Digital Living

Smartphones are like slot machines

Have a smartphone is like carrying a casino in your pocket but there are ways to curb your addiction.

Having a smartphone is like carrying a casino in your pocket, but there are ways to curb your addiction.

How to get 2GB free from Google

If you have a Google Drive account, you already get 15GB for free.

Google is giving away free storage in honour of Safer Internet Day.

How to make 360 videos

What's been holding back both filmmakers and the average person from diving into 360 in a big way is the limitations of how 360 video gets made.

As long as you've got the right camera, creating these new style of videos is easy.

The Facebook friendship purge

We are asked to pass elaborate tests of friendship to remain connected on Facebook.

OPINION: Your online pals might not be your "true" friends... and that's OK. So stop with the friendship "tests".

With my laptop, it's personal

Digital etiquette is an evolving world so if you do use someone else's device, tread carefully.

Digital etiquette is an evolving world so if you do use someone else's device, tread carefully.

Wired debuts ad-free site

Wired, the first site to feature a web banner ad in 1994, will now give it all up in exchange for direct payment from readers.

Wired readers will have choice: pay for an ad-free version of the site, or go away.

Broken Fitbit - or pregnant?

It's a strange world we live in when your Fitbit knows you're pregnant before you do.

He thought his wife's fitness tracker was broken. It wasn't - it just knew something they didn't.

India says no to Facebook's "free" Internet

People in developing countries rely on Free Basics to access certain digital services, such as health, schooling and financial information, as well as job leads.

India has banned the social network from offering a controversial service known as Free Basics.

A phone with 7-day battery life

A fuel-cell powered phone could be on the market in two years if a partnership goes to plan.

A fuel-cell powered phone could be on the market in two years if everything goes to plan.

Internet advice site answers with GIFs

Ask Cat feels different from a traditional advice column, and it's not just the tacky GIFs.

Ask Cat feels different from a traditional advice column, and it's not just the tacky GIFs.

iPhone 'error 53' class action

Many customers use unofficial channels to fix their phones but that can result in devices being permanently disabled.

Lawyers believe Apple is forcing users to use their repair services or face "error 53".

Kiwi uni student assists Interpol

More than a third of computers connected to the internet in 2015 were attacked at least once, says a cyber security student.

An international policing organisation is getting a little bit of help from the Waikato.

Facebook 'Friends Day' vid falls flat

Facebook used automated technology to collate photos of users and their friends, packing them together in a video collage, which can be shared publicly or viewed privately.

For those who didn't know, Thursday was "Friends Day".

Sharing crash photos 'inappropriate'

A drone was spotted flying over this crash scene, just south of Timaru, on Wednesday night.

Bystanders could be breaching someone's privacy by sharing crash photos on social media.

Everyone hates Uber's new logo

Uber has joined a long list of tech companies criticised for changing their logo.

The new logo could've been a photo of an adorable puppy and people would still hate it.

How to make a holiday movie

A movie lets you bring together images and footage to watch over (and over) again.

A movie lets you bring together images and footage to watch over (and over) again.

Google search chief retires

Amit Singhal is stepping down from his role as Internet Search Chief at Google.

Google's internet search chief is stepping down.

Robot pesters about slow internet

A man frustrated with his download speeds set up a Twitter bot that tweets every time his slows.

A man frustrated with his download speeds set up a Twitter bot that tweets every time his internet slows down.

Student rents out dorm room on Airbnb

A university student was fined after renting out his dorm room on Airbnb.

A university student was fined after renting out his dorm room on Airbnb.

Keyboard makers become millionaires

Microsoft has agreed to buy SwiftKey, one of the most popular alternative keyboards on iOS and Android.

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, one of the most popular alternative keyboards on iOS and Android.

The rise of coding boot camps

The goal is to fill the mounting talent gap in the technology workforce by connecting trainees and employers.

The goal is to fill the talent gap in the technology workforce by connecting trainees and employers.

Third fault for Sky Go

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet is seeking clarification on new Sky Go outage amid conflicting information.

Sky Go's outage was still affecting subscribers as the Black Caps kicked off against Australia.

Online fantasies turn fatal

Nicole Lovell was found dead just across the state line in North Carolina.

Nicole Madison Lovell found something we all wanted when we were 13: an audience. And Nicole did not survive.

On hold for too long

It seems Kiwi telco companies are not that good at picking up the phone.

It seems Kiwi telco companies are not that good at picking up the phone.

Weta takes magic leap with Google

A still from Magic Leap's first teaser video for the Dr. Grordbort's game developed by Weta Workshop and Magic Leap.

Weta Workshop and Google to work together to take digital world beyond smartphones.

Netflix scores an own goal

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings launches Netflix globally at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

OPINION: Netflix has said little about the security implications of forcing people to turn off VPNs.

Rise of Facebook flirting groups

"Flirting" groups are less about dating than rating.

The popular Facebook group "Teen Dating and Flirting" looks like a something straight out of a parental nightmare.

Eagles trained to take out drones

The Dutch National Police partnered with a bird training company to prepare the hawks.

The Dutch National Police plan to use eagles to bring down rogue drones.

What Google paid for google.com

The company initially offered Sanmay Ved US$6,006.13 because it spells out Google.

The company initially offered $6,006.13 because it spells out Google.

How to use Android efficiently

Another key advantage of the Android life is that there's a lot of integration if you're a Google user.

Advice includes how to disable useless apps and becoming a developer to improve your phone's speed.

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