NZ gaming industry hits $5bNew Zealanders are passionate about their games, with new data showing a 21% increase in sales from the previous year.
GitHub launches fund to sponsor open source developers
In addition to GitHub Sponsors, GitHub is launching the GitHub Sponsors, GitHub will match all contributions up to $5,000 during a developer’s first year in GitHub Sponsors.
Hands-on review: iPhone XS Max is a luxury phone
The XS Max’s RRP puts it squarely in the premium market and is definitely one of the priciest you can get.
Doctor Who fans: This one’s for you
Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a new, VR gaming experience set to be released this September.
Are AI assistants teaching girls to be servants?
Have you ever interacted with a virtual assistant that has a female-based voice or look, and wondered whether there are implicitly harmful gender biases built into its code?
Hands-on review: Is the Apple Watch 4 worth the price?
Apple’s flagship wearable device, the Apple Watch, is generally touted as the gold standard for what wearables should be able to achieve today.
Who's watching you?
With privacy an increasing concern amongst the public, users should be more aware than ever of what personal data companies hold.
Game review: Rage 2 (PC)
The similarities between Mad Max and Rage 2 are very apparent. The overall setting and design aesthetic are clearly inspired, if not from the Mad Max game, from the Mad Max movies.
Apple brings 8-core processors to MacBook Pro
The addition of 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors will deliver 40% more performance than a 6-core Pro.
Hands-on review: Playing the long game with the The iPhone XR
The red XR is a rare case of having a phone that’s ‘too pretty to be covered’ - and it’s not hard to see why.
Hands-on review: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Software
I came across a wee gem of advice when researching the world of data recovery. As soon as you get that sinking feeling and realise you’ve lost a file, stop using your computer.
Deepfakes the 'next wave of concern' - but can law really stomp it out?
Enforcing the existing law will be difficult enough, and it is not clear that any new law would be able to do better. Overseas attempts to draft law for deepfakes have been seriously criticised.
Google Street View cars about to hit NZ roads again
If you’ve ever used Google Streetview and been frustrated that the imagery is so outdated by years, Google brings good news.
D-Link hooks up with Alexa and Assistant with new smart camera
The new camera is designed for outdoor use within a wireless smart home network.
Samsung left Bixby & SmartThings code wide open to the public
If you’re someone who likes to use apps and platforms with some level of confidence that they’re secure, you may want to take another look at how much you trust big brands like Samsung.
Hands-on PSVR preview: Blood & Truth
PlayStation VR fans who picked up a copy of VR Worlds with their headset will have had a taster of SIE London Studio’s Blood & Truth.
Nova Energy & Plume launch family-friendly WiFi controls
Nova Energy and smart home internet platform Plume have teamed up to offer New Zealanders a new range of family-friendly internet services and parental controls.
Hands-on review: The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S
The Game Capture HD60 S is a portable capture device, perfect for streamers and content creators at all levels.
Facebook sues South Korean analytics firm Rankwave
Last week the company filed a lawsuit against South Korean data analytics Rankwave, whose apps used the Facebook platform.
Epson large format printers win first Red Dot Best of the Best Award
This year marks the third successive year that Epson products have been recognised in the Red Dot Award.
Study finds NZ mobile services in good stead due to competition
The study found indicators such as pricing, coverage and choice of mobile services were trending in a positive direction for consumers.
Vodafone NZ into the finalists for Rainbow Excellence Awards
The Rainbow Excellence Awards are fast approaching, and one telco is celebrating about being among the finalists.
Noise pollution is the new second-hand smoke
ow loud is our phone call? Can you hear your co-worker’s music through their headphones? Do you need to have that meeting in a public area of the office?
People are tired of driving – bring on the autonomous cars
A new study has found that consumer preference for riding in self-driving cars is set to double within the next five years.
Forgotten your phone? Nearly half of Kiwis would feel ‘naked’
A majority of Kiwis are finding mobile phones increasingly indispensable to everyday life, a new survey finds with some very interesting results.
Vocus slams ComCom mobile review as “disgraceful”
The Commission says there is no need for measures to improve competition in the NZ mobile market. Vocus says this decision will be “crippling.”
