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Robots, drones and connected cars: Spark shows off their 5G future

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Spark at their Auckland headquarters to explore their vision of the 5G future.  From the moment I arrived the entire experience felt very Sci-Fi.  Spark frames 5G as the enabler for a host of incredible wireless technologies, this includes drones, robots and autonomous vehicles.  You can read more […]

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2018 a ‘defining year for privacy’, says NZ law firm

Law firm Simpson Grierson believes 2018 is shaping up to be a ‘defining year for privacy’ as New Zealand’s Privacy Bill finally makes its way through Parliament and the Select Committee. Data privacy is not only making the headlines because of its controversial use. According to Simpson Grierson, the Privacy Bill is intended to promote […]

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Facebook launches Data Abuse Bounty program

Facebook is launching the Data Abuse Bounty to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers. They committed to launching this program a few weeks ago as part of efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information.  The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by the existing bug bounty program that’s used […]

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Hands-on review: JBL Pulse 3 and JBL Charge 3

The world of Bluetooth Devices never ceases to amaze and this latest pair of speakers are no exception. Putting aside styling and sound quality for a moment, a word about ergonomics would be apropos here at the beginning. Compared to my ancient Bluetooth speakers, (meaning they’re over two years old) the JBL speakers are in […]

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Parliament supports NZ’s Privacy Bill during first reading

New Zealand’s proposed Privacy Bill is going through the first round of debates in Parliament this week, with the support of all sitting MPs. Justice Minister Andrew Little opened the first reading with an introduction describing the Bill and how it must be able to cope with the new challenges of protecting personal information. “The […]

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Chorus and Spark comment on the impact of last night’s storm

Chorus’ copper and fibre networks are largely operating as usual in most parts of New Zealand despite the storm across many parts of the country. The majority of the issues on the networks have been caused by power outages.  The multiple power outages mean that some Chorus sites (cabinets and exchanges) are running on battery […]

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Spark and Skinny launching 240GB wireless broadband plans

Some wireless broadband customers can now access a massive 240GB of data for their broadband plan.  Priced from $89.99 on Spark and from $59 on Skinny, this new plan will make wireless broadband a great option for customers who want a new generation broadband option but need plentiful supplies of data. Spark acting CEO for […]

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Apple now powered by 100% renewable energy – will suppliers follow suit?

As a part of Apple’s commitment to combat climate change, all of the global technology giant’s global facilities are now powered with 100% clean energy. This includes data centers, retail stores, offices and co-located facilities across 43 countries, including China, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook says that after […]

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IRD myIR site to shut down on Thursday for major system upgrades

Inland Revenue’s customer services will be unavailable for just over four days this week as it rolls out the next stage of its programme to transform the tax system. myIR will be switched off from Thursday afternoon at 3pm until Tuesday, April 17 at 8am so the latest round of changes can be made. Inland […]

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New Zealand film production revenue still on the rise

New Zealand film production revenue increased 15% to $1.1 billion in 2017, according to Stats NZ. Auckland’s film sector led this growth in 2017, however, Wellington still remains the main player in film production. Stats NZ business performance manager Laura O’Leary says, “New Zealand’s largest city is becoming a filming destination. “Auckland’s film production revenue […]