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An intriguing experiment with digital currency is set to begin
A digital currency offered by an Auckland start-up and backed by real cash will launch next year to enable companies to transact with customers and offer loans. But an official central bank-issued dig…
Can tech tackle the growing threat of devastating bushfires?
Australian researchers will use infra-red cameras, drones and remote-sensing satellites to come up with better ways to detect and tackle bushfires as many parts of the world, New Zealand included, fac…
Aussies forge ahead with consumer data right, digital identity push
An A$800 million digital push to be announced in Australia's federal Budget next week, including funding to expand Australia's open data regime beyond the banking sector.
$10 million fund to grow the next unicorns
A $10 million fund has been established to invest in start-ups working on cutting-edge science and engineering as Parnell-based Icehouse Ventures and tech incubator LevelTwo seek to emulate the succes…
Scan&Go: Shopping in the time of Covid
Countdown is trialling an AI and app-powered contactless shopping system tailor-made for the Covid era.
Apple Watch dominates today's event
The Apple Watch line-up expands, new iPads and a new subscription service all land just in time for Christmas 2020.
Do Google's zero carbon footprint claims stack up?
Google claims to have wiped its carbon slate clean back to the company's founding in 1998, partially through the use of carbon offsets. Now it has set a target to move to 100% renewable energy use by …
Brislen on Tech: Show us your policies
Tech is the third largest sector of the economy and there isn't a household in the land that doesn't have a computer in it in one form or another, yet to look at our political parties you'd think New …
A low-key local R&D player looks to expand
Fleet tracking software that is developed in Christchurch and connects 2 million vehicles worldwide, will now be available to vehicles on New Zealand roads too as Verizon Connect ramps up its local op…
Brislen on Tech: RIP CovidCard
RIP CovidCard - April 2020-September 2020
The card might be dead from its post mortem we can learn a lot about innovation and the way to approach governments for money or support.
Weta Digital going "all-in" on the cloud
Weta has struck a deal with Amazon that will see its visual effects work done in the AWS cloud bringing to a close an era of local DIY innovation in supercomputing capacity by the film making studio.
Misogyny - there’s an algorithm for that
Australian researchers have developed an algorithm that can trawl millions of tweets identifying misogynistic content with 75 per cent accuracy. Is it an answer to toxic social media abuse aimed at wo…
Start me up: how Windows 95 wowed a generation
With its crazy start button and a host of features like long file names, Windows 95 was an unlikely contender for marketing glitz campaign of the year, but times were different then and entertainment …
Building a just and equitable digital world
Formerly the Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ (CCANZ) not for profit Tohatoha has reignited its plans for the year ahead and expanded the focus of its programme to look at the spread of disinformation and…
Will the Covid Card make its debut?
Tech innovators are pushing for a release of a Bluetooth Covid card to get a better handle on contact tracing as a decision on extending lockdown looms.
Fortress New Zealand: NZ Tech Industry in a post-COVID world
New Zealand could be the data and computing Switzerland of the south, minus COVID. We should consider investing less in traditional infrastructure such as roads, and far more in technology infrastruct…
Ultra-fast fibre hits one million connections
Ultra-fast broadband now reaches one million homes and businesses and stood up well to record use during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Does Apple treat every developer the same?
Developers are crying foul over Tim Cook's antitrust testimony that it treats all developers of apps in its App Store equally as Apple faces the most heat of the four Big Tech CEOs.
Congress holds the blow torch to Big Tech
US tech leaders are grilled over their alleged anti-competitive behaviour by US politicians dismayed at the power of Big Tech.
Tech Week: How Big Blue went remote overnight
IBM reflects on what was involved in serving its customers during the lockdown and the road ahead for businesses recovering from the pandemic and preparing for the next shock.