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Brislen on Tech: The people or the pixel

Paul Brislen. 07 May 2021, 12:33 pm

Facebook tracks users' movements online using Facebook pixels - small lines of code embedded in websites.

It's one thing for commercial sites to use pixels, but how do you feel knowing government sites like NZTA and the Police also use them?

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Orion Health asks for probe into "scandalous" Covid IT spend

Peter Griffin. 06 May 2021, 12:25 pm

 Tech leader and Orion Health chief executive Ian McCrae has requested the Auditor General undertake an audit review of Ministry of Health IT decisions.

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Bitcoin is booming, but other crypto currencies claiming more of the market

Peter Griffin. 04 May 2021, 9:40 am

As Bitcoin hovers around the US$57,000 mark, the cryptocurrency's share of the market's value has dropped below 50% for the first time as rival currencies gain traction.

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Your phone can now serve as a earthquake early warning system

Peter Griffin. 29 April 2021, 9:46 am

Google's earthquake early warning system uses the accelerometer in Android smartphones and could give people precious seconds to take cover for a sizeable shake.

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Apple shores up support at home with US$430 billion investment plan

Peter Griffin. 27 April 2021, 9:59 am

Facing regulator scrutiny of its App Store policies and growing tech rivalry between the US and China, Apple is doubling down at home with plans to add 20,000 jobs across the US.

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EU plan to impose massive fines for "unacceptable" use of artificial intelligence

Peter Griffin. 22 April 2021, 10:24 am

The European Union is proposing sweeping regulation of artificial intelligence systems as it identifies "high risk" areas where the technology could harm its citizens.

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GovTech to tackle sustainability in 2021 accelerator round

Peter Griffin. 20 April 2021, 8:50 am

Local and central government agencies will focus on the four pillars of sustainability - environmental, social, cultural, and economic, in this year's 13-week NZ GovTech Accelerator programme.

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Has the Christchurch Call worked? - a B+ two years on and much work still to do…

Peter Griffin. 15 April 2021, 10:04 am

Almost two years since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and France's President Emmanuel Macron launched the Christchurch Call as a response to the mosque shootings of March 15, 2019, the participants hav…

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Can Microsoft tame the Dragon with Nuance acquisition?

Peter Griffin. 13 April 2021, 10:06 am

Microsoft's flurry of acquisitions continues this week with the US$19.7 billion purchase of natural language and AI speech leader Nuance.

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Brislen on Tech: The main trunk line

Paul Brislen. 09 April 2021, 2:33 pm

How do we reduce our carbon footprint, improve productivity, reduce housing costs and improve our work-life balance?

With infrastructure like fibre of course, but also with a much older technology.

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Major software conferences stay virtual for another year

Peter Griffin. 08 April 2021, 7:11 am

In a reminder that Covid-19 remains a grave threat to human health around the world, Microsoft, Google and Apple have all opted for a new round of virtual developer gatherings.

In New Zealand, more…

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