Tesla auto-pilot still progressing, Qualcomm ban iPhone sales in China, Chorus subcontractor dramas – NZ Tech Podcast 418

USA vs Huawei, update on Teknique, Chorus subcontractors charged by inspectorate, Microsoft draws on on open-source Chromium code, Tesla auto-pilot navigation still in works, China grants ban of iPhone sales for Qualcomm, Hands-on: Freeview box by Dish TV.

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guests: Ben Bodley.

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3D-Printed Motorbikes, Free Inflight Wi-Fi, DJI Osmo Pocket vs GoPro, Meet Niesh’s founder and CEO – NZ Tech Podcast 417

Student platform Niesh, a password-free revolution, Symantec Cyber Security insights, 3D Printed motorbikes, free Air NZ in-flight Wi-Fi, Uber vehicle-less food deliveries, Dense Air buys NZ mobile spectrum, first look at DJI Osmo Pocket.

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guests: Jae Yoo and James Koo.

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3D-Printed Motorbikes, Free Inflight Wi-Fi, DJI Osmo Pocket vs GoPro, Meet Neish’s founder and CEO – NZ Tech Podcast 417

Student platform Niesh, a password-free revolution, Symantec Cyber Security insights, 3D Printed motorbikes, free Air NZ in-flight Wi-Fi, Uber vehicle-less food deliveries, Dense Air buys NZ mobile spectrum, first look at DJI Osmo Pocket.

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guests: Jae Yoo and James Koo.

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Creed 2 Film Review “my “Feel good” pick film of the year”

Words Glenn Blomfield

The ROCKY series has moved into a new franchise, CREED the story of Adonis Johnson. ROCKY is still at the heart of this film. First round with the CREED film was a winning glory of a film. Pulling you in to its emotional core, having now an aged Rocky and Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson really works, finding a new way for purpose and the fight to win. Now comes CREED 2, which I have to say is one of my “feel good” pick films of the year, it’s everything you want from a ROCKY/CREED film. I was pulled back, a rousing connection with the characters, with its classic ROCKY film theme, that feeling of overcoming in triumph, redemption & philosophy question reasons of “why” and “purpose”.

Heroes journey, what one has to go through to succeed, the challenge is in yourself. It is more about the philosophy, what makes you, drives you, the fight with in yourself, thats where the winning comes from, determination and the willing to push further than your opponent, how much you want it, the hunger of the fittest, ‘The Eye of the Tiger’ as the the classic ROCKY theme song puts it. Michael B Jordan puts his soul into the role, mentally and physically, his opponent for the big fight is a brute force boxing beast, and Michael B Jordan has put in the hard yards. Making a CREED movie as it was for making a ROCKY movie for Sylvester Stallone, the amount of training and taking the punches is no mean feat, it is no doubt down and dirty hard work, fighting fit, cant hide the physical amount of training that is required to get into the roles. You can see on the screen the live and breath amount of work thats has gone into the character, impressive to say the least.

CREED 2, may for some who aren’t built up in the series of ROCKY films, may find it a bit melodramatic, hard pushing on it philosophical themes. I was hooked in, digging its rousing vibe, so by fight time, I had the emotional soul of the film fighting with me in the ring. CREED is a new direction from the ROCKY films, its not about ROCKY fighting in the ring anymore, ROCKY was the peoples hero figure representation of us. That mantel has moved onto Creed, with Rocky character mentoring his way. Sylvester Stallone has embodied one of cinemas most recognisable character, ROCKY is so part of our awareness you think he is an actual real fighter that existed. As much as this is a CREED film, I felt it was also a ROCKY film, Stallone character of Rocky really has a power an emotional core to the film, his fight is not in the boxing ring, but the fight goes on. It is just a wonderful breathing character and so beautiful acted by Stallone.

