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Queenstown becomes the first New Zealand town with 4.5G - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:50
Queenstown will have the fastest mobile speeds in the country with new technology enabled across the region.

China investments drives rise of ultra-performance electric cars - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:55
Want an insanely fast ride with zero emissions? Startup NIO has the car: An electric two-seater with muscular European lines and a top speed of 313 kilometres per hour.

Unfortunate timing as NZ's online passport service down - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:59
A flagship government service that lets people renew and apply for passports online has crashed just as officials prepare to celebrate progress delivering e-government. 

From harmless to horrifying: Viral internet stunts tempting kids - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:36
It's a tale as old as time: We see a lot of people wearing/doing/saying something and we want to try it, too.

Father wants to ban sales of smartphones for children - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:29
Anesthesiologist Tim Farnum has always understood the intrigue of modern technology. Smartphones, tablets and unfettered internet access connect us to faraway corners of the world and make life - and movie watching - all the more convenient.

Book chronicles how the iPhone changed our lives - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:57
In the last 10 years, the Apple iPhone has changed our lives in more ways than we can imagine.

Photocopier allows you to erase what you've printed - Technology - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:09
These days, it is rare to find an office that is not encouraging its staff to "reduce, reuse or recycle" all the paper consumed in a workday.

Nelson's mountainbiking trails get Google Streetview treatment - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:18
Google streetview is heading for the hills as the Nelson Mountain Bike Club treads new ground in showcasing the region's riding and walking tracks.   

NMTBC secretary Paul Jennings said the club had been in discussions with Google in recent weeks to use one of its state-of-the-art digital geo-mapping cameras to scan the 100km trail network. 

"They've not done many mountain bike trails in New Zealand before so it's kind of a first for them."

Jennings said the mapping offered another dimension to mountainbiking in Nelson in terms of extending its global reach, giving potential riders a better idea of what to expect when they arrive.

Time to silence your smartphone - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:39
OPINION: If left on its default settings, my smartphone would beep, ding, buzz, and ring constantly.

Can your iPhone tell if you're depressed? - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:16
A new iPhone app aims to track and predict mood episodes through keystrokes.

Why everyone mocked the new Twitter design - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:41
Twitter has unveiled a new look and much like previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it is not going over well with the Twitterati.

Staring down internet trolls: My disturbing cat and mouse game - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:32
To start with, Mark* seemed unremarkable in the extreme.

Facebook bug may have exposed moderators to extremists - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:27
Facebook has acknowledged that a security hole in its software may have exposed the identities of its online monitors to suspected terrorist groups and others whose pages were removed for inappropriate content.

Why is virtual reality taking so long to take off? - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:53
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, all seemed right for virtual reality. Players were waiting in snaking lines - some for up to seven hours - for a chance to step into fantasy worlds.

Apple executive denies report he wanted iPhone to have physical keyboard - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:18
Apple executive Phil Schiller was not happy when a new book on the origins of the iPhone claimed he pushed for a Blackberry-like physical keyboard on the original device.

Ted Timmins on the making of Sea of Thieves: Rare's pirate adventure - Technology - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:44
Getting some one-on-one time with the the PC lead designer of one of E3's most highly-anticipated games was always going to be a "rare" treat (ahem), but after hearing Ted Timmins enthuse about Sea of Thieves' "limitless potential" and Rare's plans for the future of their massively multiplayer open world pirate game, it was hard not to get caught up in the huge amount of hype surrounding it.

If you saw my hands-on preview on Stuff last week, you'll know my personal experience with Sea of Thieves was mixed, to say the least.

In my first session when everyone was pulling in the same direction, communicating and co-operating, it was incredible, rewarding and exciting. In the second play-through, stuck with a team of shipmates determined to do their own thing, it was a muddled and frustrating mess.

When I explained this to Timmins, he seemed to know exactly where I was coming from and agreed that Sea of Thieves has been deliberately designed to encourage constructive collaboration.

Software piracy with Rare's Sea of Thieves: Hands-on E3 preview - Technology - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 08:25
Pirate games are nothing new, but with Sea of Thieves, British developers Rare are looking to do something completely different with the genre.

It's a massively multiplayer Xbox exclusive built around shared adventures and creative co-operation on the high seas, so every game will be different and your experience will to be shaped by how you interact with others, and how they interact with you.

While it's very much a work in progress (there's no firm release date other than 2018), at E3 this week I had the chance to take part in two 30-minute sessions, guided by the developers, to get an idea of what Sea of Thieves is all about.

I also managed to corner lead designer Ted Timmins to talk about the game's development and Rare's grand plans for Sea of Thieves. I had planned to include his comments in this piece but Ted was quite the talker, so we'll publish the interview separately.

Yo ho ho, away we go

In my first session, I was lucky enough to be teamed up with three other players who were all on the same page, pulling in the right direction, communicating via voice chat and following instructions from the Rare staffer.

Name and birth date all that was needed for woman's identity to be stolen - Technology - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:22
It only took a missing $20 for Lily Webb to find out she had been betrayed. 

News slips that wireless charging for iPhone 8 is coming - Technology - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:43
Wireless charging will be part of the iPhone 8, manufacturer Wistron said, stealing a march on Apple which has not made the official announcement yet.
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