Technology

Ngā Taonga cinema and café to close ahead of office move

The café and cinema at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will close at the end of the year, ahead of the office moving next year from Taranaki Street to the National Library building on Molesworth Street. The move of the Wellington office was made necessary with the reclassification of the premises as earthquake prone in …

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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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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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Electronic counters monitoring increased cycling activity

New electronic counters installed in the roads on key Wellington traffic routes will provide more accurate and up-to-date monitoring of cycling patterns. The installation of the new counters and improved provision of online data, will help with the planning of paths, lanes and other changes to make it safer and easier for more people to …

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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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Journalists: think vertical, think phones, think diversity

International mobile journalism innovator and trainer Yusuf Omar will challenge local  journalists and educators to think vertically through their phones at the JEANZ conference later this month. Yusuf Omar is a guest speaker at the annual Journalism Education Association of New Zealand conference, which takes place this year on 13 and 14 December at Te …

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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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Wellington Advent Calendar returns – with Mittens

The fame of Wellington’s favourite feline is about to grow with the fearless cat featuring in the 2018 edition of the popular online Wellington Advent Calendar, which launches tomorrow. Mittens; photo by Sam Thacker Mittens, the eight-year-old Turkish angora that has captured locals’ hearts with his tendency to roam the city visiting restaurants, shops and …

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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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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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Witchdoctor says it’s “she-oh-me” as Chinese giant lands in NZ

Electronics brand Xiaomi, China’s equivalent to Apple, hits the Kiwi market. PAT PILCHER gets hands on with one of the company’s smartphones. 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/ Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S RRP$799 Witchdoctor …

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Wordsmiths take the pith(y) at Plain English awards

Eliminate adjectives. Shorten sentences. Spellcheck. Proofread. Winners kept it short and tight last night as the thirteenth annual Plain English Awards went going, going, gong at City Gallery Wellington. By Mark Cubey “All hail Justin.” The Mayor showed up, as he always does (election 2019 started a few months back). He was introduced by largely …

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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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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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Clyde Quay, St Mary’s and Wellington East students win new digital awards

Teams from Clyde Quay School, St Mary’s College and Wellington East Girls College were announced Wellington regional winners of the inaugural Tahi Rua Toru Tech national championship at a ceremony last night. The new digital technology championship launched in April with the backing of the Ministry of Education and is open to all New Zealand …

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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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Home team sees off Northland trio in Epro8 Challenge heat

SWIS Vegans, one of two home teams at the latest Year 7-8 Wellington heat of the Epro8 Challenge, were the clear winner at South Wellington Intermediate School yesterday evening. Story and photos by Mark Cubey The SWIS Vegans – Perry, Frances, Tulip and Jed – took first place in the Epro8 Challenge heat at their …

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Thursday double digital education events extra

Here’s a couple of education-related events extra to our High Five, that you may want to take advantage of this evening… Wellington educators, businesses and parents* are invited to the Future of Education evening presented by Frances Valintine (above), recent recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Education Futurist and Chair …

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Local open source exponents score awards

Wellington companies and individuals working with free and open source software were celebrated at the 2018 New Zealand Open Source Awards at Te Papa last night. Both of the Open Source special awards went to Wellingtonians: Brenda Wallace (above), in appreciation for the breadth and depth of her community commitment and open source contributions; and …

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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 experiences record-filing blues and the loss of the man-cave

GARY STEEL has a mid-to-late-life crisis as he loses his man-cave and pontificates the importance of exactitude in the filing of record collections, and other related ephemera. 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 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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Your high five events for Thursday 11 October

A reminder: This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous high-five entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.  Don’t be like bearded bell-end Hamish Macdonald and …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 9 October

Dental checks, sound/art installations, editing Wikipedia for equity, ectopia cordis, and cyber threats. That’s your Ava Lovelace Day. Drop in to the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service at Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay (weather permitting) from 10.00am and 2:15pm for free dental checks for preschoolers to Year 8 children that have not had a dental …

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Music artisan awards to be hosted at Massey

The Artisan Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, recognising the best technical and production values in the music industry, will be hosted in Wellington for the first time this year. The event will be livestreamed from the new music and production facilities at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts on Monday 5 November. …

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Witchdoctor gets down and dirty with a spring clean for records

Have you tried a Spin Clean with The Groovinator? Or L’Art du Son? RICHARD VAREY has used them on his records, and he’s here to tell us all about it. 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 …

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Witchdoctor wonders why Sky has declared war on pirates

How to become a millionaire? Own a pay TV company, but make sure you are a billionaire beforehand, says PAT PILCHER. 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/ Sky TV are going after pirates. …

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Witchdoctor checks out a small but feature-packed Kiwi amp

RICHARD VAREY checks out a Kiwi-designed desktop amp that blows the lid on his preconceptions, and proves to be so much more. 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/ IMS X8 Integrated Desktop Amplifier …

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Witchdoctor finds one remote to rule them all

PAT PILCHER settles in with the Logitech Harmony Elite remote and discovers not only is there no need to move from his seat and no more searching piles of remotes, but the wife is happier too. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, …

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Witchdoctor: Vacuum maker Dyson eyes up electric car market

A vacuum maker plans to build cars. Can they succeed? The short answer is probably yes, says PAT PILCHER. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ The path to garnering a fortune usually involves building a better mousetrap than your competitors. …

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Witchdoctor gets hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

PAT PILCHER unboxes Samsung’s latest premium offering to find a galaxy of peeper pleasing, high performance delight… Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Samsung Galaxy Note 9 $1,999 (512GB) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 10 September 2018 Unboxing the Note reveals a solid, …

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Witchdoctor reports on new Xbox titles from Gamescom

At the annual gaming trade fair in Cologne, Microsoft announced a bunch of incoming titles for the Xbox. DAVID BUTTERFIELD asks: are they worth your time? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Fallout 76, the first online multiplayer game in …

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