The top gadgets for an always-on home

January 17, 2020

Advertisement As more and more people have taken advantage of unlimited fibre broadband, the internet has become more than just a source of news and entertainment. Through the internet of things, it’s become a way to shape our home environments and lifestyles. Canstar Blue takes a look at the top gadgets available for Kiwis who are […]

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What is TikTok and how does it work?

January 13, 2020

The internet sensation that is TikTok has taken the world by storm, with the new social media app a hit with millennials and Gen Z alike. But what exactly is TikTok, how does it work and why has it gone viral? What is TikTok? TikTok is a Chinese owned video-sharing social media app that lets […]

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Getting connected to UFB: How much data is enough?

January 6, 2020

As the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network continues to be rolled out around the country, consumers may be considering how much data they need, and whether opting for an unlimited plan is ultimately the way to go. UFB is delivering broadband speeds significantly faster than ADSL/VDSL offerings, and faster downloads in turn bring about the capacity […]

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Ten tips to a stress-free Christmas

December 18, 2019

Advertisement According to the classic Christmas song It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but the countdown to the 25th of December is also the most stressful. It’s a quadruple whammy of end-of-year work deadlines, school holidays, and manic social commitments all gift-wrapped around the 101 pressing demands of organising a memorable family celebration. […]

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Carbon offsetting guide: What consumers should know

December 17, 2019

Carbon offsetting provides a means by which to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, with an increasing array of programs tailored for individual consumers having become available amid the ongoing drive to combat climate change and towards a low-carbon economy. For example, consumers may have come across the option to offset emissions when booking a flight online, […]

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Battery boost: How to enhance smartphone battery life

December 17, 2019

New-release smartphones are arriving to market decked out with increasingly immersive displays, ever more powerful cameras and sophisticated software – and, amid this evolving array of features, it is important not to overlook the role of the battery in providing the power required to get through the day. While these enhanced features improve the user […]

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Should you choose electricity or gas?

December 13, 2019

When it comes to powering your home, you can choose between electricity and gas. But how do you choose between the two? Canstar Blue provides a list of pros and cons for both types of fuel, particularly when it comes to powering your household appliances. Electricity vs Gas Before we get into it, let’s first explain […]

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Choosing and using energy efficient appliances

December 9, 2019

Home appliances are typically a major source of energy consumption in your home so, it pays to use energy efficient appliances to help reduce your power bills. Here are some tips to help you choose energy efficient appliances and use them wisely. Fridges and freezers The running cost of a new fridge and/or freezer over […]

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Commerce Commission recommends new fuel regulations

December 6, 2019

The Commerce Commission has released its recommendations aimed at increasing competition in the wholesale fuel market and to reduce fuell prices for consumers. The recommendations come after the Commission’s final market study report was published yesterday. Here’s a breakdown of what the Commission found in the study and what this could mean for consumers. The […]

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4 surprising ways you might be wasting money on power

December 3, 2019

Between food, transport and other household expenses, life can get expensive pretty quickly. And when you throw additional expenses – such as holiday spending – into the mix, those bills can multiply. With the help of the Government’s Energywise website, we’ve rounded up four ways you might be wasting power without realising it – and […]

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