The New Zealand Herald : Technology (25)

Has cancer finally met its match?

Let's not mince words: it's a barn-storming, breathless revolution."Professor Graham Le Gros doesn't mean to come off sounding over the top.It's just he's palpably excited about the promise of an area of medical research we hear...

Winston Peters' Twitter fail draws comparisons to UK 'Balls up'

New Zealand First politician Winston Peters has made a Twitter gaffe this morning.He tweeted "Tweets on Winston Peters NZ politician", a phrase he presumably meant to type into the search bar.The 72-year-old frequently tweets...

Apple is working on a dedicated chip to power AI on devices

Apple got an early start in artificial intelligence with the 2011 introduction of Siri, a tool that lets users operate their smartphones with voice commands.Now the electronics giant is bringing artificial intelligence to chips.Apple...

Juha Saarinen: Is there a future for streaming music services?

Sweden-based streaming music provider Spotify will be a decade old next year, and it's been available in New Zealand for five years now. Just about everyone I know uses Spotify or other streaming services like Apple Music, Pandora,...

Rocket Lab launch: Why Peter Beck could let his hair down

Peter Beck, the usually buttoned down engineer, let his hair down at Rocket Lab mission control as he watched his Electron rocket clear the tower at Mahia.The rocket didn't make it to orbit as planned, but it made it to space and...

Game of Phones: The battle for New Zealand's mobile market

The battle between Spark and Vodafone to be crowned king of New Zealand's mobile market has never been closer, but an unlikely third player is cutting swathes into their territory.There are some 6.3 million mobile phone connections...

Internet providers have backdoor access to customers' modems

A back door has been built into modems sent to customers of major internet service providers allowing the companies' staff to access settings and potentially create a security hole.The discovery alarmed a computer expert who contacted...

Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson: Alternative to help with infertility

Forty years ago the first in vitro fertilisation treatment was carried out in Manchester and since then an estimated five million babies have been born worldwide using the technique.The number of couples seeking medical help to...

Weird Science: Super-suit keeps you cool

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete's body heat and sweat.The flaps, which range from thumbnail to finger-sized, are lined with live...

Auckland Viaduct lights up for 'Bright Nights'

Rainbows will beam into the night at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour from Queen's Birthday weekend when a new artwork featuring thousands of individual lights is unveiled to the public.The light installation, a collaboration between...

Budget 2017: Industry leaders say Budget was a missed opportunity for small and medium businesses, but is that the case?

Industry leaders say the Budget has not delivered for small to medium firms, but Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean disagrees.Dean told the Herald the Budget did offer opportunities for business growth."What it has done is...

The weirdest items left in Ubers

A solitary lobster, an engagement ring and a bulletproof vest are just some of the most bizarre items ever left behind in an Uber.Valuable Nordic walking poles, paintings and an expensive slipper also make the list of 50 most unique...

Budget: Five takes on this year's science spend

The Government's latest Budget includes $250 million earmarked for science and innovation initiatives. Among the packages are $81.9 million over four years to the Endeavour Fund, $52.5m for research institutes through the Performance-Based...

Kiwi cryptography whiz off to Oxford

When it comes to computer passwords, Erin Chapman doesn't take chances.That means lengthy, complicated, regularly-rotated combinations, not using the same one for any two websites, and steering well clear of password-storing software.It...

Rocket Lab: 'Thanks for your patience'

Rocket Lab is scheduled to have another go at launch today after scrubbing its third attempt yesterday.It has thanked Mahia locals, supporters and emergency services for their patience and says weather constraints will diminish...

NZ's biggest corporate relocation: Datacom shift under way

If you find moving house daunting, imagine shifting 1200 staff from five auckland separate sites to new premises.That is the 10-week task now under way by new zealand's largest it service provider, the privately owned datacom.It...

Crack code-making Kiwi off to Oxford

When it comes to computer passwords, Erin Chapman doesn't take chances.That means lengthy, complicated, regularly-rotated combinations, not using the same one for any two websites, and steering well clear of password-storing software.It...

Uber admits underpaying NYC drivers

Uber admitted Tuesday that it had collected tens of millions more from New York City drivers than it should have over a nearly three-year span dating back to November 2014, but pledged to reimburse "every penny," in the latest setback...

Science and tech sector angling for funds

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has already announced an additional $74.6 million in funding for Callaghan Innovation's Research and Development Growth Grants, but industry commentators say more needs to be done.Former...

Rocket Lab: No 'go fever' for launch

Rocket Lab says there is no ''go fever'' for a launch but hopes potentially risky weather will clear later today for a test lift off.The planned test launch was scrubbed yesterday because of the risk of "triboelectrification" which...

Apple goes all-out against Android

Apple is taking the smartphone war right to Google by launching a major campaign to get users to ditch their Android phones, and offering them cash to switch to an iPhone.The tech giant launched the provocatively titled "Switch...

Rocket Lab hoping for third time lucky with test launch

Rocket Lab hopes potential risky weather will clear later tomorrow and its test launch can lift off.The planned launch was scrubbed today because of the risk of "triboelectrification" which can damage a rockets systems.Rocket...

Fintech start-ups pitch for funds

Three of the financial technology start-ups in the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator programme pitched their ideas to investors before the public demonstration day event in Wellington last week. Creative HQ's Lightning Lab separated...

Diabetes scanning technology replaces pricking

A student with diabetes says a device that replaces the need for regular finger pricks could be life changing, but he can't get his hands on it in New Zealand.Daniel Josephs, 24, has type 1 diabetes, an auto-immune condition where...

Alien-hunting scientist to visit New Zealand

Kiwis are about to get a deep insight into one of the most ambitious and intriguing projects ever undertaken by scientists: finding intelligent alien life.Dr Pete Worden, a former top NASA scientist and one of the world's most recognised...