John Carmack issues some words of warning for Meta and its metaverse plans

John Carmack, seen here wearing an early prototype Oculus Rift headset. reader comments 47 with 40 posters participating Share this story Oculus consulting CTO John Carmack has been bullish on the idea of “the metaverse” for a long time, as he’ll be among the first to point out. But the id Software co-founder spent a […]

Griffin on Tech: Kiwis don’t want to be monitored working from home

Peter Griffin, Editor. 29 October 2021, 2:01 pm Here’s the dilemma employers face as they look out over empty office cubicles because everyone is working from home – should they use monitoring tools to keep tabs on their employees? Some are already doing so. It’s hard to know exactly how active employers are in monitoring […]

Cryptocurrency isn’t private—but with know-how, it could be

There’s probably no such thing as perfect privacy and security online. Hackers regularly breach corporate firewalls to gain customers’ private information, and scammers constantly strive to trick us into divulging our passwords. But existing tools can provide a high level of privacy—if we use them correctly, says Mashael Al Sabah, a cybersecurity researcher at the […]

Innovating for the hybrid future of work

Skepticism about how productive employees could be if they worked from home also eroded. An April 2021 study from the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago examined companies’ post-covid remote work plans and found a predicted productivity boost of 5% for the US economy. And a December 2020 survey by PwC found that […]

How Silicon Valley hatched a plan to turn blood into human eggs

A few years ago, a young man from California’s technology scene began popping up in the world’s leading developmental biology labs. These labs were deciphering the secrets of embryos and had a particular interest in how eggs are formed. Some thought if they discovered that recipe, they would be able to copy it and transmute […]

Who are the country’s top IT leaders?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 28 October 2021, 12:31 pm Between having to fend off cybersecurity threats and convince tight-fisted managers to invest in digital transformation projects, the life of a chief information officer or IT manager is no bed of roses. That’s why industry news outlet CIO sets out each year to honour the country’s IT […]

Verizon will use Amazon’s low Earth orbit satellites to extend 4G and 5G

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. reader comments 20 with 13 posters participating Share this story Verizon has made a deal to use Amazon’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to add capacity to the Verizon cellular network and provide fixed-wireless Internet service in rural parts […]

Podcast: How pricing algorithms learn to collude

Algorithms now determine how much things cost. It’s called dynamic pricing and it adjusts according to current market conditions in order to increase profits. The rise of e-commerce has propelled pricing algorithms into an everyday occurrence—whether you’re shopping on Amazon, booking a flight, hotel or ordering an Uber. In this continuation of our series on […]