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Ben was born in the UK and was promptly shuffled across the universe to Auckland at a young age. He is a total geek but tries to be pretty casual about it. He was sucked into theatre in his teens, which led to a lot of time on stage, as well as writing and directing when he could. After spending four years as high-school Drama teacher, Ben decided that it was about time for him to move on and see what else the world has to offer. However, wherever he goes he will always be sure to return home to his best-friends/cats.
Stories by Ben
HP's 2020 partner award winners are...
There were many recurring names from the 2019 awards, with The Laptop Company, Ingram Micro, Cyclone, OEM Print Solutions and PB Technologies once again taking trophies back to the office.
Dicker Data teams up with Parks and Wildlife Foundation
The distie has already planted 30,000 trees and is encouraging its reseller partners to buy seedlings or trees to keep Australia healthy.
Kogan to maintain Mighty Ape staff, branding
With the acquisition of Mighty Ape, Kogan plans to make the most of its new asset by supporting the current team.
D-Link ANZ launches Wi-Fi 6 PCIe adapter with Bluetooth 5.1
The DWA-X3000 can achieve Wi-Fi speeds up to 2402Mbps (5GHz) + 600Mbps (2.4GHz) and is backwards compatible with 802.11ac/n/g/a/b technology.
Review: BlueAnt X5 bloody good Party Speaker
It’s portable, battery-powered, small and looks pretty good but still manages to pack a real punch.
Profit-for-good, connections creation company heads to NZ
meetmagic curates meetings between IT leaders and problem solvers from leading tech companies, and donates at least half to a worthy charity.
Nokia launches two new phones
The 225 4G is a low-cost traditional-style handset with a physical keypad and the 225 is an Android smartphone with a bloatware-free promise.
Hands-on review: BlueAnt X3 speaker: Local, affordable and good quality!?
BlueAnt’s newest product is a sturdy Bluetooth portable speaker that is being released at just $239.95. But is it any good? Yes. Yes it is.
PROS named Challenger in Magic Quadrant for CPQ apps
The company has moved from Visionary in 2019, to Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites.
Gradient and Ethical AI to take on biased AI algorithms
The non-profit and the consultancy are partnering to work toward ensuring a better future for Australians in a world driven by artificial intelligence.
Govt funds research into solar tsunamis, decolonising algorithms and more
With $187 million in grants going to research across Aotearoa New Zealand, we look at a few of the tech-related projects that have been given funding.
NZTech chief hopeful for greater diversity in tech sector
With the most diverse board ever, Muller has released a statement that highlights greater inclusion as the tech sector thrives in a pandemic-hit NZ.
Lenovo reveals holiday laptop lineup
A new slim laptop and convertible in the Yoga family, and a new Legion gaming laptop are planned for end-of-year release.
GCloud updates capabilities with Anthos enhancements
Google Cloud has announced improvements for hybrid compatibility, services, development, migration and identity security with updates to Anthos.
EPOS brings new looks to high-end headsets
The audio device company has announced new aesthetics for its GSP 600 wired headsets.
Forrester analyses the top SaaS marketplace players
The ‘New Wave SaaS Marketplaces’ report analyses the top eight players and provides analyst insight on who is excelling, or trailing, in 10 criteria.
Attivo signs Exclusive as first NZ distributor
Will allow channel partners to provide New Zealand enterprises with early detection, forensics, and automated incident response to in-network attacks.
Natural disasters, card fraud Kiwis’ top security concerns
A study by Unisys reveals the security concerns of Kiwi consumers in the world of COVID-19.
Access Networks signs exclusive deal with fibre optic vendor
The network solutions specialist distributor is now the exclusive distributor of Montclair Fiber Optics products for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Video: How Ingram enables IBM software partners
A beginner’s guide to becoming an IBM partner and how Ingram Micro can make it happen – delivered by Ingram IBM BDM Madan Mohan.
Video: How secure is your SD-WAN architecture?
Ingram Micro solution architect Andy Hill explains how Fortinet integrates next-gen security with best-of-breed SD-WAN to safely optimise a network.
Video: Business unusual with Ingram Micro NZ
Leaders from NZ's biggest distributor offer resellers and MSPs advice on how to move forward in a post-COVID-19 world, and explains how Ingram can help.
Video: How to plan for a post-pandemic workforce
Jabra ANZ managing director and thought-leader David Piggott shares his perspective on what we have to gain as we navigate into the unknown.
Video: How offering the Surface range can boost your sales
Ingram NZ MS Surface BDM Sandre Nicols explains the sales opportunities for channel partners with the streamlined Surface range, fit for any use-case.