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Gaming
Prepare your wallets: the Steam Summer Sale is here
Annual Steam Summer Sale starts today - good luck out there. We hope your wallet makes it.
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Workflow Automation
Promapp unleashes lean, mean tagging machine
"The hunt for continual improvement encourages everyone to identify new ways to reduce resource usage, develop and deliver products faster."
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Fintech
FinTech Australia maps the industry's ecosystem
"The map is arguably the best visual representation yet of our fintech industry, which is the largest startup sub-sector."
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Telcos
Vodafone shows improved average surf speeds in May
After noticing Vodafone delivered slower average speeds than other ISPs in April, TrueNet have announced a significant improvement in May results.
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Streaming
Story Buffering 79% ... low quality video makes us sad
New research discovers the physical and emotional responses humans have to low-quality or buffering video content. Surprise, we don't like it at all.
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Nintendo
Nintendo's new frantic fighter lets players take up ARMS
The latest fun-filled fight-fest from Nintendo features spring loaded arms and interchangeable fists. Sounds crazy and amazing to us.
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Gaming
Gaming conference invites Kiwis to learn from the experts
“The conference is looking at the role of all sorts of games in learning, both traditional and digital.”
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Coding
Tomorrow comes today: Gorillaz help Jaguar recruit coders
"We have to attract the best talent and that requires a radical rethink of how we recruit [...] It will be the first of its kind."
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Unified Communications
Aussie Rugby Union tech partnership a deal of two halves
"With the support of Crestron, our new Australian Rugby Development Centre is set to greatly enhance the sustainability success of Australian Rugby."
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Robotics
You're invited: Enabling e-Learning free PD webinars
There's a back catalog of e-Learning webinars sitting there for onto it educators to view on demand. Take advantage of free PD to bring tech to class.
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Microsoft
Six tips for integrating tech in the classroom
"The result was a completely engaged class, immediate feedback from peers, and the ability for the teacher to reinforce digital citizenship skills."
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NCEA
Online competition turns class-clowns into comedy writers
Online tutorial site launched comedy writing competition and digital engagement with Kiwi students has been high. Is comedy in class a good tool?
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Technology in the Classroom
Flipping classes with collaborative discussion videos
Using video to support and encourage learning is an exciting digital development that's getting more and more accessible for educators.
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Manaiakalani
Internship pathway sees Manaiakalani students enter IT
"This means a lot to me – it’s putting me where I want to go, so I already have the experience and I could just get hired like that in any company."
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Gaming
You're Invited: Conference explores games and learning
Upcoming conference invites educators and the games industry to meet and look to the future of learning, together.
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EdTech
New report looks at immersive tech and education
Report released looking at the projected uptake of VR technologies in education and how the edtech sector will up their game.
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Nintendo
E3 2017: Nintendo unveils new Mario, Metroid and more
Nintendo showcase brings you something old, something new and something borrowed and blue as Sonic joins crowd favourites in E3 announcements.
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Windows
School IT procurement survey finds out which tech wins
A recent survey has asked schools what their IT preferences are for digital devices in the classroom. Which product would be best for you?
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Plantronics
Up your VR immersion - get more than just the goggles
Headset designed to get the best immersion from your Playstation VR system hits the shelves. We get you the specs and a breakdown.
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Vodafone
Telco wants Kiwis to have a bit of rugby with their data
"We Kiwis are huge on sport and we want to make it easy for our customers to get behind our teams giving it all on the world stage."
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Fibre
Kiwi internet speeds soar as UFB rollout nears completion
"We’re tied for third fastest in the APAC region, [which] puts New Zealand alongside other global connectivity leaders such as Japan & South Korea."
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Artificial Intelligence
Research discovers predicted year robots could replace us
Research generates predictions of when AI and Robotics are likely to exceed human workers.
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Māori
Royal recognition for digital education innovator
Long time champion for Māori and education recognised in last week's Queen's Birthday Honours. Pat Snedden joins the Order of Merit for his services.
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Amazon Web Services / AWS
LMS ups its game to meet evolving teacher needs
"We’re solving teachers’ biggest challenges by offering all the core functionality they require within one platform."