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Emoji bug crashing iPhones

The prank also works if the characters are sent embedded in a Contacts file.

A combination of characters sent as a message is crashing and freezing iPhones.

Hundreds of abusive messages

Hundreds of threatening comments were made to a disabled man on Facebook.

She didn't know her victim, but called man with rare disorder a retard and threatened to slit his throat.

2016's most common passwords

"Password" is still a popular password, coming in at No. 8.

Most people are still using silly, hackable passwords despite increased warnings about digital security.

Zuckerberg denies stealing VR tech video

Mark Zuckerberg holds a pair of the touch controllers for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.

The Facebook boss is involved in a trial examining the company's purchase of Oculus Rift.

10 minute game trains you to be healthy

Scientifically, it's possible to change the brain's reward system and chose healthy foods instead of unhealthy ones.

A new app can re-train your brain to avoid fatty and sugary foods, and pick healthy ones instead.

Apple is trying to become HBO

It's easy to imagine Apple - as HBO has done - starting with original TV series and later adding more video programming ...

This is approximately the 400th attempt by Apple to become a significant entertainment company.

Fingerprint risk in 'peace' photos

Flashing a two-finger peace sign is common among a lot of people when posing for a photo.

Researchers have successfully copied fingerprint data from a digital picture of a person flashing a two-fingered "V".

Couple invite Twitter followers to wedding

Dan Faulknor and Becky Lieshout, of Dunedin, have invited Twitter friends to their wedding on Saturday.

They got engaged thanks to Twitter and an Irish comedian, and now a Dunedin couple has taken their social media love a step further.

The mind-blowing way teens use tech

"Every morning I send a KTS to people on my streak list."

"Every morning I send a KTS to people on my streak list."

Parris goes to work for Elton John

Parris Goebel will mentor aspiring video-makers to create a new video for Elton John's Bennie and the Jets.

Parris Goebel will help aspiring directors to make a new music video for Elton John's hit Bennie and the Jets.

Titans' good times may be ending

Consumers have cheered cheap books, rides and text messages, and politicians have praised innovation, while the grumbles ...

In a few years, we may well look back on the present as a golden era for tech titans.

Rising threat of mobile malware

Phones are increasingly targeted by cyber criminals as more people use them for online shopping.

Phones are increasingly targeted by cyber criminals as more people use them for online shopping.

Facebook needs to face facts

Mark Zuckerberg is estimated to be worth US$50 million.

Mark Zuckerberg should grow up and accept some responsibility for the very divisions in society he wails about.

The big takeaway from CES

A Lynx robot with Amazon Alexa integration on at CES.

The smart, central voice assistant has emerged as the keystone of the tech world.

Norway's risky switch to digital

Worker Ino Andre Nilsen arranges digital radios in an Expert City electronics shop in Oslo, Norway.

​Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week.

Everything Samsung at Las Vegas

Samsung QLED televisions on displayed during the 2017 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Samsung acknowledges its Note7 debacle, while unveiling a raft of new devices.

How dating works in 2017

Many people now prefer to meet the old-fashioned way, ditching apps in favour of connecting through friends, being set ...

2016 was a year of dating don'ts. So how will those negative trends affect online dating this year?

Fear not, droids won't kill jobs

It is much easier to project the jobs that may be lost than to imagine the ones that will be created.

It is much easier to perceive the jobs that may be lost than to imagine the ones that will be created.

Tech you can expect in 2017

Since this year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, expect something big from Apple.

This year you'll have wi-fi on some Air NZ flights, talking tech and lots of hype over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

How to prevent ads tracking you

You can't stop every site tracking your movements online but you can block some.

Now that you've purchased and gifted those cool gadgets for Christmas, it's time to stop those devices from following you.

The big tech takeaway for 2016

Home hubs such as Amazon's Echo family and Google Home started to prove their worth.

It appears we are in a bit of a lull when it comes to exciting pieces of technology.

How to save data on holiday

When we go on holidays, we tend to shift from productivity tasks to more intense data-chewing entertainment activities.

When we're on holiday we use smartphones differently and that can lead to unpleasant surprises when the bill arrives.

Tech won't displace human artists

Prisma can reproduce brushstrokes and palettes, using only a photo for guidance, almost the way a human painter can.

Humans won't be displaced by artificial intelligence as long as they have the courage to do new things.

Smarting at the smartphone

The natty flip-open cellphone has disappeared as we've been lured on by the delusion that new is better, that more is ...

OPINION: Joe Bennett finds out the hard way that you can't replace a "flip-open" cellphone.

Is it OK to post pics of your kids?

Is it OK for parents to post photos of their children online?

Do parents really have the right to make family photos public? And if so, which ones?

Posts to hoodwink parents

Children are using social media to confuse their parents about where they are, warn police.

Digital savvy children are using social media to lull parents into a false sense of security about their whereabouts, say police.

Is Amazon's Prime Video good?

Amazon Prime Video has been launched in New Zealand as a competitor to Netflix, Lightbox and Neon.

Amazon's streaming service is the latest to hit NZ How does it compare to the other offerings?

Nokia sues Apple over patents

Nokia is accusing the iPhone maker of violating 32 technology patents.

Nokia is accusing the iPhone maker of violating 32 technology patents.

Freeman to voice Zuckerberg's Jarvis

Morgan Freeman's iconic timbre was selected by popular demand.

The veteran actor will be the voice behind Mark Zuckerberg's homemade artificial intelligence assistant Jarvis.

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