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Australian e-voting damned in audit report

Paul Brislen. 24 January 2018, 7:58 am

Australian election officials are scrambling after the auditor general released a damning report suggesting the public was misled over the security of electronic voting in the 2016 general election.

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The future: coming, ready or not

Paul Brislen. 14 December 2017, 4:22 pm

What a year it's been. Bitcoin, net neutrality, the return of the content wars, the change of government, ransomware, the mother of all hacks (parts one, two, three and probably a few more), copyright issues, telcos buying and selling themselves and plenty more.

We were woken by a test of the emergency civil defence alert, we were lulled to sleep by Apple's new product launches (hint: more of the same only slightly taller/clearer/faster). We welcomed the MBIE report that said ICT and digital tech is now worth $10 billion a year, and we farewelled PowerbyProxie, bought by the Americans (well, Apple) for an Undisclosed Sum (rumoured to be north of $40 million).

Internationally we've seen laptops banned from aircraft (well, not all aircraft, just from certain countries. Well not from certain countries but from certain cities. Well, not even from them but oh well, the threat has passed now), and ratbags from around the world attack both networks and companies in New Zealand and the newly-minted CERT NZ was able to give us a proper accounting of it for the first time.


And so we enter that phase of the year called "the silly season" where Christmas parties slowly give way to the brownout period and we're all supposed to head to the beach to recharge.

I can't wait, especially if the weather stays like this.

So barring sudden, urgent news that needs to be covered, we'll see you in The Future. Next year will be radically different but very similar to this I am sure, but whether we like it or not it's on its way.

Stay safe, switch off your phones, hug your families and we'll see you again in 2018.

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Apple buys PowerbyProxi

Paul Brislen. 25 October 2017, 9:02 am

The Auckland-based wireless charging company spun out of a university research project now the latest jewel in Apple's crown.

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Aussie telco to sell NZ assets

Paul Brislen. 24 October 2017, 7:47 am

Vocus is to sell its New Zealand assets and is appointing and advisor to oversee the move.

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The $10 billion industry

Paul Brislen. 19 October 2017, 5:00 am

ICT has become the $10 billion industry in this year's TIN200 report into the sector.

For the first time, the top 200 technology-related companies have crossed the $10 billion a year revenue barrie…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 06 October 2017, 2:00 pm

How to find the people to build our brave new world.... Fuji Xerox faces an uphill struggle... And let's sleep on it: how woke is New Zealand (to the dangers of TXT messages)?

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New broom at Fuji Xerox

Paul Brislen. 02 October 2017, 10:48 am

Scandal struck Fuji Xerox has appointed a new CEO for the New Zealand end of its business.

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New Zealand's most successful tech company?

Paul Brislen. 19 September 2017, 7:14 am

It's probably New Zealand's most well-known tech export and after this year's Xerocon, the cloud accounting service Xero is riding high.

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World's best practice IT departments deliver the goods

ITP staff. 16 August 2017, 7:08 am

The best IT departments are more than twice as likely to finish a project on time and on budget as those who don't use world's best practice, a new report claims, but ROI remains an elusive beast.

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Research and development (still) needs an overhaul

Ian Apperley. 31 July 2017, 6:56 am

R&D spending simply isn't delivering what we'd hope to see. Government spending is on par with our competitors but private spending simply isn't there, which raises the question: what can we do to dri…

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Fuji Xerox halts govt contract bids

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2017, 11:17 am

Beleaguered printer company Fuji Xerox has agreed to a "voluntary suspension" from all its current government contracts following ongoing concerns about the company's accounting practices, which have …

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