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Griffin on Tech: Time for a serious focus on growing our agri-tech industry

Peter Griffin. 17 July 2020, 4:10 pm

Paul Brislen is away this week, so we present to you: Griffin on Tech!

Our agri-tech sector could be our fastest growing and most lucrative area of tech - but we have work to do to get the sector f…

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How fast can fast-charging get?

Peter Griffin. 16 July 2020, 11:00 am

As fast-charging technology advances, we face the prospect of soon being able to charge a flat smartphone battery in 15 - 20 minutes.

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A smarter border - new solutions to an odd problem

Paul Brislen. 15 July 2020, 5:00 am

Two weeks in a modest hotel sounds like heaven to many, but for some it's a step too far and they feel obliged to have it away on their toes. Should we issue the entire population with ID cards as a r…

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Your health tech innovations wanted!

Peter Griffin. 14 July 2020, 10:30 am

an opportunity exists to allow promising new health tech innovations to fly, with ChristchurchNZ, KiwiNet, and Ryman Healthcare offering a prize package worth over $340,000 as part of its HealthTech S…

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Kiwi creation 'R' gets a Covid-fueled boost

Peter Griffin. 09 July 2020, 9:29 am

A statistical programming language developed by University of Auckland researchers and used all over the world is growing in popularity as data science is harnessed in the race for a Covid-19 vaccine.

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Apple ditches Intel for its own silicon

Peter Griffin. 23 June 2020, 10:22 am

Apple hopes to bring to its iconic Mac computer line-up the performance improvements it has achieved with the iPhone and iPad in a move away from Intel to its own Apple Silicon chips.

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Post-Covid agritech push needed

Peter Griffin. 18 June 2020, 10:16 am

It's the backbone of our economy but a group of scientists say New Zealand's agricultural sector needs a new strategy and a more sustainable, technology-driven approach if it is to thrive in a world w…

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Why are cybersecurity investments failing?

Peter Griffin. 09 June 2020, 10:44 am

Look to the "leaders" when it comes to cybersecurity, says Accenture, as Aussie companies report they are fighting a losing battle on the cybersecurity front.

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[email protected] no longer

Paul Brislen. 08 June 2020, 5:00 am

It's the end of an era: the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence ([email protected]) project is closing down its crowdsourcing model after 20 years.

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Going digital: A tale of two Budgets

Peter Griffin. 03 June 2020, 10:47 pm

Singapore and New Zealand, two small advanced economies often mentioned in the same breath. One sees Covid-19 as a major opportunity to accelerate digital transformation, the other, not so much. Which…

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What makes the Dyson different? It's the battery, man

Paul Brislen. 29 May 2020, 1:14 pm

Do you know what really sucks about cordless vacuum cleaners? Running out of battery power halfway through the job. Dyson might very well have the answer.

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Spark backs Kiwi innovators to harness 5G, to transform healthcare and stimulate economic recovery

Techblog Staff. 27 May 2020, 8:30 am

The race to 5G is apparently back on with Spark launching a 5G Starter Fund focussing on health and wellness application development.

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Can Facebook get shopping right?

Peter Griffin. 21 May 2020, 9:56 am

Facebook Shops arrives just as millions of small businesses struggle to find their feet in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Dear Diary: contact tracing goes digital

Paul Brislen. 20 May 2020, 9:51 am

The government's contact tracing app has hit the market and promises to be just what the Prime Minister called it - a digital diary.

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Huawei’s smartphone fortunes battered

Peter Griffin. 13 May 2020, 10:18 pm

Smartphone sales plunged sharply in the first quarter and Chinese phone maker Huawei faces as uncertain future as the US trade ban crimps its international business.

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Tech's reliance on Taiwan

Sarah Putt. 12 May 2020, 4:53 pm

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused plenty of supply chain issues for global tech companies - or rather it's brought them into sharp relief. The dependence on the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Compa…

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Microsoft's local cloud play - what it means for NZ

Peter Griffin. 07 May 2020, 9:56 am

Microsoft's move to build a data centre here is big news for the tech sector, but will force local cloud players to innovate and adapt to having a big player on their doorstep.

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A plan to help our tech start-ups

Peter Griffin. 30 April 2020, 12:45 pm

It's the lifeblood of tech start-ups, investors' cash that's crucial to seeing companies through until they are generating enough revenue to fund themselves.

The Angel Association has floated some …

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Productivity Commission seeks frontier firm data

Techblog staff. 29 April 2020, 8:01 am

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper for its inquiry into lifting the performance of New Zealand's "frontier firms", which are our most productive firms and will play a crucial …

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Tech export sector and Covid-19

Sarah Putt. 28 April 2020, 3:25 pm

Can the tech sector help fill the gap in offshore income created by the (temporary) demise of international tourism? A comparison between the two sectors is made by TIN (Technology Investment Network)…

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