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Fund to help boost NZ's fast growing interactive media industry sought

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:51:25 GMT

Interactive games are a $143 million business in New Zealand, but it could be bigger, the industry says.

Latest Lime electric scooters 'sturdier' but are they better?

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 03:20:38 GMT

Lime has provided a sneak peek of its latest electric scooter model, and Stuff was there for a test ride.

RedDoorz raises $70M to expand its budget hotel network in Southeast Asia

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:23:31 +0000

Singapore-based budget hotel booking startup RedDoorz is tiny in comparison to fast-growing giant Oyo. But it is holding its ground and winning the trust of an ever growing number of investors. On Monday, the four-year-old startup announced it has raised $70 million in Series C financing round, less than five months after it closed its […]

Lime set to roll out larger 'safer' electric scooters

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:10:53 GMT

The latest electric scooters have larger wheels, mountain bike suspension and a back brake.

The Bugatti Centodieci is a $8.9 million homage to the early 90s EB110 supercar

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 23:07:34 +0000

The Bugatti Centodieci is the French automaker’s most powerful supercar yet — coming in a skosh above the Chiron at 1,600 horsepower. But it’s not just the power — or the $8.9 million price tag — that makes the Centodieci stand out. The angular supercar, still dotted with the signature Bugatti design elements, tips its […]

Sneak preview: Lime's super-sized Generation 3 e-scooter

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:34:59 +1200

Lime's third-generation or G3 e-scooter is on its way to Auckland.The US-based company can't give an exact date for a mass rollout, but its NZ public affairs manager Lauren Mentjox says G3s have just been released in Berlin, with...

NZ video gaming billion-dollar export industry by 2024: report

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:04:56 +1200

New Zealand's interactive media and games sector could create a billion-dollar export industry by 2024, a new report outlining the sector reveals.Interactive Aotearoa, a report produced by the New Zealand Game Developers Association...

Tesla pitches a solar rental program to boost its renewable energy business

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 20:48:35 +0000

Tesla is pitching customers on a new rental offering for solar power as a way to revive the flagging fortunes of its renewable energy business. Once among the largest installers of renewables in the country through SolarCity, Tesla has seen its share of the market decline significantly since its acquisition of SolarCity three years ago. […]

Spark Sport suffers Premier League glitch - for second weekend in a row

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:39:53 +1200

Spark Sport's dress-rehearsal for the Rugby World Cup continues to be wobbly at times, while rival Sky Sport Now seems to have had a solid debut.The new streaming service's second weekend of English Premier League football saw problems...

Today's must-have home gadgets

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Smarten up at home with today’s groovy gadgets.

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Wu Assassins’ is a punching, kicking delight

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:00:05 +0000

When we reviewed “Another Life” last week, we described it as an old-fashioned space show, something that’s been absent from TV for the past decade or so. “Wu Assassins” is another new Netflix series, and it’s also a kind of throwback — this time to ’90s martial arts series like “Vanishing Son” and “Kung Fu: […]

The mainstream media have still not learned the lessons of Gamergate

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:00:58 +0000

This week the New York Times published a five-years-later retrospective on Gamergate and its aftereffects, which is chilling and illuminating, and you should go read it. It makes an excellent case — several excellent written cases, actually — that “everything is Gamergate,” that it and its hate-screeching online mobs were the prototype for all the […]

Week in Review: Snapchat beats a dead horse

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:00:02 +0000

Hey. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how Netflix might have some rough times ahead as […]

Would the internet be a better place if no-one was anonymous?

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 06:15:31 GMT

"Monstrous" and "vicious" content online prompts calls to ban anonymity on social media.

Google employees call for pledge not to work with US immigration

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:25:29 +1200

Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the...

The billion-dollar race to become China's Amazon Twitch

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 08:42:59 +1200

Cameras flashed and fans screamed, as Liu Mou stepped into the spotlight on a sweltering summer evening. In the industrial heartland city of Wuhan, tens of thousands of spectators jam-packed the waterside strip that bore witness to...

NASA and SpaceX practice Crew Dragon evacuation procedure with astronaut recovery vessel

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:25:04 +0000

NASA and SpaceX continue their joint preparations for the eventually astronaut crew missions that SpaceX will fly for the agency, with a test of the emergency evacuation procedure for SpaceX’s GO Searcher seaborne ship. The ship is intended to be used to recover spacecraft and astronauts in an actual mission scenario, and the rehearsals this […]

Voyage’s driverless future, ghost work, B2B growth strategies, and Black Hat takeaways

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:00:52 +0000

Inside Voyage’s plan to deliver a driverless future In the autonomous vehicle space, startups have taken radically different strategies to building our AV future. Some companies like Waymo have driven all across different types of environments in order to rack up the datasets that they believe will be needed to effectively maneuver without a human […]

Streaming war is hell ... and expensive

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT

OPINION: I used to think we were all getting ripped off by Sky TV. Now I realise I never had it so good.

