Esports industry in New Zealand 'hasn't even started'

Sean Kaiwai – AKA Gratisfaction – is New Zealand’s top-earning esports star.

5:00 AM  While Kiwi Esports stars are breaking through, the country's esports industry is falling behind. Even the wider gaming industry has a long way to go.

Digital tool shows obstacles rangatahi face and potential for opportunities video

The tool can be accessed online or on a phone app. (File photo)

A new digital tool that shows a snapshot of how young people in Aotearoa live provides the chance to make a change.

How safe are your smart home devices?

According to security expert Luis Corrons, it’s easy for cybercriminals to hack our at-home devices.

Make sure hackers can't find their way into your personal laptop via your smart fridge or washing machine.

Watch billionaire Elon Musk host SNL

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Billionaire Elon Musk made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut after a great deal of controversy.

Penny for your tweets

Twitter has launched a tip-jar feature to let people send money to creators online.

Twitter now has a tip jar that lets you collect money for posts

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SpaceX lands Starship spacecraft for the first time video

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully landed one of its Starship spacecraft prototypes.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully landed one of its Starship spacecraft prototypes, after a previous version exploded on impact.

Colt Express review

Colt Express is a fast-paced and rewarding board game with simple rules that allow anyone to sit down and play.

This fast-paced and rewarding board game has simple rules that allow anyone to sit down and play — and it's fun.

JBL Clip 4 review

JBL’s Clip 4 is an affordable, no-frills portable speaker, specifically designed to be taken outdoors.

A portable speaker that knows exactly what it’s trying to be: an affordable, no-frills speaker specifically designed to be taken outdoors.

Hilltop homeowners must pay $36,000 to get fibre up their street video

Residents at the top of Christchurch's Huntsbury Ave are upset they do not have access to fibre broadband. Enable has ...

A group of Christchurch residents 350 metres beyond the edge of the city's fibre broadband network face a costly bill to get connected.

Apple AirTags review

Apple seldom enters a market unless it thinks it can improve it, and that’s exactly what it’s done with the AirTags.

Tired of losing things? Get an AirTag and a billion devices will help look for your stuff.

Asus ROG Phone 5 review

The ROG Phone 5 is made for gaming first and smartphone stuff later.

The ROG Phone 5 isn’t your normal smartphone. This is a phone that’s made for gaming first and smartphone stuff later.

Next gen toilets: Automatic lids and self-cleaning video

The original smart toilets were a traditional toilet with a bidet attachment that allows you to control water and air ...

Smartphones, smart fridges and smart doorbells, and now even the humble loo is smartening up with a host of features you never knew you needed.

Facebook has finally made a decision on Trump ban — so what'll it be?

It's been four months since former president Donald Trump was last allowed to post on Facebook, after CEO Mark ...

Facebook's Oversight Board will announce on Thursday whether Donald Trump's account has been banned permanently. Here's everything you need to know.

Swedish buy-now-pay-later company Klarna launches in NZ

Klarna allows users to shop at a range of stores including those that have not signed up with Klarna, create wishlists, ...

Existing credit card and banking model 'broken', operator says.

When Amazon raises wages in the US, nearby firms follow suit

RWDSU representative Michael Foster promotes unionisation outside an Amazon facility in Alabama.

ANALYSIS: E-commerce company, now the world’s fifth-largest employer, wields huge power in the American labour market.

digital living

Esports industry in New Zealand 'hasn't even started'

Sean Kaiwai – AKA Gratisfaction – is New Zealand’s top-earning esports star.

5:00 AM  While Kiwi Esports stars are breaking through, the country's esports industry is falling behind. Even the wider gaming industry has a long way to go.

Apple's AirTag trackers made it frighteningly easy to 'stalk' me

OPINION: Along with helping you find lost items, AirTags could be used to covertly track everywhere you go — and that's a problem.

