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How Spark Plans To Accelerate Aotearoa
2024-02-22 21:04
Spark spends $15m on accelerate Aotearoa projectSpark has tipped $15 million into an innovation fund designed to help companies use digital technologies to improve productivity and increase… Read More
2023-11-16 19:36
A review of New Zealand's telecommunications regulatory challengesRecently the Download Weekly sat down with Telecommunications Commissioner Tristan Gilbertson and members of the Commerce Co… Read More
2023-10-31 23:13
Apple's 'Scary Fast' launch event was remarkable on a number of counts. Let's start with the most trivial remark: It was the first live streamed Apple launch to take place during New Zealand… Read More
2023-10-23 06:21
Elon Musk paid $44 billion to take control of X-Twitter at the end of October 2022.It's been a ride ever since with story after story about the stupid, evil or inexplicable things that have… Read More
2023-10-12 20:58
TDR complaints reach new high after awareness campaignIt's been a busy year for the Telecommunications Dispute Resolution scheme. In the 12 months to June 2023 it handled 3725 consumer compl… Read More
2023-09-28 21:47
Vocus brands refund broadband plus power cancellation feesCompanies in the Vocus Group, now part of 2degrees, have refunded customer almost $480k following a Commerce Commission investigatio… Read More
Digital Piracy Make A Comeback
2023-09-28 00:11
A decade ago the media sector, in effect, saw off digital piracy. Now piracy is on the way back.Last week the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published a report showing piracy declin… Read More
Is Microsoft Surface Still Competitive?
2023-09-27 05:45
Yesterday's post ‌What is going on with Microsoft Surface? looks at the rapid recent decline in the device's fortunes. This follow up explores less obvious reasons why Microsoft is sell… Read More
2023-09-26 07:28
Almost overnight demand for Microsoft's Surface range of devices has dried up. What is going on? To understand the present, let's start by looking at the past. In 2012 Microsoft announced i… Read More
Hosted Servers Prove Cheaper Than Cloud
2023-09-18 08:20
Writing at The Register, Simon Sherwood reports on a company saving large sums of money by moving from the cloud to hosted servers. 37 Signals says cloud repatriation plan has already saved… Read More
What Is Open Source?
2023-08-12 00:01
Open source software is free. Anyone can download open source programs, run them, copy them and pass them on to friends and colleagues without paying a licence fee and without breaking any l… Read More
2023-08-07 00:27
No-one doubts the quantity of information on the internet. What about its quality? It’s pointless attempting to estimate the amount of on-line information. There are millions of web si… Read More
2023-08-04 22:48
Unesco, the UN’s education, science and culture agency, wants schools to ban mobile phones. The organisation says there is evidence that excessive phone use leads to poor educational… Read More
2023-07-25 06:17
Ericsson’s perspective is worth hearing. With Huawei shut out of many international markets, the Swedish telecoms equipment giant plays an important role building 5G networks for telco… Read More
Did You Notice The 5G Mobile Revolution?
2023-07-11 05:46
Long before New Zealand’s network operators upgraded their first cell sites to 5G, it was obvious everyday  mobile users wouldn’t notice much change.The technology promised… Read More
Threads Launches As Twitter Chaos Continues
2023-07-06 01:22
Meta, the company we know best as Facebook, chose a smart moment to launch Threads, its Twitter rival.Last week, Twitter was offline to many users for hours.Twitter has been unstable for mon… Read More
One New Zealand Blocks Child Abuse Material
2023-06-22 22:37
One New Zealand is now blocking child sexual exploitation and abuse material at the network level. It says the move will prevent active or inadvertent access to any known child abuse materia… Read More
The Data Breach Fallacy
2023-05-08 04:37
At NZ Business, Kordia regional cyber security business manager Peter Bailey delivers a few home truths about data breaches:When we hand over our credentials and ID to businesses, we are tru… Read More
2023-05-02 22:49
It’s not new, but the MagSafe Leather Wallet Apple sent alongside the review iPhone 14 is worth writing about.Long-time MacBook owners will remember MagSafe as the magnetic power conne… Read More
Post-Twitter
2023-05-01 22:40
When the company changed hands there were high profile predictions that it was days away from operational meltdown. Those predictions kept coming as the company laid off key workers and shut… Read More
How To Quit Your Job And Stay Friends
2023-03-16 04:50
No matter how bad things have been, when you quit a job, part on good terms. New Zealanders are bad at making a clean break—we’re too blunt and our work culture doesn’t hel… Read More
Cyclone Exposes Network Weaknesses
2023-02-16 21:09
Cyclone Gabrielle left parts of the North Island without phone and data coverage. While network gaps remain in pockets, the clean up is now well under way and telcos are revisiting their res… Read More
2023-02-10 00:03
Writing at Techdirt, Mike Masnick has a point when he complains about journalists writing misleading stories about the growth of the Fediverse.Fediverse is the name used to describe a loose… Read More
Download Weekly - Top Stories For 2022
2022-12-22 19:41
A recap of the year’s telecommunications headlines.A new 2degreesIn June 2degrees completed its merger with the Orcon Group. Mark Callandar was appointed as CEO of the new business.Whi… Read More
2022-12-15 20:25
New Zealand’s UFB fibre network reaches 87 per cent of the population. The other 13 per cent, mainly in rural areas, are left behind. We need to fix that.Around seven out of ten homes… Read More

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