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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 04 October 2019, 3:00 pm

In this week's Brislen on Tech, Techblog editor Paul Brislen looks at the phone market and how it isn't what it used to be; and that's a good thing.

Also, how is the government getting on with the …

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Smart cities take centre stage at IoT event

Sarah Putt. 03 October 2019, 8:50 pm

Three months and three meetings - that's how long it should take to create a minimum viable product, according to Andy Grant from ASG Technologies. He was speaking at the IoT Alliance conference in Au…

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Significant progress made on eliminating terrorist content online

Techblog staff. 25 September 2019, 6:54 am

World leaders and tech companies have announced significant progress on the implementation of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online at a meeting h…

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Full credit but some time in the sin bin: How did Spark get on?

Paul Brislen. 23 September 2019, 5:00 am

Spark had a few hiccups but rugby was the winner on the day with some streaming glitches forcing a captain's call to stream live over the nation's television sets.

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Facebook moves to address extremist content

Paul Brislen. 18 September 2019, 8:49 am

Facebook has launched a raft of changes designed to head off future criticism of the company for failing to act on issues relating to extremist right-wing content, but will they deliver actual change …

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It's alive! PC market bounces back in NZ

Techblog staff. 16 September 2019, 6:59 am

After an 8% decline in sales, the Traditional PC market has bounced back to a year on year growth of 1.1%, says tech researcher IDC.

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New Zealanders in danger of being slow adopters

Sarah Putt. 12 September 2019, 7:38 pm

Technology is unlikely to disrupt work, and change in New Zealand will, to a large extent, be driven by developments overseas. Those are the key findings in the latest report on the impact of technolo…

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Jack Dorsey comes to town to discuss fake news and extremism

Paul Brislen. 09 September 2019, 5:49 am

As pressure mounts again on the social media giants (Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft) to do more to combat extremism, Twitter's founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is jetting in to New Zealand to talk…

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Will NZ fall behind on AI?

Sarah Putt. 03 September 2019, 2:43 pm

The AI Forum is calling for urgent action on the development of AI in New Zealand, and has today released a study into how this 'general purpose technology' can address social, environment and economi…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 30 August 2019, 4:00 pm

Three tales this week - dark, darker, darkest.
First, anti-science madness takes its toll.
Then, fake news madness reaps its rewards.
Finally, 8Chan spews all over the internet.

What do we do wh…

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What to call robots

Sarah Putt. 29 August 2019, 7:52 am

If you have a member of Generation Alpha in your house, then you might want to have a chat with them about what to call the friendly robot in their lives. It is an 'it', not a 'she' or 'he'.


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Google's internal culture change

Sarah Putt. 27 August 2019, 4:07 pm

News that Google has put in place stricter guidelines for employee discussions will come as no surprise to those following the stories about posts on internal message boards getting out of control and…

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Waikato Uni opens Esports arena

Sarah Putt. 22 August 2019, 12:44 pm

It's the fastest growing sport in the world, so it makes sense for the tertiary sector to take notice of Esports. The University of Waikato has gone a step further, claiming it is making New Zealand h…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 16 August 2019, 4:30 pm

It's hard getting cut through when you want to send out marketing bumf, so just imagine how difficult it was to get people to complete the Census online.

Soon we'll have CCTV cameras out the wazoo …

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NetHui 2019 fellowships on offer

Paul Brislen. 14 August 2019, 7:04 am

InternetNZ is gearing up for this year's NetHui to be held in Te Papa on 3rd and 4th of October.

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US Attorney General calls for backdoor access to messages

Paul Brislen. 31 July 2019, 7:23 am

The US government appears to be taking a leaf from Australia's play book in demanding that all tech companies provide backdoor access to secure messaging systems in a move that pits the government the…

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Fake 5G news grows in vacuum of factual information

Paul Brislen. 29 July 2019, 7:18 am

Even as telcos and handset makers prepare for 5G opposition among community groups grows. Where are our official sources of truth on the matter and does their silence help the junk science players to …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2019, 8:30 am

If ever you needed more proof that social media giants want to own all our data the latest FaceApp noise should surely be enough.

Plus, do we need a strategy for tech in New Zealand? It's not a new…

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New Zealand urgently needs cohesive strategy for tech

Graeme Muller. 23 July 2019, 9:29 am

NZTech's Graeme Muller is calling for a cohesive, joined up strategy for the development of technology in New Zealand.

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Social media fails another crime victim

Paul Brislen. 17 July 2019, 8:05 am

Graphic images of a murdered US teen are being circulated on Instagram only months after the Christchurch terror attacks were live streamed. Instagram's thoughts are with the victim's family and frien…

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