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Self-destructing spy phone in the works

The Blackberry Classic is styled after the phones that made the company's name.

BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone.

Where now for the pirates?

The world's most notorious file-sharing site was recently shut down. But that's not where it ends.

Nasa 'emails' a wrench to space

Sony hack: What you need to know

gadgets

Last chance BlackBerry Classic

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone on display at the launch event in New York.

One more go for the traditional keyboard as BlackBerry bets on business workers.

France moves to ban 'e-joint'

Health minister wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette.

EYE, ROBOT: The new algorithm allows a computer programme to pick out the most important objects in red and the least in blue from the picture of Wellington's cable car.

Student has vision for robotics

A PhD student is hoping he can get robots to see and recognise the world around them.

games

Patch downloads full game

Assassin's Creed Unity.

Xbox One users get a 40 GB download, instead of the 6.7 GB patch for Assassin's Creed Unity.

Hearthstone now on Android

Blizzard's digital card game is now available for Android tablets in New Zealand.

Planet Arcadia: Microsoft's latest project appears to be another reference to the highly successful Halo series.

New Microsoft streaming service

Arcadia reportedly replaces Rio game streaming service and covers apps as well as games.

social networking

Dutch watchdog eyes Facebook

The world's biggest social media network plans to step up its spending by more than half next year as it seeks to expand further.

Netherlands says Facebook's revamped privacy policy, due to take effect January 1, should be delayed.

Facebook's Manhattan battle

Social network wants the right to challenge and reject bulk warrants for information.

Bing Search Engine.

Facebook dumps Bing results

Social network has stopped including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine on its site.

Apps

Uber new driver screening tech

After weeks of bad press, taxi app service Uber introduces new driver screening methods using 'scientific analysis'.

After weeks of bad press, ride-sharing service introduces new driver screening methods using "scientific analysis".

App airs corporate dirty laundry

Forget Facebook, office workers can now air their grievances and gossip via anonymous social network.

NOT GATHERING DUST: "A second display can increase productivity up to 48 per cent," Rahul Dewan says.

iPad becomes a Mac display

The Duet Display app is designed to get you some extra use out of your iPad.

Video

Kim Jong Un game spoof

Will the North Korean leader force-quit a new video game in his honour along with The Interview?