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Witchdoctor enjoys installable smart templates for home voice control

Smart home, smart speakers, smart Amazon… PAT PILCHER gets to grips with installable templates that create new, personalised “skills” for Alexa, Amazon’s voice control technology. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Alexa Skill Blueprints Free …

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Thinking about public transport costs (opinion)

In Part 4 of their Reasonable Expectations series, Talk Wellington ask how much public transport costs Wellington (not much) and how much it should cost… Talk Wellington aims to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region. “If ya pay peanuts, you get monkeys”, and, with no disrespect …

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Fairfax raids Stuff kitty in lead up to Nine merger

Australia’s Fairfax Media Group raided Stuff’s kitty ahead of a planned merger with broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co, which doesn’t see a home for the New Zealand unit. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Paul McBeth Stuff paid $22.5 million in dividends to its Australian parent …

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Why Island Bay and the “Newtown Connections” matter (opinion)

Why does stuff in the southern suburbs matter when it’s not my backyard, and when there are other cycleway type projects happening elsewhere in the region to pay attention to? Opinion by Talk Wellington, an organisation aiming to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region.  If …

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Trade Me attracts another suitor with a sweeter offer

Trade Me has attracted a second private equity suitor willing to pay $2.56 billion for the country’s dominant online marketplace. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Paul McBeth The Wellington-based company said yesterday it has received a non-binding indicative offer from Hellman & …

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QV data for November shows Wellington house prices still rising

The wider Wellington region recorded a 4 per cent quarterly increase and an 8.1 per cent annual rise in the latest Quotable Value house price index. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Jenny Ruth Quotable Value says its nationwide house price index rose 3.5 …

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Witchdoctor asks why we pay what we do for Netflix and Amazon content

Why do New Zealanders pay more per show from Netflix and Amazon Prime than our overseas counterparts? PAT PILCHER investigates. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ At Witchdoctor we’ve frequently bemoaned the sad state …

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Witchdoctor loves the style of the affordable Nokia 7.1

It looks more like a piece of designer jewellery than a phone… PAT PILCHER checks out Nokia’s newest shiny thing. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Nokia 7.1 RRP $598.00 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Witchdoctor stays safe with Norton Security Premium

PAT PILCHER dives deep into security to check out Norton’s latest offering. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Norton Security Premium RRP $114.99 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 Critics argue that one of the ironies …

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Witchdoctor sees Panasonic play a winning OLED hand

Can Panasonic grab back some of the limelight with its new OLED TV? PAT PILCHER offers his verdict. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV RRP $4,878.00 (65”) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Dump runway extension, say Eastern suburbs residents

Locals opposed to the lengthening of Wellington Airport’s runway are asking for an application for resource consent to be thrown out. RNZ story by Wellington Issues reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Last month the airport asked the Environment Court for more time for its application for consent. In March this year the airport asked for proceedings to …

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Witchdoctor experiences pure coolness

Snuffling up a storm thanks to pet hair or high pollen counts? PAT PILCHER takes a look at air pollution and a potential problem solver from Dyson. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ …

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Witchdoctor casts from the couch with new Chromecast

It’s one the least-hyped pieces of hardware recently launched by Google, but does the low profile of the latest Chromecast mean it isn’t a good buy? PAT PILCHER checks it out. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming …

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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Witchdoctor susses budget telly smarts

In his quest to bypass broadcast TV, PAT PILCHER checks out the Alfawise TV Box. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Alfawise TV Box RRP $61.00 Witchdoctor rating: 8/10 At Witchdoctor, we have …

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Listen to Gerry Paul on the Sweetman Podcast

Gerry Paul is a musician, children’s entertainer, tour promoter, event organiser, session player and creative live wire. He co-created the music festival Coastella, is one of the event organisers of CubaDupa, and has been instrumental in forging connections between New Zealand and Ireland, most recently with a  big Irish Festival across three cities in New Zealand that kicks …

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Witchdoctor lays new cables and connections for a Supra audio experience

RICHARD VAREY discovers a Supra feast of fidelity while auditioning audio offerings. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ This is just what my audio system has been waiting for. It started a few …

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Witchdoctor says “maaaaate” to the Mate 20 Pro – a perfect 10

PAT PILCHER continues his love affair with Huawei smartphones with the Mate 20 Pro. So what’s to love about this phone? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Huawei Mate 20 Pro RRP $1,499 …

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Witchdoctor travels with an enviable companion

PAT PILCHER settles in for the long haul as he checks out HP’s Envy x360. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ HP Envy x360 RRP $1,803 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 When heading overseas, be …

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Listen to Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking on the Sweetman Podcast

Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking aka Pirate & Queen talk to Simon Sweetman for Episode 139 of the Sweetman Podcast. In their second podcast chat (the first one was podcast # 86 last year in which they explain their history creating LitCrawl), Mabey and Laking (above) are joined by the new addition to their family – baby Charlie who …

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Witchdoctor ponders Marvel’s Spider-Man: Game or Movie?

Is it a game? Is it a movie? No, it’s Marvel’s Spider-Man and it’s both, as DAMIAN REID discovers. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Marvel Spider Man PS4 $95.00 to $120.00 Witchdoctor rating: …

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Wellington’s TeamTalk plans digital radio and fibre expansion

Telecommunications provider TeamTalk is planning to raise up to $8.7 million to help fund the expansion of its digital radio network and the upgrade of its Wellington fibre business. By Gavin Evans Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ TeamTalk will raise $2 million through …

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Witchdoctor checks out the Oppo AX5: solid bang for your bucks

PAT PILCHER gets his hands on the latest Oppo offering. So what’s the verdict? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Oppo AX5 $399 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 While flagship smartphones capture headlines, another significant smartphone …

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Witchdoctor gets a hub for the home with Amazon’s 2018 Echo Show

Looking to set up a smart home? PAT PILCHER checks out Amazon’s new Echo Show smart home hub and discovers an elegant and useful addition for his kitchen bench. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear …

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Listen to Mary McCallum on the Sweetman Podcast

Novelist, children’s author, journalist, broadcaster, songwriter, musician and publisher Mary McCallum recently published her first book of poems, XYZ of Happiness. She heads Makaro Press and new venture, The Cuba Press, and is dedicated to publishing poetry through he HOOPLA Series. As a poet, she studied under Bill Manhire at his original poetry class, and went on to …

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Listen to Rhian Sheehan on the Sweetman Podcast

Rhian Sheehan is a musician whose work includes a series of studio albums, soundtracks to soundtracks to TV, short film, documentary and feature-length movies, video games and even a theme-park ride. He has just released his new album, A Quiet Divide, and opens a special series of shows across New Zealand, transforming venues into spectacles …

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