Stories by Rob O'Neill

Renaissance rises from a 'ghastly' 2012

After a ghastly 2012, training provider and Apple retailer Renaissance Corporation is looking forward to "a new normal" after several years of profound change and business upheaval.

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.

Kiwi disclosure law could boost security, says Symantec

A new survey of small and medium sized businesses shows 58 per cent of Australian and New Zealand companies suffered a data loss or breach that affected business performance. The survey, by security company Symantec, found 69 per cent of these organisations reported losses due to systems breakdown or hardware failure, 49 per cent through onsite and natural disasters, 47 per cent through human error, 45 per cent through a lost or stolen laptop or other protable device and 39 per cent through deliberate sabotage by an employee.

HP moves to take control of EDS NZ

Hewlett-Packard has installed its own directors on the board of EDS New Zealand, matching moves made across the Tasman to seal HP's control of its US$13.9 billion (NZ$23.6 billion) acquisition.

Vista's point man says Microsoft is learning

It is eighteen months since Windows Vista was launched with the slogan "The 'Wow' starts now". Far from wowing users, however, Vista left them cold. They were unhappy with its speed, with compatibility issues and with what seemed like gratuitous changes to well known functions.