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New windows on the Universe

Saturday, 13 February 2016, 1:17 am | University of Canterbury

As researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announce they have spotted gravitational waves - ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events - University of Canterbury Professor of Physics Dr ... More >>

Gareth Hughes: Debate on Prime Minister's Statement

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 5:00 pm | Green Party

Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech. More >>

Totalitarian Thinking, Feminism and the Clintons

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I can tell you that shaming me and essentially calling me misinformed and stupid is NOT the way to win my vote.” Zoe Trimboli, Feb 9, 2015 More >>

Social Control is emerging as ISIS (Da’ish) motive

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 11:53 am | Franklin Lamb

Social Control is emerging as ISIS (Da’ish) motive for erasing our Cultural Heritage in Syria Franklin Lamb Damascus It is widely recognized that the damage done to our cultural heritage in Syria and to the heritage of those who will follow us, cannot ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Bernie Sanders aftermath

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Even as Bernie Sanders was celebrating his win yesterday in New Hampshire, the road ahead for the Sanderistas seemed as dark as ever. The notion that the Sanders victory has shaken the Democratic Party to its core and is causing furrowed, worried brows ... More >>

Next Onslaught in Gaza

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 2:38 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Next Onslaught in Gaza: Why the Status Quo Is a Precursor for War By Ramzy Baroud It is not true that only three wars have taken place since Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Other wars that were deemed ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on US pressure to expand our role in Iraq

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

Tomorrow, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating will be in Brussels for a ministerial meeting of the so-called “Counter-Daesh Coalition.” [Daesh is another term for Islamic State.] Here’s ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Slate wiped clean for McCully

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4:46 pm | Martin Doyle

Almost unnoticed against all the drama surrounding Waitangi Day, the long-awaited Whitehead report into how Muhammad Rizalman was whisked out of New Zealand was quietly dropped in the public domain. The final stinking nailinto any dreams of enlightenment ... More >>

Carrier-grade KotahiNet bring IoT wireless network to New Ze

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 1:15 pm | Digitl

KotahiNet plans a New Zealand-wide network using LoRaWAN; a new wireless technology designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. More >>

New Zealand takes global silver for LTE speed

Monday, 8 February 2016, 8:03 pm | Digitl

New Zealand has the world's second fastest LTE phone downloads. Only Singapore has better mobile data speeds. Australia comes in at number eight in the list while the UK and USA are miles behind. More >>

I have seen the future of personal computing

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:53 pm | Digitl

Only a handful of today’s computers matter 1 . None are Windows laptops. None are desktops. More >>

Future of personal computing: Where Chromebook fits

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:42 pm | Digitl

Lim is right: Personal computing's future is cloudy. The trend is towards something we once called thin clients. I call them:  thinner clients . More >>

Modern technology is not expensive

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:37 pm | Digitl

When I began writing about computers in the 1980s a business microcomputer cost close to the annual average take home salary. In the 1990s most workers would need to toil for months to buy a basic PC. More >>

More thoughts on Skinny Broadband

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:26 pm | Digitl

If you don’t need fibre speeds or large amounts of data my review found Skinny Broadband is a good low cost alternative . While it’s possible to get speeds of 40 Mbps, I could only get 25 Mbps at home. Coverage Readers ask how they can know ... More >>

Microsoft now all about cloud

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:24 pm | Digitl

Surface Pro tablets  did well. Microsoft has strong orders for the Surface Book. Yet the big story is elsewhere. Investors are more interested in the cloud progress: Azure grew 140 percent last year. More >>

iPhone sales growth flattens – a perspective

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:22 pm | Digitl

Last week Apple confirmed iPhone sales grew at their lowest-ever rate during the last quarter of 2015. Apple went on to say sales could fall in the current quarter, ending in March. More >>

Android fails to revive BlackBerry

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:19 pm | Digitl

BlackBerry 's Android model, the Priv , failed to revive the company's phone sales. According to Juniper Research , BlackBerry only sold 734,000 phones in the last quarter of 2015 — a total of 3.7 million for the full year. More >>

Dell XPS 13 Touch review: Give my regards to Broadwell

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:16 pm | Digitl

Not everyone wants to move on from Windows laptops . Dell makes a case for staying with the touch-screen XPS 13 Touch. More >>

Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference in Auckland this Friday, Sat

Monday, 8 February 2016, 5:09 pm | Digitl

If you want to learn more about podcasting the first  Asia-Pacific Podcast Conference takes place in Auckland this Friday and Saturday. More >>

Review: The Building Blocks of 'Spotlight'

Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:21 pm | Howard Davis

'Spotlight' is a deeply disturbing film for at least three reasons. Not only does it reveal the systemic institutional corruption of the Boston Archdiocese in particular and the Catholic Church in general. It also shows how the process of investigative ... More >>

