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Huawei’s Android loss: How it affects you

By Leo Kelion, BBC Technology desk editor Google has blocked Chinese phone maker Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system, and those restrictions will cast a long shadow over this week’s launch of the Chinese company’s latest handsets. A Huawei logo is displayed at a retail store in Beijing. Photo: AFP The firm […]

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Give up your weekend for Fleabag’s second season

By Chris Schulz* Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cracking comedy is back, and it might be the best thing you see on TV this year, writes Chris Schulz. Phoebe Waller-Bridge in season two of Fleabag. Photo: Supplied / BBC Fleabag’s second season, which begins screening in New Zealand today, begins with a dinner party. This isn’t any old […]

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Mediawatch: Australia looks for leadership in government and on air

In the middle of an intense election campaign, Australia’s public broadcaster has been looking for new leaders itself after a scandal that saw off its top executives last year. A veteran media watcher tells Mediawatch there’s lots to learn from the mess at the ABC and its efforts to address the “death of broadcasting”. Situation […]

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Social media effect ‘tiny’ in teenagers, large study finds

The effects of social media use on teenage life satisfaction are limited and probably “tiny”, a study of 12,000 UK adolescents suggests. Photo: 123RF Family, friends and school life all had a greater impact on wellbeing, the University of Oxford research team says. It claims its study is more in-depth and robust than previous ones. […]

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‘Oh c’mon mate’: Guyon Espiner kept us on the edge of our seats

Opinion – As Guyon Espiner wraps up his final day presenting Morning Report, Alex Perrottet takes a look back at the highlights and unforgettable classic moments from the past five years of working with him. [embedded content] After one of the most notorious media stand-ups in New Zealand’s political history, Guyon Espiner found himself in […]

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Facebook boss reveals changes in response to criticism

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm’s portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: AFP The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data. Mr Zuckerberg said the company […]

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Christchurch mosque shootings: Media agree on trial coverage protocols

Major New Zealand news organisations, including RNZ, have agreed to protocols for covering the trial of the person charged for the Christchurch mosque attacks. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Brenton Harrison Tarrant faces 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder in relation to the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch last month. […]

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Guyon Espiner on leaving Morning Report: What I won’t be apologising for

First Person – After five years and 1000 shows I’m switching off the 4am alarm. Guyon Espiner. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King This is my final week on Morning Report and I’d like to tell you why I’m leaving, what I’ve learned and what I won’t be apologising for. I’ll leave the why question until […]

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NZME puts a price on its paywall for ‘very best’ content

The New Zealand Herald‘s publisher NZME has announced digital subscriptions will be available from next week. Online readers will have to pay $5 a week for everything the Herald has to offer. It’s the most significant move in the market for online subscriptions in New Zealand so far.  NZME signage Photo: RNZ / Calvin Samuel […]

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Student sues Apple for $1bn over ‘facial recognition’ arrest

A student mistakenly arrested for stealing from Apple stores is suing the tech giant for $1 billion, claiming its AI linked video footage to his name. An Apple Store in Manhattan, New York City. (File photo) Photo: AFP / Spencer Platt / Getty Images Ousmane Bah, 18, was arrested at his home in New York […]