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Fair use defence prevails in Google-Oracle battle over computer code

Peter Griffin. 06 April 2021, 8:49 am

Google has triumphed at the US Supreme Court in a long-running court case with rival Oracle the outcome of which has major implications for the software industry.

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Binge-able TV - just how much Netflix do Kiwis watch?

Peter Griffin. 30 March 2021, 9:43 am

The pandemic has been good for streaming video services and Kiwis are big consumers of Netflix, spending on average 51 days watching the service since signing up.

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IoT, 5G and sensor networks feature in Spark's new innovation studio

Peter Griffin. 25 March 2021, 10:32 am

Spark has opened an innovation studio to showcase emerging technologies it sees as increasingly important to its business case for 5G and its own dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network.

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Brislen on Tech: show me the money

Paul Brislen. 19 March 2021, 9:14 am

What role should New Zealand play on the world stage?

With boats, butter and rugby balls we bat pretty well, but what about tech? Are we a world player or should we forget that dream and just buy …

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The big exit - nearly $2 billion reaped in one week from Kiwi tech acquisitions

Peter Griffin. 16 March 2021, 8:59 am

Two big tech exits in one week reap nearly $2 billion in value for investors and point to the health of the local software scene.

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Toybox: Jabra Evolve2 headphones

Paul Brislen. 15 March 2021, 4:54 pm

After complaining about the way Microsoft Teams doesn't work well with earbuds, our intrepid editor has laid his hearing on the line to try out Jabra's new headphones. The only problem now: getting hi…

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Brislen on Tech: Rarely seen

Paul Brislen. 12 March 2021, 12:56 pm

Rare earth minerals are needed to help power our electronic devices and so much more besides.

From magnets to windscreens, they are essential to our way of life, but China controls around 80% of t…

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DARPA recruits intel and Microsoft for next-generation encryption push

Peter Griffin. 09 March 2021, 9:38 am

The US military's advanced research department (DARPA) wants to develop new encryption technology to protect privacy as masses of personal data move to cloud computing platforms.

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Brislen on Tech: RIP Covid Card

Paul Brislen. 05 March 2021, 12:39 pm

For many, the Covid Card was the solution to all our Covid ills, but for other it was state surveillance writ large.

Much like battle plans, product development doesn't always survive the first co…

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Consumer Data Right - start small and scale up, says industry

Peter Griffin. 04 March 2021, 8:18 am

The banking and payments industry has largely come out in favour of the Government's plan to introduce a Consumer Data Right (CDR) that would allow people to take their data with them as they switch p…

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End of the line for the COVID card

Paul Brislen. 03 March 2021, 1:41 pm

The COVID card appears to have reached the end of its journey with a trial in Rotorua showing up problems with the technology.

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Vodafone joins Spark in 5G-powered wireless broadband business

Peter Griffin. 23 February 2021, 9:25 am

Vodafone has begun offering a wireless broadband service over the 5G network it has constructed in parts of the country, offering a faster, untethered alternative to fibre and copper connections.

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SpaceX keeps the Starlink launches coming, reveals NZ pricing

Peter Griffin. 16 February 2021, 10:56 am

Space X will undertake back-to-back Starlink satellite launches this week as it races to build out its global network and launch services, including in New Zealand.

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Law change being considered over Covid tracing privacy

Peter Griffin. 09 February 2021, 9:39 am

The Government is getting advice on a potential law change to clarify when Covid tracing app data can be used by agencies, including the Police and our intelligence services.

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Jassy's job: keeping the Amazon empire intact

Peter Griffin. 04 February 2021, 10:04 am

It's less of a changing of the guard at Amazon than a consolidation of the old order. But new CEO Andy Jassy has his work cut out for him fending off regulators and satisfying investor demands.

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Search engine wars: Bing to the rescue?

Peter Griffin. 02 February 2021, 10:12 am

As Australia's tense stand-off with Google continues, Microsoft hAS reached out to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with an offer of help.

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Honor looks to go global in life after Huawei

Peter Griffin. 25 January 2021, 10:11 pm

Chinese phone maker Honor debuts its first phone since splitting off from blacklisted parent Huawei. Will its newfound freedom see it target international markets like New Zealand?

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Griffin on Tech - A tidy transition, the end of T-Box and streaming Dylan

Peter Griffin. 22 January 2021, 11:25 am

It could have got really nasty online and on Washington's streets. But a sense of calm pervaded the inauguration of President Biden.

Now the President has to give shape to his approach to dealing w…

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SuperWifi - Vodafone's ambitious plan to do away with internet dead zones

Peter Griffin. 19 January 2021, 10:09 am

Vodafone wants to do away with Wifi dead zones in the home with its new SuperWifi product and is guaranteeing wall to wall coverage - or a $100 credit.

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Harmful content vs Free speech online: Who should decide?

Paul Matthews. 18 January 2021, 3:07 pm

To what extent should Facebook, Twitter and others be censoring content and people, and how do you balance harmful content and free speech? 

The answer might come down to what the Internet actuall…

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