The Australian High Court and Indefinite Offshore Detention

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

The High Court of Australia has done its occasional bit for refugees, though much of its legal reasoning has lead to inadvertent consequences. During the Gillard years, it sank what would have been a notorious exchange of refugees with Malaysia (the ... More >>

TPPA Signing Protest in Wellington

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:42 pm | Robert Kelly

At midday today over three hundred people gathered in the lee of the Cenotaph in Wellington to protest the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. More >>

I Salute You, & You

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:30 pm | Steve Bolton

I only realized how bad things had become when I snapped out of my reverie and found myself standing in the herbaceous border section at the garden centre saluting a SALE flag. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Ministers without tongues

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:25 pm | Martin Doyle

Nothing really 'happens' in NZ politics any more. One reason is the way Ministers never say anything. Some you just about forget even exist. Even the oafs survive by just keeping out of the spotlight and keeping their gobs shut. In their stead, ... More >>

Scoop Coverage: TPP Signing In Auckland

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:11 pm | Scoop Full Coverage

Press releases, reaction and commentary relating to the signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal in Auckland on 4 February 2016. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Treaty/TPP overlap, and Iowa

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:38 am | Gordon Campbell

The people who point out that we already have investor-state dispute settlement provisions in other trade deals and ‘so far so good, we haven’t had to worry about them’ …man, that is such an absurd argument. When it comes to arms reduction ... More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 5:57 pm | Lyndon Hood

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Coference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. More >>

World Interfaith Harmony Week

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 10:44 am | Rene Wadlow

The Association of World Citizens, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations, cooperates fully with the World Interfaith Harmony Week, which takes place February 1-7. The UN General Assembly designates the first ... More >>

The Ethics of Exposure

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 10:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

The role of the whistleblower tends to be that of scapegoat and sacrificial lamb. Someone has to take the fall for calling out the rotten state of affairs. The formula is repeated time and time again: rather than tossing out the rotten apples, the good ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s free education plan and Iowa

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 9:55 am | Gordon Campbell

The “free” education policy that Labour has just unveiled has some obvious shortcomings. The universities are right to stress that the cuts to their net funding (after inflation) over the past few years are already jeopardising their ability to provide quality ... More >>

Dispossessed in the Name of 'Security'

Monday, 1 February 2016, 2:45 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping the global ... More >>

Saudi Arabia Stoking Sectarian Conflict

Monday, 1 February 2016, 2:41 pm | Zayd Alisa

Saudi Arabia Stoking Sectarian Conflict As Battle To Succeed king Salman Intensifies; By Zayd Alisa More >>

Gaza Speaks: This Is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done

Monday, 1 February 2016, 2:27 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Gaza Speaks: This Is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done to Us By Ramzy Baroud (With reporting from Yousef Aljamal in Gaza.) More >>

Scoop Images: 2016 Wellington Seven Costumes - Sunday

Monday, 1 February 2016, 10:38 am | Lyndon Hood

On the last day of the 2016 Wellington Sevens, a sunny day saw the Stadium and waterfront quiet – at least compared to previous years. But there were still a range of traditional and novel dresser-uppers to be spotted. More >>

Photos: TPP Rally At Government House

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3:36 pm | Olex Sydor

Photos from today's Wellington rally to hand over a petition to the Governor-General on the TPP at Government House. [ Press release ] More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: TPPA The Public Private Anxiety

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 2:37 pm | Martin Doyle

The TPPA might turn out to be good for us, or it might turn out to be bad for us. But it's clear from surveys that most people don't have a bleeding clue what it's all about. More >>

In Search of Nationalism: Remembering Benedict Anderson

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 1:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The modern world has shown us sufficient examples of nations that have broken up because too many of their citizens have had shrivelled hearts and dwarfish minds.” Benedict Anderson, Jakarta, 1999 More >>

Gordon Campbell on bribing the Saudis and Oscar racism

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 10:42 am | Gordon Campbell

Does this sound familiar? In the mid 2000s, New Zealand wanted to pursue a humanitarian policy, on live sheep exports. This happened to offend a Saudi foreign investor, who eventually threatened legal action against it. The Key government chose to buy ... More >>

Backgrounder [21/1/16]: Medical Cannabis in New Zealand

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

In light of recent and increasing commentary on the use, access to and funding of cannabis based medical products, attached is a fact sheet on the definition, current availability, status and authorisation process around the use of these products for ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Sheep

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 5:58 pm | Lyndon Hood

Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key's first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions – mostly a list of things the ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: State of Unease - The X Files

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 3:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“No one is ever truly dead on ‘The X-Files’.” Chris Carter, AP, Jan 20, 2016 More >>

