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Data breaches cost $5.2m a year

The cost of breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable records.

Study shows the cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world and is now at about $5.2m a year.

Vox acquires Re/code

Re/code logo

Tech news blog Re/code gets new owner just 18 months after spinning off from The Wall Street Journal.

The best Gmail hacks

Don't become a slave to your inbox.

If your Gmail has the same features it did when you first signed up, you could be missing out.

Please, please flip your phone

The correct way to shoot video on your smartphone.

OPINION: If you ever take a video in portrait mode don't be too surprised if you get tapped on the shoulder and told off by a film-loving passerby.

YouTube's decade: sharing works

Tiffany of the musical group Girls' Generation poses with her Video of the Year award at the YouTube Music Awards in New York November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

The 10-year-old site provides a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists to broadcast opinions, talents, interests, and of course, cats.

Fake IDs getting harder to spot

Sergeant Shane Benge with fake driver's licences and 18+ ID cards produced by a 16-year-old boy and sold to his mates.

New technology is making it "virtually impossible" to tell genuine drivers licences and ID card from forged ones.

Has Google already peaked?

European regulators have been hitting Google hard lately, is this the end of the technology giant's dominance?

Google has been a tech industry leader for years, but now it's jostling for position with firms that have an eye on apps.

NSA shutting data collection programme

The NSA may soon been unloading thousands of exploits due to new guidelines.

The NSA is closing a program to collect phone metadata following the Senate's failure to pass Patriot Act extension.

Patriot Act extension blocked

A Bill that would have extended for two months the metadata provisions of the USA Patriot Act fails to pass the Senate.

NSA begins winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward.

Online data wake-up call

A near crash in last week's Targa Rally served as a wakeup call for Mike O'Donnell to moderate his behaviour. The money online giants make from the sale of personal data should serve as a similar warning to consumers.

OPINION: Each time you use "free" online platforms like Gmail somebody's laughing all the way to the bank through the sale of your data.

Southern Cross cable fixed

A cable cut in Oregon has put the fragility of New Zealand's internet connections back under the spotlight.

Southern Cross' international traffic was diverted after a cable cut.

Saying 'I do' with a drone video

Newlyweds Kyle Legman and Michelle Sheivachman kiss as they pose for their wedding pictures under storm clouds, across from New York's Lower Manhattan.

The wedding photography business continually pushing the limits, with photographers employing GoPro, drone and time-lapse technology.

The day I hit my 'tech ceiling'

I already can't remember my mum's mobile number, so perhaps I should just give myself over to the machines.

OPINION: All my life, I had sought and conquered the latest gadgets. But then one day, I didn't care anymore.

How to speed up your broadband

Hopefully your broadband download speed is faster than this.

Having slow broadband speed is as frustrating as watching an All Blacks game in slow motion.

Spotify to start offering videos

Spotify will soon be providing video content from musicians, news organisations and TV networks.

Spotify will soon be providing video content from musicians, news organisations and TV networks.

Study: Phone bans help students

Research indicates stricter rules around phone use in schools may improve test scores.

Research indicates stricter rules around phone use in schools may improve test scores.

UFB rollout not fast enough

Spark has joined the Gigatown convoy.

Face of Dunedin's successful Gigatown campaign welcomes debate over ultrafast broadband.

Could you print the internet?

The number of pages it would take to print the Internet = 305.5 billion.

The internet is huge, right? But in physical terms, if I printed the whole thing out, I'd have .... how many pieces of paper?

Don't tweet @POTUS your jokes

Not only does the Secret Service monitor Twitter, but the White House is archiving each and every thing @POTUS tweeters say.

Not only does the Secret Service monitor Twitter, but the White House is archiving each and every thing @POTUS tweeters say.

Test your emoji-IQ video

Are you emoji literate? Emoji speak has been trending upward, and a study has been launched into how it's being used.

Do you know your smiley face from your winker? Find out how emoji-friendly you really are.

Secrets to sky-high wi-fi

"Coffee, tea or wi-fi?" That's becoming an increasingly commonplace question on flights.

"Coffee, tea or wi-fi?" That's becoming an increasingly commonplace question on flights.

NZ's internet speeds aren't that bad

New Zealand's internet speed ranks at 42nd in the world according to Ookla.

OPINION: New Zealand's internet speeds are nothing compared to speed kings South Korea, but we're not exactly North Korea either.

Balancing freedom of expression

Chief Human Rights commissioner David Rutherford.

OPINION: David Rutherford asks will our mountains “ever be” freedom of expression’s ramparts on the sea?

High-tech vanity epidemic

The Lily drone is due to be released in late 2015.

Most technological breakthroughs take a while to reveal their dark side. 

Your identity isn't safe

An increasing number of New Zealanders are reporting  their identities have been compromised, as cyber attacks continue to rise.

Almost 200,000 Kiwis have had their identities compromised in the past year, as cyber attacks continue to rise.

Hacker admits hijacking plane mid-air

Security researcher Chris Roberts.

Commercial airliner's course changed after hacker took control of entertainment system, FBI says.

Cops must cyber-crime upskill

Kiwi police officers must now know how to track an IP address and interpret metadata.

All NZ police must now be trained in fighting cyber-crime by 2017.

Spark, Snap top video streaming

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul which features on Lightbox.

A new test measuring internet streaming speeds in New Zealand puts Spark and Snap on the top.

Students go hi-tech for profit

Showing off the GoPro camera accessories they make on a 3D printer are Wainuiomata High School student company LittleBitz directors, back from left, Vicki Krech, Kazmia Morgan, Pearl Philavong, Ruby Gardender and, front, Damien McDonald.  Photo: SIMON EDWARDS, FAIRFAX

A Wainuiomata student firm is selling camera gadgets made on a classroom 3D printer.

Is your phone full?

What should you do if smartphone fills up with photos?

Shoot enough photos and videos, and your phone will eventually fill up. But online services can help.

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