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Samsung's reputation takes nosedive

Samsung pulled its Note 7 smartphone off shelves last year after a series of reports about the devices bursting into flame.

A poll shows Samsung dropping to 49th from seventh, with Amazon topping the survey.

I'll miss TV screens in planes

You'll need to be better organised if you're going to provide your own entertainment on a plane.

Watching a movie on airplane screens can be frustrating but I'll miss them when they're gone.

Google to block illegal UK sites

Google and Bing have signed up to a voluntary code of practice aimed at protecting users' safety and prevent them from ...

Internet users will find it harder to search for illegally streamed live games and pirated music and movies.

Tech superheroes to the rescue

As part of the Tech Solutions team, Jacob, left, can help set up your latest technology in your home.

Like a real-life instruction manual, Noel Leeming Tech Solutions Technician Jacob will come to your home to talk you through your new device.

The robots are coming

Virtual reality.

Shoppers will notice changes to retail this year - think robots, virtual reality, and drones.

Smartphone junkies get path lights

It is hoped a strip of LED lights will alert pedestrians who can not tear their eyes away from their smartphones when ...

Town says it can't prevent smartphone distraction, so makes it safe to walk home looking at one.

When Bluetooth goes bad

Bluetooth was never designed to be connected to many things at once.

Were my devices turning against me? Was this how the Age of Man would end?

Tech firm sued for sex discrimination

Magic Leap's Dr G game has no female lead characters.

Magic Leap, a much-buzzed about tech firm, is being sued by a woman hired to make it "less of a boys club".

Phone charging costs extra at cafe

Cafe owner Galina Pokorny:
"Tourists - always electricity, electricity, electricity. Sorry but who is going to pay me ...

Tired of tourists powering up batteries for hours, Austrian cafe owner Galina Pokorny has introduced a fee.

The boyfriends behind Instagram

That's the money shot right there. Well done, mate.

There's no angle too difficult for the highly dedicated Boyfriends of Instagram.

Apple reveals its new TV show

Planet of the Apps will be released exclusively on Apple Music and is due to screen in the coming months.

Kiwi DJ Zane Lowe will host one of Apple's first television shows that is a mix of Dragons' Den and The Voice.

YouTube star in anti-Semitic stunt

PewDiePie is a Swedish-born You Tube celebrity with nearly 50 million subscribers.

Felix Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie has been criticised by Disney and YouTube.

Boring podcast puts you to sleep

Sleep with Me seems to be the first podcast of its kind in the genre of narrative sleep podcasts.

Drew Ackerman says that on Sleep with Me, he plays the role of "your boring drunk friend".

Guide to mobile livestreaming

Twitter, via Periscope, was the first main social media network to embrace livestreaming - and it retains its early, ...

The good news is that livestreaming is easy, especially since we're all carrying around cameras in our phones.

Fans love Shorty's genital pic panic

Shortland Street's Chris Warner confronts his son Harry over some x-rated photos in the popular soap's latest cliffhanger.

Shortland St producer hails "cliffhanger of the year'' as Chris Warner confronts a familiar (and rude) crisis

Hospital wi-fi can be painful

Consider giving someone a data pack. It may not seem as caring as flowers but keeping them connected will actually help ...

Anyone who has spent time in a hospital knows how boring and isolating it can be for patients.

Apple dispute about tech, not fees

What happens in Australia with Apple Pay has an impact here. Last April, ANZ introduced Apple Pay in Australia before it ...

The owners of three of New Zealand's banks have abandoned their attempt to negotiate as a bloc over Apple Pay.

How to disappear from the internet

If you really want to step away from the internet and leave no digital trace, you're probably going to have to change a ...

Giving up Gmail, social media and littering the internet with misinformation are key to disappearing.

Watch out for Valentine's scammers

Last Valentine's Day was Tinder's busiest day ever but unfortunately it's also a busy time for online scammers.

Lonely hearts scams rely on the fact that people want to believe.

How all-caps came to mean shouting

Resorting to all-capital letters signals that there has been a breakdown between sender and receiver.

​Writing on the internet, no-one can hear you scream. Unless, of course, you use all-capital letters.

Photography isn't dead after all

Documentary photographer Sebastiao Salgado is dismissive of the billions of smartphones which now take the overwhelming ...

One of the most lauded documentary photographers has back-tracked on a previous prediction.

Apple: Fake news killing minds

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: "All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume ...

Tim Cook says that the epidemic of false reports necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and tech firms.

Confessions of a troll

A troll's idea of harmless fun can have devastating consequences for others. One Wellington teenager speaks of being ...

For Jesse, there is only one goal: to provoke a reaction – the stronger, the better.

Do you get low-battery anxiety?

What battery percentage makes you anxious?

It's called nomophobia, the fear of being out of mobile contact.

Fire at Samsung battery factory video

Social media users posted pictures of the factory fire online.

A fire broke out at a Samsung SDI factory when faulty, discarded batteries ignited.

Quake strategy bears fruit

Wild thing: Go on the apple hunt with the Lyneham Commons on St Valentine's Day, February 14.

Wellington council's resilience plans include having a fruit tree in every garden.

Apple's campus painfully perfect

The campus is something of an exception to the trend of radically open offices aimed at fostering collaboration.

The toilets resemble an iPhone and the elevator buttons look like the device's home button.

Google warns of new rivals

Google has told investors about a slew of new competitors that place a threat to it.

The company has told investors about a slew of new competitors that place a threat to it.

No need for kids to have phones

Smartphones can interfere with the development of proper social skills.

No parent has ever been able to give me a logical reason why a minor should enjoy such a privilege.

Beware the next tech revolution

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are poised to take over not only deep computing but also many of the jobs ...

We should pause before our headlong embrace of the next exciting new things already bearing down on us.

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