Call for drivers to leave the phone alone

Growing concerns over phone use behind the wheel have led to a campaign to encourage drivers to leave the phone alone. Vodafone and the Automobile Association have enlisted the talents of popular Kiwi personalities, How to DAD and The Cougar Boys,...... Read More

Facebook down, NZ cops say not to ring them

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram are down for users around the world, with Facebook confirming it is not because of a cyber-attack. Facebook acknowledged the outage just before 7am NZT, and posted again saying it wasn't because of a denial-of-service...... Read More

Social media down for users

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram are reportedly down for users around the world. People are taking to Twitter to say they are unable to access the websites and apps. Some users trying to access Facebook were met with a message saying "Facebook...... Read More

Momo challenge likely a hoax; warnings heeded

An online game said to encourage children to self-harm is likely a hoax, but that hasn't stopped agencies in New Zealand and overseas sounding the alarm. The game reportedly involves a puppet-like character called Momo that pops up in YouTube videos...... Read More

TCC online services repaired

The Tauranga City Council’s online systems have been restored after a digger cut through a fibre cable on Cameron Road last night. Tauranga City Council posted on their Facebook page this morning confirming the issue had been fixed. “UPDATE:...... Read More

Digger cuts cable; causes network issues at TCC

UPDATED 6.59PM: Tauranga City Council says its network will be back up and running by the morning. Tauranga City Council's fibre network was accidentally damaged. A digger cut through the fibre cable on Cameron Road. "Council contractors...... Read More

Powerco’s new radio technology boosts safety

The safety of fault crews working across Powerco’s vast electricity network has been greatly improved thanks to new voice radio technology. In what is the largest, industry standard, private digital mobile radio network deployment in New Zealand,...... Read More

Drone on Mount beach halts flight

A drone flying over Mount Maunganui beach closed the Tauranga airport for 15 minutes on Wednesday morning. Airways NZ spokeswoman Emma Lee says the drone was spotted by a pilot arriving into Tauranga from Wellington at 9.45am. Emma says the airspace...... Read More

Interactive device you can operate with your mouth

Imagine a device that feels like and is no bigger than a piece of chewing gum, which allows you to answer the phone simply by biting down on it. We now have the technology with ChewIt, a novel interface developed by the Augmented Human Lab team at...... Read More

When machine learning, Twitter and te reo merge

Researchers have whittled down a massive 8 million tweets, to a more manageable 1.3 million to look at how te reo Maori is being used in the genre. The team from the University of Waikato have focused on 77 Maori loanwords (te reo Maori words used...... Read More

Cable fault causes Bethlehem power cut

UPDATED 10.30AM: A fault in an electricity cable caused a power cut in Bethlehem overnight. Powerco Network Operations manager Phil Marsh says the fault occurred at 11.40pm. "It affected 790 customers. "Full supply was restored at 1.56am....... Read More

It’s not a drone, it’s an RPAS

  You will hear it before you see it, like a pesky little fly zooming in and out of the scenery.   Lightweight and fast, this flying machine can do extraordinary things with the right attachments. But calling it a drone is a big no-no in...... Read More

New technology could reduce fatalities - expert

New, world-first technology which is able to capture images of drivers using mobile phones could help reduce the number of fatalities on NZ roads according to an industry expert. The mobile phone detection cameras were recently installed around Sydney...... Read More

Kiwi taxpayers being targeted by scammers

Inland Revenue is advising customers to always use its secure online services to update bank details and avoid scammers who target Kiwi taxpayers. Automatic tax refunds are coming this year and in the last month two e-mail scams surfaced asking taxpayers...... Read More

Police warn of phone scam

Police are asking people to be wary of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to work for the NZ Police and Spark NZ. Ironically, the caller claims to be targeting internet fraud. Acting Senior Sergeant Beth Purcell says the victim is asked...... Read More