Does OneDrive make the cloud work for you?

Microsoft's geek-fest is called Ignite and we've been following it from afar. It was a OneDrive announcement that caught our eye today.  With lots of choice, and ingrained user habits, everyone has their favourite cloud sync tool. There's an innovation race to be the cloud sharing tool of choice. As users, we're the beneficiaries of this and it's a [...]

Changes to the Microsoft Office Ribbon (again!) for Office 365

Microsoft love tweaking the Office ribbon bar. I’m never sure if it's an improvement or not, and that’s certainly the case now.  It is probably a personal preference. Actually, this time it’s not a replacement, although it may look that way – it’s a simplification option, although it looks to be ‘on’ by default. The intent is to keep the [...]

Bad news email attachments

No one likes bad news! Sometimes it can’t be helped. Sometimes it sneaks up on you. One of the most common ransomware attacks is through a compromised attachment in an email. It’s easy to say “only open stuff you expect” but that’s a bit naïve. Many of us get emails with attachments that we didn’t expect but can’t afford to ignore. The [...]

Why you don’t (or do) need Office 2019

Yes, that’s right, there’s a new version of Office. If you have Office 2016, (or even an old version like 2010) then this is coming your way soon – in fact the beta (called ‘preview’) is available now and while the release date is unclear, we expect it to be this year. It’s available in both Mac and PC versions with Word, Excel, [...]

Host your own ‘Live’ event!

Now you can host your own live events, like a sales or information seminar.  You can advertise on social media and by email, grab an audience and run an event without leaving your desk or paying a fortune (or anything at all) All you need is something worthwhile to say (and Office 365) "Live Events" enables the broadcast of video from Microsoft [...]

How does inflight Wifi work? (Being on the cloud while in the clouds)

With Air New Zealand recently adding in-flight WiFi to some aircraft,  we started to wonder how it works.   When you think about how fast a plane flies,  it's amazing WiFi works.   If a plane is travelling at 1,000KM/h, that means it's moving at over 250 meters every second.  So by the time you've sent off a digital signal, you have essentially moved [...]


  1 September 2018 Kinetics Group Limited and Wired Dog Limited announced today that they have joined together as one IT managed services and advisory provider. Operating under the Kinetics Group brand from 3 September 2018, the combined team will operate from Kinetics’ offices in Newmarket. Wired Dog clients will continue to enjoy [...]

Cloud – Kiwi-made or a global players like AWS or Azure?

Cloud cloud cloud, our customers must get sick of hearing us bang on about it!  But we keep talking about it because the cloud gives fantastic options to most businesses to do more than ever, for less cost.   But, not all clouds are the same. Regular readers will know that we favour Microsoft Office 365 cloud for business tools like [...]

Beware – Social Engineering! The number one security threat to business is your people!

Every business collects data, from sales leads to financial transactions and everything in between. Increasingly data is the new ‘gold’. The problem is, unlike actual gold that you can put in a vault, data is weightless, and your staff need access to your data to get their work done. Locking your data away isn’t viable – you need to use it to [...]

Not as exciting as last month, but still pretty cool! Translate and Activity.

Last month we highlighted the new 'dictation' feature in Office - Outlook and Word, and it seems heaps of our readers and clients have embraced it!  This month, we've looked through all that's new with Office 365 and we're going to highlight some useful features - Translate and Activity. With a KAMBIUM subscription, we'll help you stay up to date,  [...]