Technology

A beeping good idea for low-cost communication - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 25, 2010

Yesterday was intense. As a judge on the preliminary round of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, which pits teams of university students against each other in a bid to find the top four most innovative and potentially world-changing projects, it was a blur of powerpoint slides and Dragon’s Den-style questioning as we got through twenty 20-minute pitches in the course of the … Read More

Technology's Holy Trinity: Sex, bombs and burgers - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 23, 2010

My former New Zealand Herald colleague, Peter Nowak, now firmly ensconced back in Toronto at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has just published his first book and its based on an intriguing premise. Nowak has been poring over the annals of 20th century innovation and come to the conclusion that war, porn and fast food created a good deal of technology … Read More

Tait Electronics - The Scientist NZ

Aaron Small Feb 17, 2010

I read an interesting article in the Listener a while back about Tait Electronics, the Christchurch, New Zealand based designer and manufacturer of radio communications systems who this year turned 40.The story of Tait Communications, and Sir Angus Tai... Read More

Technology wins again… - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Feb 15, 2010

It was nice to hear this morning that someone actually has won the America's cup, and there is now the prospect of getting back to some proper racing again instead of slugging it out in a courtroom. In the end it was superior technology, rather than a superior legal team, that won the day for Oracle. (Though the two may … Read More

Google's fibre play – the key to NZ internet woes? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 12, 2010

Google’s corporate blog has already been the source of one jaw-dropping announcement this year – the internet giant’s promise to stop filtering results on the Google China web domain, risking its entire business in China. Now we have Google revealing plans to invest in a trial fibre-to-the-home network in the US that will reach 50,000 to 500,000 customers … Read More

Phitek Systems - The Scientist NZ

Aaron Small Feb 10, 2010

You may have heard of noise cancellation headphones that dramatically reduce ambient sound sources to create a more enjoyable listening experience. They are rather expensive, but if you have ever used a pair, you will know what I mean when I say they a... Read More

FTTH (Fibre to the Home), what’s happening? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Feb 09, 2010

Honestly the last few months have been void of interesting information in both Australia and New Zealand. Both NBN Co in Australia and Crown Fibre Holdings in NZ have been hiring people, getting themselves organised, but nothing much else to report. I just read this following interesting article… Otherwise not much else of note to pass on. Read More