The rise of the Fitbit kids

Fitbits come in many colours.

8:48 AM  In the UK, a mother withdrew her child from school because it stopped him from wearing his fitness bracelet.

New Siri to debut next month

When the new Siri launches, sometime in mid-to-late September, it won't be available in all apps.

4 min ago  Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, soon will be on more apps - but not all.

Hope for digital wallet fades

This only works in New Zealand if you have an Android phone and the store has a contactless payment terminal.

The day I leave my wallet at home and rely on my smartphone for buying things is not getting any closer.

What to expect from Apple's event

The main speculation is that the company is going to break with its normal upgrade rhythm this year.

Apple has confirmed it will have an event on September 8 at which it is expected to introduce a new iPhone.

Fitbit tracker for swimming

The Fitbit Charge 2, left, and the Flex 2 will soon be available in New Zealand.

The company is also releasing an motivational feature called Adventures that will be available to all Fitbit users.

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New Siri to debut next month

When the new Siri launches, sometime in mid-to-late September, it won't be available in all apps.

Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, soon will be on more apps - but not all.

Apple told to pay billions in back taxes

Ireland has been told it must recover NZ$20 billion in illegal tax benefits from Apple.

Ireland has been told it must recover NZ$20 billion in illegal tax benefits from Apple.

Cell phones saving languages

Rather than destroying remote languages, cell phones and other technology are in fact helping to save them.

New research suggests texting and emailing are saving endangered languages, not destroying them.

Cinema ran out of films in 2014 video

Hollywood blockbusters are on their way back to Taihape's Majestic Theatre.

Unable to keep pace with technology, this rural cinema was stuck playing old movies.

Gene Wilder dies aged 83 video

Gene Wilder was best known as Willy Wonka.

Willy Wonka star kept illness secret because he "couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world."

Facebook trending fake news

Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly is not leaving the company.

Three days after announcing humans would no longer write descriptions, fake news starting appearing.

Watch a building burn video

VR will let users see just how fast fire can take hold.

GoPros, google maps and virtual reality will help you escape a burning building better.

No property data for Trade Me

Trade Me has been denied access to property data in the Stratford District Council.

Taranaki's smallest council has refused to play ball with the online auction site.

Warning for iPhone users

Apple was warned and fixed the flaw with an update to iOS, version 9.3.5.

If you have an iPhone, you need to update iOS now, owners are told.

Turn your eyes into a mouse

The tech industry is looking for a new human-machine interface - this time, one that will make virtual-reality headsets ...

The man who invented the LeapPad tablet for kids is betting the killer app is right in front of your face: the eyes.

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digital living

Software replaces photographer

When the time came to select pictures for a website, Massimo Portincaso didn't want to entrust a photographer with the job.

The system works in a similar way to how Pandora's algorithm suggests music recommendations.

Microchips give Jedi powers

Shanti Korporaal has the power to wave through doors that the rest of us would need to open by key fob.

Trick to choosing right password

WhatsApp in privacy uproar

gadgets

Watch a building burn video

VR will let users see just how fast fire can take hold.

GoPros, google maps and virtual reality will help you escape a burning building better.

Turn your eyes into a mouse

The tech industry is looking for a new human-machine interface - this time, one that will make virtual-reality headsets ...

The man who invented the LeapPad tablet for kids is betting the killer app is right in front of your face: the eyes.

Porsche's self-adjusting tech

With InnoDrive, the car scans the next three kilometres of road it is about to cover and adapts its suspension systems ...

Porsche's new Panamera offers groundbreaking new road scanning technology.

Is this camera a DSLR killer?

The Fujifilm X-T2 is due to go on sale in New Zealand on September 8.

The Fujifilm X-T2 is a serious camera designed for someone who wants the best from their photography.

games

eSports 'tsunami' coming to NZ

The New Zealand Gaming Championship offers Kiwi League of Legends players an opportunity to compete.

The New Zealand eSports Federation reckons its time we started taking eSports seriously.

A (Pokémon) fight at the museum

Rare Pokemon will lurk among the exhibits at the Nelson Provincial Museum over the next few days.

How do you attract more young people to see rare artefacts? Drop a Pokemon Go lure of course.

Pokemon Go is in decline

A man plays Pokemon Go game on a smartphone.

Data shows Pokemon Go's daily active users, downloads and engagement are all well off their peaks.

New consoles signal big changes

The white Xbox One S is 40 per cent smaller than the original black Xbox One and features support for 4K high-definition ...

The new models are an opportunity to capitalise on technologies that have become more mainstream.

social networking

Twitter finally deals with abuse

Twitter's automated moderation tool hides tweets that are abusive, threatening or spammy.

The automated moderation tool hides tweets that are abusive, threatening or spammy.

Rare disease patient heads to clinic

Josie Galbraith has been living with a debilitating muscle condition for the past 18 years.

Josie Galbraith can't open jars, slice food, or walk very far, all because of a muscle condition she has been living with for 18 years.

Inside the world of food porn videos

Whether it's Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, it's just about impossible to miss a recipe on social media.

It's a cut-throat industry in the world of Facebook and Snapchat recipe videos.

Why celebrities left social media

Leslie Jones temporarily left Twitter days after the release of her movie, following a particularly intense wave of ...

Many high-profile individuals have avoided or quit social media recently, often because of waves of abuse.

apps

Apple testing social video app

The app will allow users to record clips, then apply stickers or filters before sharing them to friends.

The app will allow users to record clips, then apply stickers or filters before sharing them to friends.

Google Duo v Apple Facetime

Google duo app will be available for Kiwis soon.

While Duo may be aimed at FaceTime, I'm not convinced it's going to convince iPhone users to switch to Android.

Dare game like movie version

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in a scene from Nerve.

Double Dog is a game that allows users to send and receive dares within the community on the app.

Explained: Android Nougat

New emoji, new quick settings and a new split-screen mode feature in Android Nougat.

Nougat changes the way Android works on your smartphone in several fundamental ways.

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Cinema ran out of films in 2014

Unable to keep pace with technology, this rural cinema was stuck playing old movies.

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