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Electric dreams

New Zealand-made e-bike company Ubco has moved from off-roading bikes to dual purpose bikes, launching its new 2x2 model worldwide. The main difference? The bike can be used for both work and play and is certified to be used on-road, meaning anyone with a regular learner’s license can use one to get from A to B.

It was the best of times...

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was 1859 when Dickens wrote Tale of Two Cities and in short, the period was so far like the present … it’s downright scary. And that’s before you start talking about robots.

Climbing robots!

Robots. Ho-hum, right? After all, we seem to be utterly saturated with news about the latest and greatest innovations basically every day, from machines that can slice our bread and make our lives easier to more alarmist predictions about whether or not the robots will one day rise up and do away with homo sapiens a la the Terminator films. This is not one of those ho-hum stories.

The Echo of Amazon

Smart speakers and digitised helpers have been cited as this year’s big fish in New Zealand - and warring virtual assistants from Amazon's Alexa to Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, Samsung Bixby and Microsoft Cortana are hot on the tech scene.