Gordon Campbell: why the TPP is something we shouldn’t sign

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 2:40 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why the TPP is something we shouldn’t sign, and that Labour should oppose More >>

Android: Argumentum ad populum

Monday, 25 January 2016, 5:27 pm | Digitl

Argumentum ad populum is a fancy Latin term for a logical fallacy. It refers to an appeal to popular opinion to win an argument. More >>

Trans-Pacific submarine cable phoney war

Monday, 25 January 2016, 5:17 pm | Digitl

A new company plans to build a transpacific submarine cable. By now I have the hang of how this works: More >>

Skinny Broadband: Low-cost wireless alternative

Sunday, 24 January 2016, 6:00 pm | Digitl

Skinny Broadband is cost effective alternative to a copper or fibre internet connection. It is a fixed wireless broadband service piggybacking off the Spark 4G mobile data network. Sometimes this approach is known as BoLTE: broadband over LTE. More >>

Skinny Broadband undermines copper tax

Sunday, 24 January 2016, 4:02 pm | Digitl

Skinny Broadband is a solid, affordable low-end alternative to a copper or fibre internet connection. It suits many customers' needs . More >>

A month with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Sunday, 24 January 2016, 3:19 pm | Digitl

There are plenty of good options if you can afford a premium work computer. For most the best choices are something with MacBook in the name, an iPad Pro or a Surface Pro 4 1 . More >>

BrydgeAir iPad keyboard review

Sunday, 24 January 2016, 3:16 pm | Digitl

The BrydgeAir keyboard is a sturdy aluminium frame that clips to the iPad Air. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s fantasy politics and Iran

Friday, 22 January 2016, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

We seem to be living in an era of virtual government, where governments promote only an illusion of policy kapow! rather than the sort of leadership where real solutions are proposed, funded and enacted. Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett’s latest ... More >>

Scoop Satire: The Courage of your Evictions

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 3:28 pm | Lyndon Hood

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett confirmed last night that the Government wants prospective tenants to consider moving to regions where dozens of state houses are vacant - and in some cases could be offered thousands of dollars in taxpayer sweeteners. ... More >>

The Complex Reality of ‘Home’ for Palestinians

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 2:14 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Defined by Nakba and Exile: The Complex Reality of ‘Home’ for Palestinians By Ramzy Baroud More >>

Documenting Dissent

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 12:19 pm | Howard Davis

Documenting Dissent Review by Howard Davis From time to time, a young photographer emerges whose choice of content and subject matter distinguishes their work from the plethora of amateur iPhone, Photoshop, and Instagram apps. This is indisputably ... More >>

Scoop Satire: Collins On Bail

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 12:10 pm | Lyndon Hood

Judith Collins, the recently-reappointed Minister of Police and Corrections, has been accused of inappropriately criticising a judge's decision over the electronic bail of Mathew Kidman . More >>

Gordon Campbell on China, Oscar racism and Kate Tempest

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

China, China, China… Donald Trump is not the only one obsessed with the Middle Kingdom these days. For the past year or more, countries have been warning each other about their economic dependence on China and New Zealand is no exception. China is ... More >>

Trump and Visiting the UK

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 10:30 am | Binoy Kampmark

“While I think this man is crazy, while I think this man has no valid points to make, I will not be able to silence his voice.” Tom Tugendhat, The Independent, 19 January 2016 More >>

When We Fight We Win!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 9:57 am | David Swanson

When We Fight We Win! is the overly violent and overly optimistic title of a very good new book about recent nonviolent social struggles in the United States for LGBTQ rights, immigrants rights, economic justice, public education, a sustainable environment, ... More >>

Corruption and the TPPA

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 5:23 pm | Joseph Graddy

As a nation, New Zealand can be proud of being one of the least corrupt countries in the world. International organisations, such as Transparency International, and our own citizens have consistently rated our political and legal processes and one ... More >>

CRF’s Top 6 suggestions in supporting former refugees

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 5:20 pm | Changemakers Refugee Forum

Making Change: CRF’s Top 6 suggestions in supporting former refugees Tayyaba Khan As New Zealand becomes increasingly involved in the current Syrian refugee crisis I am reminded of a quote by Martin Luther King almost 49 years ago now when he led ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the myopia of the business news

Monday, 18 January 2016, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

Listening to the business news is a bit like eavesdropping on the radio transmissions from space aliens. There is no discernible connection between the concerns of the captains of these space ships – the bank economists and the finance house spokesmen ... More >>

Another Round in the Saudi-Iranian Confrontation

Friday, 15 January 2016, 4:05 pm | INSS Insight

International attention has recently been diverted from the civil war in Syria and the global struggle against the Islamic State by the escalation in the confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The recent actions by Saudi Arabia in the international ... More >>

 

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