Stories by Bill Bennett

IPod nano to hit our shores shortly

INITIAL stocks of Apple’s iPod nano could be on sale in New Zealand as early as today, following last week’s US launch. However, Renaissance, the brand’s local distributor, says it doesn’t yet know how many of the digital music playing devices will arrive in the first shipment.

Apple refreshes Mac mini, iBook product lines

Apple has expanded and upgraded its Mac mini range of small low-cost desktops from two to three models. At the same time, the company has beefed up iBook performance, while trimming the low-end portable computer range to just two models.

Opinion: Keep taking the Tablets

Does Microsoft chairman Bill Gates really believe his company’s Tablet PC still has the potential to be the world’s dominant computer design?

Opinion: notebook boom isn't all good news

When Intel announced last week that it expected to earn slightly more revenue in the current quarter than it had previously estimated, it didn’t exactly look like an interesting story. Yet, buried amongst the upbeat though otherwise mundane financial details was something extremely important.

Apple Intel rumours resurface

APPLE’S share price surged early this week on fresh rumours the company is preparing to use Intel chips in some or all future Macintosh computers.

Synnex sets sights on white box market

White box giant Synnex Australia is to form a New Zealand subsidiary later this month. The company is looking to hire ten staff immediately and a further 15 by year end. It aims to be turning over $100 million annually within a couple of years.

PeopleSoft lifts Oracle's revenue, trims profits

Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft cut into its profit in its most recent quarter but significantly lifted its applications revenue, Oracle reported Tuesday as it released results from the third quarter of its 2005 fiscal year.