Technology news from the future
Unencrypted Gearbest database leaves over 1.5mil shoppers’ records exposed
Depending on the countries and information requirements, the data could give hackers access to online government portals, banking apps, and health insurance records.
Mozilla launches Firefox Send, an encrypted file transfer service
Mozille Firefox has launched a free encrypted file transfer service that allows people to securely share files from any web browser – not just Firefox.
Online attackers abusing Kiwis' generosity in wake of Chch tragedy
It doesn’t take some people long to abuse people’s kindness and generosity in a time of mourning.
Apple launches revamped iPad Air & iPad mini
Apple loves tinkering with its existing product lines and coming up with new ways to make things more powerful – and both the iPad Air and iPad mini seem to be no exception.
Epson innovations and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
The world’s greatest motorsport event, the Formula One Grand Prix World Championship, descended on Melbourne’s Albert Park over the weekend for the first race of the 2019 season.
Tesla unveils the Model Y SUV
After much anticipation, Tesla unveiled the Model Y last week – a vehicle that is described as an all-electric, mid-size SUV that can seat seven adults – and the vehicle has a glass roof.
Preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympics begins - with robots
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are quickly approaching, but it won’t just be a sea of athletes and sports fans – now robots will make up a significant part of the fan experience.
NZ ISPs block internet footage of Christchurch shootings
2degrees, Spark, Vodafone and Vocus are now blocking any website that shows footage of the mosque shootings.
How AI could warn civilians before a volcanic eruption
Advance monitoring could lead to better disaster planning and evacuation warnings in the event of an eruption.
Facebook launches dedicated home for its Gaming
"All of our work on the Facebook Gaming team adds up to helping build the world's gaming community."
Spotify calls out Apple's anti-competitive behaviour
Apple's App Store rules "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience—essentially acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers".
Sony launches headphones with 30-hour battery life
Sony’s EXTRA BASS series has a new family member that sports up to 30 hours battery life.
Chorus says the clock's ticking if you want UFB before the Rugby World Cup
“We know demand is going to be high for fibre installations in the lead up to the tournament and we want to make sure New Zealand’s most ardent supporters don't miss out."
Remember pi? You now have more numbers to learn
A Google employee has now calculated pi to a whopping 31,415,926,535,897 digits.
Hands-on review: The Huawei Y7 Pro 2019
As I began taking selfies you won’t be surprised to read how I was immediately drawn to “Handsome” mode. Improving on perfection is a tough ask but Huawei have risen to the challenge.
2degrees lays down the gauntlet with price promise
The telco provider has promised that its residential broadband customers won’t face a pay rise this year.
Facial recognition helps problem pokies players say no
The New Zealand Community Trust is using facial recognition tech to help problem gamblers exclude themselves from gambling rooms.
AA, Vodafone, How to DAD explain how to text and drive... sort of
How to DAD is the star of a driver distraction video that explains some of the more…. Unconventional ways to keep yourself away from your phone while driving.
Corsair’s K70 RGB MK.2 keyboard delivers unparalleled gaming experience
An aircraft-grade brushed anodised aluminium frame provides lightweight and rugged durability.
Kathmandu breached, customer information accessed
Kathmandu is notifying potentially affected customers directly and has advised them to change their passwords for its online loyalty programme.
Are you ready to face your digital doppelganger
Creating your true digital twin is now possible and will provide a groundbreaking 3D future for the entertainment, gaming, tourism and telecommunication industries.
Hands-on review: Samsung’s outstanding Galaxy S10
A decade on, they continue to set the standard, along with Apple, for the ultimate smartphone.
Apple says it's 'protecting the planet's resources'
Apple says it’s ‘protecting the planet’s resources’ and expanding educational opportunities for workers who assemble Apple products.
Introducing Spark & Ohmio's first 5G-connected driverless vehicle
Ohmio Automation and Spark are trialling the vehicle in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct. The vehicle is connected to Spark’s pre-commercial 5G network.
Vodafone Group picks up Kiwi domestic violence initiative
Vodafone New Zealand’s extra 10 days of ‘safe leave’ for its employees has now been implemented in a total of 25 countries.
