The New Zealand Herald : Technology (16)

Artificial intelligence can detect Alzheimer's decade before symptoms emerge

Artificial intelligence can identify Alzheimer's disease 10 years before doctors can discover the symptoms, according to new research.A team of researchers in Italy developed an algorithm that can spot structural changes in...

The interview: Trade Me CEO Jon Macdonald

Auction website's boss tells Tamsyn Parker he's ready for giant rival. Jon Macdonald appears surprisingly relaxed and confident for a man whose company may be only weeks away from a closer encounter with the competition-crushing...

Could AI give us rapid-fire forecasts?

Could we forecast accurately enough to be warned of local severe weather within an hour?That's the goal of a new $500,000 study, drawing on artificial intelligence to predict where and when extreme convective weather events will...

The practical guide to choosing a smartphone

Buying a smartphone can be daunting, particularly when there are so many new options on the market. Choosing the right phone is an intensely personal decision, and one answer may not fit all - even for those who aren't obsessed with...

New York wants new Amazon HQ, says city beats the suburbs

New York City is officially throwing its hat in the ring to lure Amazon.com's proposed second headquarters, hoping a large, diverse workforce, extensive university system, big-city living and status as an epicenter of industry will...

Bitcoin: The way to the future or path to financial ruin?

Bitcoin, hailed in some quarters as the future of currency, is having a rough week, with a flurry of rumours that China will shut down exchanges and the head of a major US bank calling bitcoin a "fraud."Plummeting prices have again...

Is iPhone X the apple of their eye?

Ten years since Steve Jobs held up the first iPhone, the tech giant has upped the gadgetry, and price, for the latest $2000 incarnation, writes James Titcomb. In the summer of 2013, it looked very probable that Apple's best days...

The interview: Trade Me CEO Jon MacDonald

Auction website's boss tells Tamsyn Parker he's ready for giant rival. Jon MacDonald appears surprisingly relaxed and confident for a man whose company may be only weeks away from a closer encounter with the competition-crushing...

Xero chief executive Rod Drury reveals what's next for his firm

It's been 11 years since Wellington-based company Xero was founded, 10 years since it went public, and chief executive Rod Drury says it has the potential to become a tech powerhouse like Amazon, Facebook or Google.At the company's...

Cassini gets the Hollywood finale it deserved

It reads like the tear-jerking finale of a blockbuster - Titanic , Armageddon , take your pick - where our courageous hero meets their glorious, sacrificial end.Indeed, space fans have grabbed the Hollywood trope to anthropomorphise...

Smartphone facial recognition harmful to our privacy?

By Craig Timberg A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology as mainly a tool of surveillance and social...

Privacy and profiling fears over secret ACC software

Public insurer ACC is using a secret computer model to predict how long clients will be on its books, then sorting and targeting those it considers a risk.The software was built using the private information of thousands of ACC...

Kiwi health tech company sold offshore

New Zealand health tech success story HealthLink has been bought by the cash-rich Clanwilliam Group, which is on the hunt for more Kiwi companies.It was announced today that the Clanwilliam, which is backed by the American-based...

YouTuber lines up outside Sydney Apple store over a month early for iPhone X

Self-proclaimed Apple fanatic Mazen Kourouche was so excited for the release of the iPhone X, he decided to camp outside the company's store in Sydney 10 days early for the rumoured release date on September 22.However, when Apple...

NZ scientists bid farewell to Nasa's Cassini

With just two days before it nose-dives into Saturn and burns up in the giant planet's atmosphere, Nasa's Cassini spacecraft is being given something of a hero's farewell by the astronomy community and space fans everywhere.In the...

$11m project could see EVs charged by in-road wireless pads

Being able to drive an electric vehicle that charges as it moves around city streets could soon be reality, with the Government pumping more than $11 million into new research to create in-road wireless pads.The five-year project...