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.

Dare game is 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.

Master web time waster

A college course where students could get credit for "wasting time" online? The internet bought into it, with a mix of ...

We all waste time on the internet, but this guy became an expert on it.

Chargeable bags feed your gadgets

This BirkSun Boost Sport backpack uses solar power to recharge.

Backpacks that have charging and data-storing features are a booming business and sales are up almost 5 per cent.

Harambe zoo deletes Twitter account

Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, was killed earlier this year.

"@CincinnatiZoo deleted their Twitter just like they deleted Harambe", wrote one Twitter user.

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Greenpeace 'spam attack' slammed

Thousands of templated emails intended for Hawke's Bay regional councillors have also swamped anaesthetist Roger Scott's ...

An anaesthetist fears patient data may have been lost in a torrent of emails sent to his councillor wife.

The gigs are up

With a transition to the internet age, New Zealand pushes for more fibre connections.

Kiwis are surfing more with an increasing need for speed.

Are extreme sports good for you?

The original Point Break planting the skydiving seed for many of us...

It seems those adrenaline junkies may be on to something when it comes to mental health.

'To my daughter's drug dealer'

"To my daughter's drug dealer," she wrote, "this is how I spend my daughter's birthday now," Tina Louden wrote.

Instead of hugging Ashley on her 28th birthday, Tina Louden caressed the urn bearing her ashes and posted a message.

How to keep your emails safe

Be careful with your emotions and what you write about other people in emails, unless you want them broadcast to the world.

Be careful with your emotions and what you write about other people in emails, unless you want them broadcast to the world.

Throttle down for self-drive cars video

150415. News. KEVIN STENT/FAIRFAX NZ.  Tesla S owner Sean Dick in auto pilot on the Wellington motorway.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges wants trials to begin this year - but is technology ready?

Map hack makes travel easier

My saved places extend all over the world.

Feature allows you to keep track of everything you see or read about that sounds interesting.

Self-driving cars closer than you think

Uber's self-driving Volvo, being tested in Pittsburgh this month.

Government keen on self-driving car tests in NZ by the end of the year, but don't tear up your driver's licence yet.

New Android version released

Nexus-branded devices should receive a free upgrade to Android 7.0, nicknamed "Nougat", during the next few weeks.

Google is ready to start sending out the latest version of its Android operating system to a handful of devices.

Drones used to patrol beaches

The drone is being used on Poniente beach at the eastern costal town of Benidorm, Spain.

Spanish authorities have rolled out the new technology to detect swimmers and boats in trouble.

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Greenpeace 'spam attack' slammed

Thousands of templated emails intended for Hawke's Bay regional councillors have also swamped anaesthetist Roger Scott's ...

An anaesthetist fears patient data may have been lost in a torrent of emails sent to his councillor wife.

The gigs are up

Kiwis are surfing more with an increasing need for speed.

'To my daughter's drug dealer'

How to keep your emails safe

gadgets

Android coming to Chromebook PCs

The Google Play Store - and 2.2 million Android apps, are coming to Chromebooks in the next few months.

The Google Play Store - and 2.2 million Android apps, are coming to Chromebooks in the next few months.

Switched on to service

Blenheim Electronics staff Sam Tennent, left, and Phillip Albrey have been winning awards with their customer service.

Staff at a popular Blenheim store are so switched on to customer service they have been named the best in the business.

Breakthrough in battery power

Devices that include the new kind of battery could go for twice as long without needing to be plugged in.

Researchers have made a rechargeable battery that lasts twice as long as today's versions.

Rise of the drones

Drone enthusiast and expert flyer Kevin Searles took up the hobby three years ago.

"It's when people take their eye off the drone that problems happen."

games

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.

New Deus Ex scores political points

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Game that sparked outrage for using "mechanical apartheid" in marketing material deserves credit for tackling tough issues.

PS4 Slim images leak

Could this be the PS4 Slim?

Images of a PlayStation 4 Slim model appeared to have leaked online via a UK auction site.

No Man's Sky: Six things I learned

No Man's Sky transports players to a fictional sci-fi galaxy populated by an almost infinite number of planets.

To say No Man's Sky is ambitious is a galactic understatement.

social networking

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.

Opponents elated, developer disappointed by unitary plan decision

Auckland Council overturned a Unitary Plan recommendation that would have seen intensive development on a pristine ...

Auckland Council overturned a Unitary Plan recommendation that would have seen intensive development on a pristine estuary in the north of Auckland.

apps

Map hack makes travel easier

My saved places extend all over the world.

Feature allows you to keep track of everything you see or read about that sounds interesting.

New Android version released

Nexus-branded devices should receive a free upgrade to Android 7.0, nicknamed "Nougat", during the next few weeks.

Google is ready to start sending out the latest version of its Android operating system to a handful of devices.

'Plain Janes' win in online dating

Online dating frees you from the notion that people should fall at your feet.

For women on Tinder and other dating apps, being attractive is something that likely works against them.

Pokemon Go stopbank concerns

The Mangaone Stream, near Pioneer Highway.

Council concerned lazy Pokemon Go players may drive their cars along stream banks.

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Throttle down for self-drive cars

Transport Minister Simon Bridges wants trials to begin this year - but is technology ready?

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