Cybercriminals earning over $3billion annually exploiting social platforms
Social media platforms contain up to 20% more methods by which malware can be delivered to users – e.g. through adverts, shares, plug-ins – than comparable sources.
Kiwi-designed wheelchair capable of going offroad goes global
After tinkering with the final design for a few years, an innovative new solution from New Zealand for those in need is going global.
2degrees jumps on the bundle bandwagon with Amazon Prime
Following the trend set by Vodafone and Spark, 2degrees is trying to lure customers into a contract with the promise of access to streaming content.
Haier unveils smart laundry room - ‘Internet of Clothing’
The world’s largest home appliances manufacturer has lifted the covers on something truly interesting to help you with your dirty washing.
D-Link launches home WiFi router with robust parental controls
The WiFi router gives parents more control over their children’s internet activities – and how long they spend online.
Everything 5G: Highlights from Samsung at MWC 2019
The adoption of 5G is supposedly set to usher in the next wave of technological innovation by accelerating new breakthroughs.
Vodafone sets latest round of redundancies into motion
Vodafone has offered the bulk of its staff voluntary redundancy with rumours saying it aims to drop as many as 400 of its 2700 employees.
Farm dogs being put out of business by drone that barks
Man’s best friend might be able to enter retirement early if this new drone innovation from DJI Ferntech has anything to do with it.
Samsung Galaxy S10 gains record rating for its display
Following a comprehensive evaluation process, DisplayMate Technologies has heaped the praises on the Samsung Galaxy 10 - specifically, its display.
Auckland Airport finally gives travellers a dedicated rideshare space
From March 20, Uber and other rideshare providers will now use a dedicated rideshare rank at both the domestic and international terminals.
Privacy Bill may limit breach fines to $10,000
The Privacy Commissioner was seeking maximum breach fines of up to $1 million against body corporates.
Pak'nSAVE begins rollout of scan-your-own grocery tech
If you’ve happened to wander into a Pak’nSAVE across the lower North Island, you may have walked into an entirely new way to do your grocery shopping.
Your neighbours are watching: Smart cameras out of control
People are installing motion-sensor cameras connected to their smartphones without realising they could be filming their neighbours illegally.
Personal computing market still falling with one exception
Detachables are the only saving grace for a market that is still slowly but surely losing its appeal.
HP extends laptop & workstation recall due to battery fire hazard
HP has extended its worldwide recall of several notebooks and mobile workstations due to the high risk of fire and burn hazards.
Tesla’s new tech enables cars to be charged in around 15 minutes
The tech giant has introduced the third generation of its ‘Supercharging’ technology that slashes charging times.
Nikko AM launches digital investment advice platform in NZ
“Managing funds is what we do, and now with GoalsGetter we’re pleased to be able to make our fund management services more readily available to Kiwis.”
Ever lost a diploma? List emerges of things left in NZ Ubers
Uber New Zealand has released the findings from its 2019 Lost & Found Index, detailing all the things that Kiwis left behind in cars last year.
High cost means the foldable phone fad won’t catch on in 2019
Research analyst Canalys says while it’s inevitable that more vendors will jump in on the fad, it won’t be gaining much traction in 2019.
Amazon, Google, and Alibaba fuel booming smart speaker market
While these vendors have had great success in the market, other vendors like Samsung, Huawei, and Apple have failed to capitalise.
CERT NZ: Email extortion & scams hit Kiwis hard in the pocket
Despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness about online scams and fraud, New Zealanders are still losing staggering amounts of money.
World's first all-weather autonomous bus to start work in April
A partnership in Finland has launched a new autonomous bus that can operate in any weather conditions - including the country's harsh winters.
German firm’s camera platform could monitor your mood
MOBOTIX and Konica Minolta are developing a platform for camera networks that will allow AI-powered surveillance of people and places.
NZ entrepreneur launches app to make travel easier
The web app streamlines flight and hotel bookings by keeping an organisation’s passenger details on the one platform.
Kiwis spending large on phones… for now
While New Zealanders are spending per device on smartphones than ever before, sellers should be wary that we will only go so fare.
Fitbit launches four new wearables, new paid service
The wearables category continues to evolve and grow, with global shipments of wearable devices forecasted to reach 189 million units by 2022.