Stuff.co.nz - Technology

Forza Motorsport 7: Hands-on preview

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 19:40
When Microsoft unveiled its brand new superpowered Xbox console at this week's E3 event in Los Angeles, they needed a seriously gorgeous game to show off exactly what it was capable of.

The fact they opted to go with Forza Motorsport 7 as the first game running with native 4K graphics on their new machine tells you all you need to know about how visually impressive it is.

Unfortunately, Stuff's native video player only runs in standard HD, but if you've got an ultra HD monitor, check out the video below for an idea of just how pretty it looks. The level of detail is stunning but the frame rate is just as vital; running at a rock-solid 60 fps adds smoothness to the sharpness.

A tale of two TVs: Comparing a $549 TV to a $9000 set

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:29
With piles of information produced on the latest gadgets and gizmos, you'd be forgiven for thinking that finding details about televisions should be easy.

Time for New Zealand farmers to take on new technologies

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:20
Rural robotics and other technologies are set to become mainstream on New Zealand farms.

Vintage typewriters gain fans amid 'digital burnout'

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:18
In the age of smartphones, social media and hacking fears, vintage typewriters that once gathered dust in attics and basements are attracting a new generation of fans.

Instagram to make it clearer when influencer posts are paid ads

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:43
Instagram has helped nourish a crop of internet celebrities popular for their lifestyle photographs - and rich thanks to their sponsors.

Netgear Orbi can blanket your home in screaming fast wi-fi coverage

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:28
We all need it, and lately we've been talking a lot about wi-fi mesh networks with multiple access points positioned around the house.

Pirate Bay's future in peril after EU court ruling

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:29
The Pirate Bay, one of the last surviving file-sharing websites, is in peril after judges at the European Union's top court warned that giving users free access to a trove of Hollywood movies, TV shows and music risks breaking the law.

Kiwi workers not worried about the robots coming for their jobs

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:52
Robots and artificial intelligence programs are taking over our jobs, but many Kiwis think it won't happen to us.

Xbox executive Mike Nichols on Microsoft's new superconsole: Xbox One X

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:23
When Microsoft finally unveiled the console formerly known as Project Scorpio at its annual E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, the company was keen to brand the Xbox One X as "the world's most powerful console".

A journey through China's fake gadget markets

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:09
If you're looking for a counterfeit iPhone which dies in your hand then China's Shanghai is your ultimate shopping destination.

Virtual reality can help people overcome real pain

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:12
Despite all efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, some relief may come from an unexpected source: virtual reality.

Review: Microsoft Surface Laptop

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:36
Microsoft will be pleased to learn that the burgundy Surface Laptop sitting on a table in my house tickled the fancy of just the type of consumer the company would like to attract: my 13-year old daughter Sydney.

Russia has developed cyber weapon that can disrupt power grids

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:03
Hackers allied with the Russian government have devised a cyber weapon that has the potential to be the most disruptive yet against electric systems that most people depend on for daily life.

North Korea' Hidden Cobra group behind eight years of hacks: US

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 09:34
The US government is issuing a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubs "Hidden Cobra", saying the group is part of the North Korean government and more attacks are likely.

PlayStation announces dozens of major new games at E3 showcase event

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:23
After Xbox stole the headlines by announcing the world's most powerful console at their E3 conference on Monday, the pressure was on PlayStation to come up with something big at their own briefing, and it's fair to say they delivered, with some huge, never-before-seen games, the return of some old favourites and more than a few jaw-dropping surprises.

Fibre-optic broadband roll-out passes milestone

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:34
The roll-out of ultrafast broadband has passed another milestone with three-quarters of the first stage of the network completed, ahead of schedule. 

How to beat a VPN block

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:27
We're told time and again that you need to play it safe when you're using someone else's Ethernet or wi-fi if you can't personally vouch for the network's security – whether in a cafe, airport lounge or hotel room.

The battle between kids and screens: What's a parent to do?

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:54
The battle began almost as soon as our daughters got home from school.

Programmer pleads guilty to theft in lottery rigging scandal

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:24
A lottery computer programmer charged with using his inside knowledge to win rigged games across the US hs pleaded guilty to fixing a 2007 jackpot in Wisconsin - his first admission of guilt in a scandal that rocked the industry.
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