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Griffin on Tech - A tidy transition, the end of T-Box and streaming Dylan

Peter Griffin. 22 January 2021, 11:25 am

It could have got really nasty online and on Washington's streets. But a sense of calm pervaded the inauguration of President Biden.

Now the President has to give shape to his approach to dealing w…

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SuperWifi - Vodafone's ambitious plan to do away with internet dead zones

Peter Griffin. 19 January 2021, 10:09 am

Vodafone wants to do away with Wifi dead zones in the home with its new SuperWifi product and is guaranteeing wall to wall coverage - or a $100 credit.

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Data centre plan to build the Iceland of the South Pacific

Peter Griffin. 15 December 2020, 9:01 am

Hawaiki Cable backers unveil $700 million plan for Datagrid, a hyperscale data centre facility in Southland powered by hydro and connected via new undersea cables to the US and Australia.

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Vodafone NZ and Ngahere Communities myth-bust global 5G conspiracy theories

Techblog Staff. 30 November 2020, 3:04 pm

Vodafone is taking the anti-5G brigade on using humour as a vehicle with a new series of videos that aren't your usual corporate fare.

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The failed attempt to make Silicon Valley work from home

Peter Griffin. 24 November 2020, 10:45 am

California's Bay Area tech workers may be working from home during Covid-19, but a plan to make that permanent hasn't gone down so well.

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Apple buckles on App Store commission... but only for the little fish

Peter Griffin. 20 November 2020, 2:57 pm

Apple will cut in half the commission it takes from software developers selling apps in its App Store, but only for developers with revenue of up to US$1 million a year.

A battle with bigger develo…

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Zoom settles with regulator over dodgy encryption claims

Peter Griffin. 10 November 2020, 11:16 am

Videoconferencing platform has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission for deceiving users about the security of its platform and for installing software on Mac users' computers that made them vu…

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The Chorus conundrum…

Paul Brislen. 10 November 2020, 7:31 am

Chorus says usage levels will exceed 1TB of data per household per month in the next three years, so why is the largest telco in the land also grumpy with the regulator?

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3 million Kiwis can now access a 4Gbps fibre connection

Peter Griffin. 03 November 2020, 10:07 am

Ultrafast broadband network operator Chorus is extending its Hyberfibre broadband service around the country offering a 4Gbps (gigabit per second) connection with capacity to double that to 8Gbps.

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2020: The year wireless got connected

Paul Brislen. 28 October 2020, 12:32 pm

Covid, crazy elections, economic catastrophe and of course, the launch of satellites and 5G communications' offerings. Will 2020 deliver on the wireless dream?

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Risk of 'privacy fatigue' over home IoT devices

Peter Griffin. 15 October 2020, 7:08 am

Kiwis have become enthusiastic users of Internet of Things devices such as smart speakers and connected appliances but remained concerned about where their data goes and how it is used.

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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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