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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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The geopolitics of cabling the Pacific

Amanda H A Watson. 23 September 2021, 9:02 am

For Pacific Island countries, undersea internet cables can be crucial. But efforts to extend their reach in the region is wrapped up in complex geopolitics.

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After an underwhelming iPhone launch, iOS 15 arrives with useful new features

Peter Griffin. 21 September 2021, 10:35 am

You probably don't need an iPhone 13, but the free iOS 15 software update brings some useful functionality to the iPhone you already own.

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The changing face of the telco industry

Paul Brislen. 15 September 2021, 5:24 pm

The telco industry has come a long way since Teresa Gattung owned up to the fact the industry used "confusion as a marketing tool".

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Another lockdown and still no digital equity plan

Kim Connolly-Stone. 13 September 2021, 10:18 am

Many New Zealanders entered the latest lockdown without the digital basics in place. That needs to change.

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Apple's controversial plan to detect child abuse images has merit - and it's totally legal

Rick Shera. 10 September 2021, 10:45 am

Apple's plan to help stamp out child sex abuse material online has hit resistance but does a good job at balancing public good and privacy.

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Griffin on Tech: When your digital footprint could prove deadly

Peter Griffin. 03 September 2021, 4:07 pm

Afghan citizens have scrambled to erase their digital footprint in fear of retribution from the victorious Taliban, who now control Afghanistan's internet providers, telcos and government databases.

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Covid stimulus and digital push buoy tech sector…

Peter Griffin. 02 September 2021, 8:47 am

ICT spending in New Zealand and Australia is expected to grow 2.1% despite the impact of ongoing lockdowns on both sides of the Tasman.

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Let's talk copper

Paul Brislen. 30 August 2021, 11:06 am

There seems to be some confusion about copper lines and how they work, not to mention why we're moving away from them to newer technology, so I thought I'd have a go at explaining it all.

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Battening down the hatches

Paul Brislen. 18 August 2021, 3:17 pm

As we wait for news of the potential outbreak in Auckland, I can't help but think about what lockdown life would be like without fibre to the home and the ability to work remotely.

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Griffin on Tech: The WWW at 30 - three priorities for its future

Peter Griffin. 13 August 2021, 1:16 pm

It's 30 years this week since Tim Berners Lee turned on the World Wide Web.

Decentralisation, semantic web technologies and bridging the digital divide will help shape Web 3.0.

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Samsung making headway with cheaper foldable phones

Peter Griffin. 12 August 2021, 9:18 am

Samsung debuted its third-generation foldable smartphone and flip phone overnight with Tech Blog gaining early access to the sleeker, cheaper devices.

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Griffin on Tech: Telco industry needs to get its story straight

Peter Griffin. 06 August 2021, 8:29 am

The Commerce Commission says telecoms operators have been confusing customers with marketing spin.

The industry needs to better explain our options for connecting to the internet.

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Microsoft debuts its Cloud PC taking Windows online

Peter Griffin. 15 July 2021, 11:20 am

Microsoft will begin offering business customers Windows as a subscription-based cloud service from August 2nd as it embraces the hybrid working trend accelerated by the pandemic.

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Football revealed how hopeless content moderation still is

Peter Griffin. 13 July 2021, 10:34 am

Yesterday's nail-biting penalty shootout that handed victory to the Italians over the English in the Euro 2020 final also triggered a torrent of hate speech on social media.

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More connected than ever - new undersea cable lands

Peter Griffin. 01 July 2021, 9:16 am

New Zealand's international connectivity is set to double in capacity with the arrival of Southern Cross Cable's new NEXT cable at Takapuna Beach in Auckland this week.

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Has digital contact tracing actually worked?

Peter Griffin. 22 June 2021, 11:33 am

Studies are beginning to show the result of dedicated campaigns all over the world to get citizens using Covid-19 digital contract tracing apps.

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Ransomware now bigger than online espionage - UK cybersecurity boss

Peter Griffin. 15 June 2021, 9:41 am

European leaders are now more worried about ransomware attacks than online espionage, with NATO today signing a new cybersecurity pact to try and stem the flood of attacks.

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The Great Offlining of 2021

Paul Brislen. 09 June 2021, 8:11 am

What does the internet do when an outage takes out most of the major content providers for more than 40 minutes? Why, it turns to the internet to ... oh, wait.

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Apple unveils iOS 15, privacy updates and extends FaceTime to non-iPhone users…

Peter Griffin. 08 June 2021, 9:52 am

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference hosted virtually overnight in the US revealed more privacy improvements and a push to get non-iPhone users onto its FaceTime video calling service.

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