May-June 2014

Issue #51, May-June 2014

Exposure doesn't pay the bills, so show us creative professionals the money! Plus the rise of self-publishing, grilling Retirement Commissioner Diana Maxwell, behind the curtain at outdoors specialists Cactus Equipment and truckloads more.


Internet of things

When Google snapped up Nest recently, more than a few people wondered how it planned to put ads on a thermostat. But the acquisition shows the search giant is thinking pretty hard about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it can get an edge on it. Smart devices require smart people to think of them


SUVs have come a long way since the early gas-guzzling tanks made the evolutionary crawl from farm land to inner-city soccer run. New Zealand’s first Plug-In Hybrid SUV is bound to appeal to everyone from early adopters to lovers of innovation and the eco-conscious. Idealog takes one for a spin.


You are what you eat, right? Setting aside the implications of cannibalism (and that is considered to be VERY naughty these days) it does make sense to keep an eye on what goes in the old pie-hole (spoiler: pies are good). But who to listen to? It seems you can’t open a magazine (whoops), browse the

Tapping on your tablet or smartphone is so early 21st century These days the cool kids aren’t carrying their gadgets – they’re wearing them. Here are just some of the bits and bobs you can expect to see hanging off your well-accessorised neighbourhood geek .

What was the Flappy Bird madness of 2014 really all about? We may never know, but these snazzy graphs and numbers might help.

Garlic knots and cellphone addicts are annoying indeed, but we’re getting upset about all the wrong things, writes David Cohen

Robyn Scott-Vincent transformed her media company into a disability programmes specialist to employ her oldest son Harrison, born with a severe learning delay. She talks to Amanda Sachtleben about making a business venture out of a very personal crusade

Don’t we all want to be more productive? Let alone a fully fledged ‘Productivity Ninja’?! Allcott’s book promises to have you stealthily slicing through piles of paper and killing emails with a single glance – in no time at all.

There’s a persistent discourse in New Zealand culture – though it isn’t unique to our nation – that ascribes value to individuals who have dropped out of school or university to chase their own dream and become successful entrepreneurs rather than walking the same path as the masses. It’s an unfortu

You can’t escape networking events – unless you change jobs and become a professional hermit, thus avoiding human contact entirely – but you can change the way you deal with them.