Stories by Ulrika Hedquist, Computerworld

The Toybox top-five: best of 2008

It is that time of year again, but before we head off to beaches and baches for the holidays, I thought this would be the perfect time to sum up the past 12 months here at Toybox headquarters, and at the same time give you some Christmas gift inspiration. Below is my top-five list of toys and gadgets that have passed through since January.

ERMLive pays off for PayGlobal founder

Start-up human resources and payroll system ERMLive has got off to a great start after launching in New Zealand in March and has already signed contracts worth over $1 million, says its chief executive, Donald Hastie. Christchurch-based ERMLive secured a big Australian customer in its first year, 2005, and developed the original application for that customer. That customer has since implemented the system in Melbourne, Scotland, India and Singapore. One of the benefits of the application is that it is a multi-geography payroll solution, says Hastie.

Xtra brand dies a quiet death

The Xtra brand is gradually being dumped from all Telecom marketing material. While the email side of the Xtra brand has been swallowed by Yahoo, as YahooXtra, the company’s broadband services have now been progressively renamed Telecom Broadband.