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Tour guides for the smartphone generation
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In six weeks Tourism Radio’s apps for campervan operators like Maui, Britz and Motorhome Republic have been downloaded 4500 times. It’s a modest starting point, but the company has high hopes for taking a slice out of New Zealand’s $15 billion tourism economy using smartphones.

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Telecom confirms up to 1230 jobs to be axed – UPDATED
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Between 930 and 1230 jobs will be cut at Telecom in a round of cost cutting measures, the company has announced to the New Zealand Stock Exchange. This may be a “necessary evil” for a top heavy company with more than 2870 staff earning six-figure salaries.

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Things: The amazing, transforming Acer Iconia W510
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Windows 8 tablets are still finding their footing in the pantheon of consumer devices, with various form factors and device-types being tested along the way. The Acer Iconia W510 tablet-laptop hybrid is a throwback to the days of the netbook in both design and purpose.

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Snakk Media doubles revenue
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New Zealand-based mobile advertising company Snakk Media has more than doubled its unaudited revenue for the October to December quarter from $686,000 in 2011 to $1.439 in 2012, according to an announcement made on the stock exchange.

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Maori TV launches new look website
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At the heart of Maori Television’s redesigned website is its core mission to revitalise the use of Te Reo in New Zealand. With that in mind the new look site puts an emphasis on its dual-language options.

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Pead PR’s My Food Bag blitz raises questions on ads versus #ads
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My Food Bag delivers bags of ingredients to the door for customers to create meals designed by Master Chef-winner Nadia Lim. However, if you went by the buzz it created on Twitter alone you’d be forgiven for thinking Lim would show up and cook the meal too. Updated with comments from Pead Pr’s Deborah Pead.

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Trade Me sells Treat Me
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Trade Me says it’s selling daily deal site Treat Me for an undisclosed amount, in a management buy out led by Treat Me head James MacAvoy.

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