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Database Mining

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By Kate Pierson When the subject of mining is introduced, the illustrious sheen of gold flickers in our subconscious. And if you’re looking to mine your company database, the same connotative associations should spring to mind. Because what you have inhabiting your systematic residence is worth its weight in gold to your business. Debbie Mayo-Smith is an international business speaker and number one best selling author. As the mother of six children including twins and triplets, Mayo-Smith says her own success is testament to the...

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Googlewashing

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By Kate Pierson In any competitive commercial market, consumer districts are saturated with similarities. When restaurants with identical culinary cuisine are neighbours and competing coffee shops live on contiguous corners, setting your business apart from the rest is essential. While the cult of celebrity’s prime directive seems to be ‘do something, anything, no matter how inane it might be, that grabs headlines because any publicity is good publicity’ – this is one theory definitely not applicable to your business. Because when it...

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Science or Sorcery?

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Science or Sorcery?

It’s said that any suitably advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic. Still, the technology of the day has, is and will continue to revolutionise our planet, our way of life and our very existence. And while we are yet to inhabit a world which is populated with robots, amphibious hovercrafts, food caplets or battery operated butlers postulated by futurologists and brought to life by sci-fi cinema, we are walking with technology giants – our inventors and innovators – towards a designer destination, where the seemingly...

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IPhone Apps With Attitude

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IPhone Apps With Attitude

By Kate Pierson As a proported mystical figure of luck, the numeral seven represents the number of stars in the big dipper, wonders in the ancient world and days in a week. Seven is also the number of iPhone app’s that have made our ‘must have’ iPhone applications list. A contemporary take on the traditional Top 10, this compilation is comprised of app’s selected with  your social, physical and emotional spirit in mind. Shozu We’ve taken our personality and cloned it, because cyberspace has taken the meaning,...

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Naturally Speaking

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Naturally Speaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Most conversation rattles along at around 120 words a minute but even the best professional typists are hard pushed to keep up recording at this rate. Speech recognition software like Dragon NaturallySpeaking answers the conundrum of “why type when you can talk?” It allows the user to create email, documents and spreadsheets simply by speaking. And that’s after you’ve told your PC to get started and which program to use.This revolutionary and easy-to-use product turns your voice into text three times faster than most...

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On The Download

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On The Download

By Kate Pierson Google, email, blogs, chatrooms, online video conferencing, television on demand; makes you wonder how we ever managed without the internet. Fact is, it’s not a bad guess because when an ISP gets the hiccups, most offices come to a grinding halt. With its interactive characteristics, powerful search engines and seemingly infinite information, the internet has revolutionised the way people communicate, trade, learn, consume news and do business. But whether a new fibre broadband initative will boost New Zealand’s...

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Winds Of Fortune

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Winds Of Fortune

By Melinda Collins It looks much like a tricycle attached to a triangle sail. But as the Blokart celebrates 10 years of manufacture, its popularity is showing no signs of abating. The brainchild of Kiwi inventor Paul Beckett has long since exceeded expectations, with the global marketplace screaming out for more. The wind-powered, hair-raising toy, more commonly known as a land yacht, has soared in popularity since its inception, now being sold in Europe, Britain, the Middle East, South Africa, the US, Australia and its New Zealand...

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Kiss Your Trackpad Goodbye

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Kiss Your Trackpad Goodbye

Designed in Christchurch, the Swiftpoint micro mouse boasts that it will “change the way you use your laptop”. Tech guru Ian Knott plugs the Swiftpoint into his 17” Macbook Pro and puts it to the test. I’m often a little skeptical of products that claim to revolutionise the way we’ve been doing an everyday action quite successfully for years. But Christchurch-based Swiftpoint Limited claims its home-grown, award-winning mouse will do exactly that, and to a point I agree. The Swiftpoint is designed to be held much like a pen, but it feels much...

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Getting The Most From Your Cellphone Battery

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By Ian Knott I recently bought a new smartphone — an HTC 7 Trophy Windows Phone to be exact. I’d trialled one and loved the Windows 7 operating system so much that I was determined to make it my next mobile phone. I knew that modern mobile phones shipped with a partial battery charge and so keen was I to play with my new toy, I slipped in my SIM card and began enjoying my phone. I got about half a day’s use out of it before the battery died, after which I left the phone on charge overnight. From that point on I found I was only getting 1.5...

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Snap Happy

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Snap Happy

By Kate Pierson In life, we are taught to live for the moment. And when that moment comes, we want to own it, preserve it and keep it with us always. A momentous memory can be of infinite proportions, but what we use to capture it, doesn’t have to be. Because with the tool that makes time stand still, it’s all about compact quality. Samsung ES-55 Digital Camera Whoever said quality means costly? Because the 10.2 megapixel Samsung ES-55 Digital Camera is disproving those odds and packing pics with punch into economical and easy to use...

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