Category: In the news

Plucked from the headlines, online and in print

Picture this

Telecom and Vodafone customers are now able to send photo and video messages and sound to each other over their mobiles between networks. Vodafone PXTT or Telecom Photo Messaging lets customers create, send and receive messages containing colour video messages,…

Desperately seeking … coffee

Do you like coffee? A computer programmer who goes by the name of Winter must really like coffee — particularly the Starbucks variety — because he’s made it his mission to visit every Starbucks in the world. All 5000-plus. According to…

Watch out for those wascally worms

Beware the latest worm threat — W32.Zotob.E can run on, but not infect, computers running Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/XP. Computers running these operating systems can be used to infect vulnerable computers. Microsoft patched the problem earlier this month but if you did get…

Let the voting begin

The date’s been set so brace yourself for the impending onslaught of excited politicians looking to shake your hand, kiss your baby and secure your vote. Interestingly, September 17 probably isn’t too far away from the date the 2005 NZ…

You sexy thang you …

If you’re wondering how newspapers in the US handled the Saddam-in-his-undies saga, here’s the answer. There’s not much I can say on the subject except he’s a hairy wee monkey, isn’t he?

Telecom offers up prizes

Telecom has slashed residential calling rates to 55 countries this weekend and one customer will have the chance to win a $5000 travel voucher. Okay, so it’s not as good as grabbing $8.5 million in Lotto but $5000 is not…

Election of successor steeped in history

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The death of Pope John Paul 2 has had a global impact for both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. His 26-year reign makes him the third longest-serving pope in history and…

Playing safe

The word on the net is that updates in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 will focus on improved security. No surprise there. It also looks likely to ship separately from the new Longhorn operating system.

Flights of fancy

For anyone planning on booking a holiday online, Freedom Air has introduced a new live help system that means customers can get questions answered while they are onsite instead of having to phone for help. Even better, when you book…

Here phishy, phishy …

Phishing scams seem to be all the rage at the moment and it always pays to be wary. The most common are the e-mails purporting to be from various banks, PayPal or eBay. Usually they claim that because of upgrades…