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Spark NZ launches IoT network across New Zealand

ZDNet

New Zealand mobile telecommunications company Spark NZ has announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) network, which is currently available in "60 percent of the places New Zealanders live and work." The LoRaWAN IoT network has been switched on in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Shannon, Blenheim, Nelson, and Dunedin. It will additionally provide coverage by June 2018 to Queenstown, Whangarei, Pukekohe, Gisborne, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Timaru, Hastings, and Invercargill, with the latter two to go live within weeks. The network consists of gateways and antennas installed atop Spark NZ's 4G cell sites, with the telco using Actility's ThingPark Wireless platform, Kerlink's gateways, and Kordia to build and maintain the network. Spark NZ said it will enable business and local governments to deploy sensors across infrastructure including vehicles, machinery, rubbish bins, car parks, and livestock, with the telco saying it would cost around AU$1.79 per cow to connect each month to track location and body temperature.


Cops bust teen who allegedly used Twitter to clog 911 lines

Mashable

Law enforcement in Arizona recently arrested a teenager in connection with a Twitter scheme to clog 911 phone lines. The 18-year-old allegedly almost took down several emergency lines in the Phoenix area, as well as some in Texas and California. SEE ALSO: How an attack on a company you've never heard of crushed the internet He's been charged with three counts of computer tampering, according to the local ABC News affiliate. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reportedly linked the teen to a San Francisco-based account that tweeted a link that forced Twitter users to call 911 whenever a user clicked on it, causing a storm of calls for some emergency lines. The 18-year-old said the whole thing was a prank gone wrong.


Now more than a pretty face

FOX News

Paige Spiranac can now post on Instagram with her head held high. The golf stunner, who became an Internet sensation last season thanks to her penchant for sultry selfies, notched her first victory as a professional this week when she topped the field at a Cactus Tour event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Spiranac closed with an impressive 4-under 68 on Wednesday to force a playoff with top amateur Hannah O'Sullivan at Orange Tree Country Club. The Cactus Tour is a series of women's events in the Phoenix area. Spiranac turned pro after graduating from San Diego State last year, and her Internet popularity helped her garner an invite to the Dubai Ladies Masters in December.


Google's robotic spinoff launches ride-hailing service

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google's self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles malfunction. The service debuting Wednesday marks a significant milestone for Waymo, a company that began as a secretive project within Google in 2009. Since then, its cars have robotically logged more than 10 million miles on public roads in 25 cities in California, Arizona, Washington, Michigan and Georgia while getting into only a few accidents - mostly fender benders. Google's self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology.


Waymo to launch self-driving car service within two months

ZDNet

Waymo, the Alphabet-owned autonomous car company, plans to launch its first commercial self-driving car service within two months, Waymo's chief executive said Tuesday. When the service does launch, some of its biggest customers are expected to be other businesses that want to provide rides for their own customers. Since Waymo launched its Early Rider pilot program in Chandler, Arizona last year, a number of businesses including Walmart, Avis Budget Group and AutoNation have expressed interest in the self-driving car service, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said Tuesday at The Wall Street Journal's WSJ Tech D.Live conference. "This is a whole other channel of demand we really hadn't thought deeply about that could end up being a really significant driver of business," he said. Waymo's initial business will be limited to the Phoenix area, Krafcik said.