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    Engineer creates special package to coat porch pirates in glitter, fart spray

    Engineer creates special package to coat porch pirates in glitter, fart spray


    Mark Rober's muse was a package thief.Two package thieves, to be exact, both of whom had made off with a delivery from his California porch one day in broad daylight, about seven months ago.Indignant, Rober - a former NASA...

    Mark Rober's muse was a package thief.Two package thieves, to be exact, both of whom had made off with a delivery from his California porch one day in broad daylight, about seven months ago.Indignant, Rober - a former NASA engineer...
    Ola reveals numbers as it takes on Uber and Zoomy in NZ

    Ola reveals numbers as it takes on Uber and Zoomy in NZ


    Ridesharing newcomer Ola says it's signed up 4,000 drivers and clocked 25,000 rides since it launched in NZ on November 6. The Indian-founded company has used a 9 per cent commission rate to lure drivers, significantly...

    Ridesharing newcomer Ola says it's signed up 4,000 drivers and clocked 25,000 rides since it launched in NZ on November 6. The Indian-founded company has used a 9 per cent commission rate to lure drivers, significantly under-cutting...
    Team NZ brings Genesis on board as energy sponsor for America's Cup

    Team NZ brings Genesis on board as energy sponsor for America's Cup


    Genesis has been confirmed as the official energy sponsor for Emirates Team New Zealand in the lead up to the America's Cup.This appointment sees the company repeat its role as the chosen sponsor, following its initial...

    Genesis has been confirmed as the official energy sponsor for Emirates Team New Zealand in the lead up to the America's Cup.This appointment sees the company repeat its role as the chosen sponsor, following its initial appointment...
    NZ trial involving patients from Canterbury offers new hope against severe mood disorders

    NZ trial involving patients from Canterbury offers new hope against severe mood disorders


    Researchers are eyeing a fresh way to help Kiwis battling with severe mood disorders.Depression remains the leading cause of disability worldwide, while bipolar disorder presently ranked fourth on the World Health...

    Researchers are eyeing a fresh way to help Kiwis battling with severe mood disorders.Depression remains the leading cause of disability worldwide, while bipolar disorder presently ranked fourth on the World Health Organisation's...
    Juha Saarinen: Why it's likely you have been hacked

    Juha Saarinen: Why it's likely you have been hacked


    COMMENT: "Marriott values our guests and understands the importance of protecting your personal information," is the first line of the long notification email sent over the weekend to hundreds of millions of Starwood hotel...

    COMMENT: "Marriott values our guests and understands the importance of protecting your personal information," is the first line of the long notification email sent over the weekend to hundreds of millions of Starwood hotel guests...
    Google fail: Giant shuts down its censored China search engine project

    Google fail: Giant shuts down its censored China search engine project


    Google has effectively suspended plans to develop a censored search engine for China following internal rifts over the controversial project, according to a report from investigative news site The Intercept.Google was forced...

    Google has effectively suspended plans to develop a censored search engine for China following internal rifts over the controversial project, according to a report from investigative news site The Intercept.Google was forced to...
    Spark gives up its majority stake in Southern Cross Cable as Telstra buys in

    Spark gives up its majority stake in Southern Cross Cable as Telstra buys in


    Spark says Telstra is buying into the company that controls the Southern Cross Cable - a move that will see the Kiwi telco's majority stake watered down to a minority holding.Today, Spark owns 50.01 per cent Southern Cross...

    Spark says Telstra is buying into the company that controls the Southern Cross Cable - a move that will see the Kiwi telco's majority stake watered down to a minority holding.Today, Spark owns 50.01 per cent Southern Cross Cable,...
    Kiwis going mobile-only for calls, embracing fibre for broadband

    Kiwis going mobile-only for calls, embracing fibre for broadband


    Asking someone for their home number is becoming a thing of the past.Some 40 per cent of households have gone mobile-only no longer have a landline - at least one used for voice calls.That's one of the findings of the...

    Asking someone for their home number is becoming a thing of the past.Some 40 per cent of households have gone mobile-only no longer have a landline - at least one used for voice calls.That's one of the findings of the Commerce...
    Government scraps Chief Technology Officer role in favour of 'a small group'

    Government scraps Chief Technology Officer role in favour of 'a small group'


    The Government has abandoned its vexed search for a Chief Technology Officer in favour of "a small group of people" to assist it in mapping policy to guide New Zealand's digital technology environment.The decision, announced...

    The Government has abandoned its vexed search for a Chief Technology Officer in favour of "a small group of people" to assist it in mapping policy to guide New Zealand's digital technology environment.The decision, announced to...
    Lab-grown kidneys move closer to reality

    Lab-grown kidneys move closer to reality


    A renowned Kiwi scientist's research could point the way to bio-engineering new kidneys.The bean-shaped organs play a crucial role by filtering waste from all of the blood in our bodies – and as frequently as several times a...

