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New Zealand continues to lag in R&D spending
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.
Kiwis take on the world at CES 2017
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.
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.
The real Babel fish - towards universal language translation
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…
Why Tech Companies Fail: Feast or Famine
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.
A bright future that doesn't seem to actually involve any of us
Julian Andrews is inspired and tired in equal measure by the three-day SingularityU Summit.
Google watching election with interest
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.
Brislen on Tech this week
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…
The shape of things to come?
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.
New president for IFIP
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…
Government to introduce online schools
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.