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Customs password plan slammed

Power play: Customs is seeking new rights.

Customs proposal forcing people to disclose passwords at the border an 'affront to Kiwis' privacy', Greens say.

Chch gigabit homes 'likely this year'

Sources said the higher costs were caused by contractors demanding more pay to work on the project.

Broadband plans for households at "gigabit" speeds are likely this year in Christchurch.

Customs seeks password power

File picture illustration of the word 'password' pictured through a magnifying glass on a computer screen, taken in Berlin May 21, 2013. Security experts warn there is little Internet users can do to protect themselves from the recently uncovered "Heartbleed" bug that exposes data to hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites upgrade their software. Researchers have observed April 8, 2014, sophisticated hacking groups conducting automated scans of the Internet in search of Web servers running a widely used Web encryption program known as OpenSSL that makes them vulnerable to the theft of data, including passwords, confidential communications and credit card numbers. OpenSSL is used on about two-thirds of all Web servers, but the issue has gone undetected for about two years.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files    (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Customs are seeking the power to require people to disclose passwords to their electronic devices when entering NZ.

Size matters for Vodafone, Spark

NOT BUDGING: Vodafone is sticking by its claim it has the largest 4G mobile network in new billboards.

Vodafone and Spark trade fresh blows over which has the biggest 4G mobile network.

Cellphone antenna numbers may grow under law change

NO SAY: Mobile phone companies would be allowed to put 3.5 metre-high antenna atop street furniture without resource consent under a proposed rule change.

Thousands more cellphone antennas and roadside cabinets could be installed without consent.

Engineering dollhouse to make sparks

Alice Brooks, an engineering graduate of Stanford University,created the ultimate geek doll house Roominate to get more girls into an engineering and science career.

Toy house with parts you wire yourself aimed at getting girls interested in engineering at a young age.

NZ cellphone plans get cheaper

GOOD FOR US: Spark, 2degrees and Skinny all released new plans in the past few weeks to try to lure more customers.

Kiwis are getting better deals on monthly cellphone plans as the carriers fight a price war.

Snapchat 'priest' offers confession

Snapchat, which makes a mobile application for sending photos and videos that disappear within seconds, wants to raise as much as $500 million.

A mysterious San Antonio 'priest' is offering to absolve sins digitally - by taking confessions using Snapchat.

30 and dating? That'll cost you

PREMIUM SERVICE: The new Tinder Plus feature will allow users to retract "swipes".

Tinder's new premium service will cost a user more than $10 more if they are aged 30 or older.

Netflix launch date revealed

ON DEMAND: Netflix has announced the launch date for its New Zealand service.

Netflix will launch its New Zealand service on March 24, the company announced today. 

iPhone fail: 'Sorry who is this?'

Greg Hunt reportedly sent this message to someone messaging him.

It was a simple "hack" that led to an avalanche of spam for an Australian MP.

Paypal stops payments to Mega

FURTHER BLOW: PayPal is no longer processing payments to Mega.

Mega has been left up a creek after PayPal stopped processing its payments.

Global Mode creator sells service

Bypass Network Services' Global Mode software does away with annoying messages like this.

Kiwi technology Slingshot and Orcon use to help customers access geo-blocked services is itself going global.

Regulator renews Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington.

American internet activists have declared victory over the nation's big ISPs.

2degrees majority owner adds to stake

170709. Supplied. Stills from 2degrees phone company advertising campaign

Maori trust surrenders more than a quarter of its shareholding to US investor Trilogy International.

Lobbyists skew net debate video

Anti-Net Neutrality lobby group Protect Internet Freedom released this ad purporting to show the horrors of what internet regulation would be like under Barack Obama's latest plan.

Critics talk about Obama's net neutrality plan like it's a govt takeover of everyone's Netflix account.

3.2m computers hacked globally

Ramnit botnet: Hackers that stole banking information by taking control of more than 3 million computers around the world hit by European counter-op lead by police and three tech companies.

Hackers that stole banking info by hijacking more than 3m computers worldwide hit by European counter-op.

SIM maker downplays hack

SIM cards maker Gemalto admits the NSA and GCHQ probably did break into its system to steal codes for billions of users' phones

Dutch firm admits the NSA and GCHQ probably did break into its system to steal codes for billions of users' phones.

Spark service falters

Call boxes could be in demand as Spark’s mobile network experiences fresh problems

Telco says a hardware failure brought down its mobile network this afternoon.

$3.9m reward for Russian hacker

The FBI conducted a probe into the Sony hack and accused North Korea.

FBI shines a torch on intelligence linking cyber attacks to countries' political motivations.

Free IT hackathon for charities video

Charity-IT weekend hackathon overhauls nonprofit systems

Four charities will get a free technology overhaul this weekend from 30 volunteers.

Apple adds diversity to emojis

iOS 8.3: Apple's new diverse emoji are finally here.

iOS 8.3, will bring 300 new emojis along with a handful of other features.

Chorus, Spark copper clash

Arguments over copper line pricing look set to continue long into the night.

Posturing over the price Chorus should be allowed to charge for its copper phone lines.

Spark, Chorus clash over copper

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Big money at stake in the argument over what Chorus can charge for its copper phone lines.

CIA to elevate web spying

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan speaks during a rare news conference at CIA Headquarters in Virginia, December 11, 2014.  Brennan said on Thursday that some agency officers used "abhorrent" interrogation techniques and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques managed to get useful intelligence out of terrorism suspects.  REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Agency head plans major expansion of the CIA's cyber espionage capabilities.

SIM hacking slammed by activists

A detail from graffiti art is seen on a wall near the headquarters of Britain's eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, in Cheltenham, western England.

Call for urgent steps to be taken following allegations US and British spies hacked into major SIM card maker.

Adware makers point fingers

Lenovo continues to diversify away from the crumbling PC market.

Is Superfish an internet pioneer or a computer-user's privacy nightmare?

How Oscar buzz fuels piracy

Michael Keaton bears all in <i>Birdman</i>.

After nominations were announced, worldwide downloads of Academy Award-nominated films skyrocketed 385 per cent.

Cricket interest soars online

An enthusiastic crowd watched New Zealand beat England at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

There's no doubt the Black Caps are popular online right now - but the team still can't quite compete with pop star Lady Gaga.

Snowden: UK stole SIM codes

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Britain spy agency hacked into Dutch networks to steal codes to eavesdrop on cellphones worldwide.

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