Column write a weekly technology column at, New Zealand’s largest news website.

January 2018

15/1/18: The risks of cryptocurrency wallets; Storing your newly acquired cryptocurrency isn’t a straight forward process and is potentially insecure.
8/1/18: Five technology trends for 2018; Features: cryptocurrency, blockchain, social media, Augmented Reality, Virtual Assistants.

December 2017

18/11/17: How CryptoKitties became a blockchain sensation; Often a new technology doesn’t truly break through until someone makes a game of it.
11/12/17: Should you invest in cryptocurrency and ICOs?; Depending on your appetite for risk, it could be a worthy investment.
4/12/17: Spam is everywhere now; Spam has migrated to places where it’s more effective, such as phone calls and texts.


27/11/17: How the streaming era is changing music; The music industry is enjoying a renaissance.
20/11/17: Curbing your social media addiction; Before you hit the nuclear button and quit social media, here are measures you can take.
13/11/17: AI assistants are the next computing revolution; Smartphones have dominated the last 10 years, but we’re on the cusp of the next big platform.
6/11/17: 23andMe and the problem with genetic testing; I check in on 23andMe, ten years after its launch.


30/10/17: How New Zealand can thrive in the age of AI; Attracting talent to NZ is one way to make us a global leader in AI.
23/10/17: Twitter is an essential barometer of our times; For all its faults, Twitter gives oppressed people a voice.
16/10/17: How Twitter went from banal to brutal; How Twitter has changed over the last ten years, not always for the better.
9/10/17: Kiwis embrace blockchain, despite bitcoin bottleneck; There are promising blockchain projects under development in New Zealand.
2/10/17: Bitcoin bottleneck continues to frustrate kiwis; Bitcoin is rapidly appreciating in value, but ordinary New Zealanders are missing out.


25/9/17: Gremlins in your gadgets; Cruft and bad design choices lead to glitches and bugs in your favourite Internet services.
18/9/17: Let’s tech this: Labour takes on National in ICT; There is a clear choice between National and Labour in ICT policy.
11/9/17: This election will decide our digital future; With the NZ election upcoming, I look at the tech policies of the main parties.
4/9/17: We’ve created an online dystopia; Filter bubbles, uncivil behaviour and online egoism contribute to the poor state of the Internet.


28/8/17: Solving climate change with technology, not taxes; I outline three technological solutions to climate change.
21/8/17: What to do when AI takes your job; I ask whether we’re doing enough to prepare for the inevitable AI jobs purge.
14/8/17: The future of entertainment media; Why it won’t be long before internet programming is the primary form of entertainment media.
7/8/17: Social media likes won’t translate into votes; I look at whether social media makes a meaningful difference in politics.


31/7/17: Get ready for the Apple AR revolution; I’m betting AR will lead to the biggest expansion of apps in the App Store since the iPad in 2010.
25/7/17: Sky’s streaming apps are a viewing nightmare; Cable tv apps and how global rugby rights might play out in the streaming era.


NewsroomFrom March-July 2017, I ran a weekly column at Newsoom, a news website from New Zealand.


10/7/17: Holding algorithms accountable; Algorithms are increasingly being used – sometimes unfairly – by the government and our employers.
3/7/17: Why smartwatches haven’t taken off; why smartwatches have failed to attract sales, and what Apple and others are doing about it.


26/6/17: A boom time for blockchain; the technology behind bitcoin has a high upside for the global economy.
19/6/17: Bitcoin startups stalled by banks; business is booming for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, yet local banks aren’t interested.
12/6/17: Your brain: the next frontier for startups; Brain-computer interfaces aren’t science fiction anymore. Elon Musk and Facebook are building them now.
6/6/17: Life after Moore’s Law; 3D chips, Quantum Computing, maybe even moving on from silicon chips. Just some of the ways computers might evolve.


29/5/17: Transport as a service: are we there yet?; Autonomous cars and car sharing, two tech trends that will converge as soon as 2020.
22/5/17: After Techweek, it’s not all kumbaya; my report from New Zealand’s second annual Techweek, and the first to go nationwide.
15/5/17: Virtual reality, actual problem; Virtual reality was supposed to revolutionise movies and transform our home entertainment systems, but so far Hollywood is unimpressed.
8/5/17: Smart cities encounter roadblocks; I speak with an ex-IBM Smart Cities exec and a passionate (but frustrated) tech advocate in the Christchurch rebuild.
1/5/17: Why our banks are friending FinTech startups; I check in with Kiwibank and its startup accelerator to find out where our FinTech revolution is.


24/4/17: How the West can be won over by m-payments; why we are so reluctant to use Apple Pay and similar mobile payment apps.
18/4/17: 3D printing: More than parts and props; is 3D printing this generation’s BASIC computing? I found out from two 3D printing entrepreneurs.
10/4/17: NZ should invest in startups, not houses; I talk to Xero CEO Rod Drury about how to compete in an increasingly protectionist world.
3/4/17: NZ could miss out on gene-editing revolution; Featuring interviews with the Environmental Protection Authority’s chief scientist, and a conservation geneticist.


27/3/17: Mixed reality set to soar while VR stays grounded; 2016 was supposed to be the year Virtual Reality made it big; instead, Mixed Reality burst onto the scene.
20/3/17: A dangerous new era in social engineering; examines how Facebook & Twitter are influencing political results. #trump #brexit
13/3/17: Why Google puts AI first; Google’s original motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” will be severely tested in the coming years.