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Brislen on Tech: RIP Covid Card

Paul Brislen. 05 March 2021, 12:39 pm

For many, the Covid Card was the solution to all our Covid ills, but for other it was state surveillance writ large.

Much like battle plans, product development doesn't always survive the first co…

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InternetNZ: annual study reveals new concerns about the internet

Techblog Staff. 01 March 2021, 3:58 pm

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that many New Zealanders are extremely concerned about the Internet being a forum for extremist material, hate speech and fake news. 

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Brislen on Tech: RIP the nation state

Paul Brislen. 26 February 2021, 11:25 am

As citizens we have rights and can elect a parliament to reflect who we are.

But what do we do when that parliament can no longer control the biggest companies in the world? Are we now destined to…

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Revealed: Kiwis online behaviours

Paul Brislen. 15 February 2021, 7:23 am

The annual Hootsuite We Are Social digital report suggests Kiwis spent a lot of time online last year. But with COVID restrictions, working from home and the advent of decent streaming services, is it…

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Brislen on Tech: Shop til you drop

Paul Brislen. 12 February 2021, 11:00 am

If COVID has taught us anything it's that online shopping is the way of the future. But the retail experience is really important to many shoppers and seems unlikely to go away.

So what does shopp…

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More trouble for Google from Australian regulators

Paul Brislen. 10 February 2021, 8:44 am

Australia's competition watchdog has released an interim report into the digital advertising market in Australia that suggests Google has near-monopoly power and the industry as a whole needs more tra…

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Facebook forced to rethink Groups

Paul Brislen. 02 February 2021, 5:00 am

The introduction of Groups was supposed to make Facebook a kinder, more considered place where like minded people could discuss their hobbies. What Facebook didn't realise was it was creating a safe s…

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Brislen on Tech: Digital Skills

Paul Brislen. 29 January 2021, 1:22 pm

We have a skills shortage in New Zealand tech companies, yet our new graduates can't find work. We have a growing reliance on the tech sector, yet we're hardly growing our pool of talented staff.

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Bumper quarter for PC sales

Paul Brislen. 27 January 2021, 8:03 am

Reversing a trend that has been accelerating for many years, sales of PCs (you know, "computers") increased in the third quarter of 2020. COVID lock downs may be partly to blame.

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Harmful content vs Free speech online: Who should decide?

Paul Matthews. 18 January 2021, 3:07 pm

To what extent should Facebook, Twitter and others be censoring content and people, and how do you balance harmful content and free speech? 

The answer might come down to what the Internet actuall…

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Brislen on Tech: Year of the Goat

Paul Brislen. 18 December 2020, 3:15 pm

It's nearly done but what has 2020 really been like for the tech sector?

TechBlog editor Paul Brislen takes a look at a year that's included the most boring zombie apocalypse, new technologies, co…

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NZ Interactive Games Grew $120m during Covid-19…

Techblog Staff. 14 December 2020, 9:38 am

The New Zealand game development community grew significantly during COVID, according to new research from the NZ Game Developers Association.

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Brislen on Tech: Facebook faces the music

Paul Brislen. 11 December 2020, 2:19 pm

Facebook is going to have its day in court after the US and a number of states sued Facebook for abusing its position in the market.

They're calling for the company to be broken up, but would that…

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Tracer app gets Bluetooth

Paul Brislen. 09 December 2020, 7:24 am

Bluetooth tracing - not tracking - is coming to the COVID tracer app from tomorrow.

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Tech sector a big winner as Deloitte Top 200 awards reflect the year of Covid

Peter Griffin. 08 December 2020, 10:23 am

Consulting firm Deloitte's annual Top 200 awards featured a heavy weighting towards the tech sector this year, with Xero, Chorus, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and tech visionary Ian Taylor taking out ke…

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Brislen on Tech: Office Wars

Paul Brislen. 04 December 2020, 3:22 pm

Salesforce is buying Slack and the war for your productivity is on.

But just like the Office Wars of 20-years ago, throwing features at users might not be the best thing to happen. Maybe less is a…

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NZTech to Govt: We need more joined-up decision making on tech

Peter Griffin. 02 December 2020, 10:45 pm

NZTech has released its briefing to the incoming minister, which amounts to a wish list of actions to accelerate growth in the digital economy.

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Salesforce buys Slack

Paul Brislen. 02 December 2020, 5:52 pm

Salesforce is buying Slack in a move that pitches the company head-to-head with Microsoft. The winner: hopefully the user base for both who will now be wooed with new features and capabilities.

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Brislen on Tech: What to do about Big Tech?

Paul Brislen. 27 November 2020, 5:25 pm

What to do about Big Tech and its unwillingness to play nicely in our jurisdiction?

For the EU, mega-fines aren't enough - it's now granting itself the power to break up tech companies that refuse…

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Computer games - the new security breach vector

Paul Brislen. 25 November 2020, 7:26 am

As the COVID pandemic sweeps the world, home entertainment (particularly online games) have surged in popularity, but for some users it also brings cyberbullying, personal attacks and hacking.

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