As Facebook scandal deepens, data sovereignty is back on Australia’s secure-cloud agenda

s the Facebook data sharing scandal ignites concern and an Australian Privacy Commissioner investigation – and sends cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pleading his case in front of the US Congress – recent efforts by data protection companies to help companies isolate and localise customers’ personally identifiable information (PII) are gaining traction. Services such as […]


Portable virtual reality with a Dell Visor and an Alienware 13 R3

It’s taken a little under two years for an acceptable VR set-up to go from a monster desktop PC and complex camera/sensor arrangement to a set of equipment that you can fit in your backpack. Dell kindly lent us an Alienware 13 R3 along with a Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality kit to test out […]


Unboxing the God of War PS4 media kit

PlayStation NZ has been kind enough to supply FutureFiveNZ the media kit for the upcoming God of War PS4 video game. It includes a lot neat extra stuff.  For those wondering, our review of the game will be published next week once we have had a decent go at the game. For now, let’s have […]


Everything you need to know about autonomous vehicles

Vehicles on the road today are getting smarter, safer and more capable.  But even the newest vehicles vary widely in their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which aim to enhance safety and make driving more comfortable.  Add to that the global race to fully self-driving vehicles, which will take the driver out of the equation […]


Robots, drones and connected cars: Spark shows off their 5G future

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Spark at their Auckland headquarters to explore their vision of the 5G future.  From the moment I arrived the entire experience felt very Sci-Fi.  Spark frames 5G as the enabler for a host of incredible wireless technologies, this includes drones, robots and autonomous vehicles.  You can read more […]


2018 a ‘defining year for privacy’, says NZ law firm

Law firm Simpson Grierson believes 2018 is shaping up to be a ‘defining year for privacy’ as New Zealand’s Privacy Bill finally makes its way through Parliament and the Select Committee. Data privacy is not only making the headlines because of its controversial use. According to Simpson Grierson, the Privacy Bill is intended to promote […]


Facebook launches Data Abuse Bounty program

Facebook is launching the Data Abuse Bounty to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers. They committed to launching this program a few weeks ago as part of efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information.  The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by the existing bug bounty program that’s used […]


Hands-on review: JBL Pulse 3 and JBL Charge 3

The world of Bluetooth Devices never ceases to amaze and this latest pair of speakers are no exception. Putting aside styling and sound quality for a moment, a word about ergonomics would be apropos here at the beginning. Compared to my ancient Bluetooth speakers, (meaning they’re over two years old) the JBL speakers are in […]


Parliament supports NZ’s Privacy Bill during first reading

New Zealand’s proposed Privacy Bill is going through the first round of debates in Parliament this week, with the support of all sitting MPs. Justice Minister Andrew Little opened the first reading with an introduction describing the Bill and how it must be able to cope with the new challenges of protecting personal information. “The […]


Chorus and Spark comment on the impact of last night’s storm

Chorus’ copper and fibre networks are largely operating as usual in most parts of New Zealand despite the storm across many parts of the country. The majority of the issues on the networks have been caused by power outages.  The multiple power outages mean that some Chorus sites (cabinets and exchanges) are running on battery […]