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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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How Covid-19 is set to change tech

Peter Griffin. 22 April 2020, 10:36 pm

Mary Meeker, Silicon Valley's most influential technology analyst is back with a report looking at how Covid-19 will change the tech industry. Here is TechBlog's five-point summary.

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Lockdown Q&A: William Chomley, IMAGR

Peter Griffin. 15 April 2020, 8:41 am

IMAGR CEO William Chomley has based himself in Japan during lockdown and is running teams across Asia Pacific as work continues on the start-up's AI-powered shopping cart products.

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Apple's supply chain - from phones to face shields

Sarah Putt. 07 April 2020, 6:42 pm

The Apple rumour mill seems certain that we can expect a new iPhone (probably 12) in September, or maybe a bit later. Despite repeated disruption to its global supply chain, Apple is apparently on tra…

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Lockdown Q&A: Leighton Roberts, Sharesies

Peter Griffin. 02 April 2020, 8:08 am

Here at ITP Tech Blog we are asking people in the tech sector about how they are approaching business during the lockdown and the technology they are using to stay productive while working remotely.

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Virtual Hi Tech finals

Sarah Putt. 31 March 2020, 6:20 pm

For the first time the announcement of who has made it into the Hi Tech Awards this year was made entirely online. This evening emcee David Downs announced the finalists in each category to a room fil…

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Bubble fun time

Sarah Putt. 26 March 2020, 11:07 am

Now that we are all in a bubble, how do we communicate and have some good old-fashioned fun with other bubbles?

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Kiwis rate their digital skills

Sarah Putt. 19 March 2020, 5:25 pm

As we adapt to the many changes imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the coming weeks and months, it will be technology that will help pull us through. From being able to work remotely, through to enab…

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IBM’s Watson gets sentimental

Peter Griffin. 19 March 2020, 12:02 pm

IBM is making smart tools available on its Watson platform that can understand the sentiment in language and summarise large amounts of text.

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Technology that endures - radio!

Sarah Putt. 10 March 2020, 9:30 am

Of all the media in all the world, radio is my favourite. It's the most intimate, the most ephemeral (or least it was before podcasts), and the most enduring. It's also the most underrated - with pred…

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Why businesses aren't picking domain names

Sarah Putt. 27 February 2020, 5:17 pm

One of the hardest things when starting  a new project or business is coming up with a name that isn't already taken in the online space. If you want to register a domain name under .nz or or …

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NZ joins NASA's climate change initiative

Sarah Putt. 25 February 2020, 2:47 pm

Air New Zealand is about to become the first passenger airline in the world to partner with NASA on an earth science mission. The initiative, aimed at monitoring the impact of climate change, will als…

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A newspaper, a military contract, a tech giant and a president

Sarah Putt. 20 February 2020, 3:12 pm

When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013, he can't have foreseen that would it one day result in a battle with a US President. But that's how it's shaping up.

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IoT driven by lower cost, productivity goals: IDC

Sarah Putt. 18 February 2020, 8:50 am

New Zealand organisations are investing in the Internet of Things in order to improve business productivity, improve product quality, and reduce operational costs, says research firm IDC.

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