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

24 Feb 2017

It was a busy week for the NetGuide team - there were High Court decisions, a telco war, a whole lot of reviews to be done.. Phew. We thought we'd make it easy for you and pick out our highlights of the week in the land of consumer tech. 

Spark and InternetNZ asked for a pause on the Vodafone+Sky merger, but turns out the Commerce Commission decided the merger was a bad idea.

Apple crafted a masterpiece and we all got to take a look at a real workplace of the future.

Our very own PC-mad Sara took a stab at being an Apple user – Was she converted?

Weta Workshop made a boardgame and people are loving it.

Gareth Morgan’s political party made some bold education statements.

Kiwis realised they needed to up their digital skills game.

And we didn’t talk about Trump.  

Unity and NVIDIA announce real-time ray tracing across industries
For situations that demand maximum photorealism and the highest visual fidelity, ray tracing provides reflections and accurate dynamic computations for global lighting.
NVIDIA announces Jetson Nano: A US$99 tiny, yet mighty AI computer 
“Jetson Nano makes AI more accessible to everyone, and is supported by the same underlying architecture and software that powers the world's supercomputers.”
WeRide demonstrates pre-commercial level 4 autonomous driving solutions
“Our demonstration of the Nissan LEAF 2 is a significant step forward in showing that WeRide can help bring reliable, safe autonomous vehicles to market."
IDC: Innovative wearable use cases drive double-digit growth
Wristbands are set to lose their dominance as hearables and industrial applications keep the wearables market moving forward.
Turtle Beach buys ROCCAT, bringing more 'victories to gamers'
Germany-based Roccat already has a significant presence in Europe and Asia, which means Turtle Beach will likely take advantage of that growth. Expect to see more Turtle Beach products on the shelves. 
NVIDIA introduces a new breed of high-performance workstations
“Data science is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science and impacts every industry."
Apple says its new iMacs are "pretty freaking powerful"
The company has chosen the tagline “Pretty. Freaking powerful” as the tagline – and it’s not too hard to see why.
Cloud providers increasingly jumping into gaming market
Aa number of major cloud service providers are uniquely placed to capitalise on the lucrative cloud gaming market.