Tagged: Technology

‘We don’t have enough developers’ – a homebaked remedy - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 23, 2015

There’s more than one way to bake the cake of “we don’t have enough developers”. Universities produce some, polytechs some others. Many are self-taught. Enspiral in Wellington through its Dev Academy has a fulltime nine week course that turns non-coders into people with digital development skills, ready for employment, open to much more learning. Industry Connect in Auckland has taken … Read More

Hats off to the ‘inventor’ of the combined IT, hi-tech and biotech sectors - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 04, 2015

Finance Minister Bill English, speaking at the Wellington launch of the 11thTIN100 report, gave Greg Shanahan and his team what amounts to a pretty nice endorsement. “You effectively invented this sector,” English said at the Thursday 29 October gathering at NZX’s relatively new presentation space. Which, as we’ve all come to habitually expect each October, is a reminder … Read More

Visualising 268,000 tonnes of floating plastic in the world’s oceans - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 12, 2014

by Laurent Lebreton, data scientist at dumpark A recent study on marine plastic pollution published in the journal PlosOne estimates that some 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing more than 268.000 tonnes are floating on the world’s oceans. Over a six-year period, researchers from six different countries collected plastic density data from 24 expeditions into the five main oceanic basins … Read More

Can Obama turn rhetoric into action on climate change? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 22, 2013

I just stood in the cold on the National Mall in Washington D.C. along with 600,000 people to listen to Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. The National Mall in all its glory photo: Peter Griffin Factions of the media have analyzed it as a very “progressive” or “liberal” speech. I didn’t take that away from it. For me it … Read More

The biggest tech fest in the world - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 07, 2013

I’m about to leave for Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, which sets the tone annually for the year in terms of what technology will hit the market. The Vuzix M100 I’ll be posting updates throughout the week from CES here and at Listener Online, so keep an eye on the websites or follow my twitter feed … Read More

World’s first smartphone for senior citizens - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Jul 24, 2012

With an advanced touchscreen, big icons, automatic sound adjustment during phone calls in noisy places, is waterproof, has an 8 megapixel camera, and a 4-inch display, the Raku-Raku Smartphone F-12D is getting ready to hit shop shelves in August in Japan.   The smartphone was developed by Fujitsu and will be sold by Japan’s largest mobile phone operator … Read More

World’s tallest tower becomes Tokyo’s new icon - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi May 25, 2012

The world’s tallest tower Tokyo Skytree opened to the public this week.  The broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower uses some of the latest technologies developed by Japanese companies. I read a story outlining a few of the highlights, and here they are: Control device at tip: At the top of the tower (634 metres up) is a vibration control device which … Read More