Griffin on Tech: Eureka! Let’s make 2023 a year of progress

This week, some great and wonderful news from the world of science was announced. Scientists at the National Ignition Facility at Livermore in California revealed that they had pointed 192 laser beams at a tiny fuel pellet in a nuclear fusion reactor and managed, for the first time ever, to produce slightly more energy than […]

Seniors are more tech-savvy than you might think

The Christmas holiday period is usually the time when the seniors in my extended family descend on me with requests to fix their smartphones or install antivirus software on their computers. But that stereotype may be shattered this festive season. Seniors, classed as over 50s, embraced digital devices and services like never before during the […]

Best tech of 2022: 10 gadget gift ideas for Christmas

With chill economic winds blowing, the gadget-buying frenzy of the pandemic has abated. But you can’t put the brakes on innovation. Here is some of the best tech that debuted in 2022. EAH-A800 Technics headphones  Wireless earbuds are all the rage these days, but you can’t beat the aural experience of a pair of high-quality […]

Griffin on Tech: Time to ride on Aussie’s cybersecurity coattails

Between the massive Optus and Medibank data breaches resulting from ransomware attacks, it’s been a tough year for Aussie consumers and businesses alike on the cybersecurity front. But the breaches also seem to have galvanised the new Albanese-led government to double down on national cybersecurity efforts. The previous administration had already committed A$9.9 billion over […]

Growing the industry: Foundational skills

One of the magical things about working in digital technology is the ability to pivot and have multiple careers within a single career, there are untold stories out there of business analysts who become project managers and information analysts who become security analysts etc etc. I have had 6 pivots myself all requiring new skills […]

#WFT: Ditch the plane and take the train says sustainability chief

If you are regularly travelling between Auckland and Wellington, Vector’s Prageeth Jayathissa has some advice for you: block out a day in your calendar and do some ‘focus’ work while you take the train. That might seem excessive, given that the Northern Explorer train journey takes nearly 11 hours and there are only 3 southbound […]

Vic’s thoughts on the CIO Summit and Awards

The CIO Summit was held in the beautiful Te Pae convention centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch this week. First up I have to declare that my ticket was given to me by the lovely team at IDC and Brightstar as I won the Outstanding Individual award earlier in the year (for the 2021 year) when there […]

Griffin on Tech: Is Wellington’s tech sector in trouble?

With Datacom, Xero, Trade Me and Weta Digital employing thousands of tech workers between them, the tech sector is an integral part of the Wellington’s economic makeup and creative personality. But the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Wellington Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group (WRSLG) has raised concerns about the sector’s future in an update […]