News from Kinetics

Sponsoring Malaghan Institute

Kinetics Group is proud to be a Lab Partner for the Malaghan Institute.  The Malaghan Institute is New Zealand’s leading medical research institute focused on finding cures for cancer, asthma and allergy, multiple sclerosis and infectious disease.   Based at Victoria University, the institute is world-renowned for their groundbreaking research in [...]

Windows 10 – Coming Soon!

Windows 10 is coming soon - barely a month to go, (July 29) and we've been testing the early builds extensively. The answer is that if you have a current license of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, then YES,  If you have older Windows, then NO.  There has been some confusion about preview testers getting it for free, and the answer is they can have it IF they [...]

Dangerous Load (in eMail)

There's an epidemic of emails floating around right now, and even the best anti-Virus and anti-Spam are letting them through. The most common one today simply says 'Invoices' and it contains a ZIP file that it encourages you to open. Not all Zip files are what they seem, and for that matter, even traditional Word documents can contain macro's that [...]

Offline Maps on your Phone

News today is that Offline maps are coming to Google Maps - the ability to download a map of an area before you head away - particularly useful if you are travelling somewhere where there is poor mobile coverage or expensive roaming rates. Of course, if you have an Android phone, this service has been available for a while. Its just as easy as [...]

Introducing Office Remote

Some of the best cool tools sneak out under the radar, and Microsoft Office Remote is one.  It's fantastic!   It lets you run presentations remotely from your phone.  Yes, we know there have always been tools like this around, but Office Remote is better - it fits right inside Office and works seamlessly - we love it! The kicker is, you need Office [...]

Ciao Lync, Hi Skype For Business

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Lync is becoming Skype for Business.  That's all happening this week! April 14th is the big day - we expect that's a USA date so in practical terms it's this Wednesday. Office 365 users should see the change roll out automatically, although we're expecting some kind of update being required - at the least you'll need to [...]

Easter Eggs aren’t always chocolate

Computer folk love to hide secret 'features' in their code.   Normally we reckon these are bugs.  But sometimes they are just fun.  They are just hidden gems that add a bit of fun, and they're called Easter Eggs.  There is a fine tradition of these in popular games, applications (even serious ones like MS Excel) and in various websites. Right now, [...]

A new look for Kinetics

Our client's have told us they love what we do, but our brand is tired.  So we're changing it. We've refreshed our logo, and our website - and over the next few weeks we'll work through all the (very) many places that the old logo is used.  After nearly 20 years, that's a lot of places! Our new logo show's we're listening.  Listening to [...]

Introducing Skype for Business

Lync's becoming Skype for Business.   It combines the friendliness and familiarity of Skype with the functionality of Lync.  It''ll mean that Skype, and Skype for Business will work seamlessly together (although obviously the business version has more capabilities, such as sharing content and web conferencing etc) Today Microsoft released the [...]

RIP Microsoft Server 2003

Back in 2003 it was unheard of to have email on your mobile phone, in fact it would be another 4 years till the iPhone made its appearance. Aptly named for its time, Server 2003 made it appearance. Since then it has had a great run and if we counted computer years like we do dog years, it would now be 84 years old. As such, Microsoft have decided to put it [...]