How hackers exploited Microsoft

Microsoft's progress on security issues remains uneven in an era when the stakes are growing dramatically.

Microsoft took nine months to fix a bug that allowed a hacker to seize control of a computer with little trace.

OK, I'm addicted to my phone

More than a third of teenagers have asked their parents to stop constantly checking their mobiles and 46 per cent of ...

Not only was I practically soldered to my mobile, it was making me permanently distracted.

Why teens love Musical.ly

Musical.ly is free to download for Android and Apple devices.

Ever seen your kids lip-sync in front of their smartphone? It's a good chance they're on Musical.ly.

Amazon device picks your outfit

The US$199.99 Echo Look is not yet available to the general public.

The Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera that uses fashion advice and trends to pick clothes for you.

Google's Brin builds secret airship

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has long been fascinated by airships.

It's unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or part of a business.

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New role prepares for technological impact

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce chair Sophie Braggins has taken on a new role focused purely on innovation, opportunities ...

A law firm has created a new role in preparation for a shift in the industry.

Billionaire makes $4.8b in five minutes

(L-R) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, sit during a meeting with U.S. ...

A surge in after-hours trading puts Amazon founder $5b away from becoming world's richest person.

Uber tech boss crashes and burns

Anthony Levandowski.

"Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads," beleaguered exec writes.

User growth helps Twitter soar

On a quarterly basis, Twitter adds around 9 million monthly users.

Donald Trump's rants and livestreaming events help Twitter's shares rise.

Flying car lands on water video

The Kitty Hawk Flyer, an electric flying vehicle.

Get ready for the "it's a bird, it's a plane, no... it's a flying car" memes.

A 1950s dream takes to the skies video

The Terrafugia Transition Flying Car.

We haven't even nailed down self-driving cars, yet the buzz now is all about flying cars.

Mixed reality to topple training video

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In a few years, anyone could throw on a pair of 'smart glasses' and become an instant manufacturing expert.

Tech firms fight net neutrality

Net neutrality is important because it ensures that all online content is treated the same.

Net neutrality is important because it ensures that all online content is treated the same.

A YouTube family and their sick pranks

Mike and Heather Martin make a teary apology for the way they treated their children in their YouTube prank videos.

This is the saga of a YouTube family who pulled disturbing pranks on their own kids. When does a "joke" become abuse?

Open-road trippin' in a city EV video

Blue is the hero colour for BMW's very green i3 electric vehicle.

Can you seriously drive a city electric car into the country? We do two road trips in an i3 to find out (and have coffee).

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Tech firms fight net neutrality

Net neutrality is important because it ensures that all online content is treated the same.

Net neutrality is important because it ensures that all online content is treated the same.

A YouTube family and their sick pranks

This is the saga of a YouTube family who pulled disturbing pranks on their own kids. When does a "joke" become abuse?

Creepy tech bad for innovation

Google can identify you by voice

gadgets

Samsung S8 hit by glitch

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available in shops in New Zealand on May 5.

The company is releasing software updates after some users faced red-tinted screens and spotty wi-fi connections.

Another TV format war coming

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was mastered in Dolby Vision HDR.

Samsung and Amazon Video are taking on LG and Netflix over High Dynamic Range in televisions.

How to cope with 'ringxiety'

One way to alleviate stress, is to prioritise alerts into categories. For example, your coworkers could have a different ...

The average person checks their cellphone about 60 times per day, whether they hear a sound or not.

What's the iPhone's future?

The success of IBM's Selectric typewriter helped finance other innovations at the company, notably the personal computer..

Perhaps the product that most closely approximates the iPhone's future is the venerable IBM Selectric typewriter.

games

Gaming could be an Olympic sport

Esports are a step closer to being considered for the Olympics.

Gamers, get training - Esports are a step closer to being considered for the Olympics.

Nintendo scraps NES Classic

Nintendo compact version of its NES console sold for $120 in New Zealand.

Looking for Nintendo's retro video game console? Your search just got a whole lot harder.

Nintendo may release mini Switch

Nintendo said the Switch sold faster in its first month than any other of its video-game systems.

Expect more variations of the Switch as Nintendo continues to refine its home and portable business strategy.

Fidgeters rejoice video

A Fidget Cube has six different sides to keep your hands busy.

Stress balls not helping? A Fidget Cube might be the answer.

social networking

The decline of social media

Founder of Telegram Pavel Durov: "It's pointless and time-consuming to maintain increasingly obsolete friend lists on ...

Reading other people's news is brain clutter, says a tech pioneer who says messenger apps are better.

Facebook's streams of depravity

Facebook has gone out of its way to avoid acknowledging the obvious: It is a media company, not simply a platform its ...

Facebook's existential crisis has arrived with a vengeance but Mark Zuckerberg doesn't want to talk about it.

Abuse complaints 'shrugged' off

Cory Tito, who is an administrator of several Facebook pages, said the Taranaki Cases and Convictions page had raised ...

"You don't have to put your name to it and you can do as you please."

Facebook turns to newspaper adverts video

The social media website wants people to be able to identify the real from the fake.

It has turned to an unexpected tool to educate people about fake news, the print newspaper.

apps

PowerPoint celebrates 30 years

There are an estimated 500 million users of PowerPoint across the globe, creating more than 30 million presentations ...

Once called 'death by slides', PowerPoint is still a vital asset.

MetService app ads 'annoying'

MetService new weather app has divided users.

Advertising has become a 'key revenue generator' for weather forecaster, but not everyone is satisfied.

Auction app's baseball pitch

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano hit a three-run triple against the Kansas City Royals this year, one of the ...

Dropit reverse auction goes live during Major League Baseball pre-season.

Apple launches Search Ads in NZ

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Apple's new Search Ads now available for developers but won't show up on the App Store until next week.

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A 1950s dream takes to the skies

We haven't even nailed down self-driving cars, yet the buzz now is all about flying cars.

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