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Wellington smarts - but gets over it quickly
Hot on the heels of the ignominy of having the New York Times use photos of Auckland to illustrate how cool the capital is, Wellington now appears to have abandoned New Zealand entirely to join the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) as the first non-Aussie city to do so.
Marsden Research Fund review disappoints
The outcome of the Government's long-awaited review into the Marsden Research Fund was released today, but was met with disappointment from the tech industry.
The review found that the current panel model of the fund was susceptible to "disciplinary bias" - meaning that disciplines such as computing/IT could be being left out in the cold as per the evidence provided by ITP and others - however rather than addressing the issue, simply recommends another review.
Brislen on Tech
Telcos get back to nature and in doing so learn something about themselves... Telcos introduce the asterisk to marketing... and fake food - would you eat it and if not would you serve it to rich tourists as they visit our once proud farm?
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 …
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.
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…