Govt agency leaves website open to 'catastrophic' hack attack

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Trade wars and state-sponsored cyber hackers are increasingly testing NZ's spy agencies.

Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:25:44 +0000

Ikea’s smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered – now the Swedish home goods brand says it’s going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company’s smart home endeavors began in 2012, and focused on wireless charging and smart lighting. It’s iterated in both […]

SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as $20 billion to invest in its VC fund

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:59:12 +0000

SoftBank has a plan to loan up to $20 billion to its employees, including CEO Masayoshi Son, for the purposes of having that capital re-invested in SoftBank’s own Vision venture fund, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. That’s a highly unusual move that could be risky in terms of how much […]

Next Apple Watch could include new ceramic and titanium models

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:22:25 +0000

Apple’s next Apple Watch revision could include new materials for the case, including titanium and ceramic. That’s according to new assets pulled form the latest watchOS beta release, as uncovered by Brazilian site iHelp.br (via 9to5Mac). The new screens discovered in the beta show graphics used to pair the Apple Watch during setup, and list “Titanium […]

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:00:10 +0000

Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory. The research has implications for the immediate field of differential privacy and beyond — raising wide-ranging questions about […]

Startups Weekly: The mad dash to the public markets

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:00:36 +0000

In this week's newsletter: Meet the soon-to-be Y Combinator graduates

Family trapped after Warkworth car crash escapes using keyring Resqme rescue tool

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:23:45 GMT

Mum uses keyring rescue tool to free herself and two sons from crashed car, after it landed upside down in a stream.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:46:10 +0000

It’s true, you’ve got the Galaxy Note to thank for your big phone. When the device hit the scene at IFA 2011, large screens were still a punchline. That same year, Steve Jobs famously joked about phones with screens larger than four inches, telling a crowd of reporters, “nobody’s going to buy that.” In 2019, […]

Flexible stick-on sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:30:32 +0000

As people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealth of phsyiological data.

ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:39:08 +0000

Businesses need to understand cause and effect: Someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That’s why many of them turn to analytics — but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can’t answer that question accurately. “Every analytics platform today is still based […]

LA-based Upfront Ventures has two new general partners, bringing its GP count to eight

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:54:37 +0000

Upfront Ventures, the 23-year-old, LA-based venture capital firm, is gearing up for far more deal-making. In addition to filing paperwork with the SEC this summer to raise its third growth-stage investment fund (it is also investing a $400 million early-stage fund and probably announcing another soon), the firm just added two new general partners to […]

Daily Crunch: Cloudflare is going public

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:19:07 +0000

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Cloudflare files for initial public offering The web infrastructure company has recently found itself at the center of political debates around […]

How ‘ghost work’ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:04:24 +0000

The phrase “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” was originally meant sarcastically. It’s not actually physically possible to do — especially while wearing Allbirds and having just fallen off a Bird scooter in downtown San Francisco, but I should get to my point. This week, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting Director of the United States […]

Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:20:25 +0000

Any first responder knows that situational awareness is key. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed doors. That’s why Megan Lacy, Corbin Hennen and Rob Kleffner developed Lumineye, a 3D-printed radar device that uses signal analysis software to differentiate moving and […]

TransferWise brings zero-fee international currency debit card to NZ

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT

OPINION: Good news for travelling Kiwis. There's a way to avoid card fees while you're abroad.

Why a digital detox can make you feel worse

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 02:00:00 GMT

Tech-free travellers can experience withdrawal symptoms and feelings of anxiety and isolation, study shows.

Esports arena opens at Waikato University

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:27:57 GMT

Waikato University has grabbed pole position in the race to embrace the billion-dollar esports industry.

Instagram accidentally deleted 'likes' from users' posts

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:54:40 GMT

Thanks to a bug, Instagram users found likes totally removed from their feed.

Capital One hacker charged with one of the biggest data thefts in history

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:08:49 GMT

A US software engineer is accused of stealing data from millions of customers.

How to stream Spark Sport on your TV: Watch the RWC on your TV

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT

OPINION: Here's several of the best (and easiest) ways to watch Spark Sport on your TV, including the RWC.