Caught on camera: Auckland drivers using phones to call, text video

What's the big deal about iOS 14.5?

gadgets

JBL Clip 4 review

JBL’s Clip 4 is an affordable, no-frills portable speaker, specifically designed to be taken outdoors.

A portable speaker that knows exactly what it’s trying to be: an affordable, no-frills speaker specifically designed to be taken outdoors.

Apple AirTags review

Apple seldom enters a market unless it thinks it can improve it, and that’s exactly what it’s done with the AirTags.

Tired of losing things? Get an AirTag and a billion devices will help look for your stuff.

Asus ROG Phone 5 review

The ROG Phone 5 is made for gaming first and smartphone stuff later.

The ROG Phone 5 isn’t your normal smartphone. This is a phone that’s made for gaming first and smartphone stuff later.

Truck driver's tablet may have caused fatal crash video

A coroner has said the placement of a tablet inside a truck served as a “significant distraction”.

The placement of a truck driver's tablet may have led to him becoming distracted, killing a woman in Auckland, coroner rules.

Games

Court documents reveal Fortnite made more than $12.5b between 2018 and 2019

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The figure's been revealed publicly due to the Epic v Apple trial that's got underway.

Death loop: Playstation 5’s new game Returnal is a horror show

Playstation 5’s Returnal will test your patience, your nerves, your commitment – and your itchy trigger finger.

REVIEW: Steel your nerves and get your itchy trigger finger ready if you want to survive the first big Playstation 5 game of the year.

Wāhine Māori view in new app series video

Renata said “the stories are a metaphor for life” and on how we engage as whānau then and now.

A new e-book, Aho Wahine, tells a series of interactive bilingual stories that breathe new life into the traditional stories of Aotearoa.

'A bridge too far': The line even Mortal Kombat won't cross

For all the world building and largely faithful rendering of fighters, what fans are really here for in Mortal Kombat is ...

For a bloody video game adaptation, Mortal Kombat plays up to its rating - but director Simon McQuoid says they drew the line at cutting some elements from the game.

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Facebook has finally made a decision on Trump ban — so what'll it be?

It's been four months since former president Donald Trump was last allowed to post on Facebook, after CEO Mark ...

Facebook's Oversight Board will announce on Thursday whether Donald Trump's account has been banned permanently. Here's everything you need to know.

An intercultural romance, on YouTube

Abbey and Money Singh met at work, and have documented their and their son Noah. They have a Youtube channel and social ...

Abbey and Money and their son Noah are the stars of The Modern Singhs.

Liverpool trio victims in social media abuse video

Liverpool's Sadio Mane is one of the players who have been targeted with abuse on social media.

English football club calls out "abhorrent racial abuse the morning after a football game" as players are targeted with emojis.

Personal information for more than 500 million Facebook users exposed online

One ex-Brethren member compares the church to North Korea: a dictatorship where one man has total control including of ...

Facebook says the leak involves “old” data stemming from a problem resolved in 2019, but the news has sparked renewed scrutiny about data privacy.

apps

New Google trial will send earthquake alerts to Android phones in New Zealand video

Google’s quake alert system for Android phones will be rolled out in New Zealand from April 28.

New Zealand is one of two countries trialling the warning system, which turns phones into seismographs with the potential to save lives in a major quake.

Facebook blocks skincare ads after founder posts about hemp crop video

Hark and Zander founder Kirsty Harkness at one of her experimental hemp growing operations in Marlborough

Hark and Zander wipes all hemp images from its ads for fear of being confused with marijuana products, but Facebook says all hemp ads are blocked on their site.

As iOS 14.5 rolls out, here’s everything new on your iPhone

The biggest change is App Tracking Transparency. All apps are now going to have to ask permission before tracking your ...

From new privacy controls to a workaround for Face ID while wearing a mask, the new software is more packed than your usual .5 update.

Facebook now has to ask permission to track your iPhone - here's how to stop it

Apple is finally forcing apps to come clean about a kind of surveillance they’ve been conducting on us for the past ...

With the new iOS 14.5 update, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

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