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What is a (NZ) tech company?

Sarah Putt. 01 October 2019, 11:32 am

The changing fortunes of US-based office sharing company WeWork, which at one time had a valuation of US $47 billion, is making a lot of people thoughtful about what it means to be considered part of …

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Innovation partnerships between NZ and Japan

Sarah Putt. 26 September 2019, 5:54 pm

It's been a big week for rugby and politics and also for tech, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing four new innovation partnerships between New Zealand and Japanese entities.

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Full credit but some time in the sin bin: How did Spark get on?

Paul Brislen. 23 September 2019, 5:00 am

Spark had a few hiccups but rugby was the winner on the day with some streaming glitches forcing a captain's call to stream live over the nation's television sets.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 20 September 2019, 5:33 pm

Facebook launches a raft of new measures to stop extremist content, but is it going to work or is it PR to keep the regulators at bay?

Emergency calling is really bloody important but is it a right…

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Govt hands out $241m in research funding

Sarah Putt. 17 September 2019, 7:39 pm

Social issues, climate change and 'knowledge intensive industries' are the three research areas set to benefit from this year's allocation of the Endeavour Fund, New Zealand's largest contestable rese…

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Capital markets review highlights tech as enabler

Sarah Putt. 10 September 2019, 6:27 pm

Greater collaboration between market participants and the Government through a coordinated tech strategy for New Zealand is recommended in the Capital Markets Review released by EY this week.

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What to call robots

Sarah Putt. 29 August 2019, 7:52 am

If you have a member of Generation Alpha in your house, then you might want to have a chat with them about what to call the friendly robot in their lives. It is an 'it', not a 'she' or 'he'.

Appare…

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Google's internal culture change

Sarah Putt. 27 August 2019, 4:07 pm

News that Google has put in place stricter guidelines for employee discussions will come as no surprise to those following the stories about posts on internal message boards getting out of control and…

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Games sector aims high

Sarah Putt. 20 August 2019, 2:55 pm

Interactive media, which includes gaming, could become a billion-dollar industry in New Zealand within five years, according to a new report released by the New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZ…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 16 August 2019, 4:30 pm

It's hard getting cut through when you want to send out marketing bumf, so just imagine how difficult it was to get people to complete the Census online.

Soon we'll have CCTV cameras out the wazoo …

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Another tech IPO may be some time

Sarah Putt. 15 August 2019, 5:27 pm

Out of the crop of the tech companies that listed on the NZX in 2014, one of the best performers would have to be Vista Group International, which provides cinema software. Since listing the company h…

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NZ media and telcos ponder future

Sarah Putt. 08 August 2019, 8:15 am

If you grew up watching YouTube, would you watch TV and Movies?

That was the question posed by Travis Corrie from Shift72, a Hamilton-based company providing end-to-end video solutions for global b…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 02 August 2019, 5:00 pm

The spies would like us to break encryption because kicking in locked doors hurts their feet...

Donald Trump will tax French wine if the French tax US digital giants. Does he know where New Zealand…

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Whatever happened to "Where everyone gets a bargain"?

Sarah Putt. 02 August 2019, 8:00 am

Most New Zealanders live within 30 minutes of a store owned by The Warehouse Group, and yet 9% (and growing) of all retail spending in this country is online. Which is no doubt why the company has lau…

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Ask not what Space can do for you

Sarah Putt. 30 July 2019, 12:48 pm

It's been a couple of years since the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act (2017) was passed into law, but it's still a bit of a surprise to think we now have a space industry in this country.…

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77,600 drones and counting

Sarah Putt. 18 July 2019, 5:31 pm

There are a surprisingly large number of drones in New Zealand - with around 77,600 drones operating and 200,000 drones used by foreign tourists in the past year. Compare these numbers to the estimate…

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Looking for common ground on facial recognition vs the right to privacy

Alison Holt. 15 July 2019, 7:34 am

Facial recognition software is the latest battleground between privacy rights advocates and law enforcement agencies. Is there any common ground between the two parties?

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Another moon landing

Sarah Putt. 11 July 2019, 9:07 pm

Obviously, it's not up to me but I would say another moon landing is an interesting idea. Although it will cost the US taxpayer a lot (US$50 billion and counting) and that money is arguably better spe…

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Counting crowds

Sarah Putt. 04 July 2019, 10:09 pm

How many people turn up for an event is in itself newsworthy, even more so if it's a protest march. The pro-democracy protest on Monday in Hong Kong is a prime example, according to The New York Times…

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Agritech kicks off Govt's innovation plan

Sarah Putt. 02 July 2019, 7:52 pm

 The Government has today launched a new approach to encouraging innovation in key sectors of the economy. It involves the creation of Industry Transformation Plans, with agritech among the first ind…

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