'No one should be trapped' – third of all US seniors don't use internet, NZ similar

A new study that found a third of US citizens over 65 still don't use the internet is likely reflected among older New Zealanders, a tech expert says - and it may be inhibiting their lifestyles.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter acknowledged there were benefits and advantages of internet use, but ultimately it's important to broaden access and proficiency to technology for everyone.

"There's a growing divide in what people can do it they're offline compared to what they're doing if they're online," Mr Carter said.

"Closing those digital divides is something we're interested in, it's something the government has set a target about as well."  

A market research study commissioned by Internet NZ found 83 per cent of Kiwis over 60 years have internet access at home or work.

While the internet is often lumped with negative connotations such as cyber bullying and fake news, Mr Carter said a poll of Kiwis found over 80 per cent thought the benefits outweighed the negatives.

"People should have the choice, no one should be trapped into using any particular kind of technology to live their lives," Mr Carter said.

"But I think given people follow the money if you like there's going to be more and more stuff online."

"I mean look at the announcement last week of moving the Rugby World Cup to an online type platform."

Mr Carter said an obvious benefit the internet provides for the elderly is breaking down the barriers of distance and keeping in touch with friends and family.

The Pew Research Centre study found that 34 per cent of US adults over the age of 65 still don't use the internet.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter said there are many benefits of getting older Kiwi’s more internet savvy. Source: 1 NEWS


Meditation channel added to Virgin Australia's in-flight system to help anxious travellers

A meditation channel has been added to Virgin Australia's long-haul flight entertainment system to make flying less stressful.

The airline announced this today after Virgin's founder Sir Richard Branson launched a new partnership with the not-for-profit group, Smiling Mind.

Founded in 2012, Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators, and has over 2.6 million app downloads.

Virgin Australia’s public affairs manager of operations Libby Armstrong said the programme will be especially useful for those travelling with anxiety.

Early next year, the airline will also implement a ticking box in their booking system which allows travellers to discreetly identify their travel anxiety, giving them extra support during the flight.  

These passengers will then be directed to Smiling Mind's in-flight meditations on the entertainment system.

"Travelling is stressful, and I think it’s the lack of control people have about travelling. If we can give back a bit of control, that will make all the difference," Ms Armstrong told  The Daily Telegraph.

"I know lots of people who have been struck by anxiety and it’s a horrible thing to have to suffer. Hopefully (the in-flight meditations) will introduce more people to meditation as well because it could be an added weapon for people to overcome their fears," said Sir Richard. 

Nine News reporter Mike Dalton went along for the ride. Source: Nine


Princess Eugenie's wedding set to be less of a global spectacle than Prince Harry's, more of a family affair

It's time for another royal wedding at Windsor Castle — but this time it's less of a global TV spectacle and more of a family affair.

Despite large signs at the castle's ticket booth welcoming people to the wedding, many visitors seem unaware that Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will marry tequila company executive James Brooksbank at 11pm tonight NZT.

Princess Eugenie is the 28-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and ninth in line for the throne. She has lived most of her life outside the media spotlight, and keeps a low profile compared to cousins Prince William and Prince Harry and their glamorous wives.

1 NEWS Europe Correspondent Joy Reid has the latest ahead of the big day in Windsor, England. Source: Breakfast

That's reflected in the souvenir shops that line the streets leading to the imposing castle. Royal wedding merchandise fill the windows — but they feature Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who also married at Windsor Castle in May in a spectacular, globally televised ceremony.

Snippets of the wedding will be shown on British TV, but only one channel, ITV, is planning to provide live coverage of the proceedings.

Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are following a precedent set by Prince Harry and Meghan by inviting 1,200 members of the public to the castle grounds for a better view of the festivities.

Mr Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie have dated for many years. The couple says he got down on one knee and proposed in January during a trip to Nicaragua while the couple was visiting a spectacular lake next to a volcano.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 20, 2017 file photo, Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arrive for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England. Buckingham Palace said Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 there will be military fanfare and red velvet cake when Princess Eugenie marries drinks-company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Princess Eugenie marries drinks-company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel. Source: Associated Press


California using Australian shark detection technology

An Australian company's shark detection technology has been selected for a pilot program aimed at keeping swimmers and surfers safe at some of California's iconic beaches.

Fremantle-based Smart Marine Systems deployed its Clever Buoy Technology at Newport Beach's Balboa Beach Pier this week.

The sonar-equipped buoy, part of a 60-day pilot program, alerts lifeguards to sharks through an app.

A triathlete was lucky to survive a great white shark attack while swimming 140 metres off a nearby beach in 2016 and last month a 13-year-old boy was critically injured by a great white while diving for lobsters at another southern California beach.

A shark fin (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS

'Trump is on his hero's journey right now,' says Kanye West during free-styling White House meeting with US President

Declaring that his red "MAGA" hat makes him "feel like Superman," rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office today.

The musician wore a Make America Great Again hat during the meeting. Source: Breakfast

Ahead of a private lunch, President Donald Trump and West spoke with reporters as they sat across from each other at the Resolute desk. West dominated the conversation with a series of monologues that touched on social policy, mental health, endorsement deals and his support for the president.

"Trump is on his hero's journey right now," West said, tossing out an expletive to describe himself.

West said that many people believe that, if you're black, you have to be a Democrat and said he was pressured not to wear his red "Make America Great Again" hat. But he said "this hat, it gives me power."

West credited Trump with preventing a war with North Korea and encouraged Trump to swap his usual Air Force One for a hydrogen-powered plane. West also argued that Trump deserved more respect, saying: "if he don't look good, we don't look good."

During one pause in West's comments, Trump said: "I tell you what that was pretty impressive." He also described West as a "smart cookie".

The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Trump recently expressed support for. Trump said he was open to other ideas.

Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a "Saturday Night Live" show wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

West is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who pushed Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender this year.

West dominated the conversation with a series of monologues that touched on social policy, mental health, endorsement deals. Source: 1 NEWS