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Is VDSL as fast as UFB?

The ultrafast broadband network is under construction.

No - but that might not matter.

Floppy disks used for nukes

The US still uses floppies to control nuclear weapons because the old-school tech is harder to hack.

The US still uses floppies to control nuclear weapons because the old-school tech is harder to hack.

Microsoft forbids stupid passwords

Pretty soon if you try to use a dumb password with your OneDrive or other Microsoft account you'll politely be told: ...

Microsoft is creating a dynamic list of stupid passwords that you're forbidden to use.

The dark side of live streaming

Periscope, a mobile streaming app owned by Twitter, launched just over a year ago in March 2015.

People are criticising providers for allowing live streaming of suicides and criminal activities.

When we're too quick to judge

A dash cam image of a near miss on the Paradise Rd near Glenorchy.

On the surface of it, her driving was dreadful. But the reason only emerged after she was filmed and shamed.

LinkedIn password, email leak

LinkedIn says the 2016 data leak is a follow on from the 2012 security breach.

Private details of more than 100 million members have been released online.

Start-up detects a face's secrets

Faception said it's already signed a contract with a homeland security agency.

It can identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles and criminals.

Check out Google's smart jacket

Google has teamed up with Levi's to develop a trucker jacket made specifically for commuting bikers.

Google has teamed up with Levi's to develop a trucker jacket made specifically for commuting bikers.

GoPro's still looking for wings

GoPro has done a deal with Red Bull but the company faces several challenges.

The action camera maker has done a deal with Red Bull but the company faces several challenges.

Fuel for School

Mayfield school pupil Jorja Jennens using one of the Acer Chromebooks presented to the school with, from left, ...

"It's made such a difference for us and helped us to put technology in front of the children."

Working to stop harm

Marlborough Women's Refuge manager Rachel Black.

"Things can be traced, calls can be looked up, so this is one way of counteracting that."

Iwi TV channel launched

Ngati Apa ki te Ra To cultural adviser Kiley Nepia says a new online television channel will help the iwi to engage with ...

A top of the South iwi is using an online video channel to connect with their members.

Windows 10 using malware tactics

Microsoft's tactics come straight from the malware playbook, using deceptive pop-ups to trick people.

Microsoft's tactics come straight from the malware playbook, using deceptive pop-ups to trick people.

The serious dangers of selfies

Elsa Godart says Kim Kardashian's high number of selfies shows she has an identity crisis.

People have "critical blackouts" when taking selfies, leading to bad decisions and even death.

Apple ruined my perfect name

Siri Bulusu finds people air their grievances against Apple to her. "They did a terrible job designing her! Why can't ...

"OMG, Siri like the iPhone," should be engraved on my tombstone.

Search engine smarter than Google

Google is the most popular search engine.

Omnity offers some glimmers of something new that make it worth taking notice.

Taking on the ticketing industry

Area360’s Ticketure will enable organisations to sell tickets on their own website, which will reduce fees for consumers.

A Wellington software development company wants to turn the ticketing industry on its head.

Samsung's painful makeover

Samsung agonised over phone specs for its S7 range and pared back its product line-up.

The company agonised over phone specs and pared back its product line-up.

Fast internet not always worth it

The difference between webpage download times of 30Mbs and 100Mbs services is small.

The difference between webpage download times of 30Mbs and 100Mbs services is small.

Could Apple become BlackBerry?

Apple is on the top of its game but is being criticised for not innovating as much as its competitors.

Apple is on the top of its game but is being criticised for not innovating as much as its competitors.

The ultimate geek pilgrimage

The Commodore PET – one of the first PCs aimed at retail shoppers – on show at the Computer History Museum in Mountain ...

If you're visiting Silicon Valley it's worth taking a quick history lesson to see where it all began.

Can classical music go digital?

Classical music has lagged behind in the digital revolution, but a new streaming service may change that.

Classical music has lagged behind in the digital revolution, but a new streaming service may change that.

NZ's internet better than US

Kiwis get an average 11Mbs for ADSL compared to 2Mbs to 6Mbs for Americans.

Download speeds in New Zealand are nearly twice as fast as those in the United States.

Apple Stores get major makeover

The new in-store emphasis on enterprise clients is new for Apple and represents a shift away from its core customer.

One of the most successful stores in the history of retail is getting a major makeover.

Is Netflix a health hazard?

Netflix is watched in more than a quarter of a million Kiwi households.

Nearly a quarter of us watch internet television but now there are 'not enough hours in the day'.

Loan sharks lose

Robert Choy said the move to reduce exposure to these lenders was a morally sound move from Google.

Google is banning ads for "payday" lenders where repayment is due within 60 days.

Explained: Google's virtual reality

A design from Google showing Daydream, it's virtual reality system.

Google's Daydream system could give more people a taste of VR but you'll need a new phone.

'Try getting a real car into a prison'

A man trials an Oculus Virtual Reality headset at an expo in Los Angeles, California,

Education is going back to the future thanks to virtual reality.

You won't get the latest Android

Chances are the update announced this week won't arrive on your Android phone for some time - if ever.

Chances are the update announced this week won't arrive on your Android phone for some time - if ever.

Android and Chrome get closer

Google Play, the Android app store, will roll out first on three Chromebook PCs running Chrome OS.

Google said its Android mobile app store will run on Chrome OS for personal computers.

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