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Apple launches 5G capable iPhone range

Paul Brislen. 14 October 2020, 7:20 am

Four new devices, new camera systems, Dolby video, laser scanners (seriously), faster chipsets, better screens and tougher glass, but the real news is iPhone gets 5G so wrap the tin foil tighter becau…

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Can tech tackle the growing threat of devastating bushfires?

Peter Griffin. 06 October 2020, 11:14 am

Australian researchers will use infra-red cameras, drones and remote-sensing satellites to come up with better ways to detect and tackle bushfires as many parts of the world, New Zealand included, fac…

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Brislen on Tech: Closing the circle…

Paul Brislen. 25 September 2020, 1:12 pm

5G continues to worry people, even as it's deployed. There's no proof it's safe, they say, but actually that's not remotely true.

This is the story of one very simple research project that says we'…

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Australians to get fibre finally

Paul Brislen. 23 September 2020, 12:50 pm

Advance Australian fibre: finally Aussies will get what Kiwis have had for years - a fibre to the home project, but it comes with a hefty price tag and is only available to those who really need it. H…

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Brislen on Tech: Vertical Integration 2.0

Paul Brislen. 18 September 2020, 2:22 pm

Once telco regulation was designed to free up the industry, allow competition and reduce costs.

Today, we may need similar regulation aimed at those very companies that flourished last time round,…

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A low-key local R&D player looks to expand

Peter Griffin. 08 September 2020, 10:33 am

Fleet tracking software that is developed in Christchurch and connects 2 million vehicles worldwide, will now be available to vehicles on New Zealand roads too as Verizon Connect ramps up its local op…

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Weta Digital going "all-in" on the cloud

Peter Griffin. 03 September 2020, 6:51 am

Weta has struck a deal with Amazon that will see its visual effects work done in the AWS cloud bringing to a close an era of local DIY innovation in supercomputing capacity by the film making studio.

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Termination rates remain regulated

Techblog Staff. 02 September 2020, 3:19 pm

The Commerce Commission has decided to keep its regulation of Mobile Termination Access Services (more commonly known as mobile termination rates) in place for the time being. The next review is in fi…

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Digital divide claims 10% of pop: CAB

Paul Brislen. 31 August 2020, 7:32 am

Life without internet access would be unthinkable in this day and age - doubly so with COVID sending us all home - but for some this is the way of life. Citizens Advice says around 10% of people they …

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Profitable Chorus talks up peering, Wi-fi 6, move away from copper

Peter Griffin. 25 August 2020, 9:18 am

Chorus has invested heavily in its network and now sees decommissioning of copper in fibre areas as a way to offer innovative new services.

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Will the Covid Card make its debut?

Peter Griffin. 13 August 2020, 8:03 am

Tech innovators are pushing for a release of a Bluetooth Covid card to get a better handle on contact tracing as a decision on extending lockdown looms.

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Schools gear up to deliver digital exams

Peter Griffin. 11 August 2020, 8:47 am

Schools are getting a free digital health check ahead of offering digital exams in November as the government spends $20 million to ensure two-thirds of NCEA exams go online by 2022.

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Ultra-fast fibre hits one million connections

Peter Griffin. 06 August 2020, 12:05 pm

Ultra-fast broadband now reaches one million homes and businesses and stood up well to record use during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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New Zealand quality of life still has some way to go

Paul Brislen. 29 July 2020, 5:00 am

How does New Zealand fare in terms of digital quality of life in the latest Surfshark survey?

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ComCom needs submissions on 111 and copper line codes

Paul Brislen. 13 July 2020, 5:00 am

The Commerce Commission is looking for submissions on the emergency calling code and the "copper withdrawal code" by the end of the week.

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Our embarrassing e-waste habits

Peter Griffin. 07 July 2020, 10:50 am

The world is discarding more electronic waste than ever before, according to the United Nations, with a 17 per cent increase in e-waste produced in the last five years.

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Post-Covid agritech push needed

Peter Griffin. 18 June 2020, 10:16 am

It's the backbone of our economy but a group of scientists say New Zealand's agricultural sector needs a new strategy and a more sustainable, technology-driven approach if it is to thrive in a world w…

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Five yearly review of mobile termination rates underway

Techblog Staff. 15 June 2020, 12:25 pm

The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on its draft review findings that the Mobile Access Termination Service (MTAS) should remain regulated. "The purpose of the five-yearly review of MTAS is t…

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Going digital: A tale of two Budgets

Peter Griffin. 03 June 2020, 10:47 pm

Singapore and New Zealand, two small advanced economies often mentioned in the same breath. One sees Covid-19 as a major opportunity to accelerate digital transformation, the other, not so much. Which…

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One bright spot in the tech sales cycle: headphones

Paul Brislen. 03 June 2020, 8:41 am

Sales of smartphones and smart watches are down but one market segment is proving to be buoyant - sales of earbuds and headphones are soaring.

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