Uh, oh – Facebook is actually building the Metaverse

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 29 July 2021, 2:38 pm As it basked in the glow of a massive quarterly profit announcement, Facebook this week revealed it would develop a massive virtual world – a metaverse. In a podcast interview with The Verge, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the Facebook Reality Lab, a unit of […]

Collaboration creates Aotearoa’s first publicly accessible genomics platform

Techblog Staff. 28 July 2021, 7:56 am A four-year collaboration between registered charity, Genomics for Aotearoa New Zealand, and local cloud providers, Catalyst Cloud, has created Aotearoa’s first bioinformatics platform for use by independent genomics researchers. The platform not only democratises access to expensive processing infrastructure and bioinformatic data but also radically reduces the time, […]

Outspoken privacy watchdog tipped to take on Big Tech in UK role

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 27 July 2021, 10:59 am Our outspoken privacy commissioner, John Edwards, appears to be destined for a big promotion with reports suggesting he has been selected as the UK’s next “privacy tsar”. The Sunday Times reported that Edwards, the “Facebook-hating New Zealander”, was the preferred candidate to run the UK’s powerful Information […]

Tokyo Olympics 2020: the Sky is the limit?

Paul Brislen, Editor. 26 July 2021, 7:44 am These are strange times indeed and if an example of just how strange is needed – along with COVID, disinformation campaigns, anti-science protests and all the rest – I have purchased a service from Sky TV. For a very long time Sky declined to move with the […]

Brislen on Tech: The fifth horseman might have wings

Paul Brislen, Editor. 23 July 2021, 1:54 pm A major security breach this week has left governments standing toe to toe in the court of public opinion, divided over issues of security, privacy and unauthorised access to sensitive information and systems. No, I’m not talking about China versus the world, I’m talking about Israeli spyware […]

Is the age of anonymous crypto trading coming to an end?

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 22 July 2021, 9:18 am The European Union is proposing a law change for the region that would require companies transferring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to collect the details of sender and recipient. That would see crypto exchanges and brokers, digital wallet makers and fintech companies building Blockchain-related platforms forced to link […]

“Position of vulnerability”

Paul Brislen, Editor. 21 July 2021, 10:54 am The Chinese Embassy in Wellington has hit back at accusations the nation’s cyber-warfare personnel are behind a series of attacks on New Zealand operations. New Zealand officials joined the US, EU, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Canada and NATO in condemning the attacks they say could be […]

Aussie forms taskforce to deal with ransomware attacks

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 20 July 2021, 10:50 am As New Zealand joins Australia and other allies in criticising China for its state-sponsored hacking, the Australian Government is mobilising to combat ransomware attacks. Operation Orcus is a new task force that is drawn from the Australian Cyber Security Centre, the Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Criminal […]

2021 NZ Excellence in IT Awards – Winners

ITP Team. 19 July 2021, 4:07 pm Here are all the winners from the 2021 NZ Excellence in IT Awards. There were a huge number of entries across all categories and some truly amazing entries and finalists. The winners were awarded at a gala dinner last Friday. The dinner event was amazing and authentic. No […]

TCF appoints Paul Brislen as new CEO

Paul Brislen, Editor. 19 July 2021, 3:13 pm Paul is an experienced technology executive and industry commentator, with an extensive background in the telecommunications sector. He succeeds Geoff Thorn, who resigned earlier this year after seven years heading the TCF.  On behalf of the TCF Board, Spark CEO Jolie Hodson commented: “Paul shares our passion […]