    A renowned Kiwi scientist's research could point the way to bio-engineering new kidneys.The bean-shaped organs play a crucial role by filtering waste from all of the blood in our bodies – and as frequently as several times a day.But...
    'Kiwi' delivery robot goes up in flames

    'Kiwi' delivery robot goes up in flames


    A "KiwiBot" delivery robot went up in flames on the University of California's Berkeley campus - highlighting the risks of lithium polymer batteries that have become popular in gadgets from drones to e-scooters.The robot was...

    A "KiwiBot" delivery robot went up in flames on the University of California's Berkeley campus - highlighting the risks of lithium polymer batteries that have become popular in gadgets from drones to e-scooters.The robot was created...
    Underwater robots help NZ prepare for next marine disaster

    Underwater robots help NZ prepare for next marine disaster


    Scientists are deploying underwater drones to prepare for New Zealand's next marine disaster.As the Rena disaster dramatically showed, one of the biggest challenges for response teams was trying to work out how - and where -...

    Scientists are deploying underwater drones to prepare for New Zealand's next marine disaster.As the Rena disaster dramatically showed, one of the biggest challenges for response teams was trying to work out how - and where - oil...
    Scientists delve into manuka flower microbes in bid to find honey's magic ingredient

    Scientists delve into manuka flower microbes in bid to find honey's magic ingredient


    Our understanding of gut health has ballooned as we've learned more about the communities of beneficial bugs that live within each of us.We now know this microbiome contributes to everything from immunity and obesity to mental...

    Our understanding of gut health has ballooned as we've learned more about the communities of beneficial bugs that live within each of us.We now know this microbiome contributes to everything from immunity and obesity to mental health.Now...
    Into the ice world: Antarctica's link to 'space weather'

    Into the ice world: Antarctica's link to 'space weather'


    Herald science reporter Jamie Morton is profiling a series of new studies taking place in Antarctica, before his return to the frozen continent next month. Today, he talks to Otago University's Dr James Brundell ....

    Herald science reporter Jamie Morton is profiling a series of new studies taking place in Antarctica, before his return to the frozen continent next month. Today, he talks to Otago University's Dr James Brundell . Piggy-backing...
    Why extended warranties are a waste of money - and the call for bigger fines

    Why extended warranties are a waste of money - and the call for bigger fines


    There's been a steady stream of warning letters and fines for retailers who sell extended warranties. Or, at least, those who sell them without meeting their legal obligation to inform a customer about the Consumer Guarantees...

    There's been a steady stream of warning letters and fines for retailers who sell extended warranties. Or, at least, those who sell them without meeting their legal obligation to inform a customer about the Consumer Guarantees Act...
    Spark and Vodafone deploy 'cops' and 'cows' to holiday black spots

    Spark and Vodafone deploy 'cops' and 'cows' to holiday black spots


    For most Kiwis, "going off the grid" means walking to the dairy and back without their phone. We get nervous when away from a cell signal for longer periods as we start to get that itch to check our email - or Facebook that...

    For most Kiwis, "going off the grid" means walking to the dairy and back without their phone. We get nervous when away from a cell signal for longer periods as we start to get that itch to check our email - or Facebook that feed...
    AI computer to deliver real time GDP data

    AI computer to deliver real time GDP data


    As we wait for Gross Domestic Product data to be released on Thursday, Massey University has launched a high tech real time GDP tracker which could revolutionise the way we keep track of the nation's economic progress.The...

    As we wait for Gross Domestic Product data to be released on Thursday, Massey University has launched a high tech real time GDP tracker which could revolutionise the way we keep track of the nation's economic progress.The GDPLive...
    AI plays a leading role

    AI plays a leading role


    Auckland has the opportunity to host smart buildings that are managed by data analytics and save plenty of money in power bills, writes Graham Skellern. Leading professional services firm Beca has dived into the exciting...

    Auckland has the opportunity to host smart buildings that are managed by data analytics and save plenty of money in power bills, writes Graham Skellern. Leading professional services firm Beca has dived into the exciting world...
    Christopher Niesche: Oz watchdog's move is a huge threat to Facebook and Google

    Christopher Niesche: Oz watchdog's move is a huge threat to Facebook and Google


    Out of every hundred dollars spent on digital advertising in Australia, $47 goes to Google and $21 goes to Facebook, leaving just $32 for every other social media site, search engine and news site to compete over.And when...

    Out of every hundred dollars spent on digital advertising in Australia, $47 goes to Google and $21 goes to Facebook, leaving just $32 for every other social media site, search engine and news site to compete over.And when Australians...
    What do people on Twitter say they want?

    What do people on Twitter say they want?


    Twitter users upload about 6000 tweets per second, and somewhere in the morass is a reflection of their deepest desires. We collected roughly 600 million posts from 2018 to understand what humans crave and adore.To extract the...

    Twitter users upload about 6000 tweets per second, and somewhere in the morass is a reflection of their deepest desires. We collected roughly 600 million posts from 2018 to understand what humans crave and adore.To extract the most...