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Vodafone, Vocus trial early broadband unbundling from Chorus

Internet providers Vodafone and Vocus have decided to take on telecommunciations network operator Chorus over contol of some of the ultra-fast broadband fibre network. Photo: 123RF They have taken control of some physical lines in the central Auckland suburb or Parnell in a trial, known as unbundling. A law change is due to come into […]

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Amazon defends racial and gender bias claims about facial recognition tool

Amazon has defended its facial-recognition tool, Rekognition, against claims of racial and gender bias following a study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo: 123rf The researchers compared tools from five companies, including Microsoft and IBM. While none was 100 percent accurate, it found that Amazon’s Rekognition tool performed the worst when it came […]

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Virtual reality game lets people explore Wellington

Wellington has been turned into a virtual reality game where players can dive with whales, play drums on Cuba Street, and admire the night sky at Matariki. Photo: Supplied / Wellington Regional Development Agency The WellTown game, has been created to attract people to come and live in the capital from all over the world […]

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Apple rushes to fix FaceTime ‘eavesdropping’ bug

Apple has acknowledged a flaw in its FaceTime software that allowed for brief eavesdropping – even if the recipient did not pick up. A billboard advertising Apple’s iPhone security is displayed during CES 2019. Photo: AFP In some cases the target iPhone would send video, probably without the receiver’s knowledge. The company said it had […]

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Robots to give Mt Cook Alpine Salmon a competitive edge

The tedious task of removing pin bones from King Salmon could soon be a job done by robots. Mt Cook Alpine Salmon has partnered with a robotics company for a better pin boning system. Photo: Supplied Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, based in the South Island’s Mackenzie District, has partnered with robotics company Scott Technology to […]

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Fears New Zealanders could be targeted in China’s reaction to Huawei fallout

A leading geopolitical commentator fears New Zealanders could be the next target of China’s apparent retaliation for the detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada, as well as the ban on use of its equipment for the 5G network rollout. Prominent writer and former diplomat Yang Hengjun, an Australian citizen, has been detained in […]

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190,000 NZers may be victims of revenge porn – research

Nearly 190,000 New Zealanders have been the victim of revenge porn, according to new research. Image based sexual abuse is more common among young adults. Photo: 123rf A first-of-its-kind survey by Netsafe has found 5 percent of adults have had other people post intimate images of them online or threaten to do so. Young adults […]

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New Zealand companies caught up in huge global data hack

Nine New Zealand websites have been compromised in a huge online data breach. The data breach is the third largest ever and the largest in which the stolen information has been made public, according to a technology magazine. Photo: 123rf.com More than 770 million email addresses and passwords, totalling 87 gigabytes of data, have been […]

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US lawmakers propose laws targeting China’s Huawei and ZTE

A law has been proposed that would ban the sale of US chips or other components to Huawei, ZTE Corp or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate US sanctions or export control laws. A law that would ban the sale of US components to Chinese telecommunications companies has been proposed. Photo: AFP / NurPhoto The […]

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Fiji Water Lady: Marketing genius or one hit wonder?

She’s been dubbed the real winner of the Golden Globes, staring down the barrel of the camera with a wry smile behind Hollywood’s elite, but was ‘Fiji Water Girl’ a major splash or a minor ripple in the marketing world? Fiji Water Girl appeared in several photos on the red carpet at the Golden Globes […]