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Micromobility has arrived

Sarah Putt. 16 October 2018, 9:05 am

Lime has released 900 electric scooters onto the streets of Christchurch and Auckland this week, making New Zealand the first country in the Asia Pacific in which the company has launched its urban transport solution.

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Five Eyes reports on hackers' tools

Paul Brislen. 15 October 2018, 7:59 am

The Five Eyes spy network (made up of New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US) has issued a report which highlights the most commonly wielded hacking utilities available online.

Rather than being a shopping list for would-be hackers and "script kiddies", the report is designed to raise awareness of the issues facing the modern network manager. The report is hosted at the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

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Is NZ's funding of research future-focused?

Paul Matthews. 12 October 2018, 5:26 pm

There's lots happening on the research side of things, with results of the $249M research investment through the Endeavour Fund announced recently and R&D Tax Credit scheme details released this week.

New Zealand taxpayers spend millions funding and supporting research - but are we funding the sort of research that's going to be beneficial to the future of the country and generations to come? Or still looking backwards?

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 12 October 2018, 5:14 pm

News that almost all of the sub-contractors employed by the contractors employed by Chorus to build the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network are exploiting their workers in one form or another has tarni…

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New tech media models

Sarah Putt. 11 October 2018, 1:25 pm

Media was arguably the first sector to be massively disrupted by the internet, and tech media has been no exception. But, for those of us addicted to our daily fix of tech news, it's not all been doom…

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The true cost of cyber-bullying

Paul Brislen. 10 October 2018, 7:12 am

One in ten New Zealanders has been cyber-bullied and the total cost each year runs to more than $400 million says a new report from Netsafe.

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Ever-decreasing dial-up

Sarah Putt. 09 October 2018, 11:54 am

Every year a curious statistic is published by Stats NZ - the number of New Zealand residential dial-up internet connections. This year it's down to 18,000, a 25% reduction on last year.

There are…

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UFB contractors breach employment standards: MBIE

Paul Brislen. 08 October 2018, 5:17 pm

Nearly all of the sub-contractors working on the Ultra Fast Broadband project for Chorus have been found in breach of employment standards, according to a media release from the Ministry of Business I…

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New R&D regime to increase spending, but is it enough?

Paul Brislen. 08 October 2018, 7:45 am

The new research and development tax regime has been announced with a few tweaks following the consultation period.

The threshold of $100,000 spending per annum on R&D has been lowered to $50,000 m…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 05 October 2018, 5:19 pm

Facebook falls foul of the EU... Cometh the hour, cometh the man... Cometh the hour again...

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International connections

Sarah Putt. 04 October 2018, 8:14 pm

A map of international telecommunication cables across the globe shows a disparity between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. News service ZDNet lists only 17 subsea cables across the globe and wh…

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