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Griffin on Tech: Game over for developers without tax breaks 

Peter Griffin. 01 July 2022, 2:30 pm

A new 30% tax break for digital games developers takes effect today - across the Tasman. We need to match it to give our own game developers a chance to compete.

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Getting more girls into game development

Peter Griffin. 30 June 2022, 10:00 am

The Media Design School's Senior Girls in Games day of workshops seeks to inspire senior female school students to pursue a career in the video games industry.

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NASA enlists NZ help to return humans to the Moon

Peter Griffin. 28 June 2022, 7:29 am

From helping launch the CAPSTONE satellite to testing new ways of tracking spacecraft and debris, New Zealand in involved in the mission to return humans to the Moon.

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Monday news in brief (June 27th)…

Victoria MacLennan. 27 June 2022, 10:28 pm

I am off to Ōtepoti Dunedin tomorrow (Tuesday 28th) for the inaugural Data Stewardship conference, hosted by Otago University business school, where I will be speaking on SFIA in a data maturity cont…

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Griffin on Tech: the Mega pirates fess up

Peter Griffin. 23 June 2022, 12:32 pm

It's not looking good for Kim Dotcom's chances of avoiding extradition after his former Megaupload colleagues pled guilty to running a massive illicit file-sharing operation.

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Why do we find writing our own CV's so hard? 5 Tips

Victoria MacLennan. 23 June 2022, 9:53 am

Last night I edited a friends CV and found it so easy to do, write about her virtues, her amazing skills, her achievements - yet 6 months ago confronted with writing my own CV when applying for this r…

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Ports of automation: where Auckland went wrong

by Ray Delany. 23 June 2022, 8:34 am

Ray Delany has a theory for what went wrong with Ports of Auckland's failed automation project...

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From Gravity to Ghostbusters: Film festival to showcase women in STEM

Peter Griffin. 21 June 2022, 10:02 am

Auckland techies and cinephiles are in for a treat in July as a week-long film festival kicks off with a focus on strong female leads in science and innovation-themed movies.

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Monday news in brief (June 20th)…

Victoria MacLennan. 20 June 2022, 10:28 pm

I missed my update last Monday, I was home sick thinking it might be Covid but it turned out to be a common cold - touch wood I still haven't joined the thousands of New Zealanders who have experience…

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Griffin's Gadgets: Tell me exactly how my biometrics are being used

Peter Griffin. 17 June 2022, 2:35 pm

Facial recognition has its place. But there's confusion over what it is being used for which is stoking fears of mass surveillance.

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Growing the industry: Retaining Staff

Victoria MacLennan. 16 June 2022, 11:35 pm

The Hi Tech Awards held an alumni event this week, a day of informative panels, discussions and networking. One of the standout panels for me was "Keeping the corporate raiders at bay" focused on how …

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Uncompetitive: NZ is slipping on global benchmarks…

Peter Griffin. 16 June 2022, 10:41 am

New Zealand has suffered the biggest drop in rankings among 63 nations compared on measures of their competitiveness, including in technology, science and business productivity.

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Have the leading AI companies become a victim of their own hype?

Peter Griffin. 14 June 2022, 10:17 am

The media hype over a Google engineer's belief that the company's AI chatbot has become sentient has been widely slammed by AI experts.

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Griffin on Tech - We need to learn from Ports of Auckland's automation misadventure

Peter Griffin. 10 June 2022, 1:35 pm

Ports of Auckland should and can serve as a lesson for anyone heading down the automation path. 

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Welcome to your digital sidekick - AI-powered automation in the office

Peter Griffin. 09 June 2022, 2:03 pm

IBM is looking to use AI to move past robotic process automation to offer a digital sidekick to help office workers cut through boring admin.

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How can eWaste be RAD?…

Victoria MacLennan. 08 June 2022, 11:14 pm

I went to the sustainability expo today, created by the Sustainability Trust and hosted at the Beehive Banquet Hall. I also learned after nearly 30 years in Wellington the Beehive is located in Museum…

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Will you ever leave the lock screen? Apple's iPhone interface revamp

Peter Griffin. 07 June 2022, 12:56 pm

The iPhone's humble lock screen is getting a major revamp from Apple in a move that could see less of a need to log into the phone during the day.

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Griffin on Tech: From talent crunch to tech layoffs - is your job safe?

Peter Griffin. 03 June 2022, 1:48 pm

Tech companies in the US are laying off staff in large numbers for the first time in two years and imposing hiring freezes as the economic outlook deteriorates.

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Mark Zuckerberg's faithful ally departs

Peter Griffin. 02 June 2022, 2:03 pm

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Meta and one of the original employees at Facebook is moving on from the company she had a strong hand in steering - at least in the early days.


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Unfinished business on the digital divide - Jordan Carter

Peter Griffin. 31 May 2022, 5:37 pm

He led InternetNZ for the best part of a decade, but Jordan Carter admits he feels frustrated at a lack of progress on bridging the digital divide.

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