The great NZ data binge

The average Kiwi household's data usage is doubling almost every year watching shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The online television revolution is driving a massive surge in household internet use.

Leading Facebook faux pas

Today, our internet selves are an extension - however curated - of our 'real' lives.

Facebook users are offended by things they didn't used to be.

What Zuckerberg told Harvard

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges a cheer from the crowd before receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Facebook founder tells millennials: "It's time for our generation-defining public works. Let's do big things."

Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox

Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment.

Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment.

Microsoft nears AR future

A laser projects onto the near-eye display, making images appear more sharply than ever before through simple glasswear. ...

​As augmented reality technology improves, the holography of Iron Man and Avatar moves a step closer.

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Hands on: Microsoft Studio

​Microsoft's Surface Studio is one of the more curious moves made by Microsoft

​Microsoft's Surface Studio is one of the more curious moves made by Microsoft.

NZ's oldest Facebooker?

Jean Leslie, 99, uses Facebook to connect with relatives like her granddaughter Melissa Tripe.

Even with just 62 'friends', this 99-year-old still gets fed up with some of the stuff other people 'like'.

Moving away from TV

Broadband use jumps sharply at 3.30pm in Marlborough, as children come home from school. (File photo)

Broadband use skyrockets in Marlborough on back of streaming and online gaming.

Let 'Stan' the robot park your car video

"Stan" the robot that will park your car at the Charles De Gaulle airport.

There's now no need to worry about where you've left your car at the airport.

Old-school tech saves the day

When technology failed, a judge improvised in traditional fashion.

Courtroom audio link fails, so judge holds up signs for prisoner to read.

Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses.

Serena Williams accepts a new challenge - in Silicon Valley

Serena Williams plans to work with tech companies on diversity.

She says she wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry's most vexing problems.

Surface Pro returns as Microsoft unveils a third option in its laptop lineup

Surface Pro returns

Microsoft has reintroduced its Surface Pro hybrid device, unveiling a brand new portable machine the company insists is no longer a tablet that can act as a laptop, but is instead "the most versatile laptop we've ever built".

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

Microsoft Surface gets a battery boost.

The new, fifth-generation device won't look or feel drastically different from its predecessor. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids.

Sshh! Ashley Madison is 'back' video

The Ashley Madison website tagline is: "Life is short. Have an affair."

The dating site, which encourages affairs and was hacked in 2015, now claims more users than ever.

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digital living

NZ's oldest Facebooker?

Jean Leslie, 99, uses Facebook to connect with relatives like her granddaughter Melissa Tripe.

Even with just 62 'friends', this 99-year-old still gets fed up with some of the stuff other people 'like'.

Moving away from TV

Broadband use skyrockets in Marlborough on back of streaming and online gaming.

Google knows where you shop

Facebook rulebooks leaked video

gadgets

Surface Pro returns as Microsoft unveils a third option in its laptop lineup

Surface Pro returns

Microsoft has reintroduced its Surface Pro hybrid device, unveiling a brand new portable machine the company insists is no longer a tablet that can act as a laptop, but is instead "the most versatile laptop we've ever built".

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

Microsoft Surface gets a battery boost.

The new, fifth-generation device won't look or feel drastically different from its predecessor. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids.

Google VR headset teased

Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016.

Google's next-generation virtual reality headset will reportedly not require a PC or phone to run games.

Pet cam comforts

Alfie the cat puts the spy camera to the test at Springlands Veterinary Centre.

The gadget-like technology enables on-call vets to check on, and talk to, pets without having to leave the house.

Games

Virtual sports taking off video

Junpei Sasaki playing "HADO", in which competitors in head-mounted augmented-reality displays and armband sensors dodge ...

Twelve new sports have been certified in Japan. They all take place in the virtual arena.

Xbox for the p....

Co-owner Jonny Kirkpatrick gives the interactive digital urinal a go at Dux Central in Christchurch.

Forget urinal cake football, now you can drive a racing car while you wee.

Review: Prey

Morgan Yu, playable as either male or female, isn’t exactly a silent protagonist but they’re pretty close.

Prey is a polished game that does a lot of good storytelling, despite not having a particularly original plot.

Review: The Falconers

The Falconers follows Cassie Winter, a young member of a global organisation known as the Order of the Falcon.

New Zealand is a perfect setting for a video game, and this game is proof.

social networking

Crash sparks car seat safety warning

Lailah and Davin Flynn were unharmed in a car accident thanks to their mother's diligent car seat safety.

Mum pleads with parents to remove jackets from children in car seats after terrifying crash.

Does Madam Woo live up to hype?

The pork and prawn sui mai have a chunky and chewy filling, just how you want them.

"Some of the most enjoyable Asian food I've had in Christchurch for a long time."

Bill opens the flood gates video

Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommended a book. Just like that, sales rose 6000 percent in 24 hours.

How strong is Bill Gates' reputation as a businessman? He tweeted about a book, and sales soared.

Instagram adds selfie filters video

Users can access face filters by simply opening the camera and tapping the new face icon in the bottom right corner.

Instagram has souped up its camera with quirky face-tracking filters, adding another feature similar to Snapchat.

apps

Are you a Thanks! or Thanks. type of person?

Google algorithms are scanning your messages and using the information it gleans to suggest ways that you could reply to ...

If you use Google's Gmail app, you may have seen something new pop up on your screen this week: suggested responses for your emails.

New Tinder for baby names

Thanks to the new app Babyname, choosing a baby name is as easy as finding a date on Tinder.

Choosing a name is as easy as finding a date.

Google shifts focus to AI video

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference.

Google ramps up their AI with the ability to identify images and locations through the phone's camera.

Uber raising NZ fares

The change takes the minimum amount a driver can make per ride to $4.28, after Uber takes its cut.

Company hikes prices after drivers complained short-distance rides don't make enough money.

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Cyberattack hero donates reward

22-year-old UK man who "accidentally" halted WannaCry attack plans to give US$10K reward to charity.

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