How valuable is NZ’s EV ‘feebate’ compared to RoW?

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The Government has announced a ‘feebate’ to make low-carbon emission cars more affordable from 1 July 2021. A used fully electric car will receive up to NZ$3,450 while a brand new one...

Facial recognition ad tech flunks the creepiness test, but someone will make it work

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Billboards are a pretty inefficient way of advertising to people, if you think about it.  You plaster pictures of your product on a big poster by the side of the road and...

AWS comes to NZ – is it really good news?

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Maybe it was Covid-fatigue or that strange emotion Kiwis seem to get when Big Tech deigns to notice us - but the announcement last week that Amazon Web Services was going...

Pegasus: Why the security Vulnerability Market is booming

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Pegasus joins a list of ominously-named tools blurring the line between hacking and surveillance for 'lawful intercept' purposes, with other notable examples being from the likes of FinFisher and The Hacking...

If you’re over 30, it’s safer not to use emoji

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Language can be a tricky thing, even when there shouldn’t be any ambiguity at all. Case in point, during a 1977 jaunt to Poland, President Jimmy Carter made quite an impression...

When Yahoo almost saved the world from Facebook

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Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Yahoo nearly saved the world. Not with useful search results, you understand, but by purchasing – and presumably ruining –...

Samsung to throw everything at the wall with Galaxy Unpacked, but will anything stick?

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What are you doing in three weeks’ time? Samsung hopes that on Wednesday 11 August you’ll be tuned in to the company’s live stream for the next Galaxy Unpacked event.  Actually, given...

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is still coming, but is late really better than...

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Samsung’s will-it, won’t-it drama with the Galaxy S21 FE has swung back once again to ‘will’. Over the weekend, two bits of fairly conclusive evidence popped up to back up the...

Is Twitch streaming a dream career? Not for me

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I should start this off with a disclaimer: I don’t routinely watch Twitch, in the same way that I don’t spend that much time on YouTube. I was born at the...

Can tech turn transport into a subscriber service?

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Car sharing might solve our addiction to owning our own vehicles suggests Stuart Matthews.