China blocks VPN access to web

CRACKDOWN: The VPN blockage "is just a way for China to say 'we don't want you here'", VPN provider Astrill says.

China cracks down on one of the few avenues its citizens and foreigners have to accessing the full internet.

2014's top disappointing games

Thief was unoriginal and unnecessary.

Many great games were released last year, but some did not live up to the hype.

Batteries still suck

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

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

Internet will 'disappear'

Eric Schmidt at Davos.

Google chairman predicts the internet will soon be so ubiquitous it will "disappear" into the background.

iPad stylus on the way?

STYLUS: A third party iPad stylus in use.

A stylus would be out of character for Apple, but reliable sources indicate one could be coming.

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digital living

No one can predict the future

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Marty McFly time-travelled to 2015 in the 1985 movie.

OPINION: Trying to predict the future is always fun, but it will probably be defined by technologies we can't even imagine..

State of a tech-savvy union

US President Barack Obama wants to support a secure, free and open internet, but the Republican-controlled Congress may thwart him.

How Tennis Australia is improving the game

Has Microsoft learnt new tricks?

gadgets

G Flex 2 release date announced

The new curved LG Flex 2.

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

Industry-specific tablets? HP's new push

After failing to keep up with the boom in mobile and cloud computing, HP is fighting back with tablets designed for doctors, retailers and other professionals.

BIG BILLS: Tracy Unger with son, Christian, 7, and daughter Emily, 10.

School costs pile up for parents

Parents shocked to find $500 laptop computers added to compulsory stationery lists.

games

Modded Mario gains artificial intelligence

Adventure: Mario's fame and the predictability of the game's design have made him a popular subject for research and computer projects.

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

Zelda and Batman among most anticipated games of 2015

Link, Master Chief, Batman and Nathan Drake will be back in action.

LIFE IS STRANGE: Only one publisher would allow Life Is Strange to retain a female lead.

'Make it a male lead character'

Only one game publisher let 'Life Is Strange' retain its female lead character.

social networking

Japan takes on Islamic State gallery

Japan's internet users have shown they won't be silenced by Islamic State's threats. They're taking to web with  a hashtag called #isisクソコラグランプリ, or the "ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix".

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

Facing off with Facebook: the experiment

The Stanford and Cambridge University researchers developed a computer program to analyse the Facebook likes of more than 86,000 participants.

PLEASE LIKE ME: "In the future, people might abandon their own psychological judgments and rely on computers when making important life-decisions, such as choosing activities, career paths, or even romantic partners" - Study authors

What does your Facebook profile say about you?

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

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.

Video

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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