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Brislen on Tech: Rarely seen

Paul Brislen. 12 March 2021, 12:56 pm

Rare earth minerals are needed to help power our electronic devices and so much more besides.

From magnets to windscreens, they are essential to our way of life, but China controls around 80% of t…

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Facebook's Covid relief for small businesses finally arrives

Peter Griffin. 11 March 2021, 9:49 am

Facebook has finally paid out the cash it promised a year ago to help Covid-hit Auckland-based small businesses.

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Kiwi Game starter finalists announced for 2020

Techblog Staff. 10 March 2021, 7:44 am

The finalists in the hotly-contested Kiwi Game Starter competition have been announced.

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DARPA recruits intel and Microsoft for next-generation encryption push

Peter Griffin. 09 March 2021, 9:38 am

The US military's advanced research department (DARPA) wants to develop new encryption technology to protect privacy as masses of personal data move to cloud computing platforms.

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'Hafnium' attacks spreading alarm worldwide

Paul Brislen. 08 March 2021, 5:00 am

The Hafnium cybersecurity attack is causing waves around the world. Here's the latest.

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Brislen on Tech: RIP Covid Card

Paul Brislen. 05 March 2021, 12:39 pm

For many, the Covid Card was the solution to all our Covid ills, but for other it was state surveillance writ large.

Much like battle plans, product development doesn't always survive the first co…

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Consumer Data Right - start small and scale up, says industry

Peter Griffin. 04 March 2021, 8:18 am

The banking and payments industry has largely come out in favour of the Government's plan to introduce a Consumer Data Right (CDR) that would allow people to take their data with them as they switch p…

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End of the line for the COVID card

Paul Brislen. 03 March 2021, 1:41 pm

The COVID card appears to have reached the end of its journey with a trial in Rotorua showing up problems with the technology.

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What tech companies do Americans trust? Just Google it.

Peter Griffin. 02 March 2021, 11:53 am

A survey of American internet users has shown a sharp divide between tech companies when it comes to trustworthiness, with Facebook and Tiktok ranking lowest and Google and Amazon coming out on top.

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How to figure out what's next - and actually get there

Paul Matthews. 01 March 2021, 4:17 pm

As a professional body we're often asked by members for some pointers on kickstarting or progressing a career. Or how to turn a "job" into a "career" and actually get some focus into getting ahead.

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InternetNZ: annual study reveals new concerns about the internet

Techblog Staff. 01 March 2021, 3:58 pm

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that many New Zealanders are extremely concerned about the Internet being a forum for extremist material, hate speech and fake news. 

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Brislen on Tech: RIP the nation state

Paul Brislen. 26 February 2021, 11:25 am

As citizens we have rights and can elect a parliament to reflect who we are.

But what do we do when that parliament can no longer control the biggest companies in the world? Are we now destined to…

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The roaming hit telcos are taking due to Covid travel restrictions

Peter Griffin. 25 February 2021, 10:30 am

With travel restrictions in place around the world, telecoms network operators are missing a lucrative source of revenue - roaming charges racked up when their subscribers head abroad.

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Facebook 1: Australia: 0

Paul Brislen. 24 February 2021, 7:16 am

Facebook has called Australia's bluff and removed professional news media from its platform and now the Australian government has folded, introducing amendments to the proposed media code and giving F…

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Vodafone joins Spark in 5G-powered wireless broadband business

Peter Griffin. 23 February 2021, 9:25 am

Vodafone has begun offering a wireless broadband service over the 5G network it has constructed in parts of the country, offering a faster, untethered alternative to fibre and copper connections.

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New Zealand to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime

Techblog Staff. 22 February 2021, 5:00 am

New Zealand is to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, to further our international cooperation efforts in tackling cybercrime.

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Brislen on Tech: Ante up

Paul Brislen. 19 February 2021, 2:07 pm

The Australian government is introducing a law that will require social media platforms to pay for access to professional media.

Google has agreed to set up commercial relations with the providers…

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Facebook pulls the plug on news in Australia - will the ban last?

Peter Griffin. 18 February 2021, 1:04 pm

Big Tech's relationship with Australians has taken a dive, with Facebook following through on its threats to block news from Australian media outlets from appearing on its platform.

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Aussie govt aims to take control of social media accounts

Paul Brislen. 17 February 2021, 9:39 am

Not content with forcing providers to include back doors into any kind of messaging software, the Australian federal government has introduced a bill giving it the power to take over social media acco…

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SpaceX keeps the Starlink launches coming, reveals NZ pricing

Peter Griffin. 16 February 2021, 10:56 am

Space X will undertake back-to-back Starlink satellite launches this week as it races to build out its global network and launch services, including in New Zealand.

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