Stories by Computerworld Staff

Why is robot autonomy so difficult?

Roboticists at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals discuss with Computerworld the difficulties of creating fully autonomous robots that can handle tasks without human intervention. Many of the robots at last week's finals were semi-autonomous or relied on human operators.

Tip of the Hat: Decoding the Net neutrality decision

Despite widespread criticism of this week's court ruling that the FCC can't keep broadband and mobile service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web traffic and apps, the effects aren't obvious to most consumers.

In pictures: Gen-i opens new Christchurch data centre

Gen-i this week opened its new $10.5 million data centre, based a Perimeter Road site within the Christchurch International Airport campus. The new data centre was launched by Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and Information Technology.

Computerworld to remain in New Zealand

Technology titles Computerworld, Reseller News and PC World will continue to operate in the New Zealand market once returned to licence owner IDG next month.

Computerworld to leave Fairfax stable

Fairfax Magazines will resign the licences, owned by IDG, to publish Computerworld,and sister publications Reseller News and PC World early next month.

Gen-i sells consulting arm

Gen-i has agreed to sell Davanti Consulting to Davanti principal consultants Justin Hamilton, Matt Farrar and Robert Carter through a management buyout.

Vodafone launches rural 4G trial

Vodafone has announced its first rural trial of 4G technology in the Lake Brunner area of the South Island's West Coast.  The trial will run until the end of July using 700 MHz technology. 

Video: Boston Marathon explosion

A fixed camera at IDG's Boston offices captured the moment two explosions rocked the finish line of today's Boston Marathon. The camera shakes slightly and then smoke envelopes the view.

Two million Census 2013 forms completed online

Almost two million forms were completed online in the 2013 Census, or about 35 percent of the total census forms submitted, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson has announced. 
The online figure matches a prediction made by Statistics New Zealand on the eve of the census.
“The uptake of the online option makes New Zealand a world leader in terms of collecting census forms online," says Williamson in a statement. "At its peak on Census Day on March 5 the system handled 130,000 forms an hour."
Online uptake was higher in Oamaru, according to the ministry, where a pilot scheme was run that gave residents letters containing internet access codes only. Those people had to request hard copy forms if they wanted them. The rest of the country had forms and access codes hand-delivered.
Results are still being worked through for Oamaru, but Statistics says more than 65 percent of census forms were completed online in the pilot area.
“The success of this pilot will help in planning for the next census," says Williamson.
“In the meantime, Statistics New Zealand now has the enormous job of processing more than 5.6 million forms (online and hardcopy), with the results being available from December this year."

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