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Digital Engagement
Digital experience can make or break brand relationships with customers
60% of consumers will place blame on a brand's app even though the issue may actually lie elsewhere.
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Malware
Adware, fake apps and banking trojans targeting Android devices
Adware continues to be the most significant threat on Android phones and tablets.
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Android
Mobile app developers potentially expose personal data of 100 million Android users
Application developers have left their data and millions of users’ private information exposed by not following best practices.
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Apps
LEGO announces second series of VIDIYO stages, BeatBoxes & Bandmates
LEGO is once again on point with its amazing design aesthetic because the series is full of cute characters and setpieces.
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Android
Google adds protection in its fight against bad apps
Google has introduced a range of new policies to help protect users and guard against bad apps and developers, as it prioritises providing a safe experience to Google Play users and developers.
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Mobile Device Management / MDM
Popular iPhone call recording app left recordings unsecured on the web
A researcher discovered the vulnerability in a free app called Automatic call recorder, offered for free on the App Store for iPhone.
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Mobile Device Management / MDM
Xero launches authentication app to boost account security
“With 80% of data breaches being preventable, the roll out of mandatory MFA is a really important way to provide our customers extra protection."
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Artificial Intelligence
AI software growth to fall below current investor projections
AI application growth will be constrained by technology vendors embedding AI functionality into existing software products with greater frequency.
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Cloud Security
Adoption of cloud-native apps high but security remains an issue - report
While most organisations today are using cloud-native apps, Kubernetes and microservices, they struggle to secure and connect the complex environments resulting from them. 
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Apple
Sony launches Apple TV app on select smart TVs
The Apple TV app will launch on select Sony TV models during the month of December. The firm
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Cloud
Apple launches App Store Small Business Programme
Developers can qualify for the programme and a reduced 15% commission if they earned up to US$1 million in proceeds during the previous calendar year.
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Apps
Full reveal: LEGO shares a glimpse of the full Super Mario range
“Sixteen LEGO Super Mario sets have been introduced and I am really looking forward to seeing how people’s play expands with these and the unique Power-Up Packs,” says Nintendo game producer and executive officer Takashi Tezuka. 
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Apps
Track and trace app must be mandatory to all visitors into NZ
A mandatory track and trace app must be made available to all visitors into New Zealand, says Jupl co-founder Sir Ray Avery.
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Apps
Kiwi firm ignites Aotearoa's mental health & wellbeing support
As New Zealand moves through the various stages of lockdown, it’s not just physical health that Kiwis are doing their bit to protect; it’s also everyone’s mental health too.
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Apps
Meet the Lens Scanner - a revolutionary app to get your glasses prescription online
The Lens Scanner allows customers to quickly and effortlessly perform their own eye test to retrieve their glasses prescription online.
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Apps
Feeling lonely online? Share a pic of your pet, says psychologist
To address some of the more negative aspects of online life, pet food brand Pedigree and a bunch of New Zealanders have created a new app that asks people to post pictures of their pets. 
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Apps
Christchurch startup looks to fix voicemail headaches
Vxt converts voicemails to text for users to read via app or email. 
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Apps
Deliveroo takes rider safety seriously with new advisory panel
The panel includes 10 Deliveroo riders from across the country, who will meet once a month to discuss rider safety and raise awareness about what issues they face on the roads.
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Apps
LaTrobe Uni's autism detection app wins award
An Australian-designed app that is able detect early signs of autism has won an award from the Business Higher Education Round Table.
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Apps
Enjoy the ride: Uber launches comfy option
"We anticipate the enhanced features of Comfort alongside the extended wait time and more experienced drivers in newer cars will be of most interest to a key group of riders."
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Mobile Security
The dark side of apps: Security threats on the rise
"Think about it, unsecured Wi-Fi, spoofing, phishing attacks, ransomware, spyware... mobile devices make for the perfect target."
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Apps
Uber is coming to seven regional NZ locations
Uber’s presence in New Zealand is getting bigger, as the company looks beyond cities and starts to etch out a presence in the regions.
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Music
The karaoke app taking the Philippines by storm
The company behind the app’s success says it’s all about the joy and positive energy that comes from singing.
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Apps
WhosOnLocation app now supports te reo Māori
At first glance, you might not think that a sign-in desk might be a likely place to celebrate New Zealand culture and heritage, but that’s now changing.