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Editorial: Age of drones has a dangerous side

Editorial: Age of drones has a dangerous side

In the latest Mission Impossible film, a drone is used at one point to draw pursuers away from people being chased. It‘s a reminder of how drones can be used in ingenious ways. People‘s use of drones is still in its infancy and will expand over time. Drones are being used in plenty of positive ways. Just some examples: In […]

Elon Musk: Mars colony meeting attendees told to keep it ‘secret‘

Elon Musk: Mars colony meeting attendees told to keep it ‘secret‘

It was declared impossible just weeks ago: scientists studying Mars have found there‘s simply not enough frozen carbon dioxide or water there to create a viable atmosphere. Elon Musk immediately rejected the notion. With characteristic bravado, he asserted He gave no research to back his claim. Mars, it seems, had better not disappoint Musk. Advertisement It seems nothing is going […]

Customer service index: How New Zealand industries fare on the satisfaction front

Customer service index: How New Zealand industries fare on the satisfaction front

Consumers rate banks and airlines as the organisations with the best customer service, well ahead of retailers and telcos at the bottom of the pack, according to a new report. The Customer Experience Index, commissioned by digital agency Track, compares the performance of Kiwi companies in creating loyalty and delivering customer service. The research pulls together insights from more than […]

Scott Brown: KIWI Act is a big deal for both countries

Scott Brown: KIWI Act is a big deal for both countries

COMMENT: When I arrived as US Ambassador to New Zealand a little over a year ago, I set my top goal to strengthen the partnership between New Zealand and United States, especially on trade and commerce. Last week, President Donald Trump signed into law the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act (or KIWI Act), which makes Kiwis eligible for a […]

Editorial: When it‘s time to put the phone down

Editorial: When it‘s time to put the phone down

Remember the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal? Data from social media was harvested by the political firm during Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign and allegedly used to attempt to influence voter opinion on behalf of politicians who hired the company. Following the discovery, Facebook apologised amid public outcry and falling stock prices. There was wringing of hands, public discussion on ethical standards for […]

Matthew Lynn: Why Apple is only the first of US$1 trillion tech giants

Matthew Lynn: Why Apple is only the first of US$1 trillion tech giants

COMMENT: In the end, all it took was a stellar earnings report to push Apple over the line. Wall Street had been speculating for months about which company would be the first to be worth a trillion dollars, with Amazon, Alphabet and a resurgent Microsoft all making strong late runs. It ended up being the manufacturer of the ubiquitous iPhone […]

Rocket Lab plans rapid-fire New Zealand launches

Rocket Lab plans rapid-fire New Zealand launches

Rocket Lab hopes to aggressively step up launch frequency at the end of the year after modifying equipment that forced it to scrub a launch window in June. The company says it plans to launch two Electron rockets just weeks apart in November and December. Speaking from the Small Satellite Conference in Utah, Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck said his […]