What is a ROCKY film without its training montage, and CREED has carried the tradition on, what others my find cheesy, it is the signature moment, we are about to enter the ring for the big fight, and it going through the baptism of fire about to enter a whole world of hurt and pain. I love it, what makes for its rousing energy, the classic ROCKY theme music building you up for the big moment. So by the the time of fight night, all bets are of ‘are you ready to Rumble’ as the ring announcer puts it.

The tie in story, is a clever one connecting with the nostalgia of the ROCKY IV (1985) film, where ROCKY opponent was the formidable Russian boxing giant machine. The fight of America versus Russia, the weight of opposing countries. It is the film where Adonis Johnson father Apollo Creed was killed in the ring by the pounding might of the Russian boxer ‘Drago’ played by Dolph Lundgren. Rocky looses a close friend in the ring, and CREED lost a father. I should note a father he never new, but carries the burden of his legacy and name. It is the fight that pulls Rocky back into the ring to fight, and conquer allot of demons in the process. Now Dolph Lundgren ‘Drago’ is back with his own boxing son to settle scores carrying allot of weight and pain, the son looks like a whole new world of hurt, a brutal pit-bull of a fighter. CREED and ROCKY are facing there past, there is allot at stake, and to personally overcome.

I feel I need to mention the females in the film, they carry a strength, and a strong importance to the lead protagonist. Rocky had his backbone with Adrian, Creed has his mother, (Apollo Creed widow), and Creed also with his love interest Bianca played by Tessa Thompson. The film plays on there importance very well, Tessa Thompson portrayal is excellent, with her own struggles and strength.

CREED 2 for me is a rousing success, I can hear the ROCKY theme music playing in my head when I think of this film, strong themes of family, purpose, the fight starts first within. It has all the character traits of a perfect ‘Heroes Journey’s’ story. Full of drama, and uplift. I loved the whole package, I was emotional tapped in, with a bit of slight cheesy, melodrama and all. CREED is a well breathed out character, his character life is playing out in front of him, wife, family and what the future brings. ROCKY world is looking for closures, redemption, and what life can bring as he faces the closing end. I for one cant wait for what further stories in the saga brings. Its a knockout.

Second Act Film Review “Felt like flogging a dead horse”

Words Liz Lauder

Ok, let’s get something out of the way right at the beginning – all true great (and not so great) JLo movies follow a common theme:
• A regular lower/ middle class girl. Check
• A dream of making a better life for bettering herself. Check
• A big, BIG lie. Check
• Love. Check
• The lie crashes, everyone is hurt. Check
• A happy ending where everyone loves JLo, just as she is. Check Oh, and
• Sassy female friends. Check.

To put it more succinctly, Second Act is the cinematic equivalent of doing paint-by-numbers drawing, but less entertaining. No, scratch that. Definitely less entertaining.
However, I guess it does have some nostalgia value, those of you who were fans of the 2000s – you’re in luck.

Alongside protagonist Jennifer Lopez stars Milo Ventimiglia, (the bad boy heart throb of Gilmore Girls and Heroes fame) as the love interest and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Muscial) as a smooth talking, sleek, somewhat scary business woman.

With all the boxes ticked and Lopez playing strong female lead with modern career ambitions, I was excited to see how this movie panned out. It was all and all a predictable plot with a few laughs and a major plot twist I didn’t see coming, however by the end of it my girlfriend and I rolled our eyes in unison at how unrealistic the last half was and how excruciatingly long they dragged it out for. Without ruining the film for you, think fairytale meets Christmas miracle. It was cute and heart-warming, but I felt they were really flogging a dead horse.

They did throw in a character to lighten the mood and keep things relevant with the millennials. Charlyene Yi (the stoner Asian girlfriend in Knocked up) was typecast as a socially awkward, yet ‘kinky’ assistant. It added for a couple of cringe moments if nothing else.

With the lack of Chick flicks out in the cinemas at the moment, Second Act will surely fill the void in countless housewives social calendars, at least temporarily. Chick Flick of December 2018? Probably. Any good? Not really.

