The New Zealand Herald : Technology (23)

Analysts welcome R&D investment

Academics, technology and business analysts are welcoming a new survey which has found New Zealand's research and development spending has increased 20 per cent since 2014.Total R&D expenditure hit $3.2 billion in 2016, bolstered...

Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces

Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers.The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders - and that may one day be powerful enough...

This simple Apple update will make your iPhone faster and free up space

Apple's i0S 10.3 update has just been released and iPhone users may notice their treasured handsets are running a little faster once it's installed.The Cupertino-based company has just rolled out a huge update, with the new Apple...

Facebook adds 'stories', copies Snap again

Facebook is making a dramatic change to the social network's mobile application, letting people post pictures and videos that disappear after 24 hours.Dramatic, but unsurprising - it's the fourth time the company has added such...

Robot teens taking on the world with their clever machines

In an upstairs room at the House of Science in Tauranga, three high school students are frantically building a robot for the robotics world championship.The team is trying to create a bigger, better, faster model than the one which...

High-tech facility boosting Kiwi research

A high-tech Melbourne facility which has received $15 million in Government funding is helping boost research on the other side of the Tasman, says Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith, who visited the site today.The Australian...

Kiwi scientists: NZ can improve world's GPS

We use GPS for everything from tracking aircraft to mapping the best route to the office.But Kiwi scientists say we can make GPS more accurate - and New Zealand has the expertise and technology to do it.Today, GPS coordinates...

Self-driving Ubers taken off road after crash

Uber has taken its fleet of self-driving vehicles off the roads while it investigates a Friday night crash that left one of its SUVs sitting on its side.Police in Tempe, Arizona, were called to a crash at approximately 6:25pm Friday...

Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal

Education bosses are set to remind all schools that they can't enforce bring your own device policies on parents - even though a majority of Kiwi schools have now adopted them.A survey by Network4Learning , which provides state-funded...

Brian Greene: Five things to expect by 2037

When will the universe end? Is it possible to know when - and how - our universe will die?It all depends on unravelling the mystery of the intriguing materials that make up 95 per cent of the universe, which we now describe as...

Robots replacing human workers is 'not even on our radar screen'

Companies are investing heaps of money to develop artificial-intelligence technologies that promise to transform industries as varied as transportation, finance and health care. That all adds up to big economic change, technologists...

British Airways starts scanning faces to enable faster boarding

British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition.Biometric devices at the main security-screening area in Terminal...

YouTube hate videos snare Ikea ads as Google crisis spreads

Major advertisers across Europe and Asia are still appearing alongside extremist YouTube videos days after technology giant Google said it was taking steps to protect its clients from inadvertently supporting hate.An anti-Semitic...

Emojipedia reveals newest emoji additions

From mythical to edible and emotional, the new emojis are said to have a little bit of everything - and then some. Emojipedia has published 69 mockups of what the proposed tiny pictographs could look like when they hit users' keyboards...

Google wants to fix tech's diversity problem with an outpost for historically black colleges

Four years ago, Google began sending engineers to historically black colleges such as Howard University for its "Google in Residence" program, an attempt to improve its recruiting from these campuses, prepare students for Google's...

True damage of 7.8 Kaikoura quake revealed, and could change earthquake research worldwide

The deadly 7.8 Kaikoura quake was so powerful, parts of the South Island are now more than 5m closer to the North Island, new research has revealed.A study led by GNS Science is today being published in the prestigious journal ...

What's next for NZ's teen genius?

Maths whiz Tristan Pang, 15, could be New Zealand's brightest young mind. He talked to science reporter Jamie Morton about his future. Executive of a community swimming club.Founder of an educational chat group and online learning...

Why post-Brexit Britain needs more companies like Amazon

Forget the coming robotic revolution. At Amazon "fulfillment centres" in Doncaster, Dunstable and Manchester, robots are already a fact of life. Where humans once used to walk the aisles, selecting items for packaging and delivery,...

Amazon's Alexa takes its fight with Siri to Marriott hotel rooms

Amazon.com's battle with Apple over digital assistants is moving to a new venue: hotel rooms, where Alexa and Siri are both vying to be the voice-controlled platform of choice for travellers.Marriott International, the world's biggest...

Would you pay a Netflix-style subscription for local live music events?

There's a good chance you have a subscription to a video on demand service like Netflix, Stan or even a particular sporting league. But would you pay for a similar subscription for access to live music events?That's what 30-year-old...

Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family - the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.The location-monitoring feature will begin...

Airport security clampdown 'the biggest in 10 years'

New Zealand travellers are caught in the middle, as what's being called the biggest security change in 10 years is introduced to airports in Britain and the US.Changes are being introduced by this Saturday at the latest, and will...

What you need to know know before buying Apple's new iPhone

Apple announced several new products Tuesday morning, including a cheaper version of the iPad and a new red shade for the iPhone. Consumers can place their orders for the new devices starting Friday.If you've been thinking about...