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Honda creates lawnmower with top speed over 190km/h

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:34:20 +1200

Honda is building a super lawnmower able to cut grass at speeds of up to 160km/h.The Mean Mower Mk. 2 will aim to retake the crown of the world's fastest mower from a Norwegian outfit that managed 214km/h on a modified Viking T6...

Media Files:|caption=Honda's super mower is claimed to be able to top 200km/h. Photo / Supplied

Why virtual reality cannot match the real thing

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1200

Suppose you were offered the opportunity to hook yourself up to a machine that would give you all the experiences you desire. Using this technology you could have the sensations of climbing Mt Everest, enjoying great sex with a good...

Media Files:|caption=Rembrandt, Self-portrait, 1660. Photo / Wikimedia Commons

Why the tech bubble is ready to burst

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:17:58 +1200

We are deep into the tech bubble now. I remember the feeling from last time. It is like missing a train — a sense that everyone else is going somewhere extremely important and you're missing out.You can see this bubble in crypto-currencies...

Media Files:|caption=You can see the bubble in crypto-currencies and the stockmarket. Picture / Getty Images

Nine entrants, five finalists in Ballance Farm Environment Awards, Tararua dairy farm wins

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:31:30 +1200

A dairy farm milking 720 Friesian/Jersey cross cows once a day has been named the supreme winner in this year's Ballance Farm Environment Awards.It's Andrew Hardie and Helen Long's Te Maunga Farm, 428ha east of Dannevirke. The two...

Media Files:|caption=Helen Long and Andrew Hardie accept the supreme Ballance Farm Environment Award. Photo / Supplied

Angela Phillips: Seven myths of the social media age

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +1200

The internet was expected to renew democracy, tackle the hegemony of the monopoly news providers and draw us all into a global community. Over the past six months, that idea has been undermined by a new myth which suggests that democracy...

Media Files:|caption=Democracy will be strengthened if we learn how to use the internet wisely. Photo / Getty Images

Facebook sorry for 'sick', 'disturbing' child abuse suggestions

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:42:04 +1200

Facebook has apologised after suggesting videos of child sex abuse to users in its search results.The social media giant said it was "very sorry" after a range of sickening messages showed up in the site's search bar overnight.Users...

Media Files:|caption=Facebook has been forced to apologise after sickening suggestions appeared in its search box.] Photo / 123rf

Study reveals magnetic pole 'wobble' has been growing for 1000 years

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:55:16 +1200

There's a growing gap in the Earth's defences.We've known for more than a century that our planet's magnetic field has been weakening.It's what gives us our north and south poles, reports .This powers our compasses.It's...

Media Files:|caption=This image was taken by the Doris instrument on-board the satellite known as Jason-1. Photo / Cnes/CLS

Child psychotherapist: Parents damaging kids with too much screen time

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +1200

Three-year-old Jack* is lying on his tummy on the carpet. He's propped up by his elbows and in his tiny hands is his most treasured possession - his mother's iPhone.He's watching a YouTube video of a boy, dressed as Batman, riding...

Media Files:|caption=Child psychotherapist and attachment expert Augustina Driessen. Photo / Andrew Warner

School reports make way for online 'real-time' technology

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +1200

School reports as we know them are on the way out, as schools "liberated" from national standards use online and other methods to involve parents in their children's learning.More than 100 schools have signed up for a new online...

Media Files:|caption=Helen Varney still uses little cars in a "reading rocket" (pictured behind her) to track students' reading, but says she doesn't need national standards. Photo / Simon Collins

Weird Science: Can second-hand stress change our brains?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +1200

Other people's stress may change our brains in the same way that our own stress does.That's been suggested by a Canadian study in mice that gives more credence to the theory that stress can be contagious.But whether it has lasting...

Media Files:|caption=Is the stress of others contagious? Research suggests so. Photo / 123RF

Kim Dotcom, NFL star and rappers including Drake break record playing video game

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:59:53 +1200

A livestream of internet mogul Kim Dotcom, an NFL star and rappers, including Drake, playing a video game has broken records with more than 600,000 people tuning in.The fun began when Canadian rapper Drake tweeted his 36.9 million...

Media Files:|caption=Kim Dotcom was in disbelief about playing the video game with Canadian rapper Drake. Photo / Greg Bowker

Streaming giant Spotify sets April 3 date for sharemarket float

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:12:26 +1200

Spotify will make its Wall Street debut at the beginning of next month, the music streaming giant announced today, as it laid out its case to investors ahead of the most hotly anticipated technology flotation of the year.The Swedish...

Media Files:|caption=Spotify, the world's largest streaming company, will go public on April 3 when it lists on the New York Stock Exchange. Photo / File

Jonny Wilkinson: Driving on autopilot, a troublesome telco and mindfulness

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:15:57 +1200

It's amazing what one can do on autopilot. Recently I was driving along listening to RNZ, which was broadcasting an interview with Alex Pressman, the seaweed man. He was talking about biology, fungus and the world's food supply....

Media Files:|caption=Portrait of Professor Stephen Hawking at The Cambridge Union in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Getty Images

Former lawyer builds sexual harassment bot to combat inapproporiate workplace behavior

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:20:00 +1200

A former lawyer who now heads legal tech start-up Automio has developed a bot that generates sexual harassment policies for businesses.Automio founder and ex-commercial lawyer Claudia King said the team began working on the free...

Media Files:|caption=Olivia Wensley, a former lawyer now works at legal start up Automio. Photo / Supplied

'Top 5, bottom 5': Ad executive slammed for ranking female colleagues' attractiveness

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:28:04 +1200

An executive at a top London advertising agency sent a sexist email to his entire office ranking female colleagues by attractiveness on International Women's Day.Paul Martin, a departing executive at the UK's The &Partnership, sent...

Media Files:|caption=Paul Martin said his email was intended to be 'ironic'. Picture / Supplied

Kiwi firms tech laggards versus overseas competitors

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:47:18 +1200

New Zealand small businesses are technology laggards compared to their peers in a swag of other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with owner satisfaction one of the few areas where Kiwi SMEs show above average scores, according...

Media Files:|caption=Russell Craig, National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand. Photo / File

Vodafone's tech incubator programme ready to help New Zealand start-ups go global

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:30:06 +1200

Vodafone's tech incubator programme is returning for its third year with the aim of helping tech start-ups achieve global success.Vodafone xone is a start-up accelerator and innovation lab which partners with early and late stage...

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Apple, Google take reputation hits for lackluster products in new poll

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:07:31 +1200

Consumers have lost some faith in Apple and Google products, according to an annual survey that looks at how average Americans view the 100 most talked-about brands.The reputations of the two tech giants both took a significant...

Media Files:|caption=Apple's expensive iPhone X price tag could have hurt the company's reputation in latest poll. Photo / Getty Images

Young hoiho's 470km hike wows scientists

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:35:39 +1200

Scientists tracking a group of young yellow-eyed penguins have been awed at one intrepid bird's 470km hike up the coast.Otago University researchers investigating the dramatically declining survival rates of the endangered species...

Media Files:|caption= One tagged juvenile yellow-eyed penguin, known as Takaraha, has travelled over 470 km. Image / Supplied

Elon Musk says Mars plan insurance against new Dark Age

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:56:48 +1200

Elon Musk believes humanity needs to establish a remote colony on Mars to safeguard the species against the threat of Earth devolving into a new Dark Age.It's a grim outlook he thinks will be more likely if we see another world...

Media Files:|caption=Billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX Elon Musk speaks at the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Adelaide. Photo / Getty Images