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Ben Moore
News Editor - Channel
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.

Ben's stories

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HP's 2020 partner award winners are...
Mon 7 Dec 2020
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mobility
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tablets & laptops
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exeed
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.
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Dicker Data teams up with Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Mon 7 Dec 2020
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dicker data
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it distributors
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csr
The distie has already planted 30,000 trees and is encouraging its reseller partners to buy seedlings or trees to keep Australia healthy.
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Kogan to maintain Mighty Ape staff, branding
Thu 3 Dec 2020
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online retail
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kogan.com
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mergers and acquisitions
With the acquisition of Mighty Ape, Kogan plans to make the most of its new asset by supporting the current team.
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D-Link ANZ launches Wi-Fi 6 PCIe adapter with Bluetooth 5.1
Thu 3 Dec 2020
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pc hardware
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bluetooth
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wi-fi
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.
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Review: BlueAnt X5 bloody good Party Speaker
Mon 30 Nov 2020
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
It’s portable, battery-powered, small and looks pretty good but still manages to pack a real punch.
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Profit-for-good, connections creation company heads to NZ
Tue 10 Nov 2020
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charity
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not for profit
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meetings
meetmagic curates meetings between IT leaders and problem solvers from leading tech companies, and donates at least half to a worthy charity.
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Nokia launches two new phones
Thu 5 Nov 2020
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smartphones
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technology gifts
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nokia
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.
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Hands-on review: BlueAnt X3 speaker: Local, affordable and good quality!?
Wed 14 Oct 2020
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
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.
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PROS named Challenger in Magic Quadrant for CPQ apps
Wed 7 Oct 2020
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crm
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martech
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open source
The company has moved from Visionary in 2019, to Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites.
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Gradient and Ethical AI to take on biased AI algorithms
Tue 29 Sep 2020
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it training
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ai
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strategic partnership
The non-profit and the consultancy are partnering to work toward ensuring a better future for Australians in a world driven by artificial intelligence.
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Govt funds research into solar tsunamis, decolonising algorithms and more
Mon 14 Sep 2020
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satellites
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ai
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space
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.
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NZTech chief hopeful for greater diversity in tech sector
Mon 14 Sep 2020
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nztech
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new zealand ict sector
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diversity
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.
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Lenovo reveals holiday laptop lineup
Tue 1 Sep 2020
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gaming
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mobility
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tablets & laptops
A new slim laptop and convertible in the Yoga family, and a new Legion gaming laptop are planned for end-of-year release.
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GCloud updates capabilities with Anthos enhancements
Mon 31 Aug 2020
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cloud
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managed services
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hybrid cloud
Google Cloud has announced improvements for hybrid compatibility, services, development, migration and identity security with updates to Anthos.
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EPOS brings new looks to high-end headsets
Tue 25 Aug 2020
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gaming
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technology gifts
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headset
The audio device company has announced new aesthetics for its GSP 600 wired headsets.
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Forrester analyses the top SaaS marketplace players
Tue 4 Aug 2020
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cloud
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microsoft
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hyperscale
The ‘New Wave SaaS Marketplaces’ report analyses the top eight players and provides analyst insight on who is excelling, or trailing, in 10 criteria.
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Attivo signs Exclusive as first NZ distributor
Mon 20 Jul 2020
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firewall
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network management
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network security
Will allow channel partners to provide New Zealand enterprises with early detection, forensics, and automated incident response to in-network attacks.
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Natural disasters, card fraud Kiwis’ top security concerns
Wed 8 Jul 2020
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dr
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credit card fraud
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unisys
A study by Unisys reveals the security concerns of Kiwi consumers in the world of COVID-19.
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Access Networks signs exclusive deal with fibre optic vendor
Tue 7 Jul 2020
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iot
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it distributors
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access networks
The network solutions specialist distributor is now the exclusive distributor of Montclair Fiber Optics products for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
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Video: How Ingram enables IBM software partners
Mon 6 Jul 2020
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saas
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it training
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public cloud
A beginner’s guide to becoming an IBM partner and how Ingram Micro can make it happen – delivered by Ingram IBM BDM Madan Mohan.
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Video: How secure is your SD-WAN architecture?
Mon 6 Jul 2020
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firewall
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network infrastructure
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network management
Ingram Micro solution architect Andy Hill explains how Fortinet integrates next-gen security with best-of-breed SD-WAN to safely optimise a network.
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Video: Business unusual with Ingram Micro NZ
Mon 6 Jul 2020
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uc
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public cloud
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iaas
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.
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Video: How to plan for a post-pandemic workforce
Mon 6 Jul 2020
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uc
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contact centre
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wfh
Jabra ANZ managing director and thought-leader David Piggott shares his perspective on what we have to gain as we navigate into the unknown.
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Video: How offering the Surface range can boost your sales
Mon 6 Jul 2020
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microsoft
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mobility
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tablets & laptops
Ingram NZ MS Surface BDM Sandre Nicols explains the sales opportunities for channel partners with the streamlined Surface range, fit for any use-case.
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