Stuff : Technology (18)

Why people make creepy YouTube videos aimed at kids

This blog was first published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification

Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it

I gave a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I'm not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience. Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-Amazon world. When Amazon first floated the idea ...

Apple orchestrates deal for song-recognition app Shazam

Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.

NZ companies embrace the revolutionary potential of blockchain

Blockchain experts are preparing government agencies and big businesses for what they believe will be one of the most revolutionary technologies of our time. The technology, which bears resemblance to the file-sharing application Napster, enables people to swap information without an trusted ...

Auckland Harbour Bridge is about to become $10 million brighter

One of New Zealand's most strategic transport assets is getting $10 million brighter.

Feilding youngsters eager to take on the robotics world in United States

A group of Manawatū pupils are taking the robotics world by storm as they prepare for their second world championships.

Demand for AI talent means big payday for graduates

Tech companies increasingly are competing with one another, as well as banks and hedge funds, to hire experts in AI techniques like neural networking, a kind of machine learning loosely based on how the human brain works. 

Top tech gifts for Christmas

Gadgets are a popular gift to give at Christmas but it can be tricky picking the right one.

How to tell if you're guilty of 'sidebarring' your friends or partner

Many of us are glued to our phones. Whether we're expecting an important message or simply wanting to see the reactions to a great meme we just sent to the group chat, our phones make us feel more connected to the people we don't get to see all the time.

Author brings history book alive with smartphone technology

Its pages are filled with history but a very modern invention has helped bring an old subject bang-up-to-date,

Amazon and Google are fighting, and that means consumers lose

Two tech giants are in a messy streaming video fight right now, leaving consumers squeezed in the middle.

What I learned when my laptop died

Last week my laptop died. Well, that's not strictly true – its power socket did after a power surge blew it out, rendering it impossible to recharge.

Top tweets of 2017

First things first: The most-retweeted tweet of 2017 - and for that matter, of all time - was by a teenager who wanted Wendy's to give him free chicken nuggets.

Why I prefer my iPhone 6s over the iPhone 8 Plus

A few weeks ago, one of my worst tech fears was realised: I cracked my iPhone screen.

What I learned when my laptop died

Last week my laptop died. Well, that's not strictly true – its power socket did after a power surge blew it out, rendering it impossible to recharge.

EU court backs Apple in 'Mi Pad' case

Apple fended off an attempt by Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to get a European Union trademark for the name "Mi Pad" after judges ruled it could easily be confused with the tech giant's iPad.

How YouTube is taking on the extremists

COMMENT: As the CEO of YouTube, I've seen how our open platform has been a force for creativity, learning and access to information. I've seen how activists have used it to advocate social change; how it serves as both an entertainment destination and a video library. How it has expanded economic ...

Wairua: Maimoa's te reo Māori music clip is most watched in New Zealand for 2017

Te reo Māori music has dominated New Zealand's top ten most watched YouTube videos for 2017.