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Uber Air: Flying to work in Auckland 'real possibility', ridesharing company Uber says
Auckland could be one of the first cities in the world to use Uber's electric aircraft, as the company works with Boeing to make flying taxis a reality.The San Francisco-based ridesharing company is considering Auckland as a third...
06/18/2018 07:02 AM
Man jailed over 'domain hijacking' of website
A man has been jailed for 20 years over the first known instance of armed "domain hijacking" in which he sought to gain control of a website at gunpoint.Sherman Hopkins Jr, 43, broke into the apartment of an internet entrepreneur...
06/18/2018 02:27 AM
Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction - with an app
To understand why it's so hard to pry yourself free from your phone, Facebook account and Twitter, you need to know about B.F. Skinner's pigeons.In the 1950s, Skinner began putting the birds in a box and training them to peck on...
06/18/2018 01:12 AM
Scientists discover over 100 planets that may host habitable life
Researchers have identified over 100 planets beyond our solar system that may have moons capable of supporting life.Using data from the Kepler space telescope, scientists identified 121 planets that orbit within the habitable zone...
06/17/2018 11:28 PM
Editorial: Smartphone use and road toll both climb
No so long ago the road toll was coming down. The number of deaths and injuries on the roads had been falling as cars were better designed to absorb impacts, drink-driving warnings were at last being heeded, reinforced by random stopping...
06/17/2018 05:00 PM
Business uncertainty shared by agriculture community: ANZ
Dairy farmers are relieved to be back in the black after a long, tough time but uncertainty in the wider business sector is also felt in the agriculture community, says the country's biggest rural lender ANZ Bank.Managing director,...
06/17/2018 02:39 AM
Tesla Model S 'spontaneously' burst into flames
Actress Mary McCormack has said that her husband's Tesla Model S caught fire while he was driving in the Los Angeles area."This is what happened to my husband and his car today," McCormack wrote on Twitter Friday, posting a shocking...
06/17/2018 02:36 AM
Ditch the 'likes' for Digital Detox Day
It's just one day, but it could change your life.That's what Doug Moores is hoping when Digital Detox Day takes place nationwide on July 1.The Aucklander, an advertising young gun-turned-yoga teacher, is behind the day, where...
06/16/2018 05:00 PM
Paul Little: How to quit social media
Celebrities - from Justin Bieber to Lorde - have discovered the pitfalls of Facebook, Instagram and other online platforms. Paul Little explores the hard road to controlling a social media habit. If your newspaper admitted it had...
06/16/2018 05:00 PM
Elderly woman confronted by 'armed' man in Hillsborough, Auckland - son
An elderly Hillsborough woman was threatened by a balaclava-clad man with a gun this morning, her son has said in a post to a Facebook community group.His mother was hanging washing in her back yard when the alleged incident occurred,...
06/16/2018 04:37 AM
Apple users say iOS 11.4 is killing their batteries
If you haven't updated your iPhone to iOS 11.4 yet, you may want to hold off a bit longer.Frustrated Apple users are complaining that the software update is killing their batteries.One angry user wrote on Reddit that it caused...
06/15/2018 09:52 PM
Telco 2degrees to waive Dancing with the Stars' text-to-vote cut
Telco 2degrees is waiving its cut from each 99c text-to-vote the public makes for Dancing with the Stars' remaining contestants.The change — aimed at increasing how much contestants' chosen charities receive — began last weekend...
06/15/2018 05:00 PM
AT&T-Time Warner complete $116b merger two days after judge gives approval
AT&T has completed its US$81 billion ($116.4b) takeover of Time Warner, one of the biggest media deals ever. A federal judge approved the combination just two days earlier over objections by the Trump Justice Department that it...
06/15/2018 02:48 AM
The area where Samsung dominates Apple
Samsung has the edge over Apple when it comes to mobile download speeds, according to new research.The latest figures, analysed by American computer magazine PCMag, used Ookla's Speedtest data from March to May 2018 to examine how...
06/15/2018 02:30 AM
Your fitbit could make you uninsurable in the future
Fitbits are already used to track your heart rate, the amount of exercise you do and how much you sleep - essential data that could potentially be used by insurance providers to determine your premiums. The boom in wearable health...
06/15/2018 01:39 AM
Biofuel partly powers Cathay Pacific flight from Airbus
When a brand new Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 flies from France to Hong Kong on Wednesday it will be partly powered by biofuel.The 334-seat plane will have a 10 per cent blend of biofuel next to traditional jet fuel in its tanks...
06/15/2018 12:53 AM
Elon Musk shows optimism in Tesla, buys $35 million shares
Elon Musk has bought US$25 million ($35.6m) worth of stock in Tesla, as the electric car company announced it was slashing 9 per cent of jobs due to "duplication of roles".The move, seen by many as a strategic manoeuvre by Musk...
06/14/2018 03:37 AM
NZ company growing new skin for burn victims
A Kiwi biotechnology company which has found a way to grow bigger-than-A5 sheets of replacement human skin says the product might be ready to start clinical trials on burn patients in 2020 or 2021.Upside Biotechnologies, a company...
06/14/2018 03:14 AM
Uber introduces safety feature forcing drivers to rest, follow NZTA rules
Uber has introduced a safety feature which logs drivers off the app after they reach 13 hours - the most Uber and taxi drivers are legally allowed to drive in a day.The rule is enforced by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA),...
06/13/2018 11:23 PM
Big Read: Amazon wins fight over tax to help homeless
The Seattle City Council on Tuesday voted to repeal a tax hike on large employers that it instituted less than a month ago, backing down from a plan fiercely opposed by Amazon.com and much of the city's business community.With Amazon...
06/13/2018 07:28 AM