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David McLean: Open Banking - A new world of data sharing
You need look no further than your friends' Facebook pages to realise that social media has redefined our willingness to share personal information.What you ate for breakfast, where you've been on holiday, and what you think politically...
02/19/2018 08:33 AM
Big read: Why you should own a smart speaker
Do you ever cook, clean the house, listen to music, turn on lights, watch TV, order food, check the weather, make phone calls, enjoy audiobooks or create shopping lists? Yes?Good, you're not a 34-year-old man-child living at home...
02/19/2018 02:22 AM
Is Apple killing off the iPhone home button?
Apple watchers are speculating that the tech giant is planning to kill the home button on the iPhone.The home button is how users of later iPhone models unlock the device and exit or switch between apps.But the New York Post...
02/18/2018 06:54 PM
Cameron Webb and Ian Mackay: How the new mozzie emoji can create buzz to battle mosquito-borne disease
Mosquitoes are coming. The Unicode Consortium has just announced that alongside your smiling face – or perhaps crying face – emoji you'll soon be able to add a mosquito. The mosquito emoji will join the rabble of emoji wildlife...
02/17/2018 05:00 PM
Weird Science: Do pre-game psych-ups really work?
The All Blacks' famous haka never fails to electrify the atmosphere of a stadium - or unsettle whichever team has to face it down.Steeped in cultural heritage and meaning, the haka has also been helping Kiwi teams fire themselves...
02/16/2018 05:00 PM
Gaming pioneer Atari the latest company to join cryptocurrency craze
Atari has become the latest company to pivot to cryptocurrency, launching a digital coin in a bid to revive the gaming pioneer's fortunes.Atari, the creator of some of the most iconic video games consoles of the 1970s and 80s, is...
02/16/2018 04:21 AM
Message with Indian language symbol can crash iPhones
A devastating "text bomb" that crashes Apple devices has been uncovered by researchers.It works by sending iPhones, iPads and Macs into a frenzy thanks to a single character from a language used in India. Opening a message containing...
02/16/2018 04:02 AM
Solar storm heading towards Earth could cause power grid fluctuations
A massive solar storm is making its way towards Earth, and it's likely to hit today.The storm was created by a solar flare - a large explosion in the sun's atmosphere - which generated charged particles earlier this week. The...
02/16/2018 04:02 AM
Apple HomePod found to damage wooden furniture with white stains 'in 20 minutes'
Apple has admitted its new HomePod smartspeaker can damage wooden surfaces, but its only suggestion is that concerned customers move their speaker to avoid the white stains.The HomePod, which costs £319 ($607), was found to leave...
02/15/2018 10:08 PM
Meet Josie Pepper - Munich Airport's robot help
A humanoid robot called Josie Pepper has been rolled out at Munich Airport in a test to find out how it is accepted by passengers.The 120cm tall, with sparkling, round eyes and a ''pleasant voice'' will be answering questions for...
02/15/2018 09:03 PM
Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins crackdown on ads deemed annoying and detrimental to users
On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters.The...
02/15/2018 04:40 AM
Southern Hemisphere's largest 100% electric car-sharing scheme launches in Christchurch
The largest 100 per cent electric car-sharing scheme in the Southern Hemisphere has been wheeled out in Christchurch today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern helped launch the Yoogo Share initiative that has been adopted by Christchurch...
02/14/2018 10:30 PM
GM or not GM? Food watchdog reviews new products
New Zealand's food standards watchdog is reviewing how rules might apply to a new generation of products that can be altered genetically, but without any introduced DNA.Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released...
02/14/2018 09:56 PM
AI will be 'billions of times' smarter than humans
Artificial intelligence could evolve to be "billions of times smarter" than humans.That's according to Ipswich-based "futurist" Ian Pearson who claims that people will need to merge with machines in order to survive. Pearson told...
02/14/2018 02:05 AM
Top Chinese media regulator cracks down on inappropriate online content
China's top media regulator on Monday has launched investigations against some of the top websites and video-streaming platforms for allowing disturbing videos targeted at children and said it was embarking on a two-month crackdown...
02/13/2018 10:01 PM
Porirua City Council and Whangarei District Council websites cryptojacked in international cyber attack
At least two council websites fell victim to cryptojackers last weekend without anybody realising, leaving visitors to the sites unwittingly helping hackers mine for cryptocurrency.The Porirua City Council and Whangarei District...
02/13/2018 09:44 PM
UK unveils new tech to fight extremist content online
The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such content from their platforms.The...
02/13/2018 06:10 PM
Juha Saarinen: Unwitting 'miners' earn crims cash
Over the last few days, visitors to thousands of websites have unwittingly earned criminals money, by running software that generates virtual currency just quietly.Several government sites, including that of the United Kingdom Information...
02/13/2018 05:00 PM
Alex Duncan: Auckland can fix congestion
When confronted with two diverging roads, the narrator in Robert Frost's poem "took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference".Unfortunately, those travelling Auckland roads at peak times rarely have that...
02/13/2018 05:00 PM
Nanorobots successfully kill cancerous tumours
What once sounded like a work of fiction is now becoming a reality thanks to scientific advancements: DNA nanorobots have successfully killed cancerous tumours in mice in lab trials.An article in Nature Biotechnology explains...
02/13/2018 04:36 AM