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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.

Selfie app in racism storm

FaceApp, which was created in Russia, is available for Android and Apple phones.

A new app that alters selfies has been criticised for lightening skin while in "hot mode"​

Uber got caught tricking Apple

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has a long history of flouting rules and corporate norms.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook threatened to kick Uber out of the powerful Apple App store.

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.

Messenger to get more bots

Messenger will now have a tab highlighting businesses that people can connect with.

Messenger will now have a tab highlighting businesses that people can connect with.

Snapchat releases 3D messages

The update involves lenses that change not people, but the environment around them.

The new feature involves lenses that change not people, but the environment around them.

Will Netflix raise prices?

Netflix expects to spend about US$6 billion on programming this year.

Analysts wonder how long Netflix will be able to hold the line on price as its programming costs rise.

Te Reo app proving popular

The lack of Te Reo language apps prompted James Porter to help develop his own.  Here he is pictured with his daughter ...

An app helping young children learn Maori has already been downloaded 7000 times.

Microsoft kills Windows Vista

Vista was released on January 30, 2007 as a followup to Windows XP.

Microsoft has finally put down Windows Vista, its troublesome operating system that was released over a decade ago.

Apple blocks drone strike app

Metadata+ alerts users when there's a new news report about a US drone strike.

Apple apparently thinks users of its iPhone are so sensitive that it needs to shield them from a news app.

Spotify to restrict some albums

Restricting the newest albums could encourage more people to pirate music.

Restricting the newest albums could encourage more people to pirate music.

Google struggles to spot extremists

​Google hoped YouTube could identify the difference between a film star waving a gun and an extremist.

​Google hoped YouTube could identify the difference between a film star waving a gun and an extremist.

Android beats Microsoft as top OS

Google’s software has overtaken Windows as the internet’s most used operating system.

Google’s software has overtaken Windows as the internet’s most used operating system.

Capital's young developers

From left: Amelie, Alec and Finn Barker. Eight-year-old twins Amelie and Finn are the creative brains behind new game ...

Eight-year-old twins Amelie and Finn Barker create a modern take on naughts and crosses now available from app stores.

Banks lose battle to fight Apple

Apple Pay allows customers to use their phones like tap-and-go bank cards.

Major banks in Australia have been denied the all-clear to team up and fight Apple Pay.

Eight changes for Windows 10

Many of the improvements and touches that the update brings, though it doesn't feel as major as Microsoft suggests.

Microsoft is trying to foster a creative streak within the Windows community with its free update that starts April 11.

An app for problem drinkers

New Zealand researchers have been awarded funding to bring an app to this country that helps problem drinkers.

Smartphone app designed to help hazardous drinkers receives $180k of taxpayer funding.

Messenger adds live location-sharing

The new location feature will be available in all countries, including New Zealand.

The company found one of the most used phrases on the app was, "How far away are you?"

Apple releases video app

Clips lets customers take videos and add animated captions and titles, complete with colourful emojis.

Clips lets customers take videos and add animated captions and titles, complete with colourful emojis.

Google opens 'shortcuts' on phones

Google's Shortcuts will begin appearing this week in updates to Google's app for iPhones, Android phones and its mobile ...

Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones.

Instagram to blur sensitive pics

An example of what Instagram's new blurred feature will look like.

New Instagram policy will see controversial photos blurred to promote "a safe environment" for users.

Your pocket sailing guide

Duncan Bay appears on the Cruise Guide to the Marlborough Sounds.

THE GREEN ISSUE: Boaties cruising the Sounds can access vast quantities of information on a new app - without reception.

Facebook won't die with old people

Snapchat's popularity has clearly got some at Facebook worried.

As if willing it into reality, tech writers keep saying teens don't use Facebook. It simply isn't true.

Google unveils location sharing video

Google will be releasing location-sharing functionality that allows users to share their locations with friends.

Google will be releasing location-sharing functionality that allows users to share their locations with friends.

Girl, 8, targeted by Bieber poser

A message sent by the Musical.ly account user.

Justin Bieber had just finished touring, Charlie had just gone online. The professional predator struck.

Bots swiping info from lonely hearts

Mobile dating app Tinder allows people to swipe through profiles of other registered users nearby to find a "match".

Kiwis looking for love on Tinder increasingly find themselves fooled by sophisticated scam robots.

Staying sane in traffic jams

Research out this week shows we're spending much longer in traffic.

OPINION: Damien Grant lets us in on his secret for escaping Dom Harvey and other mind-numbing radio jocks in the morning gridlock.

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