2021 Hi-Tech Awards winners

Techblog Staff. 31 May 2021, 5:10 am Fisher & Paykel Healthcare was the big winner at the 2021 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards on Friday night, claiming the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year category. The Gala Dinner announcing all the winners was attended by a record crowd of 1300 including the Prime Minister and the Mayor […]

Brislen on Tech: An HR-led recovery

Paul Brislen, Editor. 28 May 2021, 4:12 pm This week’s Digital Boost launch at the AUT Mind Lab facility in Auckland was a bit like a fever dream. Everyone there was someone I knew but everyone looked older, and like they’d swelled a bit. I met former TUANZ colleagues, former Vodafone colleagues, former Chorus folk, […]

Aussie ramps up scrutiny of Big Tech over mobile payments

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 27 May 2021, 10:40 am As New Zealand introduces legislation to lower merchant fees for mobile payments, Australia is probing Google and Apple over their growing power in the payments market. Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, in March began an inquiry into mobile payment and digital wallet financial […]

Digital programme gets boost

Paul Brislen, Editor. 26 May 2021, 7:24 am The launch of the Digital Boost programme saw industry and government come together last night at AUT’s Mind Lab facility in Auckland. Digital Boost is part of the Budget’s promised $44 million spend on up-skilling small and medium-sized businesses to make better use of digital capabilities. With […]

Epic vs Apple trial wraps up – what’s at stake

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 25 May 2021, 10:51 am A three-week country case in the US between video gamer maker Epic and Apple over access to the App Store wrapped up yesterday and it could be weeks before a judgement is released. Epic, which makes the wildly popular online game Fortnite, took Apple to court over […]

Waikato DHB: Week two

Paul Brislen, Editor. 24 May 2021, 7:33 am The Waikato DHB cyber-crisis has spilled over into its second week with no sign of a resolution, only the possibility it may take another week to resolve the problems. The DHB’s IT systems were shut down following a ransomware attack leaving thousands of patients and their clinical […]

Brislen on Tech: the halls of power

Paul Brislen, Editor. 21 May 2021, 3:13 pm It’s always tricky at Budget time. On the one hand, you really want the government to do the right thing in terms of support and engagement with the sector. On the other, you hope they don’t notice you and go on about their business without interfering in […]

Techweek 21 is coming – time to lock-in and line up some great tech sessions

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 20 May 2021, 10:56 am New Zealand’s annual tech fest officially kicks off on Saturday, with a strong slate featuring hundreds of events across the country offering live in-person and virtual gatherings. Last year’s Techweek went virtual thanks to Covid-19 and was scaled back in comparison to the previous year. But the […]

Conti ‘ransomware as a service’ may be behind DHB attack

Paul Brislen, Editor. 19 May 2021, 9:52 am The cyber-attack on the Waikato District Health Board is being linked to a relatively new group of ransomware attacks known as Conti. Conti appears to be a “Ransomware as a Service” package that is rapidly being adopted by cyber-criminals around the world. A successor to the Ryuk […]