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Conti 'ransomware as a service' may be behind DHB attack

Paul Brislen. 19 May 2021, 9:52 am

Ransomware as a service is the latest threat on the cyber-security event horizon, as Waikato DHB appears to be finding out the hard way.

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Vodafone Foundation initiative crunches the data on inequality

Peter Griffin. 18 May 2021, 8:35 am

A new project from the Vodafone Foundation, the non-profit arm of the telecoms company, aims to present a new, data-driven perspective on inequality.

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Misinformation rife during 2020 election: Tohatoha

Techblog staff. 17 May 2021, 7:03 am

Misinformation was rife during the general election in 2020 says Tohatoa, which has helped develop a Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT) to better understand its impact on our political scene.

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Brislen on Tech: The end of Adtech's wild west

Paul Brislen. 14 May 2021, 1:15 pm

Adtech promised accountability and transparency for your advertising dollar. Instead we have fake ads, inflated viewership figures, bot farms clicking away like money making cicadas and all to enrich …

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Inspired by Clubhouse, Facebook is turning up the volume

Peter Griffin. 13 May 2021, 9:58 am

Facebook is embarking on a trial of live audio rooms and will release audio editing tools and a podcast platform as it joins its rivals in pursuing audio-only services.

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Transcript: Tech Moguls 2036 Keynote - Ben Traverston

Sam Jarman. 12 May 2021, 5:51 am

In the year 2036 what will our tech world look like? A transcript from TechMoguls 2036.

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How repairable is your smartphone?

Peter Griffin. 11 May 2021, 10:13 am

Consumer New Zealand has created a version of the French smartphone 'repairability index' to give phone buyers an idea of how well phone brands facilitate repairs.

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Aussies try to steal NZ game industry

Paul Brislen. 10 May 2021, 2:33 pm

Australia is rolling out tax incentives to encourage game developers to set up shop in Australia. Here in New Zealand, game developers are unable to access the same types of subsidies which are reserv…

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Brislen on Tech: The people or the pixel

Paul Brislen. 07 May 2021, 12:33 pm

Facebook tracks users' movements online using Facebook pixels - small lines of code embedded in websites.

It's one thing for commercial sites to use pixels, but how do you feel knowing government s…

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Orion Health asks for probe into "scandalous" Covid IT spend

Peter Griffin. 06 May 2021, 12:25 pm

 Tech leader and Orion Health chief executive Ian McCrae has requested the Auditor General undertake an audit review of Ministry of Health IT decisions.

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ITP Branch Committees: Last chance to nominate

ITP Team. 06 May 2021, 8:00 am

Are you keen to make a difference to the tech community in your area and help build momentum post-Covid?

Today is the LAST DAY for nominations for ITP's Branch Committees in most areas. If 2021 is …

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Dell sells Boomi for US$4 billion

Paul Brislen. 05 May 2021, 11:56 am

Dell is selling its integration arm Boomi after 11 years of ownership.

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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews. 04 May 2021, 2:00 pm

[From Tuesday] I met recently with digital minister Hon David Clark to talk through many of the challenges facing the digital and tech sector, including the skills pathway work we're undertaking as pa…

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Bitcoin is booming, but other crypto currencies claiming more of the market

Peter Griffin. 04 May 2021, 9:40 am

As Bitcoin hovers around the US$57,000 mark, the cryptocurrency's share of the market's value has dropped below 50% for the first time as rival currencies gain traction.

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Supply chains and cyber-security: the new threat

Paul Brislen. 03 May 2021, 12:47 pm

The National Cyber Security Centre has released its latest advice on cyber-security matters, this time focused on supply chain issues. The weakest link could very well not be under your control.

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Brislen on Tech: Informed consent

Paul Brislen. 30 April 2021, 1:51 pm

Privacy is the football which Facebook and Apple are kicking around this week, but ultimately it's the end user who should benefit.

So why is privacy the new black?

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Your phone can now serve as a earthquake early warning system

Peter Griffin. 29 April 2021, 9:46 am

Google's earthquake early warning system uses the accelerometer in Android smartphones and could give people precious seconds to take cover for a sizeable shake.

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Solving the tech sector skills shortage – How diversity and inclusion benefit industry and the NZ economy

David Downs. 28 April 2021, 6:57 am

New Zealand is in the grips of a major skills shortage with a wide variety of industries struggling to fill key roles.

The New Zealand Hi-Tech trust may very well have the answer.

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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews. 27 April 2021, 2:58 pm

[From Tuesday] So what are the NZ Excellence in IT Awards, known as the EXes, and why do we bother? After all, there are some really brilliant awards programmes already happening in our sector.


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Apple shores up support at home with US$430 billion investment plan

Peter Griffin. 27 April 2021, 9:59 am

Facing regulator scrutiny of its App Store policies and growing tech rivalry between the US and China, Apple is doubling down at home with plans to add 20,000 jobs across the US.

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