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Virtual reality makes me sick

Mercury News reporter Troy Wolverton "walks the plank" while using an Oculus Rift virtual reality system as lab manager Shawnee Baughman, left, and researcher Elise Ogle look on at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab in Palo Alto, California.

Tech columnist says VR helmet was amazing - but made him feel nauseated and a throbbing headache that lasted all day.

iPads affecting kids learning

Schools across the Waikato are adopting the use of devices, such as iPads, in school.

Parents are concerned the use of iPads in classrooms is affecting their children's basic literacy skills.

Can we ever beat Instagram bots?

Taylor Swift shares her 4th July celebrations with her Instagram followers (many of which are bots).

"Selling followers is a multi-million dollars business. And a bot is worth gold."

Final to set data record

Rugby fans are expected to smash data usage records on mobile devices at Saturday's Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium.

Fans set to share videos, photos and commentary in unprecedented numbers.

Education key to positive cybercitizens

Timaru students Jessica Crosbie,17, and Ella Shaw, 17, use their social media for good, not evil.

The phrase "go kill yourself" is a common comment on South Canterbury teens' social media sites.

Women bring something new

Alicia Craig teaches computing at her old school Palmerston North Girls High to encourage other girls to think about a career in computing.

Alicia Craig is on a mission to get more girls into the male-dominated industry of computer science.

Internet's most toxic superhero unmasked

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men

Considering the state of the earth's oceans, is it any wonder this superhero is the world's most toxic?

Jaden and Buffy break Apple radio

Did Jaden Smith's Buffy the Vampire Slayer request break Apple Music's Beats 1 radio?

Apple's radio station crashes after Jaden Smith requests Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme tune.

Apple Music: What Kiwis need to know

Apple Music will cost Kiwis $12.99 a month for an individual account.

Kiwis woke up this morning to the launch of another streaming music service, this time from Apple. Here's what you need to know.

Scalpers use bots to buy bulk

Hurricanes ticket sale at Ticketek, Michael Fowler Centre: A queue of 350 waited for hours and only 25 managed to purchase tickets.

Computer "bots" have emerged as a suspect in the great Super Rugby final scandal.

Union sues govt over hack

US Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta rubs her eyes, as she testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the data breach of OPM computers.

Employee union says negligence contributed to one of the most damaging cyberthefts in US history.

New experiences just a click away

Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks with the new experience app.

Stuck on Wellington holiday ideas? This online tool makes it easy.

Statute threatens free speech

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is meant to protect people from cyberbullying, but does it go too far and set up a system that can be used to stifle free speech?

New statute designed to curb offensive behaviour online is cumbersome, unnecessary and a potential threat to free speech.

Uber buys Bing Maps unit

Uber is offering jobs to about 100 Microsoft employees who work on the mapping team for Bing.

Ride-sharing service acquires a portion of Microsoft's Bing mapping unit.

Live chat review: Amy Adams

Communications Minister Amy Adams.

See what Communications Minister Amy Adams had to say when she came in for a live chat.

Can doing this actually effect change?

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture shortly after the Supreme Court announcement.

Millions of rainbow profile pictures are not what persuaded the Supreme Court to legalise gay marriage, but it's not a useless exercise.

Retreat Australia, you're unfair

The new Netflix series Sense8 is about people being instantly connected around the globe, but it is now harder for Kiwis to access the US version of Netflix.

OPINION: Australia has taken a dark turn toward trying to control the internet access of its residents.

An Apple Music day

Performer Drake speaks during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, June 8, 2015. Apple Inc. kicked off its annual developers conference in San Francisco, where the company will unveil a revamped streaming-music service, improvements to its mobile software and tools to speed up smartwatch applications. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

You've probably heard of this new music subscription service launching from Apple, but here's everything you need to know.

Chinese hackers wear white hats

China has made cybersecurity a national priority.

Not every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy.

Supercomputer takes on cancer

IBM's Watson, the supercomputer of Jeopardy! fame, is training to become the world's first artificial-intelligence expert in cancer.

"They keep telling me it will not replace me," one oncologist says. "But I am pretty sure it will replace me."

Devices have stolen my life, my wife

121212. TV Week -Screen Test. Photo. supplied to Dominion Post.
Duncan Garner which is to go with the TV Week Screen Test for Tuesday 22 Jan.

OPINION: I start with a confession – I'm as guilty as sin on this one. My wife is too.

Hackers warned internet was insecure video

Members of the hacker group L0pht went to Washington for their Senate testimony in May 1998. The hackers outside their hotel on the morning of their testimony were, from left, Kingpin, Brian Oblivion, Weld Pond, Tan, Mudge (kneeling), Space Rogue and Stefan von Neumann.

Audacious testimony from a hacker group to a US Senate panel in 1998 was a historic missed opportunity.

AI could replace the IT helpdesk

Google's latest experiment in artificial intelligence may be able to replace IT workers like Roy and Moss.

Google's new AI can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life.

Taylor Swift puts 1989 on Apple Music

Taylor Swift: 'I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music ... and happily so'.

"I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music ... and happily so," says Taylor Swift.

Kids compete with phones for parents' attention

Are parents using their phones too much? Yes, say kids.

Choices must be made between your child or Candy Crush.

US, China agree on internet etiquette?

Google has been the target of an official crackdown in China for several years, with Gmail clients the latest casualty.

The United States is currently negotiating a code of conduct for cyberspace with China.

Swift-move: Indies line up for Apple

The independent music label representing Adele now says it can work with Apple Music.

Independent music labels, including those who represent Adele, say they can now support Apple Music.

Scale El Capitan on your screen

Lynn Hill climbing El Capitan as part of a Google Street View project.

Google's Street View goes vertical as it scales a mountain in Yosemite National Park.

Post holiday selfies, get burgled

Don't post your holiday selfies until after you're home, police warn after a Facebook post led to a house burglary in Christchurch.

Posting holiday snaps on social media is like hanging a sign outside your house saying you're away, police warn.

Gmail cancels your muck-ups

Undo send: Option to cancel misdirected or inappropriate emails within 30 seconds of hitting send now a standard Gmail feature.

Option to cancel misdirected or inappropriate emails within 30 seconds of hitting send now standard.

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