Reaserch firm Nielsen//NetRatings has just released the results of a its new "Online Retail Monitor", a continuous study of New Zealand's on-line market. The results show just strong the New Zealand market is for online shopping.
According to the press release sent out today, in a month-long period over December 2006 to January 2007, 66% of adult New Zealand internet users made a purchase online and 95% researched goods or services via the internet.
These are very high numbers when taken in comparison with a similar study conducted in Australia where 54% made a purchase online in the lead up to Christmas, and 87% researched goods or services online,.
It seems New Zealanders are also spending on-line a lot more than . The average amount spent online was NZ$774 for the measured period, whilst in Australia the December figure was NZ$649.
When asked if these dollars figures included on-line auction transactions, Tony Boyte, Senior Analyst for Nielsen//NetRatings, confirmed that yes, this activity is included.
What would be interest to see is how much of this dollar figure is generated from Trademe alone. In January 2007 the auction web site alone was responsible for attracting 26% of unique users browsing the Internet in New Zealand, while generating 62% of the number of page impressions for all sites monitored by Nielsen//NetRatings.
The study tells us the most popular single item of purchase was tickets for flights. Mr Boyte explained: “Purchasing online is being more and more encouraged by airlines and booking agencies, and the results are very evident. The popularity of online flight bookings at this time may also be a result of people starting to plan their year ahead, including of course their holidays”.
It would be interesting to see if you have numbers for comparison with other countries, not only Australia.
Here is the 101 Fantastic Freebies, broken out into 23 categories:
Google Desktop (winner)
Copernic Desktop Search
Windows Desktop Search
Yahoo! Desktop Search
Windows XP Tweaks
Fresh UI (winner)
Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP
Tweak and Tune
Windows Vista Tweaks
TweakVI Basic (winner)
Instant Messaging, Voice, and Video
AVG Anti-Virus Free
Microsoft Windows Defender
Spybot Search & Destroy
VLC Media Player (winner)
Google Picasa (winner)
StudioLine Photo Basic
Microsoft Photo Info
GIMP-GNU Image Manipulation Program
Email for Free
Microsoft Windows Live Mail
Backup and File Synchronization
Everyday Auto Backup
Office Productivity Software & Services
Google Docs and Spreadsheets
TweakNow RegCleaner Standard (winner)
Clean My Registry
Belarc Advisor (winner)
Google Personalized Home
Google Blogger (winner)
Microsoft Windows Live Spaces
AOL People Connection
Active Web Reader
Tristana RSS Reader
MCE RSS Reader
Web Video Site
NoteTab Light (winner)
Multimedia Tools and Toys
Free iPod Video Converter
PSP Video 9
Google Apps for Your Domain (winner)
Microsoft Office Live
The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340, which was travelling between Santiago, Chile, and Auckland, New Zealand, notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Centre after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane about 10pm last night.
"Auckland is talking to (an) Aerolineas Argentinas (pilot) who is travelling (in the) opposite direction at 10 degrees further south asking if they wish to turn back to Auckland.
"They have elected to carry on at the moment.
A spokesman for Airways New Zealand, which provides air navigation services across airspace known as the Auckland Flight Information Region, confirmed the incident this morning.
He said it occurred about 10 minutes after the Lan Chile flight had entered the Auckland Flight Information Region.
Airways New Zealand had been warned by Russian authorities almost two weeks ago that a satellite would be entering the earth's atmosphere sometime today between 10.30am and midday NZ time (6.30-8am WA time).
That is scary. But it also makes me think... With all the current paranoia, if a disaster happened because of this, wouldn't people be quick to start rumours?
Go ahead, read our review on Geekzone, and then enter the competition. It's open to everyone, in New Zealand or not.
It should be a lesson to all leaders. A must read to all lawmakers.
Since that post I wrote a Vodafone 1210 review and after that I received a few requests on instructions on how to unlock this smartphone.
For all of you who have been waiting for this, Vodafone was listening and they have just sent me a firmware upgrade developed by ASUS, allowing self signed certificates to be installed on this device.
The upgrade software currently does not work on Windows Vista, but it should be ok on Window XP.
Also, if you haven't read the review yet, Vodafone has posted a comment there, confirming an update for Windows Mobile 6 should be avaialble for this device mid-2007.
Good move guys!
Until now I had the impression that the encryption keys were stored on the device only, and if you hard reset it or had a problem you wouldn't be able to read the memory card on another device.
But reading this most interesting Windows Mobile Storage Card Encryption FAQ I found out that you can actually store the
This shouldn't be happening. Kathy Sierra shouldn't be afraid.
A great blog, with good market, marketing, product placement comments. But it seems some jerk thinks the person behind it is just another target for his/hers threats.
Sad. I really hope she's got some good police officers investigating. Some clued in police officers. Go get the prick.
I wonder if the New Zealand Police is prepared to work on such cases. I read somewhere they have some technology guys around.
This kind of spyware/adware is the same one found in the Microsoft's MSN network a few weeks ago. But at least Microsoft moved quickly and withdraw the ads as soon as they were notified of this.
But it looks like AOL either doesn't believe in external reports, or doesn't care about the security of their network. AOL is stil serving infected ads.
When is AOL going to clean their ad network?
But today I read a funny Star Trek inspired sketch related to off-topic discussions in on-line forums:
Spock: Captain, the ship is about to enter a region of space noted for its intense Hyperbole Storms.
Kirk: Raise Tangent Shields. Ahead full, Mr. Sulu.
Spock: We are entering a Hyperbole Storm, Captain!
Kirk: How did it come up so quickly?
Sulu: Captain! Helm is sluggish! We are having trouble staying on topic!
Kirk: Scotty! Divert warp power to the Tangent Shields!
Spock: Tangent Shields failing!
Scotty: Cap'n! Mah engines cannae take much more of this!
McCoy: Sickbay to Bridge: Jim, we've got dozens of crewmen down here babbling incoherently! You've got to do something about it!
Kirk: We'll do what we can Doctor. Try to get them singing or something. Kirk out.
Spock: Captain, the only possible way out of this storm will involve a cold restart of the topic.
Kirk: Isn't that incredibly dangerous, Spock?
Spock: It is the only logical course for us to take, Captain.