Man in stand-off with Spark over 13m cell site fears for family's health

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 05:16:40 GMT

A homeowner refuses to move after parking his car in the spot where Spark plans to install a new mast.

I, Robot: Wellington man implants chip in himself for new powers

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:00:35 +1200

You might have chipped your pet, but would you chip yourself?Wellington man Ryan Wolstenholme has joined the "biohacker" or "grinder" craze that's picking up steam worldwide, merging man (or woman) and machine.The Xero software...

VR gets real with trades training

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:50:29 +1200

JBA founder and CEO James Coddington says the construction sector is currently 55,000 people short - and he saw virtual reality (VR) as the key to accelerating recruitment and training in a bid to plug the gap. The Ministry of Social...

Kiwi shoe company Allbirds opens its first New Zealand store

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:55:54 GMT

Allbirds uses Auckland inspiration to create store focused on details.

Friends made online aren't a replacement for real-life communities

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:59:31 GMT

OPINION: Is picking and choosing friends online better than being mates with whoever you happen to live near?

Some Apple laptops banned from US flights for fire risk

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:24:12 GMT

The battery on the 2015 Apple MacBook Pro laptops could catch fire.

MetService asking public for feedback on new website

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT

More towns, specialised forecasts, and clearer indications of likely extreme weather are part of the site's revamp.

Facebook paid people to transcribe users' audio chats

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:05:47 GMT

Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from those using its services.

Sky Sport Now passes first major test

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:42:01 +1200

Sky TV's new sports streaming service seems to have passed its first major test: this morning's livestream of the Uefa Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea.Sky Sport Now is a rebranded, boosted version of the former Fanpass.It...

Customer stunned after Amazon parcel thrown though upstairs window

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:02:57 +1200

A woman has been left stunned after an Amazon delivery driver hurled a box of light bulbs through her upstairs window.Leicestershire woman Claudine McLaren returned home on Monday to find a note at her door saying her parcel had...

Tumblr to be sold for well below former billion-dollar value after porn removed from site

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:34:59 +1200

Verizon is selling blogging and meme platform Tumblr to the parent company of blogger platform Wordpress, reportedly for a fraction of the US$1.1 billion ($1.7b) it was purchased for six years ago.Tumblr is well known for having...

An avocado time machine? What are young people thinking up in the realm of science and technology?

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:36:02 +1200

A prize pool of $5000 is at stake for 80 young budding scientists at this year's regional science and technology fair.More than 80 students from eight Bay of Plenty schools have entered this year's annual National Institute of Water...

Two new high-tech air ambulance helicopters launched for South Island service

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:15:21 +1200

Two new air ambulance helicopters are being launched in the South Island today.It's the first time the state-of-the-art aircraft have been used in New Zealand for emergency medicine purposes.New Zealand's Health Minister Hon Dr...

Govt too blase about AI threat, visiting professor warns

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:37:29 +1200

London School of Economics professor Robert Wade says officials in Wellington are too blase about the impact of artificial intelligence, one of four factors he sees contributing to how the "Trump era" could last 30 years. Wade made...

Auckland Transport's $4.5m project could mean 8000 cameras watching the city

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:48:49 +1200

By Phil Pennington for RNZ Auckland authorities are paving the way to add hundreds, if not thousands, more CCTV cameras to the network across the city.Auckland Transport (AT) says improving public safety is the crux.But a...

Amazon's autonomous robots have started delivering packages in Southern California

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:24:39 +1200

For much of this year, a fleet of Amazon Scouts, mini tank-like delivery vehicles about the size of a cooler, have traversed residential neighborhoods in a Seattle suburb to deliver packages. READ MORE: • 'Kiwi' delivery...

Strongest call yet for overhaul of 'outdated' genetic engineering laws

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:30:00 +1200

New Zealand's top scientific body has joined calls for an overhaul of genetic engineering (GE) laws, after finding an "urgent need" for a fresh look at how we might use the contentious technology.The Prime Minister's chief science...

Leaked letter reveals Huawei threat to pull out of NZ

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:47:00 +1200

In a letter to GCSB Minister Andrew Little and Communications Minister Kris Faafoi - leaked to Newstalk ZB - Huawei says that if it continues to be blocked from 5G upgrades, it may exit the New Zealand market.The letter, from Huawei...

UK crackdown: Facebook could be fined 5% of revenue for toxic videos

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:59:58 +1200

Instagram Facebook and YouTube face fines of millions of pounds for showing harmful videos under the Government's first crackdown on social media, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.The British Government will give broadcasting watchdog...