- Technology

Will Apple switch us all on to wireless charging? - Technology - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:44
"We believe in a wireless future," Sir Jonathan Ive's voice rang out over the slickly-produced video.

James Cameron says Terminator 2 as 'timely as it ever was' - Technology - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:49
James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four Avatar sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever – Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Richard MacManus: Time is running out for legacy TV companies - Technology - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 06:00
OPINION: It won't be long before internet programming is the primary form of entertainment media, usurping once and for all older technologies like television and radio.

It's already happened with music. Streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube have made CD players and even MP3 players like the iPod all but obsolete.

We're not quite there yet with other forms of entertainment media, such as TV and radio. As long as TV companies such as Sky TV own the rights to rugby and radio stations like Newstalk ZB continue to attract large audiences, online competitors are being kept at bay.

But time is running out for legacy companies. The big internet players are rapidly making gains across all types of entertainment.

Niwa's number crunching supercomputer gets a $18 million upgrade - Technology - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 14:07
It's the data-crunching behemoth that helped forecast a scorching new climate for Wellington and Wairarapa by 2090, but Niwa's supercomputer - FitzRoy - is retiring and about to be usurped by a model many times more powerful.

Google employees harassed online after engineer's gender gap memo - Technology - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 19:04
Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, cancelled an all-hands meeting on Thursday after employees expressed concerns about their safety.

Stratford next to receive Ultra Fast Broadband - Technology - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 17:26
A town that evokes the 1600s will soon be connected to the future when fibre optic cables are installed.

Sunny outlook for a few rural properties in Taranaki with solar power electricity - Technology - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 14:06
The sun will soon help power a select few of farmers and rural businesses.

Depression can reveal itself in social media images - Technology - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 21:57
Feeling blue may colour the photos you collect and share with others, research has shown.

When smart TVs go dumb - Technology - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:56
OPINION: Imagine the joy of buying a brand-new, technology-packed television able to keep you in touch with loved ones.

Give people the specifics on data-sharing, Data Futures Forum advises - Technology - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:12
The key to winning the public's trust over data-sharing lies in explaining exactly why information is being shared and who will benefit, a major study suggests.

Women are smart at computing. Just look at history - Technology - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:48
OPINION: The rampant sexism in the tech world was put on full display this week after an internal memo from a Google software engineer went viral on the internet.

If we are to believe the memo's author - who was fired from the company on Monday - women are more prone to "neuroticism" and less likely to pursue leadership roles in the tech industry because of "biological differences".

Unfortunately, this sentiment is far too commonplace. It's also wildly inaccurate. Women are not worse at computing than men. In fact, history shows they were foundational to the field. When women suffer, so too does computing.

Britain gives us a startling historical example of how discrimination not only hurt female computer workers, but also helped destroy a nation's once-thriving computer industry.

Making sense of Facebook's new video platform, Watch - Technology - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:28
Facebook Watch, the social network's new video site, starts rolling out in the US on Thursday (Friday NZ Time). Watch is the social network's first attempt to showcase videos made specifically for Facebook - and change the way we watch video in the process.

Sending the right message to our girls - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 21:50
OPINION: Google's public discussion about gender diversity in the tech industry and software engineer Claudia Hill's reflections on the issue in New Zealand this week have shone a light on an important issue. Should we be seeking more female engineers?

District council backs plans for $5.5m Carterton solar park - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:45
A new solar energy co-op could save members up to 50 per cent on their yearly electricity costs.  

Gig economy suppressing wages more than migration: Reserve Bank - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:43
The "gig economy" could be having more of an impact on wage growth than record-breaking migration, Reserve Bank officials claim.

Facebook takes on TV with new 'Watch' tab - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:03
Facebook has made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women's basketball to a safari show and a parenting programme.

Students grow their own biodegradable car - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:18
What's made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 80 kilometres per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

Here's why the tech industry doesn't need more female software engineers - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:54
OPINION: I feel quite strongly that people should stop trying to get women into coding and software engineering.

I am a woman who has been immersed in the tech sector for almost two decades.

I have gone from a software engineer to running my own software development company.

I am also a working mother of three kids.

Cert NZ builds picture of cyber-crime - Technology - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00
Cyber-security agency Cert NZ said 364 attacks and incidents were reported to it during its first three months of operation, with victims estimating their losses at $730,000.
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