600 more tech workers coming soon

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 21 January 2022, 5:06 pm . Late last year Minister Clark announced that Cabinet had approved a Class Exception for 600 overseas tech workers to come to New Zealand. This was great news for our industry, with many companies suffering with the border restrictions currently in place. But when will […]

Griffin on Tech: America’s 5G jumbo disaster – what went wrong?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 21 January 2022, 2:39 pm Airlines this week cancelled or rerouted flights heading to certain US airports. Was it due to a surge in Omicron cases, threats of terrorism, or a fault identified in jumbo jets? No, it is because of radio waves from 5G mobile networks. We are now nearly three […]

Vodafone, MyRepublic the fastest in download speed tests – Ookla

Peter Griffin, Editor. 20 January 2022, 9:47 am Vodafone serves up the fastest mobile download speeds and niche player MyRepublic beats the pack for fast downloads on fixed-line broadband connections according to Ookla, creator of the popular speedtest.net network test. During the fourth quarter of 2021, Vodafone earned a “Speed Score” of 83.72, significantly higher […]

Using fibre optic networks to better detect volcanic activity

Peter Griffin, Editor. 18 January 2022, 10:11 am The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano 65km north of Nuku’alofa has served as a reminder of the vulnerability of telecommunications infrastructure to natural hazards. Tonga’s undersea cable link to the outside world appears to have been severed as a result of the undersea eruption, which […]

And that’s a wrap!

ITP Team. 17 December 2021, 4:50 pm That’s us – other than any big breaking news, the TechBlog and Newsline team will be taking a break until mid-January. A massive thanks to our community for your support over what was a tough year for everyone. If you’re having a break, have a truly excellent one […]

Griffin on Tech: Time’s person of the year contains multitudes

Peter Griffin, Editor. 17 December 2021, 4:49 pm Time magazine’s decision to put Elon Musk on its cover as its person of the year was a polarising move, to say the least. The entrepreneur, innovator, largely self-trained engineer and on the strength of Telsa’s surging share price, the richest person in the world, seems to […]

Toy box: The best tech of 2021

Peter Griffin, Editor. 16 December 2021, 12:22 pm Another year of living in the shadow of Covid saw us working and playing in the digital world to a greater degree than ever before. Even a global computer-chip shortage couldn’t halt the flood of shiny new gadgets. Here are 10 of the best that I was […]

Action stations: How to deal with the Log4j vulnerability exploit

By Eleanor Barlow, Priyanka Agarwal, Swapnill Bhosale and Chris Cheyne, Contributors. 14 December 2021, 9:28 am On the 10th of December, a new critical vulnerability known as log4J was exposed, allowing unauthenticated remote code execution.  We at SecurityHQ predict that the ease of exploit, together with the vast range of affected vendors, are the perfect recipe for […]

ITP CEO Paul Matthews stepping down next year

Anthony Dowling, ITP President. 13 December 2021, 5:24 pm Tēnā koe, After 14 years at the helm of ITP, CEO Paul Matthews has made the call to step down next year to pursue other opportunities. Paul wanted to pass on the following: I’ve been genuinely privileged to lead ITP over many years, an organisation that […]

Log4J: When your tools turn against you

By Peter Membrey, Contributor. 13 December 2021, 9:56 am Organisations around the world are scrambling to address the Log4J vulnerability, which IT security experts suggest could be the most serious exploit uncovered in the last decade. This vulnerability is actively being exploited as reported by CERT NZ, so if you have Java applications that depend […]