Griffin's Gadgets

MOBILE VS WIMAX FOR 2.5GHz SPECTRUM

Peter Griffin Jun 07, 2007

CONNECT | from the New Zealand Herald by Peter Griffin Mobile phone operators are set to claim a larger share of the broadband market in the next couple of years, but one factor may hold these services back – a lack of radio spectrum to deliver them over the air. Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson estimates the current European mobile … Read More

THE VIEW FROM THE STREET

Peter Griffin Jun 07, 2007

WEBWALK | from the New Zealand Herald by Peter Griffin Google’s new Street View service is pretty symbolic of where the web is going. First we had Google Maps which game geographical information, then Google Earth which added satellite maps to the mix. Then the maps were mashed-up to include everything from holiday photos to Wal-Mart outlets. Now Google takes … Read More

THE VAST LONG TAIL

Peter Griffin Jun 04, 2007

Below is my Webwalk column from last week's Herald about how one of my favorite bands, Vast, has managed to harness the long tail to stay independent in the music industry. There are thousands of stories like this but Vast's example is one I've followed closely as a fan and someone who has downloaded their music.By the way, Vast … Read More

A CRACK AT THE RECORD BOOKS

Peter Griffin Jun 04, 2007

My Herald on Sunday column about the Earthrace team abandoning their bid to circumnavigate the globe in their bio-diesel powered boat. The boat cracked after receiving a battering in the Mediterranean but it looks like the team may make a fresh attempt next year. Here's hoping it's smoother sailing second time around...TOMORROW'S WORLDThey had a futuristic-looking boat, the noble intention … Read More

TELECOM CHANGES TACK ON MOBILE

Peter Griffin May 30, 2007

UPDATE: A more in-depth Herald piece looking at the implications of Telecom's shift in mobile strategy and my cHerald comment piece here. The Sunday Star Times business editor Tim Hunter explains the mobile roaming revenue Telecom can expect to tap into when it has a foot in the GSM/UMTS camp.Juha's scoop gives some interesting details of … Read More

ZINWELL MOVES TO FIX FREEVIEW GLITCHES

Peter Griffin May 30, 2007

Here's the deal: New Zealand rolls out digital TV, claiming that being years behind the rest of the world in doing so means we'll do it better, learn from the mistakes of others.So our Freeview consortium goes and accredits only two suppliers of satellite receivers, to the outrage of set-top box importers who want their own various boxes accredited. One … Read More

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