Mobile

Need for speed: How to get the most out of a UFB connection

December 2, 2019

Amid the ongoing rollout of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network, broadband speeds are increasingly becoming a consideration for consumers, and in seeking to fully harness the speeds on offer there are a number of factors to keep in mind. With the first stage of the rollout recently complemented, many households around the country will be […]

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LED rush: Consumers tapping into long-lasting lighting benefits

December 2, 2019

Sales of incandescent light bulbs have plummeted in recent years, as consumers increasingly turn to more energy-efficient LEDs, according to figures recently released by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The IRI New Zealand figures show that supermarket sales of incandescent bulbs have almost halved since 2015, dropping from about 4.6 million in the […]

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gamers

December 2, 2019

Christmas is just around the corner and with more and with gaming becoming a popular hobby, you can count on gaming-related items being on many wish lists. Unsure of just what to get for the gamer in your life? Worry not and take a look at Canstar Blue’s Christmas gift ideas for gamers below. Gaming […]

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Five things you can do now to slash power costs

November 25, 2019

Advertisement Co-author: Justine Davies The cost of energy is a source of financial stress for many New Zealand households. In fact, according to a discussion document released in September 2018, as part of an Electricity Price Review, more than 100,00 New Zealand households (103,000) in the 2016 financial year were in “energy hardship” – paying […]

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Hang Christmas lights without blowing the budget

November 22, 2019

Advertisement It’s that time of the year where Christmas music is already blasting through speakers in shops and social media debates kick off on when is too early to put up the Christmas tree. The other big philosophical question around this time of year is “to hang Christmas lights or not to hang Christmas lights?”. […]

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How to cool your home efficiently this summer

November 20, 2019

Advertisement For many Kiwis, hot summer days and nights are something to look forward to. But other times the heat – and humidity – can be almost unbearable. Opening windows and doors can let a pleasant draft through the home but it might also let in uninvited guests, in the form of mozzies and flies. […]

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What is Hyperfibre broadband and how does it work?

November 20, 2019

Advertisement In November 2019, Chorus launched Hyperfibre, but what is it and what does it mean for New Zealand? Canstar Blue takes a look. What is Hyperfibre? First things first, what is Hyperfibre? Hyperfibre is essentially what Chorus has dubbed its next generation 10Gbit/s fibre service. The services will be symmetric, which means the speed […]

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Zero carbon bill: What it means for climate change action

November 18, 2019

The government’s recently passed zero carbon bill provides a framework via which New Zealand can address climate change challenges going forward – and, among a number of goals, has set a target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050. The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was passed with bipartisan support, […]

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Security camera guide: Keeping an eye on your home

November 18, 2019

Security cameras are arriving to market with an ever-evolving range of features, allowing householders to keep an eye on what is happening both inside and outside of their residence, with the capacity to both record footage and also allow for remote, real-time viewing. Wi-Fi connectivity is a key security camera feature, with cameras typically designed […]

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The great 5G leap: New services set to be launched

November 18, 2019

Momentum has been building in recent years towards the launch of 5G mobile networks, with 5G technology set to bring about an age of significantly faster mobile internet, an ever-evolving range of smart, connected devices and a variety of new services. The fifth generation of wireless mobile technology, 5G will build upon the advances of […]

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