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Amanda Sachtleben

Amanda Sachtleben

Writer, former Idealog Tech editor

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

Apps

SurveyMonkey has become the go to option for small and medium-size companies (and sometimes their larger counterparts) because it's an easy, quick and free way to canvass your customer base. A while ago the service came to the iPhone and iPad and it's a fully featured and functional app.

Innovation

A harvester that converts vibrations from city traffic into electricity and handles that turn sticks into sophisticated tramping poles are among those that made the cut in the New Zealand leg of the annual James Dyson Award global product design innovation contest.

Film and TV makes us more than $3 billion a year, pumping $2.78 billion into our GDP. Blockbuster franchises like Lord of the Rings mean even America has heard of us. So does new Film Commission boss Dave Gibson have the formula for holding onto our magic touch?