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Richard MacManus: Bitcoin bottleneck continues to frustrate kiwis

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:24
OPINION: Bitcoin has been rapidly appreciating in value over the past couple of years. Yet for kiwis wanting to buy or trade bitcoin, the process is opaque and risky.

Some NZ regions switched off to Electric Vehicles

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:12
If you live in Auckland, Wellington or Canterbury, your interest in electric vehicles is rapidly climbing. But if you live in Gisborne, West Coast or Whanganui - forget it.

Three ex-Oracle engineers allege it has 'oppressive' gender pay gap

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:50
Three former Oracle staffers have sued the company alleging that women software engineers at the tech giant are routinely paid less then men doing the same jobs.

Apple looks into two reports of iPhone 8 Plus splitting open

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:30
Apple confirmed it is looking into two reports that two people's iPhone 8 Plus phones split open shortly after buying them.

Buyer beware: buying a used car on Facebook is 'risky'

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:00
An Indian student who bought a car from a seller on Facebook says it was towed away by a finance company just weeks later. 

Was Elon Musk's weird SpaceX presentation the mark of an awkward genius?

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:50
OPINION: Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk is known for his spectacular mastery of the media. 

So adept is the billionaire tech founder at getting the press to eat out of his hand, Tesla, his electric vehicle and battery company, is able to thrive on a marketing budget of precisely nothing.

Digitally altered images must carry warnings in France

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 23:52
Images digitally altered to make models look thinner must carry a warning under French law from today (Sunday).

Budget Buster:I'm buying the iPhone X, and why you should too

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 05:00
I'm on the verge of tears by the time the Apple keynote livestream starts, because I'm sure the WiFi will lag. But it runs smoothly, and relief washes over me in an awesome wave.

How an email prankster punked a series of White House targets

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 22:37
First it was US President Donald Trump's son, Eric. Then Jon Huntsman Jr, the Russian ambassador-designee. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fooled twice. Even Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert, an expert in cybersecurity, fell for the electronic flimflam.

CEO of hacked Equifax takes his US$15 million and leaves

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:23
OPINION: It was probably not a shocker to most people that Richard Smith is no longer CEO of the credit rating agency Equifax. After all, he had presided over a deplorable mess that could end up costing half the country millions and millions of dollars as the victims of identity theft.

Equifax had been entrusted with the personal information of millions of Americans. Its mission was to provide accurate credit reporting while keeping the vital information safe and secure.

But the Equifax security was so weak that it was hacked and the personal information of more than 143 million Americans was stolen. The company's first responses were an embarrassment. The story is nothing short of a national crisis. In fact, it is more important than whether National Football League players stand, kneel, sit or stand on their heads during the playing of the National Anthem.

What is surprising about Smith's departure is that he was allowed to retire. He didn't quit. The board didn't fire him. Nope, he retired.

Chinese police tell food deliverers to be safe, not speedy, as accidents surge

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:22
A scooter driver in a bright blue jacket on a food delivery run dashes across a busy intersection slick with rain, hits a turning car and is hurled along the tarmac in a video posted by Chinese police warning that couriers should slow down.

China's home delivery boom, powered by an estimated three million couriers, most of them riding quiet electric scooters or boxy three-wheelers, has triggered a surge in road accidents, prompting warnings from police and complaints from drivers who say they feel pressure to put speed before safety.

"Accidents happen all the time at rush hour. I have a friend who was hit by a car and could not work for two months," said a food courier in Beijing surnamed Zhang, declining to give his full name.

The number of users of China's online food delivery market, dominated by services backed by technology giants Alibaba and Tencent, surged 41.6 per cent to 300 million in the first half of 2017, according to a report by the state-controlled China Internet Network Information Centre.

Troubled Toshiba sells memory chip business for $24 billion

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:16
Toshiba and a consortium led by Bain Capital signed a deal Friday for the sale of the Japanese electronics company's computer memory chip business, a move long opposed by Toshiba's United States joint venture partner Western Digital.

The consortium includes Apple and Dell Technologies as US investors, who will not acquire common stock or voting rights over the business.

The sale of Toshiba Memory is priced at 2 trillion yen (NZ$24 billion).

The deal was widely expected as Tokyo-based Toshiba, which also has railroad and nuclear energy units, had announced it earlier, and the board signed off on it last week.

Lyft IPO would benefit diverse group of international investors

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:59
An initial public offering by Lyft​, the second largest United States ride services firm, could benefit a broad and diverse group of investors, from Chinese tech giants Alibaba​ and Tencent​ to a member of the Saudi royal family.

Lyft​ is close to hiring an initial public offering (IPO) advisory firm, in the first concrete step by the company to become publicly listed, according to people familiar with the matter.

US automaker General Motors is one likely beneficiary.

Since it was founded as Zimride​ in 2007, Lyft has raised more than US$2.6 billion (NZ$3.5 billion) from more than 40 venture and corporate investors, the most prominent being Detroit-based GM, which acquired a 9 per cent stake in early 2016 for US$500 million.

GoPro unveils latest Hero6 with 360-degree camera for virtual reality video

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:44
​GoPro​ unveiled the latest version of its Hero line of wearable action cameras and its first spherical device for virtual reality video, marking the company's efforts to boost sagging demand with higher-end hardware.

The waterproof Hero6 will use GoPro's custom-designed processor and offers digital zoom, greater image stabilisation and other improved features.

It has a price tag of US$500 (NZ$691), or US$100 more than the previous version.

Hot Wheels makes like Pokemon Go, bringing cars to life through an iPad

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:35
Mattel​ and technology company Osmo​ will launch an augmented reality version of Hot Wheels toy cars on Friday that seeks to duplicate the worldwide success of smartphone app Pokemon Go.

The Mindracers​ app gives users a prepackaged set of six of the famous toy cars and an iPad base which launches them on tracks that propels the driver into a virtual world on the tablet's screen, simulating a car race.

It is among the first results of Mattel's efforts to invest heavily in augmented and virtual reality features to their products at a time when traditional toy makers are struggling with changing patterns of play and toy store closures.

The world's biggest toy maker slashed its dividend by nearly 60 per cent earlier this year to divert more money into developing innovative technology toys and expanding into emerging markets such as China.

The virtual reality revolution is reshaping our museums

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:51
Breakthroughs in virtual reality could soon shape the museums of the future.

Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg feud over Facebook's role in politics

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 16:24
Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company's role in US elections and rejected assertions in a tweet from US President Donald Trump that the social network was against him.

Robot dentist completes dental surgery with no human help

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:17
Dentists, robots are coming for your jobs.

US Navy to replace joysticks on nuclear submarines with Xbox controllers

Stuff.co.nz - Technology - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:14

The US Navy plans to equip its Virginia-class submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which will control the ship's periscopes.
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