Apple watchers count down to Apple Watch

Apple watchers count down to Apple Watch

Apple is set to raise the curtain on the Apple Watch, a wearable gizmo the company has billed as its next big thing. The event on Monday, announced with the coy clock reference "spring forward", is expected to finally fill in the blanks on its smartwatch, which Apple announced last year and plans to start selling some time in April. Apple Watch is the company's foray into the emerging wearable t…

  • Hockey urges use of cheap money AAP - 3 hours ago
    Hockey urges use of cheap money

    Treasurer Joe Hockey has urged businesses to use record low borrowing rates to turbo-charge the economy. Mr Hockey on Friday conducted a media blitz a day after releasing the five-yearly Intergenerational Report. The report warned of lower incomes, tax hikes, higher government debt and massive budget deficits for the next four decades unless action is taken to improve productivity, workforce participation and economic growth. "There's a lot of money out there and it's looking for returns," Mr Hockey said.

  • Miners fall out of share market's top 200 AAP - 3 hours ago
    Miners fall out of share market's top 200

    The latest changes to the share market's list of top 200 companies reflects the tough times facing the mining industry. In their quarterly update of the top 200 list, which is based on each company's market value, Standard & Poor's and Dow Jones have removed six companies. All six are resources firms, and half of those are iron ore miners. Atlas Iron, BC Iron and Mount Gibson Iron have been demoted, reflecting sharp drops in their market values as the price of iron ore continued to fall.

  • $A weakens ahead of US non-farm payrolls AAP - 6 hours ago

    The Australian dollar is weaker as traders await American employment figures. Traders will be watching US non-farm payrolls data for February to see if it increases the chance of a near-term interest rate rise by the US Federal Reserve, ANZ senior foreign exchange strategist Daniel Been said.

  • Resources sector weighs on share market AAP - 6 hours ago

    The share market has suffered its first weekly fall since mid-January, as a drop in iron prices caused its third daily retreat this week. Weakness in the mining and energy sectors drove Friday's slight ...

  • Bond market flat ahead of US jobs data AAP - 6 hours ago

    The bond market is relatively steady as financial markets wait on the release of US employment figures. Traders want to see the February US non-farm payrolls data, to be unveiled on Friday night, before dipping back into the market, Commonwealth Bank head of debt research Adam Donaldson said. A healthy set of US jobs figures would be unlikely to substantially weaken the Australian bond market, as financial markets continue to expect another local interest rate cut, Mr Donaldson said.

  • Q&A on Samsung's new mobile pay AAP - 6 hours ago

    Last northern autumn, Apple launched Apple Pay, bringing mobile-payment technology to the iPhone. Samsung now wants to get that on Android phones - at least the ones it makes. Samsung's payment service won't come until this northern summer, and will launch only in the US and South Korea at first. Here's what's known about Samsung Pay and how it compares with Apple Pay and Google's own efforts for Android.

  • Building activity shrinks despite rate cut AAP - 6 hours ago
    Building activity shrinks despite rate cut

    Construction activity continued to fall in February as an interest rate cut failed to encourage new orders. Australia's building sector shrank for the fourth month in a row even through the Reserve Bank cut the cash rate to a new record low of 2.25 per cent. Building activity levels fell two points to 43.9, which is well below the 50 level separating growth from decline as new orders tumbled, the Australian Industry Group-Housing Industry Association (HIA) barometer showed.

  • Resources sector weighs on Aust market AAP - 7 hours ago

    The Australian share market has closed slightly lower after weaker iron ore prices weighed on the resources sector and investors await the release of jobs data in the United States. CMC Markets chief market ...

  • Stocks to watch at close on Friday AAP - 7 hours ago

    Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at the close on Friday: AGO - ATLAS IRON - down one cent, or 5.7 per cent, at 16.5 cents ARI - ARRIUM - down one cent, or 4.9 per cent, at 19.5 cents BCI ...

  • Aust shares close flat AAP - 7 hours ago

    The Australian share market has closed virtually flat, with the mining sector, hit by another iron ore price drop, weighing on the broader market. At the close on Friday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index ...

  • Blue Chip's Bryers banned from managing NZ firms for … BusinessDesk - 7 hours ago

    Former Blue Chip boss Mark Bryers has been discharged from his five-and-a-half year bankruptcy, though he's banned from acting as a manager or director in New Zealand for another seven years because of the risk he poses to the public. In the High Court in Auckland, Associate Judge Jeremy Doogue today lifted the long-running bankruptcy order hanging over Bryers' head, that prevented him from holding director or management roles in Australia, where he's lived since 2006. The judge decided Bryers still poses a continuing risk, and has "little insight into the harm that he has done", though the chance of returning to New Zealand was a small one. "It is clear that the reason why he wishes to be discharged from bankruptcy is not so that he can return to New Zealand to resume business, but so that he can play an active part in businesses in Australia, such as the Talos enterprise, without risking contravention of Australian Corporation Law," the judgment said.

