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Anti-money laundering start-up raises $30 million

Peter Griffin. 02 November 2021, 9:05 am

A record year for start-up capital raising looks set to end on a strong note with Auckland-based FirstAML raising $30 million in a Series B funding round.

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Griffin on Tech: Kiwis don't want to be monitored working from home

Peter Griffin. 29 October 2021, 2:01 pm

Here's the dilemma employers face as they look out over empty office cubicles because everyone is working from home - should they use monitoring tools to keep tabs on their employees?

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The US just hosted a major multinational cybersecurity summit - but will it help?

Peter Membrey. 27 October 2021, 3:44 pm

The attack on the US Colonial Pipeline company was simply too big for the government to ignore.

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During Covid we turned to video games to stay entertained - and connected

Peter Griffin. 26 October 2021, 12:22 pm

 Video games constituted the second more popular medium behind streaming video during the pandemic, according to new research from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association.

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Griffin on Tech: Put your thinking caps on - we need a decent digital strategy

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 1:51 pm

We are one of the few countries in the OECD without a digital strategy.

That's all changing but it needs your input. Let's make the current effort to develop one count.

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Toybox: A compelling mix of nostalgia and style in Samsung's Flip

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 8:40 am

The Flip feels like a format that's here to stay, one that even Apple might draw inspiration from.

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Our Digital Strategy needs to be more human-centric and values-driven

By Dr. Markus Luczak-Roesch. 21 October 2021, 11:47 am

The key question is whether Aotearoa New Zealand wants to embark on a bold and unique journey to fundamentally rethink technological development, from cable to cloud and from assembly to apps, to be m…

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Does provenance matter when it comes to digital products and services?

By Jens Dietrich and Matthias Galster. 19 October 2021, 11:08 pm

provenance is making its way into applications, but features like "why am I seeing this ad" from Google or Facebook are underwhelming. The question is: can we do better?

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Apple's cunning scheme to boost uptake of its Siri voice assistant

Peter Griffin. 19 October 2021, 11:36 am

Amid a slew of upgrades to its MacBook Pro range and audio hardware unveiled this morning Apple also launched Apple Music Voice Plan, a cut-price music streaming service that can only be accessed via…

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Griffin on Tech: Aussie's ransomware crackdown could make us a bigger target

Peter Griffin. 15 October 2021, 3:00 pm

Australia is introducing laws specifically targeting ransomware attacks. Really, will that make a difference?

And does it now make New Zealand organisations softer targets?

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AI is growing up – four key trends transforming its use in business

Peter Griffin. 14 October 2021, 8:46 am

After an initial wave of enterprise-scale AI applications, efforts are ramping up to make AI easier to develop and less prone to bias.

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Should social media platforms have a duty to care?

By Kim Connolly-Stone. 14 October 2021, 8:28 am

Governments around the world are thinking about how they regulate the activities of social media platforms and whether a stronger hand is needed. I say "yes please".

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Australia's 'zero tolerance' action plan on ransomware attacks

Peter Griffin. 13 October 2021, 3:25 pm

Our Australian friends vowed to get tough on ransomware and the people behind the often debilitating attacks on businesses and public agencies. Now the Australian Government has delivered.

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Women in Space network takes off

Peter Griffin. 06 October 2021, 10:07 pm

A new group aspiring to help women who want to get involved in the fast-growing space industry has launched as World Space Week is celebrated around the globe.

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Beyond Zoom and video lectures — what do uni students really want from online learning?

Dilani Gedera, Ashwini Datt, Cheryl Brown, Dianne Forbes, Maggie Hartnett . 04 October 2021, 3:52 pm

It's important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with little to no warning.

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Griffin on Tech: Tech innovation can help us open back up

Peter Griffin. 01 October 2021, 4:03 pm

45 cases on Wednesday came as a shock to Auckland. So how can tech help us get closer to leaving lockdowns behind?

Now is the time to be casting the net far and wide for ideas and innovations to he…

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Alexa on wheels. What is Amazon thinking?

Peter Griffin. 29 September 2021, 5:01 pm

 Tech giant Amazon has rolled out a new generation of its Echo smart speakers, with a version of the Alexa-powered gadget arriving as Astro - a robot on wheels.

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The public cloud giants are coming but data residency is not data sovereignty

Don Christie and Doug Dixon. 29 September 2021, 9:03 am

Aoteroa's future will be defined not just by the digital economy, but by the digital governance, argue Catalyst IT's Don Christie and Doug Dixon as they consider the implications of AWS and Microsoft …

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Accessibility failures are costing NZ businesses potential sales

Dr Chandra Harrison. 27 September 2021, 9:58 am

Some fairly easy to fix accessibility issues with New Zealand websites is costing businesses potential sales, argues Dr Chandra Harrison.

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Griffin on Tech: All eyes on El Salvador's big bitcoin bet…

Peter Griffin. 24 September 2021, 1:01 pm

El Salvador's move to make bitcoin legal tender is risky but could help the developing nation achieve a greater level of financial autonomy.

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