July 24, 2018

Google’s  CEO Sundar Pichai has revealed an intriguing piece of information that hints at the translation product’s money-making potential. “The app translates a staggering 143 billions words every day, Pichai,” said. And, Pichai added that it got a big boost during the recent World Cup football tournament.

Google Translate can take single words, whole sentences, or even entire web documents and translate them into one of more than 100 languages. The search giant launched its translation service 12 years ago and has been adding new features and capabilities over the years. The Google Translate app, for example, can now translate conversations in near real-time and, using a smartphone camera, can translate street signs written in another language.

“There has been positive feedback on how useful Google Translate was for people who travelled to Russia for the World Cup,” Pichai said. “In those simple moments when you’re in an unfamiliar place or you don’t know the language, Google is there...

July 17, 2018

What good is a phone you can’t use? Making sure your handset is always charged up is the name of the game, especially when traveling, not to mention that many people spend a lot of time on their phones. By now you probably know that portable battery chargers are great for giving your device extra juice on the go, but there are other ways to prevent your phone from depleting its energy in the first place. Here are three of the easiest procedures to action.

Don’t wait until your phone pops up a warning to turn on low power mode. Instead, flip it on from the start. On iPhone, open the Settings app and navigate to the Battery section. Switch on the second option to put your phone in its energy conservation mode. On Android, you can swipe down from the top of your screen and tap Battery Saver (or Power saving) for the same effect. 

Not all who wander are lost, but you might be. Get ahead of any accidental detours by making use of Google Maps’ offline mode. Open Google Maps and...

July 12, 2018

MYOB Futurist in residence Keran McKenzie says the world is at a convergence when it comes to technology, and anything is possible - but it's not without its risks.McKenzie's role as a futurist is to try and predict what technology will be coming and when, as well as how it will affect businesses.

"Quantum computing will be massive. When you suddenly have computer power in objects that is greater than all of the computing power we have right now in the entire world - where a decent password right now could take up to 100-odd years for current computers to crack, it will take milliseconds for a quantum computer to crack," he says.

"Everyone has been saying it won't be a reality for another 10 to 15 years but Google have come out and said it will be a commercial reality in less than five years."

July 9, 2018

On 30 September 2018, Auckland Transport will launch a new bus network for the North Shore.

There will be new bus routes and new timetables. There will be new bus stops, while some existing bus stops will close.

Many existing bus users will need to re-plan their usual journeys and take different buses, possibly from different stops.

The New Network on the North Shore will be part of a simpler, more integrated public transport network for Auckland.

July 9, 2018

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced in the budget that from 1st December 2018, if you have a Community Service Card, your doctor's bill will be reduced by from $20-$30. How that will be implemented is yet to be announced. Keep watching this space!

July 9, 2018

The silver economy has been described as a “global megatrend driven by unprecedented ageing”. It includes public and consumer expenditure related to population ageing. Older Kiwis contribute significantly to the New Zealand economy; they contributed $20.6 billion as consumers in 2016, rising to a projected $94 billion in 2061, they also increasingly contribute as taxpayers, as wage earners, and as volunteers.

The SUPA-NZ Silver Economy research report showed the value of the Bay of Plenty silver economy alone sat at $2.55b in 2016 and is set to rise to $6.92b by 2031 and $15.62b by 2061. That’s bigger than the region’s booming kiwifruit economy.

July 9, 2018

Did you know that some doctors are now giving a far more comprehensive medical for drivers over the age of 75, particularly in relation to mental ability. For example, you might be asked to count backwards from 100 in 7s. You may be given 5 words or sentences which you have to repeat later. Perhaps you will have to draw a clock or be asked about a current news item, etc etc. Just be prepared but don't worry about it. It can't be too bad as both the writer and his wife recently passed and they didn't find it stressful. Also, not all doctors seem to have got on the bandwagon yet, so you may be lucky.

July 9, 2018

Did you realise that from 1st April 2018 we received a pay rise (i.e. our pension went up).

The rates are Single living alone after tax, on tax rate "M" $400.87; on tax rate "S" $382.02

For Married the total for the couple after tax is tax rate "M" $616.72 and tax rate "S" $579.02

For other combinations and more information go to

July 9, 2018

The Government is introducing a new winter energy payment to help older people and people on a benefit stay warm and healthy through winter.

You don’t need to apply to receive the payment. It will be paid automatically to everyone getting NZ Super, Veteran’s Pension, Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment or a Youth Service Payment. People can choose to opt out of getting it.

In 2018, the Winter Energy Payment will begin from 1 July to 30 September and from 2019 for five months from 1 May to 30 September.

The rate for single people (with no dependent children) will be $20.46 a week, and couples or people with dependent children will get $31.82.

The Winter Energy Payment won’t affect other payments such as Disability Allowance, Accommodation Supplement, Temporary Additional Support or Childcare Assistance.

If people are overseas for longer than four weeks, their Winter Energy Payment will stop while they’re out of the country. People who are getting Residential Care...

July 9, 2018

Helping older people navigate the health system. 
Information for older people to make decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, homecare, day care and rest homes. Go to 'Links" for the website or phone 0800 725 463.

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