Vodafone Foundation initiative crunches the data on inequality

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 18 May 2021, 8:35 am It’s a hallmark of political slogans and government policies alike – the goal of reducing the unacceptable level of inequality in our country. But what are the key measures of inequality and how are they tracking on a regional basis around the country? A new project from […]

Misinformation rife during 2020 election: Tohatoa

Techblog staff. 17 May 2021, 7:03 am Tohatoha CEO Mandy Henk and Emmi Bevensee, developer of the Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT), have presented oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee that shows misinformation from ‘malicious actors’ originating on fringe websites and communities flowed to mainstream social media during the New Zealand election of 2020. […]

Misinformation rife during 2020 election: Tohatoha

Techblog staff. 17 May 2021, 7:03 am Tohatoha CEO Mandy Henk and Emmi Bevensee, developer of the Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT), have presented oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee that shows misinformation from ‘malicious actors’ originating on fringe websites and communities flowed to mainstream social media during the New Zealand election of 2020. […]

Brislen on Tech: The end of Adtech’s wild west

Paul Brislen, Editor. 14 May 2021, 1:15 pm I remember having an argument with a newspaper sales guy way back in the Good Old Days about the arrival of the internet. You’ll remember the newspaper in the good old days – so thick you couldn’t fold it on a Wednesday (classified advertising day) and once […]

Inspired by Clubhouse, Facebook is turning up the volume

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 13 May 2021, 9:58 am Facebook is embarking on a trial of live audio rooms and will release audio editing tools and a podcast platform as it joins its rivals in pursuing audio-only services. The podcast boom of the last five years and the steady rise in popularity of audiobooks are evidence […]

Transcript: Tech Moguls 2036 Keynote – Ben Traverston

Sam Jarman, Guest post. 12 May 2021, 5:51 am   The following is a transcript from Auckland’s Tech Mogul Showcase 2036 Hello everyone! It’s an honour to be here in Auckland! This is my first time in New Zealand but it’s a shame I can’t be here in person with you all – my Synth™ […]

How repairable is your smartphone?

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 11 May 2021, 10:13 am Consumer New Zealand has created a version of the French smartphone ‘repairability index’ to give phone buyers an idea of how well phone brands facilitate repairs. Apple and its Android rivals release numerous handsets every year, complete with a hype cycle that calls for consumers to upgrade […]

Aussies try to steal NZ game industry

Paul Brislen, Editor. 10 May 2021, 2:33 pm New Zealand’s fast growing computer games industry is coming under threat from a new tax incentive in Australia that could encourage companies based in New Zealand to relocate. The New Zealand Game Developers Association chair, Chelsea Rapp, says the new tax incentive, which is worth around 30-40%, […]

Brislen on Tech: The people or the pixel

Paul Brislen, Editor. 07 May 2021, 12:33 pm When news that the government was to restructure the health sector I wanted to tune in live to find out more. It’s important for my job but also for my own sense of well being and I enjoy getting the news straight from the horse’s mouth. The […]

Orion Health asks for probe into “scandalous” Covid IT spend

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 06 May 2021, 12:25 pm Tech leader and Orion Health chief executive Ian McCrae has requested the Auditor General undertake an audit review of the Ministry of Health’s pandemic-related IT decisions. The founder of the health software company has been on the warpath over the ministry’s decision to spend up to $38 […]