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Week in review: The biggest stories that went down last week on NetGuide

20 Mar 17

Last week was a busy one for the NetGuide team. So we thought we'd make it easy for you and pick out our highlights of the week in the land of consumer tech.

It was a busy week for the NetGuide team – forget 4G, 4.5G is a thing; we learned Apple devices are the easiest to use, scammers made their way to Instagram and a brand new phone brand made its way to NZ.

Phew. We thought we'd make it easy for you and give a quick wrap of what went down in the land of consumer tech this week.

New global camera phone brand OPPO made its way to New Zealand shores, courtesy of 2degrees.

PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn has sold over 2.6 million copies already.

Spark reveals 4G has been rolled out to 90% of the country, but forget that – apparently 4.5G is where its at.

A new report from Jamf confirmed what most of us already knew – Apple devices are in fact easier to manage than other rival ones, such PC Chromebook and Android.

And, watch out all you Instawhores, scammers are out to get you! Cyber security firm ESET have discovered 13 new Instagram-credential-stealing apps.

Stay tuned this week as our team brings you the latest in consumer tech, reviews and interviews!

IDC: Smartphone shipments ready to stabilise in 2019
IDC expects year-over-year shipment growth of 2.6% in 2019, while the world's largest market is still forecast to be down 8.8% in 2018.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
New app conducts background checks on potential tenants
Landlords and house owners need to obtain a tenant’s full name, date of birth, email address, and mobile number in order to conduct the search. And most importantly, they have to get the tenant’s permission first.
GirlBoss wins 2018 YES Emerging Alumni of the Year Award
The people have spoken – GirlBoss CEO and founder Alexia Hilbertidou has been crowned this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Emerging Alumni of the Year.
IDC: Standalone VR headset shipments grow 428.6% in 3Q18
The VR headset market returned to growth in 3Q18 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined market.
Meet Rentbot, the chatbot that can help with tenancy law
If you find yourself in a tricky situation  - or if you just want to understand your rights as a landlord or tenant, you can now turn to a chatbot for help.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) finally releases on PS4
PUBG on PS4 feels like it’s still in Early Access as the graphics look horribly outdated and the game runs poorly too. 
How AI can fundamentally change the business landscape
“This is an extremely interesting if not pivotal time to discuss how AI is being deployed and leveraged, both in business and at home.”