The Week That Was 10 September 2021

Another week closer to daylight saving and we shine a light on Level 4, Facebook glasses, emissions, and NZ On Air's "Where our audiences are".

The Independent Republic of Auckland?

The nation, Auckland-excluded, moved to Level 2 this week and embraced the additional freedoms that brings with it. Our biggest population and economic centre remains in Level 4. Hard borders and checkpoints have been established, leading us to wonder: is this a test run for an independent Auckland city state?

More seriously, fingers crossed for everyone that Auckland’s cases continue trending the way they are and we move down the alert levels again. Kia kaha.

Facebook and Ray-Ban launch ‘Ray-Ban Stories’ smart glasses

Facebook has partnered with Ray-Ban to launch what some are calling the first smart-glasses that people will want to wear.

The frames feature two-front facing cameras for capturing video and photos. They sync with a companion camera roll app called Facebook View, where clips can be edited and shared to other apps on your phone (not just Facebook’s own). There’s a physical button on the glasses for recording, or you can say “Hey Facebook, take a video” to control them hands-free.

Most importantly, if you ignore all of that, they look just like normal wayfarer sunglasses.

The question is do you want Facebook on your face?

El Salvador becomes first country to accept Bitcoin as legal tender

“El Salvador has become the first country to accept Bitcoin as legal tender in a move that has got the nation and the world debating the opportunities and dangers of cryptocurrency,” the BBC reports.

By all accounts it was a bumpy first day. Protests, technological glitches, and a crash in the price of Bitcoin marked the historic day.

"We must break the paradigms of the past," President Bukele tweeted. "El Salvador has the right to advance towards the first world."

20 years since 9/11

This week marks 20 years since planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

We’ll all be taking a moment to mark the occasion, as media around the world shares stories and images from that day.

Electricity emissions rise to highest level since 2008

Greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector rose to their highest level since 2008 in the latest June 2021 quarter.

The latest Energy Quarterly released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) showed low hydro lake storage levels combined with a tight gas supply led to a big jump in the use of coal to generate electricity in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a year earlier.

Despite this, New Zealand's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions hit a seven-year low in the year ended March 2021, following the biggest drop ever. Lockdown induced?

NZ On Air releases Where are audiences 2021

If you want to know where New Zealanders get their information this the NZ On Air's annual survey is the one for you. Here are some of the key findings:

There are three distinct generations of media use:

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