NZ Herald smears against Apple have no foundation

The NBR tears apart the shoddy journalism of the NZ Herald in their constant attacks against multi-nationals.

Highlighting the potential dangers of merged media dominance, the NZ Herald went big last Saturday on accusing Apple of paying zero New Zealand tax over the past decade, a line that was quickly picked up by the likes of RNZ and Newshub.

Had Fairfax?s Stuff been part of the same stable ? as proposed in its merger with Herald owner NZME ? you have to wonder whether the understandably sceptical response from Stuff?s Tom Pullar-Strecker would have been part of the package.

To recap, since Apple established a New Zealand subsidiary in 2006, the local entity has reported cumulative sales of $4.21 billion. Over that time the subsidiary?s accounts show tax expenses of $33.9 million and tax payments made by related parties on its behalf of $45.5 million.

The Herald story said Apple NZ?s?taxes appeared to be paid to Australia and the company had paid zero tax in this country.

The accounts don?t say that specifically?but such an arrangement is possible under a tax treaty between Australian and New Zealand. Basically, the deal is that if an Australian-owned company in New Zealand is managed in Australia, then Australia gets first dibs on its tax ? and vice versa. ? Read more »


Guess why the FBI no longer need Apple to unlock the phone? Israel

You’ve got to hand it to them; they are cunning bastards. Not only did they invent encryption, they can uninvent it too.

Apple’s grandstanding is for naught as my Israeli mates actually know how bad terrorism is and have helped the FBI.

Israel’s Cellebrite, a mobile forensic software provider, is helping the FBI’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has reported.

If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple Inc, the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources.

Cellebrite officials declined to comment on the matter.

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Tit for tat media war erupts in wake of Oborne resignation

When Peter Oborne left The Telegraph and outed their compromised and corrupted newsrom hiding stories a few other media outlets jumped in for the kicking.

But the tables have turned in a tit for tat war that is breaking out over media ethics, with accusations now besetting the Guardian.

The Guardian is facing questions over its relationship with advertisers after allegations that it changed a news article amid concerns about offending Apple.

The media organisation has criticised The Telegraph for failing to observe the “Chinese wall” between advertising and editorial coverage, a claim The Telegraph strongly denies.

However, The Telegraph can disclose that in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian’s website and stipulated that the advertising should not be placed next to negative news.

A Guardian insider said that the headline of an article about Iraq on The Guardian’s website was changed amid concerns about offending Apple, and the article was later removed from the home page entirely.

The insider said: “If editorial staff knew what was happening here they would be horrified.”The Guardian declined to comment on the specific allegation, but said: “It is never the case that editorial content is changed to meet stipulations made by an advertiser. ? Read more »

iPads not working for the Police, and I suspect I know why



At the start of the roll-out the police said an 11-month trial had shown Apple’s iPads and iPhones were the best fit for officers.

But Labour Party police spokesperson Kelvin Davis said the move to start replacing more than 4000 iPads suggests otherwise. Read more »


Are you enjoying your iThing guilt-free?

iPhones and iPads are the favoured toys of the political left. ?Wrongly Wrongson even made it a condition of writing a political strategic plan for Kim Dotcom.

The Greens, who are against everything, except if it affects convenience like air travel, or iPhones, are deliciously inconsistent when it comes to this. ? Where are the protests outside of Harvey Norman calling for all Apple products to be boycotted?




Labour should’ve looked overseas before launching their loans for ipads policy

Ever since Labour launched their free…what?…It’s not free?…oh ok…loans for iPads policy the evidence has been pouring out that the policy is hopelessly flawed from the get go.

They lauded it as something innovative…except of course it has been done to death around the world and mostly to death, as schools are finding out.

For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?

It?s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.

Four years later, however, it’s still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. The market for educational technology is huge and competitive: During 2014, American K-12 schools will spend an estimated $9.94 billion on educational technology, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, according to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the?Center for Digital Education. On average, he said, schools spend about a third of their technology budgets on computer hardware.? Read more »

Loch Ness monster found


This is a fascinating image. ?Could it simply be the wake of a boat? ?But where is the boat?

The?hunters?Peter Thain from Northumberland and Andy Dixon County Durham, were amazed by their find.

Mr Dixon said yesterday: ‘It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness.

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Uptake of Internet Party app “slow”

Stacy Kirk reports on the waning fortunes of Kim Dotcom

However we feel about German internet mogul Kim Dotcom, he has changed the way New Zealand voters engage with politics.

Typically, he’s done it by releasing an app, the first of its kind allowing membership sign-up. It satisfies both electoral law requirements and Apple and Google’s rules around collecting money through their stores.

Acutally, to be honest, Peter Dunne needs the credit for causing these changes. ?When he found himself in a pickled a while ago by not actually having a party anymore, he used the Internet to sign up new members, only to find that the Electoral Commission didn’t allow that as a method.

That set into motion a number of changes that subsequently recognised that if we can pay a mortgage on-line, or apply for a passport, why can’t we join a political party?

All that the Internet Party did was be the first to write software for smartphones.

One of the things that amuses me is that Apple and Google are making money every time someone signs up as an Internet Party member.

Are they getting rich? ? Read more »

Russell Brown on Labour’s propensity to aim for their feet

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Pots, pans and pannier bags blogger Russell Brown blogs about Labour’s dreadful week last week, almost entirely self inflicted.

I really don?t think Labour leader David Cunliffe had a cunning plan to hide the fine print print of his party?s Best Start policy from the public last week. Because, frankly, making a statement about how many families would be covered by the baby bonus that is contradicted by the policy paper you?ve posted on the internet is just too?dumb?to be a cunning plan.

Even Patrick Gower, who kicked off the story with?a blog post?declaring that Labour had been ?deliberately misleading? and ?dishonest? in not being clear that families already in receipt of paid parental leave (which Labour is promising to extend to six months) would not be eligible for the newborn payment of $60 a week subsequently started referring to it as a mistake. (After all, if you?re going to perform a bait-and-switch, it?s customary to wait until you?re safely elected, not do it on the same day.)

Allowing double-dipping would have have been inappropriate ? indeed, that was the first criticism aired about the new policy by David Farrrar, when he thought that?s what the policy said. But although the URL for the full policy document had been noted in the material given out to journalists, the limit on eligibility wasn?t mentioned in the printed material or Cunliffe?s speech.

Thus, John Key and his ministers have had a week to smugly declare that Cunliffe couldn?t be taken at his word.? Read more »

Steve Jobs wasn’t as smart as people think

Being a Google fanboi, and having been maneuvered into getting the kids iStuff, I have taken perverse delight in this #FAIL in design.