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R&D spending already starting rise ahead of new regime

Paul Brislen. 24 July 2018, 7:24 am

New research suggests spending on research and development is already starting to rise ahead of next year's new R&D regime, but the driver isn't necessarily tax breaks - it's probably more to do with …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 20 July 2018, 3:56 pm

There's a cycle that major brands go through that's often entertained me. They start off as the challenger. The new kid on the block. Hey look at us, they say, we're hip. We're trendy. We're on point.…

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Retail as a Service

Sarah Putt. 17 July 2018, 11:12 am

Technology disrupts every sector, and none more so than retail. So what innovation is around the corner for the shoppers, merchants, suppliers and distributors? A good place to look to is China. A rec…

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New Macbook line-up

Paul Brislen. 17 July 2018, 6:20 am

Apple has unveiled a new line-up of MacBooks that the company says aren't related to solving problems with its revolutionary "butterfly" keyboard design, but early reviews suggest otherwise.

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Living on the curve

Sarah Putt. 12 July 2018, 11:44 am

It was Gordon Moore who pointed out that technological change isn't linear, it's exponential. As computer power doubles, the price for it halves and this is having a profound effect on the way we live…

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Digital-first Census sees drop in responses

Paul Brislen. 11 July 2018, 11:03 am

The decision by Statistics NZ to delay releasing the latest Census data will no doubt fuel more skepticism around any move to encourage online voting.

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ITx kicks off this week

Paul Brislen. 09 July 2018, 8:38 am

It's that time of the year again - ITx is on in Wellington, bringing together 12 conferences and 150 different talks, panels and presentations in one venue.

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Robots stealing jobs, maybe

Sarah Putt. 28 June 2018, 9:49 am

The latest on the "robots stealing jobs" front is that 31% of current jobs in New Zealand are at high risk of being automated - replaced by robots and overtaken by algorithms.

But is all this talk …

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CTO role enters final straight

Paul Brislen. 20 June 2018, 7:34 am

The government's search for its Chief Technology Officer is back on and the role should be filled by August, says Minister for Communications and IT, Clare Curran.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 15 June 2018, 4:15 pm

I remember my first trip to Fieldays in 1983. We'd just arrived in New Zealand (literally only days before) and off we went to see this spectacle of New Zealandness. It rained.

The six-wheel offroa…

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Proposed Changes to NZ’s R&D Incentives

Nat Torkington. 31 May 2018, 6:38 am

There's an open consultation about to end, on the changes MBIE would like to make to New Zealand's R&D incentives. In particular, they'll phase out the Callaghan Growth Grants and replace them wit…

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Distributed computing comes to smartphones

Paul Brislen. 14 May 2018, 7:36 am

Your desktop PC might have been looking for aliens for many years, but now you can put your smartphone to use curing cancer while you sleep.

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Paul Brislen. 11 May 2018, 4:00 pm

So it's a strategy ye be after, and no mistake... Let's make sure Novopay doesn't happen again... OK, Computer.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 04 May 2018, 6:14 pm

How do you eat an elephant? How do you know I'm not a software construct? How do you derail an entire political process?

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What's up with WhatsApp?

Paul Brislen. 02 May 2018, 7:38 am

Jan Koum, the chief executive and co-founder of message app powerhouse WhatsApp has resigned, apparently over disagreements with Facebook over privacy and encryption.

In a move that could cost him …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 20 April 2018, 1:54 pm

On R&D tax breaks, the lack of a CTO and should we even bother, and what role for government as buyer of services?

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Government commitment to "Open" - NZRise recommendation

Don Christie. 18 April 2018, 5:00 am

The second in a series of posts from NZRise on the government's plans for the ICT sector and its implications for New Zealand.

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Refresh for NZ's cyber security regime

Paul Brislen. 16 April 2018, 8:35 am

The government's cyber-security environment is to be refreshed as the number of threats facing New Zealand grows ever steadily upward.

IT and Communications minister, Clare Curran, has called for t…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 13 April 2018, 5:54 pm

Facebook continues to disappoint and Electricity: where would we be without it? (Hint: In Auckland)

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Government aim for ICT to be our second-largest contributor to GDP by 2025 - NZRise recommendation

Don Christie. 09 April 2018, 6:54 am

The Labour/NZFirst coalition government (supported by the Green party) have stated a vision for digital technology sector growth through their policies and coalition agreement statements (described as…

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