Digital Living

When did we stop 'surfing' the web?

MOVING ON: Back in the days when surfing the internet was still cool.

Nobody - and I mean nobody - still says they surf the internet

Apple protects big crop of inventions

Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou, China.

A phone that rotates like a cat midair to avoid landing on its glass face might not hit the shelves soon but it's in Apple's patent portfolio.

Sky's Neon delayed again

HBO hit Girls is one of the shows Sky hopes will attract non-Sky-subscribers to its delayed Neon internet television service.

Sky Television looks likely to delay the launch on its Neon internet television service once again.

Artificial intelligence not a threat

NOT SCIENCE FACT: Alex Garland's Ex Machina is one of thousands of films to explore the idea of hostile AI.

Microsoft head of research says machines which achieve a human-like consciousness will not pose a threat to mankind.

Mobile ads boost Facebook revenue


Facebook's business has boomed thanks to its mobile ads for smartphones and tablets, but costs are also rising.

Web attacks continue to grow

Australia experienced large DDoS attacks in 2014.

Political motivation is now the number one reason for knocking services offline, report says.

Snapper predicts demise of transport cards

EARLY DAYS: But Snapper chief executive Miki Szikszai says the world is moving towards using contactless bank cards for public transport.

Snapper is forecasting commuters will in future pay for public transport using contactless bank cards.

Facebook takes blame for outages

Facebook experiences a blackout.

Company admits the hour-long block in access, which also hit other major internet sites, was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.

Hackers claim Facebook outage


Hackers claim they crashed social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram.

WikiLeaks blasts Google for handing emails to govt

The Australian Taxation Office is already investigating the tax strategies of eight tech companies, including Apple and Google.

WikiLeaks has criticised Google alleging that the company waited 2-1/2 years to notify members that it had turned over their emails to the US government.

Sluggish Windows still hurts Microsoft

UNDER PRESSURE: Declining PC sales are hurting Windows sales for Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella is seen here, but the market appears to be stabilising.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San Francisco

PC maker's quarterly profit slips to US$5.9 billion on strong US dollar and weak software sales.

Ford moves into Silicon Valley

Ford is using video game technology to rapidly develop self-driving cars.

New California centre focused on connectivity, mobility, autonomy.

Vodafone to offer free Neon sweetener

SWEETENER: An advertisement for the Neon offer put up in a Vodafone store.

Vodafone looks set to offer Sky Television’s Neon internet television service for free for six months with its uncapped broadband plans.

'Basically nothing is safe'

NOTHING IS SAFE: Eugene Kaspersky has warned movers and shakers in Davos about catastrophic cyber attacks.

Moves and shakers in Davos have been warned of the terrifying possibilities of modern cyber terrorism.

McDonald's deal huge for firm

SIGN OF SUCCESS: Auckland firm VMob will help McDonald’s distribute discount vouchers via the cloud to customers’ smartphones around the world.

Auckland cloud-software firm VMob has scored a global deal with McDonald’s.

Why trolling works so well

flame war

Noxious online comments can trigger flight-or-fight reflexes - and often, one's instinct is to fight.

China blocks VPN access to the internet

Why our internet speed in Australia simply doesn't rate.

China cracks down on one of the few avenues its citizens and foreigners have to accessing the full internet.

Google boss says Internet will 'disappear'

Eric Schmidt at Davos.

Google chairman predicts the internet will soon be so ubiquitous it will "disappear" into the background.

No one can predict the future

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Marty McFly time-travelled to 2015 in the 1985 movie.

OPINION: Trying to predict the future is always fun, but it will probably be defined by technologies we can't even imagine..

State of a tech-savvy union

STANDING OVATION: US Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner applaud as US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

US President Barack Obama wants to support a secure, free and open internet, but the Republican-controlled Congress may thwart him.

How Tennis Australia is improving the game

Samir Mahir, CIO of Tennis Australia, wants technology to help drive tennis participation rates all year around.

The new roof that spans Margaret Court arena does more than keep out the weather.

Has Microsoft learnt new tricks?

ADVISER:  Joe Sweeney specialises in all things Microsoft.

OPINION: Microsoft had been slow to adapt to a new economic landscape but its latest move signals it can change.

4chan's founder retires

4chan founder Christopher "moot" Poole is retiring as administrator.

The founder of the popular, if at times notorious, online message board 4chan announces his retirement as site's admin.

Short history of Obama trying to look cool online

LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD: It's not particularly difficult to see why Barack Obama tries so hard to maintain this cool-dad persona; it did, after all, win him two elections.

Forget the State of the Union: President Barack Obama has far more pressing media appearances this week.

Microsoft to give away Windows 10

FAMILIAR SIGHT: The Start menu is back, with some improvements with Windows 10.

In a bid to keep its customers, Microsoft will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to some users.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10

BIG NEWS: Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of the company's operating systems group.

Microsoft has unveiled the first details of its Windows 10 operating system, which it says will span multiple devices.

Microsoft handed over data in 45 minutes

Demonstrators make their way along Place de la Republique during a mass unity rally following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Within an hour of being asked, Microsoft turned over data linked to the Charlie Hebdo probe to the FBI.

Facebook clamps down on fake news

Facebook has a membership of 1.35 billion.

Facebook says its clamping down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire among its 1.35bn members.

Microsoft buys data analysis start-up

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella at his first annual shareholders' meeting in Bellevue, Washington.

Company seeks a slice of the big data market via start-up that already has runs on the board.

Modded Mario gains artificial intelligence

Mario's innocence is lost as researchers inform him of the consequences of his jumping on soft enemies' heads.

German researchers have injected artificial intelligence into Nintendo's Mario so he can develop a personality and behaviour of his own.

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