Apple: Making it beautiful (but hard) since way back

Some of our initiatives to encourage digitisation have an early-2000s feel about them.

5:00 AM  OPINION: With the notification that my new iPad had arrived, it was time for me to get ready to sign into my account. Which is where my tale of woe began.

Instagram pausing Instagram Kids, eyes changes

Instagram says it's better for children under 13 to have a specific platform for age-appropriate content and will pause ...

Instagram is putting a pause on the development of Instagram kids, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about access and content.

Security onsite as Spark resumes controversial 4G tower build video

A security vehicle parked outside the Havelock North Spark tower site as work is set to recommence on Monday.

The build of a 4G cellphone tower resumed on Monday and is expected to take ten working days.

Microsoft's six big announcements

The Surface Pro 8.

With the Windows 11 release date just around the corner, Microsoft announced a new touchscreen-based lineup, designed with the new system in mind.

What are the new frontiers of war?

China is building a hypersonic wind-tunnel in Beijing to help it test faster aircraft at up to 30 times the speed of sound.

Imagine a flying machine-gun that can recognise faces – and pick its own targets. Or a new kind of computer able to calculate in seconds what a supercomputer would take millennia to solve.

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Housing crisis looks to claim another scalp: the video games industry video

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It could be a billion dollar industry by 2025 — unless a brutal housing crisis intervenes.

The great Wellington techxodus

Mario Wynands is setting up a new office in Colombia, in order to grow his company.

Tech execs can't wait any longer for the borders to open, so they are setting up shop overseas, pulling jobs, growth and innovation away from the capital.

Best of lockdown Zoom fails video

Kea Kids News reporters find the best and funniest Zoom fails of the recent lockdowns.

From interrupting pets to accidental toilet trips, here are the Zoom calls making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Worsening chip woes to cost automakers almost $300 billion

The hit carmakers are taking from the ongoing semiconductor shortage keeps getting worse.

The cost of the ongoing semiconductor shortage has ballooned by more than 90 per cent, pushing the total hit to 2021 revenue for the world's automakers to almost $300 billion.

iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max review

Apple iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max: The best smartphones you can buy in 2021.

The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are the same smartphones, just in different sizes. They’re also the best smartphones you can buy in 2021.

iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 mini review

Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone mini

The iPhone 13 (and iPhone 13 mini) are the same phones with different screen and battery sizes. That’s it.

Ford invests in electric vehicle battery recycling company

A Ford logo is seen on signage at Country Ford in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Ford Motor Co. is investing $50 ...

Ford is investing in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company started by a former Tesla executive.

iPad mini review (2021): A lot better, in a lot of ways

After two years without an update, Apple has brought the iPad mini in-line with its most recent style sheet.

After two years without an update, Apple has brought the iPad mini in-line with its 2020/2021 style sheet.

Auckland Niueans take up TikTok challenge to boost vaccinations video

Mone Lakatani, from the Niue Auckland community, sparked a TikTok dance challenge to encourage vaccination.

The TikTok challenge uses Niuean song Heke mai kae o – Jump on, let's go – to call on people to get the Covid-19 jab.

Avoid Chinese smart phones, Lithuania says

A number of Xiaomi products are available in New Zealand.

Relations between Lithuania and China sour further, as officials in the European nation raise concerns about “substantive cybersecurity risks” in Chinese-made smartphones.

digital living

Apple: Making it beautiful (but hard) since way back

Some of our initiatives to encourage digitisation have an early-2000s feel about them.

5:00 AM  OPINION: With the notification that my new iPad had arrived, it was time for me to get ready to sign into my account. Which is where my tale of woe began.

Side-eyeing toddler meme fetches over US$74,000 in cryptocurrency

Chloe Clem didn't know her facial expression would become an internet sensation. And she certainly didn't know it would make her family rich.

Council's Zoom meeting goes viral as people pretend they're in it

Housing crisis looks to claim another scalp: the video games industry video

gadgets

iPad mini review (2021): A lot better, in a lot of ways

After two years without an update, Apple has brought the iPad mini in-line with its most recent style sheet.

After two years without an update, Apple has brought the iPad mini in-line with its 2020/2021 style sheet.

The iPhone 13 is not revolutionary, but it's what everyone wanted

Seen on the screen of a device, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 13 smartphones during a virtual event held ...

OPINION: While it may not be the industry-changing solution to the world’s computing and communication problems, it’s still a solid smartphone.

Apple's latest product launch: everything you need to know

As expected, the new iPhone 13 devices featured upgrades to all the areas that people care most about.

Apple has announced four new iPhone 13 smartphones, a redesigned Apple Watch 7, a new iPad and iPad mini.

Apple banks on evolution with four iPhone 13 handsets

It’s a case of evolution rather than revolution for the newly revealed iPhone 13 family of handsets.

Apple has officially revealed the iPhone 13 family of handsets, putting to bed 335 days of speculation which began as soon as the iPhone 12 was unveiled.

Games

Animated 'Super Mario Bros' movie casts Chris Pratt, Seth Rogen, and more

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The animated film is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2022. Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, and Anya Taylor-Joy have also been cast.

New video game stars wahine Māori video

Māori heroine, Maia, is the focus of a new game that's rich and finely detailed in te ao Māori.

The game developer hopes Guardian Maia wil inspire more indigenous video gamers.

Telly's still tops despite more Kiwis turning to podcasts, subscription video on demand video

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There's an ongoing trend of young Kiwis moving away from traditional media such as TV and radio, new research finds, but TV is still what we're watching most.

What would our cities look like in Minecraft? video

Reporter Isabella Powick, 10, checks out the Minecraft builds to see if she can recognise some familiar landmarks.

People around the globe have united for a special mission: to recreate the entire world in Minecraft. They’re even building Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Auckland Niueans take up TikTok challenge to boost vaccinations video

Mone Lakatani, from the Niue Auckland community, sparked a TikTok dance challenge to encourage vaccination.

The TikTok challenge uses Niuean song Heke mai kae o – Jump on, let's go – to call on people to get the Covid-19 jab.

It's worth weeding out the garden gems on YouTube

Studio Home’s The Magic of Gardening series aimed to a focus on the atmosphere and people who made some of Marlborough’s ...

Despite years of pruning my roses, the annual cut back never happens without a quick refresher via YouTube tutorials.

There's no escape from Facebook, even if you don't use it

So what can you do to stop Facebook from following you? The whole problem with monopolies is that they leave consumers ...

OPINION: Your privacy is the price of Facebook's monopoly. Here’s how it keeps raising that price.

What exactly is the metaverse?

The metaverse isn't a new idea, but it has been gaining a lot more traction lately.

OPINION: The metaverse is a shared, maximalist, and organic idea that the tech industry is consciously (and subconsciously) working towards.

apps

Crowdsourcing wait times at Auckland fast food joints in level 3 video

Take-out is back on the menu in alert level 3 in Auckland.

Before you duck out for your morning hash brown, it might pay to check on the wait time at your local fast food joint.

Police create own te reo Māori app video

Police staff can use the app to hear Māori words repeated back to them and for guidance.

The app, called Eke Tangaroa, provided guidance for pōwhiri, mihimihi and pēpeha, the police’s haka, as well as waiata and karakia and pronunciation help.

How vaccine passports could impact festivals, cafes, work and our freedom video

Homegrown says it’s waiting for Government advice on vaccine requirements.

The Government plans to have vaccine passports introduced by December. They've been hugely controversial across the world, but could become part of everyday life.

The best ways to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori from home video

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We wrap up the best apps, music, playlists, podcasts, and shows for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

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