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Please leave some 3.5GHz spectrum for Wisps

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 7:39 pm | Digitl

Communications Minister Kris Faafoi says the government will offer spare 3.5GHz spectrum to mobile networks and Māori by the middle of next year. He should put some aside for the Wisps or wireless internet service providers. More >>

We’ve let our tech define us. Now it’s out of control

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 7:36 pm | Digitl

At the Guardian, Douglas Rushkoff says our technology is now an entire environment. We live there. We've spent the decade letting our tech define us. It's out of control . More >>

ChromeOS: Google’s stumbling surveillance capitalism ecosyst

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 7:28 pm | Digitl

"Anyone saying that Android apps on ChromeOS are a good experience is delusional." In  Chrome OS has stalled out , Dave Ruddock says Google's Chrome OS has failed to live up to its potential. Ruddock is a Chrome user who says he does 95 percent ... More >>

iPhone 11: It’s hard taking bad pictures

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 5:58 pm | Digitl

Apple's iPhone 11 is all about the camera. This isn't the first time I've written about a phone and said much the same thing. So let's put it another way: Apple's iPhone 11 is even more about the camera. You can't miss the cameras on Apple's iPhone ... More >>

Australian science could bring cheaper, greener batteries

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 5:48 pm | Digitl

Lithium-sulfur batteries store considerably more energy than their lithium-ion cousins — in theory as much as six times the energy for a given weight. What's more, they can be made from cheap materials that are readily available around the world. Source: ... More >>

Norton 360 Premium: Security overkill for Apple users

Monday, 23 December 2019, 3:10 pm | Digitl

This year's Norton 360 offers the most comprehensive set of cross-platform computer security tools. It is a safe choice. Yet it is expensive and is not necessarily the right choice for everyone. It's a poor option for Apple users who don't get all the ... More >>

NZ chief science advisor 5G site not up to the job

Monday, 23 December 2019, 2:58 pm | Digitl

Good on the Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister's chief science advisor, for setting up a web site to address 5G fears . It counters much of the disinformation in circulation. Sadly the presentation is awful. It is so poor that the message doesn't ... More >>

Before you get excited about 5G fixed wireless broadband…

Monday, 23 December 2019, 2:53 pm | Digitl

Vodafone's 5G network is about to launch . Soon you'll see marketing for 5G fixed wireless broadband marketing. Spark will no doubt follow. Let's step back for a moment and take a reality check. There's a lot to be said for 5G. It's fast, energy efficient ... More >>

Apple Airpods Pro review

Monday, 23 December 2019, 2:34 pm | Digitl

They sound great and last for hours on a single charge. Apple AirPods Pro pack impressive noise cancelling into a tiny space. At NZ$450 the price is competitive if you are looking at more traditional noise cancelling headsets. Apple's original AirPods were ... More >>

Kudos Vodafone for launching 5G, now about the $10 surcharge

Monday, 23 December 2019, 2:30 pm | Digitl

Hats off the Vodafone for building New Zealand's first meaningful 5G network. 1 It's a big step for New Zealand telecommunications and an even bigger step for Vodafon e. A year ago it looked like the company would be starved of the resources needed ... More >>

Seven biggest tech moments of 2019

Monday, 23 December 2019, 2:26 pm | Digitl

Every year throws up a long list of news stories, product launches and events. This year was better than most. Here are six 2019 stories that resonated with me. It's a personal, unordered list and it's written from a New Zealand perspective. You may ... More >>

Please leave some 3.5GHz spectrum for Wisps

Monday, 23 December 2019, 2:17 pm | Digitl

Communications Minister Kris Faafoi says the government will offer spare 3.5GHz spectrum to mobile networks and Māori by the middle of next year. He should put some aside for the Wisps or wireless internet service providers. Carriers need extra ... More >>

Extending New Zealand's fibre network

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:26 pm | Digitl

Last week engineers completed the first UFB stage. The so-called UFB1 fibre network reaches three quarters of the country. More >>

Spark dips toe as Vodafone plunges into 5G

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:11 pm | Digitl

Vodafone's 5G network will launch any day now. Spark wants you to know it already has New Zealand's first commercial 5G service . More >>

The limits of Spark's 600GB fixed wireless promise

Friday, 22 November 2019, 4:02 pm | Digitl

Writing at the NZ Herald, Chris Keall reports on Spark increasing the data cap on fixed wireless plans to 600GB . Spark only offers 600GB in Auckland where there are usually better broadband options. The company isn't so generous out in the sticks ... More >>

What Hyperfibre says about fixed-line broadband

Friday, 22 November 2019, 3:41 pm | Digitl

Early next year Chorus will start rolling out Hyperfibre, that is faster fibre services of up to 4Gbps . Forget whether you might need that speed today and focus instead on what it says about fibre broadband. More >>

Deebot Ozmo 900: lovable robot vacuum cleaner

Friday, 22 November 2019, 12:50 pm | Digitl

Bill Bennett writes: My first inclination was to turn down the offer to review Deebot Ozmo 90, a robot vacuum cleaner and mopper. At the time I was too busy. Jo overhead the phone conversation and told me to call back - she was keen. So keen I left her ... More >>

Huawei Watch GT 2: A short take

Friday, 22 November 2019, 12:46 pm | Digitl

The Huawei Watch GT 2 looks OK, has great battery life, is waterproof and has a slew of health features, but it can't run third-party apps. More >>

Fibre uptake passes 60% mark in 10 cities

Monday, 18 November 2019, 12:20 pm | Digitl

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's latest Quarterly Connectivity Report, 10 cities now have fibre uptake rates of greater than 60 percent. More >>

Freebuds 3: Huawei pays homage to AirPods

Sunday, 17 November 2019, 3:24 pm | Digitl

Huawei’s Freebuds 3 look distinct from Apple’s Airpods . Presumably they are different enough to avoid knock-off litigation. More >>

 

 

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