Would you wear this? Sony joins smartglass war

Sony is entering the smartglass market a mere two months after Google halted sales of its two-year-old Google Glass for further development.Google announced in January that it would no longer be selling the device until a more polished,…

Swedish start-up replaces the world's White Pages

The Internet has largely shoved aside the old Yellow Pages commercial phone directories. A Swedish start-up called Truecaller aims to do the same for the world’s White Pages personal listings and their online progeny.While a quick…

Silicon valley gender lawsuit continues

Ellen Pao spent five days on the witness stand testifying how uncomfortable she was during seven years at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She sought to tell jurors in a San Francisco courtroom why she filed…

Roger J Kerr sees the NZD-USD rate holding between 72 and 76 USc and sees the reasons in the US and Australia as much as local influences

Short headline:  Kiwi dollar remains within new trading range Tweet By Roger J Kerr  The price action in the NZD/USD foreign exchange market has tested both ends of the newly established 0.7200 to 0.7600 trading range over recent weeks. The improvement in dairy prices and still continuing positive economic data saw the Kiwi dollar appreciate up to 0.7600 two weeks ago. However, …

Government to fund research project on landlords with overcrowded properties

Short headline:  Govt spotlight on slum landlords Tweet The Government could be about to put the spotlight on slum landlords as part of its campaign to combat rheumatic fever . The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has called for proposals from organisations that could "undertake research on the drivers of landlord motivation to upgrade and maintain their rental …

Westpac economists say any 'significant' RBNZ restrictions on property investors will have an impact because investors set prices at the lower end of the market

Short headline:  'Noticeable impact on the housing market' Tweet Any targeted 'macro-prudential' move against property investors could have a "noticeable impact" on the housing market, according to Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens. In the bank's latest Home Truths review of housing Stephens said in and of itself the regulatory changes proposed by the RBNZ for property investors would have only …

How much longer can the sharemarket push higher?

It’s the question asked by every stock watcher – how much longer can the sharemarket keep pushing higher?The United States’ bull market, which celebrated its sixth birthday on March 9, is about eight weeks away from overtaking the…