  • New WA uranium mine a step closer AAP - 7 hours ago

    Canadian uranium producer Cameco is a step closer to mining the remote Kintyre uranium deposit in Western Australia. WA environment minister Albert Jacob has granted the company conditional environmental approval to develop the remote east Pilbara project after more than four years of consultation and environmental studies. Over 2,500 public submissions were received during the review period, and 17 appeals were lodged against the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) recommendations to approve the mine. Cameco Australia managing director Brian Reilly said the company was taking prudent steps to prepare its Australian projects for a development decision, once market conditions are suitable.

  • MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 rises to record led by Genesis … BusinessDesk - 7 hours ago

    New Zealand shares rose led by Genesis Energy and paced by Spark New Zealand, as the international hunt for income paying investment returned. Warehouse Group fell after it cut its forecast for the annual dividend. Contact Energy gained 1.2 percent to $6.13. Precinct Properties New Zealand increased 0.8 percent to $1.205.

  • NZ dollar heads for 0.9% weekly decline as US jobs … BusinessDesk - 8 hours ago

    The New Zealand dollar is heading for a 0.9 percent weekly decline ahead of US employment figures, which will provide a gauge on the strength of the world's biggest economy and give the greenback its next cue for a direction. The kiwi fell to 74.95 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 75.60 cents on Friday in New York last week. The trade-weighted index fell to 78.14 from 78.66 yesterday, and is heading for a 0.3 percent weekly decline. A BusinessDesk survey of 12 currency traders and strategists predicted the kiwi would trade between 74.20 US cents and 77.60 cents this week.

  • The week in numbers to March 6 AAP - 8 hours ago

    The big and small numbers that grabbed attention - or should have - in the business world over the past week. Monday: 10.8 per cent - Myer's chief executive Bernie Brookes and chief financial officer Mark ...

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  • McDonald's dropping human antibiotics from chicken AP - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 7:20 AM NZDT
    McDonald's dropping human antibiotics from chicken

    McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.

  • McDonald's Takes a Cue From Chipotle With Latest Menu Change Entrepreneur - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 6:29 AM NZDT
    McDonald's Takes a Cue From Chipotle With Latest Menu Change

    The fast-food chain rolled out a new antibiotics policy in an effort to mend its reputation.

  • Apple Overtakes Samsung as the World's No. 1 Smartphone Seller Entrepreneur - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 6:24 AM NZDT
    Apple Overtakes Samsung as the World's No. 1 Smartphone Seller

    The Cupertino, Calif. tech titan has stolen the South Korean electronic giant's thunder in the smartphone sales war for the first time since 2011. But upstart Xiaomi might have the most to boast about....

  • Vince Vaughn coming to a free stock image near you Entrepreneur - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 6:23 AM NZDT
    Vince Vaughn coming to a free stock image near you

    Getty Images teams up with the cast of the upcoming film 'Unfinished Business.'

  • McDonald's to use chicken without human antibiotics Associated Press - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 5:08 AM NZDT
    McDonald's to use chicken without human antibiotics

    McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. The company says the ...

  • Honey, we shrunk the SUV _ and Europe loves it Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 11:21 PM NZDT
    Honey, we shrunk the SUV _ and Europe loves it

    In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrunken Utility Vehicle. An array of ever-smaller sport-utility vehicles and SUV crossovers is going on display this week at the Geneva Auto Show. Automakers are piling ...

  • Popeyes CEO on rivals, why deep-fried wins on menus Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 11:15 AM NZDT
    Popeyes CEO on rivals, why deep-fried wins on menus

    Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder isn't shy about sharing her opinion of competitors' chicken. The 58-year-old executive's frankness isn't surprising considering Popeyes turnaround during her tenure represents ...

  • Target to cut thousands of jobs in restructuring CNBC - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 9:46 AM NZDT
    Target to cut thousands of jobs in restructuring

    Target's chief executive said Tuesday the company will cut several thousand jobs within the next two years as part of a $2 billion cost-savings plan.

  • GENEVA AUTO SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Speed and luxury dominate Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 6:19 AM NZDT
    GENEVA AUTO SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Speed and luxury dominate

    These cars may come with outrageous price tags, but it doesn't cost to goggle. Here's a look at some of the models showcased at the car show in Geneva, where automakers focused on powerful sports cars ...

  • WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Gadget fans in Barcelona Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 5:44 AM NZDT
    WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Gadget fans in Barcelona

    Gadget lovers from around the world are in Barcelona to view the latest in handheld and wireless technology. Here's a look at the event, where BlackBerry unveiled its new Leap, which has a five-inch display ...