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Digital conversations: the lowdown

There are plenty of communication platforms today, from Facebook Messenger to Snapchat and regular old text messaging.

From iMessage to Snapchat and good old texting, which is the best medium to contact someone and when?

How to reverse Windows 10

If you have your Windows 7 disk, you can reinstall the operating system, a process called a "clean install".

If you find Windows 10 automatically installed, you still have options to go back to your old OS.

Apple's new privacy effort

Apple is promising that it can offer the kinds of useful information without compromising individual users' privacy.

It is promising that it can offer the kinds of useful information without compromising individual users' privacy.

The internet tragedies that are fiction

Munchausen by internet has now become more common than real-life Munchausen syndrome because it's so easy to do.

Dana Dirr was pregnant with her 11th child when she died in a crash. Her husband's heartbreaking posts touched hearts around the world. But none of it was real.

Internet stealing TV's primetime

A new study shows that the web is taking television's primetime slot from 7pm to 9pm.

Watching the latest hit show is still a ritual in many Kiwi homes, but the internet is slowly chipping away at that tradition.

Apple puts stop to rifle emoji

There will be 72 new emoji released this but there will be no character depicting a rifle.

There will be 72 new emoji released this but there will be no character depicting a rifle.

KickassTorrents takes piracy crown

As another season of Game of Thrones approaches its finale, we seem no closer to defeating piracy.

The site is more popular than The Pirate Bay and its now one of the world's most popular websites.

Star Wars comes to life video

Bringing the galaxy far, far away into your home could soon be made possible.

Technology means bringing the galaxy from far, far away into your home could soon be made possible.

Teen thanked for hacking Pentagon

The Pentagon said it paid a total of about US$75,000 to the successful hackers.

High school student David Dworken spent 10 to 15 hours hacking sites between classes.

Giving up the fight for digital rights

Changes in content delivery have reduced the need for people to take up arms against Digital Rights Management.

The whole idea of rights management is a relatively foreign concept to a new generation of consumers.

How to call your ISP without going insane

Phonecalls with your ISP don't always have to end in tears - but that might help.

Phonecalls with your ISP don't always have to end in tears - but that might help.

Monument discovered with Google Earth

The Treasury Building at Petra, Jordan.

The stone platform which is as long as an Olympic swimming pool and twice as wide was previously unknown.

Apple tries to limit Google

Apple's new software capabilities are, in part, a natural riposte to recent AI-infused Google offerings.

Apple's new artificial-intelligence capabilities may cut the internet giant out of lucrative search roles on its devices.

When hard drives go bad

If files fail to open, or you get errors telling you that files are corrupted, or worse still, files disappear; your ...

How hard you're hit by drive failure comes down to how prepared you are.

Has livestreaming gone too far?

Periscope is one of several live-streaming apps available.

Many are asking: "Just because we can livestream, does it mean we should?"

How to secure your wi-fi network

Sometimes hackers work in rooms with decent lighting too.

It's not as simple as having a good password.

Explained: net neutrality decision

In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Communications Commission won a sweeping victory against a number of suing internet providers.

This court ruling represents one of the most important moments in the history of the internet.

Polite granny's cute Google search

May Ashworth included the words "please" and "thank you" during a search to translate Roman numerals.

The internet has fallen in love with a British granny who minds her manners when asking Google a question.

Apple rejects chatbots video

iMessage.

ANALYSIS: Facebook wants you to talk to companies; Apple wants you to keep talking to each other.

In China, it's censors v activists

Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter and Instagram are blocked by China's censors.

The harder the government clamps down, the more likely it is that the Chinese people will fight back.

Should you unfollow your ex?

Should you delete happy photos or block your ex? After a breakup, things can become complicated on social media.

After a breakup, things can become awkward on social media.

Kiwi developers on iOS 10

Breakneck, a mobile game from Kiwi company PikPok.

Kiwi companies look forward to an interactive lock screen and a more powerful Siri.

Why texting helps during tragedy

The collapsed PWC building in central Christchurch.

Victims are reaching for their phones to send loved ones their final text messages.

Apple app genius at nine video

Anvitha Vijay last year in Melbourne.

Meet Anvitha Vijay, who started coding, aged seven, when she created 'Smarkins Animals'.

How to master digital chats

Where would we be without the humble old email?

Want to know when to use Twitter over Facebook? Email over iMessage? We break down what to use and when.

Tech at work is still terrible

The reality of the workplace is quite different to what is portrayed in the movies.

For many people, working with any tech at work is a digital disappointment.

Social posts feeding blockbusters

Social media posts are telling producers what actors, writers and themes to weave together on-screen for the best chance ...

Your Facebook posts could be helping to write the next Hollywood blockbuster.

Siri and Messages get revamp

Apple chief exective Tim Cook opens the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Apple has revealed dozens of changes to the software that runs its products, with a lot of focus on its digital assistant.

Startup mines your intimate data

British startup called Score Assured wants to mine your social media profile and sell it to employers and landlords.

Score Assured wants your social media data so it can sell it to employers and landlords.

Even Zuckerberg has a crap password

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was caught out not only using a very weak password for social media logins, but ...

His password — don't laugh, it's "dadada" — is believed to be among millions that were leaked by hackers.

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