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New Zealand continues to lag in R&D spending

Paul Brislen. 09 February 2017, 7:33 am

New data from the OECD shows New Zealand lagging well behind the average when it comes to spending on research and development and the lack of tax incentives puts us at odds with the rest of the world.

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Kiwis take on the world at CES 2017

Paul Brislen. 09 January 2017, 8:15 am

The annual trade fair/excuse to go to Vegas that is CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has kicked off in the US with the usual plethora of gadgets and devices that will never see the light of day in the real world.

Ten years on from the launch of the iPhone, this year it's the turn of the Kiwis with not one but two locally produced products hitting their straps.

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The Internet of Things (and Farming)

Peter Griffin. 13 December 2016, 6:00 am
The Internet of Things (and Farming)

The last thing I expected to see when I visited Microsoft Research in Seattle last month were lettuces growing under LED lights and fish swimming in a tank as part of an "aquaponics" experiment.

Peter Griffin from the Science Media Centre visited Microsoft and found them growing lettuce.

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The real Babel fish - towards universal language translation

Peter Griffin. 05 December 2016, 6:00 am

If you've experienced the anxiety and embarrassment of trying to communicate with people whose languages you don't understand, you'll be very interested in what the newest generation of translation te…

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Why Tech Companies Fail: Feast or Famine

Heather Grace. 28 November 2016, 8:47 am

Why do big projects fail so often? Big dollars, high profile, hugely successful projects with good profits. Sounds like a dream? No, it really happens - but it can turn into a nightmare.

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A bright future that doesn't seem to actually involve any of us

Julian Andrews. 16 November 2016, 6:48 am

Julian Andrews is inspired and tired in equal measure by the three-day SingularityU Summit.

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Google watching election with interest

Paul Brislen. 09 November 2016, 11:44 am

Since everyone else has a US election story up, here's ours. Google is monitoring search terms in the US election to see what everyone's talking about and publishing the results in real time.

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Brislen on Tech this week

Paul Brislen. 04 November 2016, 3:00 pm

Fallout from Wynyard Group's collapse continues with staff being laid off and legal action gathering momentum... Innovation is critical but most Kiwi CEOs don't rate their own ability to innovate... A…

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The shape of things to come?

Vivian Chandra. 31 October 2016, 9:35 am

When Britain decided to take in refugee children one tabloid paper decided to test whether these children were young enough to be treated as such. It used an online game to determine their age.

A g…

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New president for IFIP

Paul Brislen. 27 September 2016, 7:18 am

Mike Hinchey is the new president of IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing. IFIP has also announced it is working with XPRIZE on the new US$5million XPRIZE to help explore ways…

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Government to introduce online schools

Paul Matthews. 25 August 2016, 5:54 pm

This week Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, an broad impact bill which makes a number of changes to how education is delivered in New Zealand.

Part of…

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