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Paul Brislen. 21 September 2018, 4:26 pm

A few weeks ago we talked about the EU and its plan to introduce new copyright laws in the shape of Article 11 and Article 13. I suggested the EU would be stupid to do so because they don't understand what they would mean for the internet. I hoped they would be watered down or rejected entirely and that saner minds would prevail.

Reader, they did not.

So the EU now has a new approach to copyright which will entrench existing businesses as leaders in their fields (think Google, YouTube, Facebook et al) and make it cost prohibitive for any new provider to enter the market. The Two Pauls' World of IT will, I am sorry to say, not be coming to a web browser near you any time soon.

[PLUS: gender equality, and trees vs wifi]

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Top marks for broadband, still room for improvement

Sarah Putt. 18 September 2018, 9:15 pm

Here's a good news story. The Ultra Fast Broadband build is 74.8% complete. It is 7% ahead of schedule. To date, uptake is 44.1%. Currently 70% of New Zealanders can access fibre.

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No AirPower for Apple at this point

Paul Brislen. 17 September 2018, 7:19 am

A year after buying New Zealand wireless charging company PowerbyProxi, Apple is apparently no closer to launching a consumer product on the market, despite announcing it would in 2018.

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Tech disrupts electricity sector, maybe

Sarah Putt. 13 September 2018, 10:11 am

Technology transforms every sector and you might think that electricity would be at the forefront of disruption, but the Government's Electricity Price Review released this week shows the sector has m…

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Apple launch snooze fest oh hello, what's this?

Paul Brislen. 13 September 2018, 7:02 am

It is a ritual as old as time itself (well, certainly for the past 11 years at least). The pilgrimage to the well of all things - the annual Apple announcement about some new gear.

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Telcos mark Te wiki o te reo Māori

Sarah Putt. 11 September 2018, 10:26 am

Rorohiko pōnaho, tātaitai, and pēne are three words learned today thanks to a new app, Kupu, launched for Te wiki o te reo Māori or Māori language week. Translated into English these words mean l…

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What is a DEDIMAG anyway?

Victoria Maclennan. 07 September 2018, 6:00 am

What is DEDIMAG and how does it fit in with the government's CTO project?

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NZ mobile sites stuck in slow lane

Sarah Putt. 06 September 2018, 9:20 am

It takes on average 15 seconds to load a mobile page in New Zealand, when it should take three. That's according to Google NZ Country Director Caroline Rainsford, who spoke at the PwC Herald talks on …

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Kiwi space dreams coming true

Sarah Putt. 28 August 2018, 2:20 pm

Is it now possible for Kiwi kids to grow up knowing they can work in the space industry? Until very recently, it was probably something you had to acquire a different citizenship to achieve. But the a…

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Mobile gaming thrives

Sarah Putt. 23 August 2018, 8:35 am

So, you want to strike it rich in entertainment? Forget the movies and pour your creative talents into gaming instead - it's worth three times as much. And one of the fastest growing segments is mobil…

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Bias - a very wicked problem…

Victoria Maclennan. 17 August 2018, 10:49 am

Algorithms aren't always the most enticing subject to talk to a Humanities and Social Science course about, but as Victoria Maclennan found, when it comes to algorithmic bias, everyone needs to know.

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