Second Act Film Review “Felt like flogging a dead horse”

Words Liz Lauder

Ok, let’s get something out of the way right at the beginning – all true great (and not so great) JLo movies follow a common theme:
• A regular lower/ middle class girl. Check
• A dream of making a better life for bettering herself. Check
• A big, BIG lie. Check
• Love. Check
• The lie crashes, everyone is hurt. Check
• A happy ending where everyone loves JLo, just as she is. Check Oh, and
• Sassy female friends. Check.

To put it more succinctly, Second Act is the cinematic equivalent of doing paint-by-numbers drawing, but less entertaining. No, scratch that. Definitely less entertaining.
However, I guess it does have some nostalgia value, those of you who were fans of the 2000s – you’re in luck.

Alongside protagonist Jennifer Lopez stars Milo Ventimiglia, (the bad boy heart throb of Gilmore Girls and Heroes fame) as the love interest and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Muscial) as a smooth talking, sleek, somewhat scary business woman.

With all the boxes ticked and Lopez playing strong female lead with modern career ambitions, I was excited to see how this movie panned out. It was all and all a predictable plot with a few laughs and a major plot twist I didn’t see coming, however by the end of it my girlfriend and I rolled our eyes in unison at how unrealistic the last half was and how excruciatingly long they dragged it out for. Without ruining the film for you, think fairytale meets Christmas miracle. It was cute and heart-warming, but I felt they were really flogging a dead horse.

They did throw in a character to lighten the mood and keep things relevant with the millennials. Charlyene Yi (the stoner Asian girlfriend in Knocked up) was typecast as a socially awkward, yet ‘kinky’ assistant. It added for a couple of cringe moments if nothing else.

With the lack of Chick flicks out in the cinemas at the moment, Second Act will surely fill the void in countless housewives social calendars, at least temporarily. Chick Flick of December 2018? Probably. Any good? Not really.

Air Supply To Perform All Their Hits On 2019 New Zealand Tour

One of Australia’s most loved and successful music exports returns to Australia and New Zealand in 2019.

AIR SUPPLY will perform all their great hits accompanied by their top-notch band and a twenty-piece orchestra. All-time classics such as ‘Lost In Love’, ‘Love and Other Bruises’ and ‘All Out Of Love’ will be given a truly sumptuous presentation from one of Australia’s most successful musical exports.

AIR SUPPLY’s albums LOST IN LOVE, THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE, NOW & FOREVER, and THE GREATEST HITS have sold in excess of 40 million copies. ‘Lost in Love’ was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, AIR SUPPLY’s singles have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. ‘Lost in Love’, ‘All Out Of Love’, ‘The One That You Love’, ‘Sweet Dreams’, and ‘Making Love Out Of Nothing At All’ have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

Russell Hitchcock met Graham Russell when they met on the first day of rehearsals as chorus members in the 1975 Sydney Harry M Miller production of Jesus Christ Superstar. They were drawn together through a mutual love of music, singing and The Beatles, when they quickly learnt they had both seen The Fab Four perform in concert in 1964.

It was not long before the musical duo dominated charts in Australia, New Zealand and the world. Clive Davies famously signed them to Arista Records and in 1980 their US domination began. With international hits such as ‘Lost In Love’, ‘Love and Other Bruises’, ‘Making Love Out Of Nothing At All’, ‘All Out Of Love’, ‘Now and Forever’ and so many more, they became global superstars. Their unique harmonies combined with Graham’s ability to write exceptional songs made them one of Australia’s first and most successful musical acts.

Russell and Graham have been thrilling audiences for over 40 years. Their songs have stood the test of time and continue to be heard on radio around the world. In 2013 the duo were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and October 2018 saw the world premiere in Manilla of ALL OUT OF LOVE, a new musical featuring the iconic music of AIR SUPPLY which opened to rave reviews.

