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Less Cash … the Future of Money

Technology

Over fifteen years ago I quipped in my Auckland Metro technology column that we were entering a less-cash world with smarter cards and more online transactions, but a cashless society was as likely as a paperless toilet. Shifts happen and…

Keith Newman01 February 2020

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Smart Cities Listen to People

Technology

Ideally, a ‘smart city’ will have real-time feedback on its infrastructure, environment, assets and resources through networks of sensors and monitoring devices as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Unleashing this holistic hi-tech vision will require councils and businesses…

Keith Newman01 December 2019

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Fixing Mobile Black Spots

Technology

The marketing assurance from Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees that their networks cover over 98% of the places where New Zealanders live and work sounds a little hollow when you head out into the vastness of our great rural backyard.  That…

Keith Newman01 October 2019

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Scaling Tech Growth Hurdles

Technology

During national Techweek, 20-26 May 2019, Business HB will attempt to showcase the best the region has to offer in robotics, automation and leading edge software to bolster local awareness and hopefully draw the attention of outside investors and innovators. …

Keith Newman01 June 2019

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Digital Consumer Courtship

Technology

Our love affair with online purchasing is intensifying as ecommerce becomes more sophisticated, personalised and persistent, with offshore and local suitors ramping up their seductive tactics to gain our lucre and loyalty. Like something out of the Minority Report movie,…

Keith Newman01 April 2019

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Hi-tech water wisdom needed

Technology Lifestyle

The reality is, we don’t know as much about the Heretaunga and Ruataniwha aquifers as we thought we did.  While the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council claims a good understanding of how the aquifer works it’s not as clear about certain…

Keith Newman01 February 2019

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Cyber Insecurity

Technology

“We are at war already … we are under attack … we need to defend ourselves … and accept the internet is a dangerous place,” says Hawke’s Bay-based security expert Tony Krzyzewski. Krzyzewski, a pioneer in IT networking and security,…

Keith Newman01 December 2018

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Delivering a Digital Curriculum

Technology

The nation’s high schools are on notice to prepare for a massive shift in the way they teach, connect with, examine and prepare students for the workplace under the new 2020 digital curriculum mandated by the Ministry of Education. The…

Keith Newman01 October 2018

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Seniors Go Digital

Technology

On 1 July 2010, Finland,that most super-chic of nations, giving the world such innovations as the wind turbine, ice skates, saunas, bubble chairs and Fiskars scissors (the ones with the bright orange handles) became the first nation to declare individuals’…

Tom Belford01 August 2018

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Robots Infiltrating Hawke's Bay

Technology

While robots and automation will increasingly replace people in low-paid, low-skilled, repetitive jobs, this evolution is unlikely to lead to rioting in the street, Depression era welfare lines and societal meltdown, as imagined by some.  So, gloom or opportunity? Amidst…

Keith Newman01 June 2018

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Mapping the summer apps

Technology Lifestyle

Downloading the right app can streamline decisions about where to go and when, alerting you to interesting places and events, wining and dining options, or add value to hobbies from cycling and walking to surfing, sport, gardening, cooking or just…

Keith Newman29 January 2018

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How Smart is Your Home?

Technology

The smart home typically embraces an ecosystem of devices, gadgets and appliances with imbedded chips or sensors that can be managed through a central hub via remote control, web browser, smartphone or tablet. Before driving home you might draw the…

Keith Newman24 November 2017

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Bom dia, Fingermark

Technology

Since his arrival in Havelock North, Luke Irving has been a welcome addition to Hawke’s Bay’s business milieu. In 2016 Luke decided that his digital signage and touchscreen company, Fingermark Global, did not need to be based in Auckland and…

Matthew Miller02 October 2017

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Streaming turns to digital torrent

Technology

Streaming Turns to Digital Torrent The market has gone from famine to feast in five years with appointment viewing and channel flicking becoming less relevant, pay TV on the backfoot, and subscription streaming over the internet becoming the new normal.…

Keith Newman01 October 2017

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Indelible: Making its Video Mark

Technology Online

tv and video have changed almost beyond recognition in the last ten years. Traditional TVs and broadcasters are becoming less and less relevant for video marketers. We’ve gone from DVD players, USB drives, and cathode ray screens to Netflix, tablets,…

Matthew Miller24 December 2016

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Social Media Despair

Technology Voices Online

The digital transformation enabled by high-speed broadband and smart devices continues to transform the way New Zealanders live, in nearly every aspect of our lives. How we work to how we shop. How we consume news and entertainment; our social…

Matthew Miller04 October 2016

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