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Tech sites want your birthdate

The Yahoo breach, disclosed last week, affected 500 million Yahoo accounts.

Of all the personal information people tend to give out willy-nilly on the internet, birthdate is perhaps the most ubiquitous.

Phone calls becoming extinct

A major survey showed 33 per cent of people not made any voice calls in the past week.

A major survey showed 33 per cent of people not made any voice calls in the past week.

Your friendly cyberhood

Forget Facebook - neighbour networking apps are the future.

OPINION: Forget Facebook - neighbour networking apps are the future.

Yahoo hack hits 500m users video

The information of hundreds of millions of Yahoo users has reportedly been compromised and offered for sale by hackers.

Yahoo confirms the account information of half a billion people was stolen in what's being called the 'biggest breach ever'.

Shamed online from a train

Cat Lee posted pictures of two men who took seats she had booked on a British train, and would not budge even when she ...

It can be shockingly nasty, but can online shaming also get men to give up their train seats?

Does self-driving car require licence?

The driverless car is coming - much sooner than you think.

If you're stopped by police in your self-driving vehicle, would you need to show a driver's licence? This is not a riddle.

You can now download macOS Sierra

Siri being used on macOS Sierra.

Yes, that means you can use Siri on your Macbook.

Our on again love affair with vinyl

Vinyl is making a comeback because it sounds better and is more satisfying.

Vinyl sounds better and is more satisfying to play.

Taming your smartphone library

Now, where to store all those smartphone photos?

Have trouble sorting all the photos on your smartphone?

Dos and don'ts of social media friendship

It's OK to add new friends to you social media circles, but don't be a creep.

Whenever we meet somebody new, it's almost expected there'll be a Facebook friend request waiting for us by the time we get home. 

Now that's what I call streaming

Pop CD compilation venture Now That's What I Call Music will offer streamed playlists for a set monthly fee, sources say.

Pop mix CD specialists Now That's What I Call Music quietly enter global streaming market.

UK wants national internet filter

The project has been described as a "Great British Firewall'' - a reference to China's vast internet censorship system.

The project has been described as a "Great British Firewall'' - a reference to China's vast internet censorship system.

Teen wants to make hijab emoji

A potential design for the proposed emoji.

Rayouf Alhumedhi is the lead author on a new proposal for a hijab emoji to the Unicode Consortium.

Why so many websites are blue

Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook is blue because he's red-green colourblind.

Design, like art, imitates life - and in life, we like the colour blue best.

Home detention for naked image

Thomas James Burborough, 22, tried to force a woman to meet him by posting an image of her naked on social media. (STOCK ...

A man posted a photograph of a naked woman online to try force her to meet him.

How to make travel photos postcard worthy

There are two key ingredients for great travel photos - lighting and storytelling.

There are two key ingredients for great travel photos - lighting and storytelling.

Call for Apple Pay

An employee uses an Apple iPhone to demonstrate to reporters how to pay using the Apple Pay service at an Apple store in ...

Bank customers are demanding Apple Pay in New Zealand.

Netflix aims to abolish data limits

Netflix is also pushing to ban "low" data caps on mobile connections.

​Data caps should be declared illegal and every home granted unlimited downloads

Chess gets VR makeover

The 2016 World Chess Championship are set to be broadcast live in 360-degree virtual reality.

The 2016 World Chess Championship are set to be broadcast live in 360-degree virtual reality.

Handled with care

Care Packages Marlborough is the brainchild of Gina Anderson, centre, who gets help from her children Dontae, left, and ...

A small gesture to help spread happiness has become an online sensation.

Social media used in sex offending

Christopher Lance Keenan, 26, used Facebook and a PlayStation game to try coerce young women intro sending him explicit ...

A man used social media to try coerce six young women into providing him with sexual images and movies.

Livestreams of nothing are hot

lately, the corner of Broadway and Cache has enjoyed a bit of a buzz.

Why do thousands of people spend time watching livestreams of puddles and intersections?

Five myths about smartphones

Many of us consider our smartphones to be an essential part of our lives.

Smartphones may be an essential part of our lives nowadays, but there are many misconceptions about how they affect us.

Google's computer speech breakthrough

A Google logo is seen at a Best Buy electronics store in this file photo illustration taken in Encinitas, California, on ...

Google has created a system for machine-generated speech that it says outperforms existing technology by 50 percent.

Will robots be our future co-workers? video

Robots are being taught to teach themselves.

Of all the economic questions being debated today, the most frightening one is "Will the robots take our jobs?"

Is it time to upgrade your iPhone? video

The Apple iPhone 6, left, and iPhone 6 Plus.

Should you fork over $1199 or more to upgrade to the new iPhone?

Swap hands to boost your phone signal video

Your phone dictates which hand to hold it in for a better signal.

Holding your phone in your right hand instead of your left could boost its signal.

Apple reverses on car project

A number of artists have released concept drawings of what they think the Apple car could (or should) look like.

Apple may not become an automaker, but it still wants to develop its own self-driving technology.

How to protect your children online

Parents use software to monitor their child's every online move while others put geotrackers on kids' devices so they ...

As children navigate the world of devices, online games and social media, parents are trying to buckle down in every way possible.

Which rechargeable battery is best? video

Rechargeable batteries, battery, power

Ever wondered which rechargeable batteries are the best and how long until you'll need to replace them? 

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