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Telecom Complaints Surge
2022-10-06 23:04
Telecom complaints back to pre-pandemic levelsTelecommunications Dispute Resolution service enquiries surged in the first half of 2022. The enquiries were a third (33 per cent) higher than i… Read More
2022-03-28 07:35
Admitting ignorance is one of the great things about being a journalist. Well, maybe not ignorance. But it is OK to not know things. Journalists can ask dumb sounding questions without feeli… Read More
2022-03-23 11:12
At first sight the Huawei Watch GT 3 is a fitness-oriented alternative to an Apple or Samsung smartwatch. It looks great, performs well and has exceptional battery life. There’s a long… Read More
2022-03-06 23:32
In late 2021 New Zealand’s fibre wholesale companies boosted standard speeds on their networks from 100mbps to 300mbps. In this guest post, Paris-based analyst Benoit Felton puts the&n&hell…Read More
2022-03-03 21:14
2degrees opens New Zealand’s third 5G network in main city CBDs.  Further 2degrees 5G coverage will roll out over the rest of the year. 2degrees 5G network launches – a bigg… Read More
2022-02-13 00:32
An ill-considered press release from Gartner gushes that one person in four will spend at least an hour a day in the metaverse by 2026. Facebook started talking about the metaverse to distra… Read More
2022-02-08 06:21
Facebook looked unstoppable. Then a series of home truths caught up with the tech giant. Now it faces its biggest test. At one point last week Meta’s share price was down more than 25… Read More
2022-02-02 22:38
America’s regulators watching big tech firms have shifted their focus from monopoly to monopsony. Monopolies remain a problem. They are when a single company dominates a market from a… Read More
2022-01-31 23:59
Worldwide phone shipments were up 5.7 percent in 2021. A total of 1.35 billion phones were shipped. IDC reports the full year growth came despite shipments falling in the second half of the… Read More
2022-01-24 23:56
Gartner says New Zealand spending on technology products and services will grow 7.4 percent this year. The company’s latest forecast says the market will total NZ$15.3 billion in 2022… Read More
2022-01-22 00:48
Google says customers with legacy free edition G Suite accounts will soon need to pay for Workspace apps. That is bad news for many people.  For the past 16 years G Suite has been free… Read More
2022-01-20 23:39
In 2016 the industry shipped a shade under 1.5 billion phones. By 2020 that had slipped to under 1.3 billion. Last year’s numbers are not in yet. The early indications are the 2021 tal… Read More
2022-01-19 21:15
Typora is a great Markdown editor that brings distraction-free writing to Windows and Linux. There’s a smorgasbord full of Markdown editors for Apple users. Windows and Linux users who… Read More
2022-01-18 00:35
It may not work for everyone, but switching Microsoft Word for a Markdown editor boosted my productivity. Almost every post written on this site over the last 13 years was written using Mark… Read More
2022-01-17 04:25
After a decade of falling sales, the Covid pandemic has seen traditional PC sales peak. IDC reports total PC shipments reached 349 million in 2021. That’s up almost 15 percent on shipm… Read More
2022-01-14 23:35
Connections between telecommunications and the energy sector are not new. They could soon become more important. When the New Zealand government first planned its fibre network three groups… Read More
2021-12-26 00:11
American theatre director Peter Sellars is quoted in the Guardian saying: Style is a fake issue brought to the fore by people who are trying to avoid content. Guardian Weekly 03.12.10 Sellar… Read More
2021-12-15 20:31
It’s not hard to understand why public relations companies push clients to respond to negative news stories. Apart from anything they bill clients for hosing down bad reports. It feels… Read More
2021-11-29 21:26
I’ve written a backgrounder on multi-factor authentication at the Network for Learning blog. It’s written for teachers and people working in the educational sector, which means i… Read More
2021-11-25 04:45
Owen Williams says after years of little activity Twitter has woken from its slumbers and is making “meaningful changes” again. It’s a positive view from Williams who confe… Read More
2021-11-22 06:59
AGI is no longer a big buzzword in Silicon Valley. The unfulfilled expectations will affect the future of artificial intelligence. Like the idea of a true driverless car or nuclear fusion, a… Read More
2021-11-19 04:26
Scot Herrick reminds his readers to think about money the way businesses do. He writes: For business, it’s all about the money. Unfortunately, for too many knowledge workers, it isn&rs&hell…Read More
2021-11-18 21:19
Brainpower: Rewarding knowledge workers is an article adapted from a presentation given by consulting firm Mercer. It looks at the needs and wants of knowledge workers from a managerial poin… Read More
2021-11-18 00:51
Microsoft’s updated Surface Pro 8 is for people who need Windows packaged in the slimmest, lightest device. Make that well-heeled people, it’s not cheap. That’s the short v… Read More
2021-11-16 06:53
Modern newspaper style books tell journalists to use among, not amongst. Unlike many style book rules, this one applies on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Australia and New Zea… Read More
2021-11-15 06:32
Mobile carrier 2degrees wants the Commerce Commission to step into the 700 MHz spectrum auction. Brandishing a recently commissioned Covec report, the company says auctioning the remaining u… Read More
2021-11-14 23:23
Last year the world created or replicated 64.2 zettabytes of data. The number comes from IDC, a market research firm. The figure is remarkable considering three years earlier IDC was forecas… Read More
2021-11-14 07:18
And the artifacts it leaves behind. Kate Lindsay writes about The internet that disappears. at Embedded. She says all that talk about the internet being forever is wrong. Instead: &ldqu&hell…Read More
2021-11-10 22:39
The Ministry of Health has released the technical specifications of its Covid vaccine pass. The documents call it My Vaccine Pass. There are two passes. The domestic pass is simple. It will… Read More

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