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Facebook takes blame for outages

Company admits the hour-long block in access, which also hit other major internet sites, was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.

Why trolling works so well

flame war

Noxious online comments can trigger flight-or-fight reflexes - and often, one's instinct is to fight.

Hackers claim Facebook outage

Facebook

Hackers claim they crashed social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram.

Anti-cyclist group not hatersĀ 

Administrators of the "NZ Drivers against idiot cyclists" Facebook page say they are not anti-cyclist, despite comments inciting members to "mow" down cyclists.

Administrators of an anti-cyclist Facebook page deny it is a "hate page" despite vile comments.

WikiLeaks blasts Google

The Australian Taxation Office is already investigating the tax strategies of eight tech companies, including Apple and Google.

WikiLeaks alleges the company waited 2-1/2 years to tell members that it had turned over their emails to the US government.

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digital living

Sluggish Windows still hurts Microsoft

UNDER PRESSURE: Declining PC sales are hurting Windows sales for Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella is seen here, but the market appears to be stabilising.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San Francisco

PC maker's quarterly profit slips to US$5.9 billion on strong US dollar and weak software sales.

Ford moves into Silicon Valley

New California centre focused on connectivity, mobility, autonomy.

Vodafone to offer free Neon sweetener

'Basically nothing is safe'

gadgets

iPhone helps Apple smash sales records

'PRETTY AMAZING': The surge in sales of Apple's signature smartphones helped make up for an expected decline in sales of iPad tablets.

19 min ago  Apple had another blowout quarter, earning $100b in three months thanks to 'staggering' demand for its phones.

Batteries still suck

Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, but that's nowhere near enough.

The G Flex 2.

G Flex 2 release date announced

LG said it will start selling its new curved smartphone next week - but only in South Korea.

games

Japan park's play for western geeks gallery

Watch out for Zinogre deep in Monster Hunter: The Real.

Fancy being chased by zombies? Now's your chance.

Modded Mario gains artificial intelligence

German researchers have injected artificial intelligence into Nintendo's Mario so he can develop a personality and behaviour of his own.

Thief was unoriginal and unnecessary.

2014's top 10 disappointing games

Many great games were released last year, but some did not live up to the hype. Here are our top 10 most disappointing games of last year.

social networking

Anti-cyclist FB group no 'hate page'

Administrators of the "NZ Drivers against idiot cyclists" Facebook page say they are not anti-cyclist, despite comments inciting members to "mow" down cyclists.

Administrators of an anti-cyclist Facebook page deny it is a "hate page" despite vile comments.

What does your Facebook profile say about you?

New research shows Facebook knows you better than your nearest and dearest. Should you be worried?

Japan launches a "crappy" meme war against IS.

Japan takes on Islamic State gallery

Social media users in Japan are taking on Islamic State militants with a "crappy" meme war.

Apps

Google's new Translate app shines

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Google's new Translate app is an advanced mobile-translating tool that's "so much more natural" than its predecessor.

Virtual rebuild tour to be app

Cantabrians will soon be able to keep tabs on the Christchurch rebuild using their smart phones.

RIDING HIGH: Apple's app billings surged by 50 per cent in 2014, new figures show.

Apple feasts on hunger for apps

Apple and thousands of mobile software developers are feasting on people's seemingly insatiable app-etites.

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Space like you've never seen it before

NASA has released its highest quality image ever; boasting 1000 times the resolution of a regular high-definition picture.

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