Stories by Stuart Corner

Facebook gets in your face with video calling devices

Facebook has launched three new video communications devices for the home: Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal TV and says they will be available in New Zealand from 5 November. They add to the Portal+ launched last year

Every customer a ‘vulnerable customer’ for 111 calling

The Commerce Commission has issued a consultation paper on how it proposes to ensure that vulnerable people can dial 111 in the event of a power failure that disables their landline service, saying there should be no distinction between vulnerable people and the general population.

Visa to replace merchants’ stored customer credit cards with secure tokens

Visa has partnered with a number of New Zealand payment service providers to introduce technology that, it says, will make it much more secure for companies to keep customers’ credit card details on file for repeating payments: direct debit, top-up, loyalty, subscription or account-based online shopping.

Basware brings trans-Tasman e-invoicing one step closer

Finnish financial software company Basware says it has become the first company to complete a live transaction in Australian territory using the trans-Tasman PEPPOL specification and protocol, based on the Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line (PEPPOL) framework for e-invoicing.

People believe smart speakers are smart eavesdroppers

Forty percent of New Zealanders surveyed by Unisys as part of its annual global survey of consumers about their security concerns said they had received social media posts and ads about a topic they talked about aloud when their smart listening device was turned on.

InternetNZ calls for caution on content blocking

InternetNZ has released a paper examining different options for blocking undesirable content on the Internet. It sets a high bar for any possible government-mandated restrictions on the Internet, but recommends other options that could be pursued to address the problem.

Spark analytics arm, Qrious, to buy NOW Consulting

Spark New Zealand owned data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) business, Qrious is to acquire NOW Consulting, the data consulting division of WhereScape, the data warehouse consulting company founded in Auckland in 1997.

Gravity Internet to offer rural broadband on Kacific1 satellite

Gravity Internet and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group have signed a three-year deal under which Gravity will use the soon-to-be-launched Kacific1 satellite to provide broadband services to New Zealand homes and businesses outside the reach of fibre.

Radiologists aim to be AI leaders

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) says it aims to make radiologists leading players in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare by becoming the first professional peak body to develop ethical principles for artificial intelligence in medicine.

Vodafone promises 5G in major cities by December

Vodafone has consolidated its lead over Spark and 3degrees in the 5G race, saying it has completed the upgrade of its first five cellsites to 5G and will have at least 100 sites upgraded by December when it plans to launch commercial services.