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Sparks fly over 4G ad claims

Drinking apps such as 'Drink Thin' are encouraging kids to drink

Spark may go to Commerce Commission after Vodafone dug its heels in over its 4G advertising.

New internet cable's legal hurdle

Commerce Commission to look into competition implications of Spark, Vodafone and Telstra’s subsea cable.

Imagine N. Korea with no internet...

Privacy a luxury by 2025

gadgets

You probably want this Firefox phone

TRANSPARENT: The just-announced Fx0.

Is this the first Firefox OS phone worth taking a look at?

Civilian drones take off video

Despite ties with war and terror, drones are being touted as 'kickass' Christmas gifts.

Vodafone extends its 4G coverage in Invercargill, but the company may have to defend its claim it has the largest network.

Spark to Vodafone: quit bragging

Does Spark now have NZ's largest 4G network? They think they might, and want Vodafone to stop claiming otherwise.

games

10 great smartphone games

iPhone

That smartphone or tablet you got for Christmas is more than just a tool for surfing the web. It's a great gaming machine.

Philosophy with Portal

REVIEW: Talos is a puzzle game in the vein of Portal that also explores the implications of AI.

Gamers Starcraft

The politics gamers play

Rape threats are familiar to many accused of the crime of Gaming While Female.

social networking

Facing up to family on Facebook

Still learning: Older relatives new to Facebook may need to be told their shared posts can be seen by strangers.

Feeling red-faced or angry with the oversharing sister-in-law or mum? You’re not alone.

Hook-up apps put gay bars out of business

Social media apps are killing the gay bar scene, claiming as their latest victim New Zealand's longest-running gay venue.

Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny smiles before a court hearing in Moscow in August.

Facebook blocks Putin critic

Social network bows to pressure page protesting the imprisonment of anti-corruption blogger.

Apps

10 great smartphone games

iPhone

That smartphone or tablet you got for Christmas is more than just a tool for surfing the web. It's a great gaming machine.

An alternative to YouTube

Pluto pledges to be a more laid-back YouTube, with an almost broadcast TV ethos.

While Android has a much larger market-share, iPhone uses spend more on apps.

To Apple or Android?

Choosing between iPhone and Android is a common - and crucial - dilemma for startups.

Video

Xbox Live, Playstation hit by cyberattack

Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live taken down by hackers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.