solutions are better
Twilio allows for innovators, both big and small, from across every industry to reinvent how companies engage with their customers.
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10 Minute IT Jams
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - Syniti VP on optimal business transformation
In this interview we speak with Syniti vice president for ANZ Frankie Steel, who is back for her second IT Jam. 
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Enterprise Resource Planning / ERP
How ECi Software Solutions' ERP can help service providers increase revenue
With e-automate, MSPs can automate every business process, including accounting, service dispatch and contract, inventory and sales management.
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Microsoft
Case study: How Microsoft helped a Kiwi company deliver mobile order software to McDonalds in Japan
Its business model was simple – provide a connection between customers and retailers, then enable those retailers to improve the customer’s experience.
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Review
Hands-on review: HP Envy Pro 6430 + Instant Ink
HP’s Envy Pro 6430 All-in-One encapsulates simplicity while also boasting a litany of features, and its competitive price makes it an attractive option.