Air Supply Tour Dates

BRISBANE – TUESDAY APRIL 23 – QPAC
MELBOURNE – WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 – THE PLENARY
SYDNEY – FRIDAY APRIL 26 – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
PERTH – SUNDAY APRIL 28 – ASTOR THEATRE
AUCKLAND – TUESDAY APRIL 30 – BRUCE MASON CENTRE

Tickets on sale Wednesday December 5 at 2.00pm from www.davidroywilliams.com

China’s Big Brother mishap, E-Moped service Kwikli, US vs Huawei – NZ Tech Podcast 416

Meet Kiwi the founder of Kwikli e-moped sharing startup. Plus Sky’s new CEO, US vs Huawei, is iPhone X coming back, Ola NZ speed wobbles, misfortune with China big brother tech, Oppo R17 Pro update, should Google/Uber/Apple share data with rivals?

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guest: Rushabh Trivedy.

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THE LIGHTING OF AUCKLAND HARBOUR BRIDGE “ARTISTS HELP SHINE A LIGHT ON FAMILY VIOLENCE”

In conjunction with Vector Lights, a rare sight was witnessed last night in Auckland, as the Auckland Harbour Bridge was lit up in full white light for White Ribbon Day. A very special event was held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, where guests were treated to performances from one of our most loved singer/songwriters Anika Moa, and up and coming Indie-Pop band Daffodils. Guest speakers included White Ribbon Ambassadors Ric Odom and Richie Hardcore, and Belinda Lee from Soroptimist International of Auckland.

“White Ribbon is challenging non-violent men to stand up and take The Pledge,” says Rob McCann White Ribbon Manager. “Without the visible support of good men, we can’t hope to reduce men’s violence towards women.”

New Zealand has the highest rate of reported violence towards women in the developed world with 41% of front line Police Officers’ time spent on family harm. That’s over 118,000 family violence investigations in 2006, about one every five minutes!

“There are many reasons why men should help to end the violence,” says Mr McCann, “but the reality is that using violence in your life means everyone loses. White Ribbon promotes Respectful Relationships because it is a protection against violence and because it is good for men. Men are happier and have more meaningful lives when people love them, rather than fear them.”

When men take the online Pledge they will be asked to choose from one of eight actions which all support Respectful Relationships, and get men actively preventing men’s violence towards women. They will then receive information and a video about how to build that action into their lives.

“We can only achieve real change when good men stand up for what they believe,” says Mr McCann.

Take the Pledge at www.whiteribbon.org.nz

The Lighting Of Auckland Harbour Bridge Artists Help Shine A Light On Family Violence

In conjunction with Vector Lights, a rare sight was witnessed last night in Auckland, as the Auckland Harbour Bridge was lit up in full white light for White Ribbon Day. A very special event was held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, where guests were treated to performances from one of our most loved singer/songwriters Anika Moa, and up and coming Indie-Pop band Daffodils. Guest speakers included White Ribbon Ambassadors Ric Odom and Richie Hardcore, and Belinda Lee from Soroptimist International of Auckland.

“White Ribbon is challenging non-violent men to stand up and take The Pledge,” says Rob McCann White Ribbon Manager. “Without the visible support of good men, we can’t hope to reduce men’s violence towards women.”

New Zealand has the highest rate of reported violence towards women in the developed world with 41% of front line Police Officers’ time spent on family harm. That’s over 118,000 family violence investigations in 2006, about one every five minutes!

“There are many reasons why men should help to end the violence,” says Mr McCann, “but the reality is that using violence in your life means everyone loses. White Ribbon promotes Respectful Relationships because it is a protection against violence and because it is good for men. Men are happier and have more meaningful lives when people love them, rather than fear them.”

When men take the online Pledge they will be asked to choose from one of eight actions which all support Respectful Relationships, and get men actively preventing men’s violence towards women. They will then receive information and a video about how to build that action into their lives.

“We can only achieve real change when good men stand up for what they believe,” says Mr McCann.

Take the Pledge at www.whiteribbon.org.nz