Rotorua will soon be home to a massive 3D-printed sculpture
Visitors to Rotorua will soon be able to get up close and personal with a 3D-printed sculpture that will tower 12 metres over the city’s Hemo Gorge roundabout.
Mind Lab at MOTAT hosting event to promote young women in tech
Gender diversity in the tech industry is a hot topic around the world, but it’s one that New Zealand is looking to tackle head on.
May 17 is Pink Shirt Day: How you can help prevent cyberbullying
This Friday May 17 is Pink Shirt Day, which is a colourful way to raise awareness about a serious and in some cases tragic issue: cyberbullying.
What your privacy means to Google - and what it's doing about it
Google has declared that it’s all about making privacy work for everyone – despite its long-held reputation as an information harvester.
This Feilding school has just won an international robotics award (again!)
“In typical Kiwi fashion, our students think laterally to solve challenges, build prototypes, test and retest until they have a working model. All on their own time and all with their own ideas."
EV campervans to hit NZ roads in July
Jucy Rentals is about to unleash the first wave of fully electric rental campervans in New Zealand in July – and each camper will be able to travel approximately 200 kilometres on each charge.
Would you live-stream your loved-one’s funeral?
As loved-ones spread across the globe, it can be hard to attend funerals for those you hold dearest. Is taking them online the solution?
DJI launches Osmo Action - a handheld action cam with a difference
Hold on to your skis, snowboards, or your camera-mounted stunt cars, because DJI has launched Osmo Action camera.
Samsung first TV manufacturer to integrate Apple TV app
It wouldn’t be unrealistic to think they only talk via lawyers regarding smartphone patent breaches, but Samsung has now made a big announcement.
Hands-on review: The Corsair M65 gets an upgrade with the RGB Elite gaming mouse
Corsair really listened to its thousands of fans for this redesign of the popular M65, so let’s see what’s different.
Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership
“Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony."
Hands-on review: Visme transforms you into a graphical presentation guru
In my teaching days I studied and taught the principles of design. I’m no expert, by any means, and experience has told me that just about every principle you learn is made to be bent or even broken.
Chch crypto exchange Cryptopia facing liquidation
It seems that Christchurch-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has been unable to recover after malicious cyber attackers stole around $20 million worth of cryptocurrency.
Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first foldable PC’
We’ve seen the foldable phones and the somewhat mixed reactions to them, but now Lenovo has thrown its hand in the ring with a PC.
New educational game to boost construction skills shortage
The game has been designed to give future business people and construction workers a taste of what it’s like to build their own company.
Paranoid Android? Examining three key trends in Android malware
It definitely doesn’t mean you are paranoid if you’re worried about Android security: the threat landscape is growing in every dimension.
Ericsson report uncovers the consumer potential of 5G
Video consumption is set to rise significantly with 5G.
Already more than 2 million logins for IRD’s new tax system
Having shutdown its services for seven days for an IT revamp, IRD is now celebrating its digital transformation success.
Spark, Vodafone, and 2degrees team up for Christchurch
Chief executives from New Zealand’s largest internet providers have jumped on board with the Christchurch Call to Action.
Kiwi girls take on robotics world… and WIN
Tara Stevens (14) and Riley Pollard (11), from New Plymouth and Okato and the Nakibots team, beat 80 other teams from across the world.
Govt & Canterbury Uni pour $7m into gaming research
The funding will be used to boost the University of Canterbury’s Applied Immersive Gaming Initiative, which will research and accelerate public use of immersing gaming applications.
Quick facts about Google Assistant & Nest Hub Max
Google I/O has been something of a boon for smarthome lovers, especially when it comes to Google Nest and Google Assistant. Here are five things you should know about each of them.
Google puts Huawei on the Android naughty list
Google has apparently suspended Huawei’s licence to use the full Android platform, according to media reports.
Toyota & Panasonic to create 'connected towns' in Japan
Panasonic and Toyota have plans to create ‘smart towns’ across Japan, where transport, homes and services are all connected. Here’s a quick look at what they’re planning.
Consumer spending on tech to reach US$1.32 trillion this year
If you ever thought the tech industry for consumers was beginning to wane, the International Data Corporation has some stats for you.