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2Degrees gets in on the 5G game

Peter Griffin. 01 December 2021, 9:07 am

Mobile operator 2Degrees has switched on its 5G network in Auckland and Wellington for testing and optimisation, ahead of a commercial launch in early 2022.

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Why has Meta delayed its end-to-end encryption plans?

Peter Griffin. 23 November 2021, 10:34 am

A plan to add end-to-end encryption to Instagram and Facebook Messenger has been pushed out a year as Meta faces strong opposition from child safety advocates and law enforcement agencies.

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Griffin on Tech: A win for the right-to-repair movement

Peter Griffin. 19 November 2021, 11:42 am

Apple will give iPhone and Mac users the tools and parts to repair their own devices in the first big move among electronics makers to give consumers back some control.

Peter Griffin gives the lowd…

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Are our phones really designed to slow down over time? Experts look at the evidence

By Michael Cowling and Amy Johnson. 17 November 2021, 3:00 pm

Do manufacturers really slow down our phones on purpose to nudge us towards shiny new ones, as has been claimed?

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From crypto-jacking to doxing - the trouble with gaming

Peter Griffin. 16 November 2021, 11:31 am

Video gamers are facing a wave of cyberattacks that is resulting in significant financial loss according to new research from Norton LifeLock.

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A cybersecurity researcher explains - how to trust your instincts to foil phishing attacks

By Rick Wash . 10 November 2021, 9:33 am

Most phishing training teaches people to look for problems in email. But for most people, the hard part about phishing isn’t noticing the weird things in an email message.

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Griffin on Tech: Powerpoint in the Metaverse?

Peter Griffin. 08 November 2021, 3:42 pm

Hard on the heels of Facebook's rebranding of Meta, comes Microsoft promising to give us digital avatars for Teams meetings and entire virtual worlds to hold our business meetings in.

The race is o…

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From Singapore to LA via Invercargill - Hawaiki's new subsea cable

Peter Griffin. 04 November 2021, 10:57 am

Cable consortium Hawaiki has confirmed its plans for a second cable, one that will span 22,000km connecting New Zealand to the US and Southeast Asia.

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Griffin on Tech: Kiwis don't want to be monitored working from home

Peter Griffin. 29 October 2021, 2:01 pm

Here's the dilemma employers face as they look out over empty office cubicles because everyone is working from home - should they use monitoring tools to keep tabs on their employees?

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During Covid we turned to video games to stay entertained - and connected

Peter Griffin. 26 October 2021, 12:22 pm

 Video games constituted the second more popular medium behind streaming video during the pandemic, according to new research from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association.

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Griffin on Tech: Put your thinking caps on - we need a decent digital strategy

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 1:51 pm

We are one of the few countries in the OECD without a digital strategy.

That's all changing but it needs your input. Let's make the current effort to develop one count.

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Toybox: A compelling mix of nostalgia and style in Samsung's Flip

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 8:40 am

The Flip feels like a format that's here to stay, one that even Apple might draw inspiration from.

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Apple's cunning scheme to boost uptake of its Siri voice assistant

Peter Griffin. 19 October 2021, 11:36 am

Amid a slew of upgrades to its MacBook Pro range and audio hardware unveiled this morning Apple also launched Apple Music Voice Plan, a cut-price music streaming service that can only be accessed via…

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Waste not, want not: time to recycle your unwanted gadgets

By Paul Brislen. 14 October 2021, 2:47 pm

It is International E-Waste Day, a perfect opportunity to gather up all your useless gadgets and get them to an e-waste recycler.

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Should social media platforms have a duty to care?

By Kim Connolly-Stone. 14 October 2021, 8:28 am

Governments around the world are thinking about how they regulate the activities of social media platforms and whether a stronger hand is needed. I say "yes please".

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Women in Space network takes off

Peter Griffin. 06 October 2021, 10:07 pm

A new group aspiring to help women who want to get involved in the fast-growing space industry has launched as World Space Week is celebrated around the globe.

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Facebook goes dark as whistleblower spills its secrets

Peter Griffin. 05 October 2021, 8:29 am

A global outage, a damaging whistleblower campaigning for justice. Can the week get any worse for Facebook?

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Beyond Zoom and video lectures — what do uni students really want from online learning?

Dilani Gedera, Ashwini Datt, Cheryl Brown, Dianne Forbes, Maggie Hartnett . 04 October 2021, 3:52 pm

It's important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with little to no warning.

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Griffin on Tech: Tech innovation can help us open back up

Peter Griffin. 01 October 2021, 4:03 pm

45 cases on Wednesday came as a shock to Auckland. So how can tech help us get closer to leaving lockdowns behind?

Now is the time to be casting the net far and wide for ideas and innovations to he…

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Alexa on wheels. What is Amazon thinking?

Peter Griffin. 29 September 2021, 5:01 pm

 Tech giant Amazon has rolled out a new generation of its Echo smart speakers, with a version of the Alexa-powered gadget arriving as Astro - a robot on wheels.

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