Technology guru bets on a bulletproof battery

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Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems co-founder, sees the future of energy in a battery that can take a bullet. The venture capitalist is now dedicating most of his time to Ionic Materials, a startup developing lithium batteries that won’t burst into flames. They’re strong enough to withstand being pierced by nails and even getting shot, as the company demonstrates in a promotional video. The effort is part of a global race to devise better storage systems for hand-held devices, cars, trucks and electrical grids. READ MORE: * Why phone batteries…

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Microsoft releases new Surface Laptop aimed at students

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  Microsoft has already cracked the professional and creative markets with inventive tablets and a desktop that turns into a virtual drafting table. Now it’s chasing another category many believe is Apple’s to lose: the US$1000 (NZ$1440) laptop for everyone. Microsoft, a company once derided for buggy software, unstable hardware and indifferent design, debuted the Surface Laptop on Wednesday. The machine boots up in seconds, has a touch screen and gets a claimed 14 hours of battery life (two better than Apple’s MacBook Air). Weighing in at 1.25kg, a fraction…

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Apple prepares to introduce wireless charging for its mobile devices

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Apple is investigating ways to charge iPhones and iPads wirelessly and without contact, using the signal emitted by radio frequencies such as wi-fi, a patent filing has revealed. The indication that the company is working on the system will raise hopes that the end of having to plug a cable into a mobile device to charge it could be round the corner. The filing reveals Apple is looking at ways to re-power its devices using mobile, wi-fi and millimetre wave signals. It proposes directing the electromagnetic frequencies normally used for data…

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Fisherman brings robot’s underwater journey to early end

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An underwater robot is preparing to take the plunge once more after its last trip through the Marlborough Sounds was cut short by a do-gooding fisherman.  Niwa’s ocean glider will take water samples from Cook Strait to Farewell Spit for up to four weeks, and only surface to transfer data and confirm location. The glider will be launched from Queen Charlotte Sound on Friday to sample temperature, salinity, oxygen, light, turbidity and fluorescence. Samples are taken as the glider uses buoyancy to move through the water without touching the seabed. READ MORE: * Editorial: Why do we need…

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Multiple bomb hoaxes shut down Australian high school

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A prankster’s use of smartphone technology to send a hoax bomb threat that forced an Australian high school into lockdown may prove their undoing. Queensland police are questioning several students from Palm Beach Currumbin State High School after separate bomb hoaxes twice forced the Gold Coast school into lockdown on Wednesday morning. A cleaner discovered an envelope at the school gates around 6am containing a white powder and a handwritten bomb threat on the back. It’s believed the message contained the words “enjoy the bomb”. READ MORE: * Man’s swingers’ club…

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Neighbourhood concern after news of paedophile on street spreads

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A resident of an Auckland street where a 69-year-old sex offender has been paroled says he believes the man poses a risk to the community. The resident, who went by the name of John, said people from at least 10 households on the street were concerned at the man’s proximity to primary schools, daycare centres and a playground. The man is understood to have committed a number of offences against children. “He should be put in an area where there’s not children,” John said.  “He’s within less than a kilometre walking distance of two schools…

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Prominent Christchurch businessman Paul Kelly caught drink-driving

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Prominent businessman and race car driver Paul Kelly thought he was entertaining guests with a burn-out in a classic car outside a Christmas party. But as the smoke cleared, police pulled up. Kelly, 47, had been drinking “for the day” and knew he was over the limit. He blew 853 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg. Kelly was last week disqualified from driving for six months and fined $600 for what he called a “huge error of judgment”. “If anybody should know better when it comes…

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Jindarat Prutsiriporn trail: Court hears victim’s last moments of freedom

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A witness has told how Jindarat Prutsiriporn was dragged from his car while she tried to sell him drugs.  Prutsiriporn, 50, died when she fell, bound and gagged, from the boot of a moving car in Papatoetoe, south Auckland in 2016. An underground crime unit is alleged to have helped carry out her kidnapping on February 29, last year. The Crown alleges defendant Seng Lek Liev was the mastermind behind the kidnapping, who enlisted the help of a Head Hunter’s ‘Ghost Unit’ which helped carry out the crime.  READ MORE:  *’Ghost Unit’ involved in Prutsiriporn kidnapping Five…

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Calls for tougher sentences for dairy robbers after spate of crimes

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A dairy owner who chased armed robbers out of his shop says tougher sentences are needed to clamp down on offenders. Dairies in wider Manawatu  are part of a nationwide spate of robberies, many of them carried out by large groups of people with firearms. There have been six robberies of dairies and petrol stations across wider Manawatu in the past two months, prompting Central Districts Indian Association vice-president Paul Patel to arrange a meeting between police and business owners on Saturday. Manhar Patel knows what he wants – tougher…

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Breast milk donations prove popular on social media

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. When a Palmerston North mother was unable to feed her baby her breast milk, she took to social media to ask for help. Bethaney Conroy first realised her milk was no longer doing the trick when her 4-month-old son, Aidan Conroy-Langman, was still hungry after feeding. Conroy had never had a problem breastfeeding her  five other children. But she said last year was a busy and stressful time, and her body likely needed a break. READ MORE: * New Tinder-type app for breastfeeding mums wanting to share milk with each…

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