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Techday
We bring you the future, today: Why NetGuide changed its name
FutureFive is the new face of our consumer technology news segment going forward.
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Wi-fi
WiFi coming to select Air New Zealand flights starting now
Finally, the wait is over and Air New Zealand has started a trial of Wi-Fi on select flights.
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Phishing
Even more tips for staying safe online: There's no such thing as too safe!
The most important thing is to make sure your software is updated.
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Phishing
IAG Insurance attempts to scam own employees - but not in a bad way
The goal is not to scam them into giving back their wages, but to test them on their cyber security awareness.
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Smartphone
Forget Bear Grylls: Hacking the Wild shows how to survive using only gadgets
Quitmeyer ventures into some of the most remote and hostile locations in the world, surviving armed with nothing but everyday pieces of technology.
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Malware
Malicious apps discovered on Google Play - some lurking for more than a year
Check Point, a security software company, has revealed that their researchers discovered another widespread malware campaign on Google Play.
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Ransomware
ISPs build backdoors into customer modems, creating security breach
Vodafone and Spark are among the ISPs. Their policy is to use the access for troubleshooting, but it still raises red flags.
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Drones
Snapchat drones could be coming your way soon
Their latest venture appears to be putting their camera technology atop drones, which could potentially prove to be a game changer.
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Cybersecurity
This handbag charges your phone and protects from prying hands
The handbags feature wireless smart device charging, bio-lock security, Bluetooth proximity alerts, and enough organization to rival a mobile office.
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Cybersecurity
The need for internet security on your devices
At home or at work, on a mobile device or on a network, Trend Micro covers all aspects of cybersecurity.
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Drones
DJI requires drone users to register their machines before flying
"If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions..."
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Cybersecurity
Kiwi code-cracker heads to Oxford to hone her craft
She possesses a rare mind hard-wired to navigate complex algorithms in a way that even the most mathematically savvy out there would find difficult.
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Cloud
Apple takes shots at Google in new ad campaign - smartphone showdown
The copy states that "life is easier on iPhone," and they didn’t waste the opportunity to poke fun at Google’s poor track record of security.
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Future
Elon Musk: Tesla's market cap higher than they deserve
"In my experience, in over 10 years covering stocks and clean energy, I've never heard another CEO say that."
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Cybersecurity
Hackers run circles around Samsung's iris scanner security
It wasn’t exactly the kind of hacking you see in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
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Network Infrastructure
WiFi can create holograms of objects, even through walls
"But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that's more than four centimeters in size."
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Robotics
Real life Robocop patrols the streets of Dubai
Criminals in Dubai, you are officially on notice: The world’s first ‘robocop’ is set to begin roaming the streets of Dubai.
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Internet
3 Facts About Naked Broadband You've Probably Been Wondering About
Here are a few facts about naked broadband you may have either pondered on in the past or forgot to ask about in the first place.
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Cloud
Facebook deems a number of threatening statements "acceptable"
Leaked guidelines for Facebook moderators show how they monitor violence, hate speech, revenge porn and more on the social media platform.
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Cloud
Google provides internet to disaster-struck Peru
"Loon balloons float 20 km up in the stratosphere, and so have the potential to extend connectivity to where it's needed..."
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Gaming
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, the gaming keyboard you've always dreamed of
The K95 Platinum sets a whole new bar for mechanical gaming keyboards. In terms of responsiveness, customisation and overall build, it's a winner.
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Social Networking
NYC hopes to help homeless with an app - is it enough?
With more than 62,000 homeless living in New York City, demand for shelter in the city has increased by 79 percent in the last decade.
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Gaming
Asus - The most recognisable and popular gaming brand
13 International Media have awarded ASUS as ‘No. 1 Gaming Brand’ from 12 different countries in Asia Pacific alone.
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Gaming
New Corsair gaming chairs built for speed AND comfort
“Inspired by racing, crafted for comfort and built to last.”