Stuff.co.nz - Technology

'Abuse of the marketplace': Rupert Murdoch lashes out against tech companies

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:37

Rupert Murdoch has stepped up his attack on tech companies such as Google and Facebook over their increasingly dominant market position, which is eating into the revenues of traditional publishers such as News Corp. and undermining their business model.

Wellington hologram innovators Point Zero wins funding to open in Brisbane

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:09
The creators of an interactive hologram display, which they claim is a world-first, have opened an office in Australia to help expand its global reach.

Microsoft dives deeper into 'mixed reality' with VR devices

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:29
Microsoft is counting on virtual reality headsets made by other companies to help establish personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way to explore artificial worlds.

Actually, every single Yahoo account got hacked in 2013

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:18
All of Yahoo's 3 billion user accounts in 2013 were affected by its massive data breach - not the 1 billion accounts that were initially reported, the company said.

Where's the instruction manual for my smartphone?

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:13
I had dinner with a friend this week who recently bought her first smartphone - an iPhone 6S.

Review: Beats Studio 3 headphones

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:45
It's clear that the future of headphones is wireless, and Apple has a pair of wireless headphones for everyone — if you're willing to pay.

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8: Video camera comparison

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:58
See which phone does best in a range of video-recording scenarios, from selfies to landscapes and low light.

The best way to organise the apps on your phone

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:38
Thanks to smartphones, you no longer have to run to a computer for things like banking, shopping, and posting to social media. But how you arrange your smartphone apps can also help you speed up everyday tasks.

Grandad’s taken over the internet! Busting five ‘seniors’ tech myths

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 05:00
While some of us might think that baby boomers or seniors are tech novices, the reality is that many of 'The Olds' have an enthusiastic adoption of the latest technology. If you're an older Kiwi, and tired of the eye rolling from the younger generation – check out these top five myths which show your peers are into technology, and you can easily master it too.

A scam phone problem explained is a scam phone problem contained

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:56
A man who started the day wanting to pressure phone companies to do more to stop scam callers is now happy they are doing all they can already.

Facebook says 10 million US users saw Russia-linked political ads

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 14:22
Some 10 million people in the United States saw politically divisive ads on Facebook that the company said were purchased in Russia in the months before and after last year's US presidential election, Facebook said on Monday.

Facebook, which had not previously given such an estimate, said in a statement that it used modelling to estimate how many people saw at least one of the 3000 ads.

It also said that 44 per cent of the ads were seen before the November 2016 election and 56 per cent were seen afterward.

The ads have sparked anger toward Facebook and, within the United States, toward Russia since the world's largest social network disclosed their existence last month. Moscow has denied involvement with the ads.

Three ways the new Google Pixel could stand out from the pack

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:12
Google is set to round out the major smartphone launches of the year on Wednesday, when the company is expected to debut the second generation of its Pixel phone, the company's answer to Apple's iPhone.

After a series of phone launches that have been a little boring, this is the last chance for a major firm to make a big first impression this year.

Based on the rumours, we can expect the phone to keep most of its features with some models getting upgrades.

Those include a second-generation fingerprint scanner, faster processor and larger screen (thanks to reduced bevels).

Hands On: Sonos Playbase

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:58
There are some inescapable trends in the TV market. The first is that TVs are becoming thinner and their bezels are starting to vanish.

Another is that audio quality is falling off a cliff because there's nowhere to put decent speakers.

The result is that the TV you had to sell a kidney to pay for sounds like a transistor radio.

Enter stage left the sound bar.

Nokia's first smartphones arrive in New Zealand

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:57
Nokia's first high-end android smartphone, the blue Nokia 8, will hit Spark shelves on Tuesday with a $999 price tag.

Gaming guru: 'How eSports could make their way to the Olympic Games'

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:54
OPINION: It's the pinnacle of sporting achievement. Representing your country in a sport you've dedicated your life to. Pulling on your nation's colours because you've earned the right.

Smartphones made in India? Manufacturing ambition hits hurdles

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:39
India's ambitions to become a smartphone-making powerhouse are foundering over a lack of skilled labour and part suppliers along with a complex tax regime, industry executives say.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has championed a manufacturing drive, under the slogan 'Make in India', to boost the sluggish economy and create millions of jobs. Among the headline-grabbing details was a plan to eventually make Apple iPhones in India.

Three years on, as executives and bureaucrats crowded into a Delhi convention centre for an inaugural mobile congress last week, India has managed only to assemble phones from imported components.

While contract manufacturers such as iPhone-maker Foxconn and Flextronics have set up base in India, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets, almost none of the higher value chip sets, cameras and other high-end components are made domestically.

FBI warns parents about dangers of internet-connected toys

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:58
The acronym IoT has a new meaning - "Internet of Toys"- and just like the old abbreviation, for Internet of Things, this one comes with urgent cybersecurity warnings.

The FBI is cautioning that internet-connected toys, also known as "smart toys," can be compromised by hackers.

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Centre goes into extraordinary detail in its release, saying strangers can pinpoint your address, snag children's names and birth dates, download your son or daughter's photo, and even listen in on your conversations and record your child's voice.

This is not just a heads up about potential child identity theft.

Digital humans bringing a friendly face back to self-service

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:51
Chatbots, apps and automated call centres have taken the human touch away from customer service, but one company is set to bring it back. 

Auckland-based Soul Machines builds computerised humans that can be employed as customer service representatives. 

Soul Machines chief business officer Greg Cross said people craved human interaction in an increasingly digital world where self-service through screens were the norm. 

US top court rejects New Zealand-based internet mogul's appeal

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 04:24
The US Supreme Court rejected New Zealand-based internet mogul Kim Dotcom's challenge to the US government's bid to seize assets held by him and others involved in the now-defunct streaming website Megaupload.

Canadian-based callers hitting New Zealand mobile users with scam offers

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:54
If you're getting random phone calls from Ontario or Toronto, and it's not your Aunt Doris, you're not alone.
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