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Smart rifle gets hacked

Security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger CAN hack into TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles and make the famously accurate guns miss the intended target.

Security experts uncover weaknesses in internet-connected self-aiming firearms that lets hackers can take control.

The wearable you already own

You already own a perfect wearable device.

A truly wearable device should feel like clothes. The Apple Watch isn't clothing, it's jewellery.

Microsoft beats Google

The Microsoft logo is seen at the Microsoft store in New York City, July 28, 2015. The global launch of Microsoft Windows 10 will take place on July 29. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Search engine punished for unfairly demanding billions of dollars for use of patents covering Wi-Fi and video downloads.

Robot bug can jump on water

Water strider together with a robotic insect that can jump on water.

Robot inspired by water striders, a family of bugs known for their ability to skilfully skim the water's surface.

Toyota helper robot cares for the sick

Toyota's new HSR - Human Support Robot - at the Yokohama Rehabilitation Centre, south of Tokyo.

It glides around like R2-D2 and is devoted to a single task: picking things up.

Goodbye, Android, hello darkside

Stagefright finally convinces tech journalist to abandon Google's smartphones and journey to the darkside of iPhone ownership.

Stagefright finally convinces tech journalist to abandon Google's smartphones.

Nokia innovates with VR camera

The ball-shaped Nokia OZO VR camera includes eight synchronized shutter sensors and eight integrated microphones for spatial audio.

Now you can make your own virtual reality movies with Nokia's latest gadget, the Ozo.

Candle charges phones video

Andrew Burns has developed a phone charger that uses a candle for power.

Light a candle, fill the device with water, and you have a charger.

Oculus reboots 3D films video

A scene from the short animation film, Henry for Oculus’ virtual reality headset.

Is Henry really a movie? Or is it a game? Or something else entirely?

Photographer's drone coming to NZ video

3D Robotics say the Solo is the world's first 'smart drone'.

It's simple to use, and comes with a video game-style controller so you can take off, land or pause with a single touch.

EMDrive to revolutionise space travel

Interstellar

Nasa's controversial engine can get from Earth to Pluto in just 18 months, and a German scientist says it may actually work.

Did phone charger cause fire?

The house fire on Adelaide Rd, Berhampore, on Friday.

Check your phone charger for faults. It could save you a house.

Android text hack uncovered

New report says a text message can be used to hack into your Android phone, without you even having to open it.

Ninety-five per cent of Android phones may be vulnerable to a text message hack.

Ban killer robots: Experts

Will killer robots ultimately rebel like the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica?

Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak lead a team of Artificial Intelligence experts who want the UN to ban killer robots.

Beijing police shut down counterfeit iPhone factory

Apple is one of the most popular brands in China. Pictured here is a real iPhone 6 Plus.

Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as NZ$28.6 million.

Asimo now trilingual

Honda's Asimo robot can now have simple conversations in three languages.

Honda's Asimo robot can now have simple conversations in three languages.

Remote control mouse brain

US scientists have been able to direct the path of laboratory mice with a combination of drugs and lights.

US scientists use a wireless controller to direct the path of laboratory mice with a combo of drugs and lights.

Tech to track lost items

Tracking devices can help you find your keys. The Tile, left, and Trackr are two of the most popular.

Next generation of tracking devices use augmented reality to locate lost items.

Drone rules target businesses

Matthew McTague  of Timaru, flying Langwoods Photography's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, which will be subject to new rules from August 1 .

Requiring drone pilots to get consent from owners of properties they fly over will affect businesses, a South Canterbury operator says.

Are you permitted to fly a drone? video

Minister for Transport, Simon Bridges and his Associate Minister, Craig Foss, left, prepare to fly a drone at the University of Canterbury's Ilam Fields on Monday following the announcement of new Civil Aviation Authority regulations governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Bridges is receiving pre-flight instructions from Nick Key from the University's geography department.

Drone operators will need to get permission before taking off from August 1.

Butt-dials not protected

US court rules that butt dial calls aren't protected by the right to privacy.

US court rules somebody who accidentally calls somebody else isn't protected by a right to privacy.

Where you can try an Apple Watch

Apple Watches go on sale in New Zealand on July 31.

You will need to make an appointment to get one on your wrist on July 31.

Time will tell if Apple Watch catches on

A customer tries on an Apple Watch Edition collection watch, which features a 18-carat gold watch case, at a luxury watch boutique in Singapore.

Early Apple Watch owners seem generally happy with it, but Apple's bigger worry should be those on the sidelines waiting to take the plunge.

Parrot announces new minidrones for NZ

The Hydrofoil minidrones are flying drones attached to boats which can reach speeds of 10kmh.

Parrot's new mini drones will be available in New Zealand in September offering 13 new "connected robots".

Is Moore's Law at an end?

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, stands in front of a projection of Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, the author of Moore's Law.

OPINION: If computer power stops doubling roughly every two years, we'll see much less innovation - but more productivity.

Apple Watch in NZ for $599

The Sports Edition of the Apple Watch, which will finally be available in New Zealand at the end of the month.

Kiwis will finally get their chance to get their wrists on the Apple Watch in 10 days.

Robot cars get own city to test drive video

The University of Michigan's Mcity is the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicles.

New simulated city allows researchers to be "maximally evil" toward driverless cars.

Will phones ditch SIM cards?

A new standard could see the SIM card as we know it killed off.

Apple, Samsung and others reportedly close to agreement on new e-SIM standard for smartphones.

DIY fertility testing with iSperm

Pig farm owner Sam Wang demonstrates how to use an iSperm kit in Yunlin, central Taiwan.

iPad compatible gadget gives instant fertility measurements combined with live visuals of the sperm.

New heights for connectivity

Technology on the mountain has meant a huge increase in the number of photos and videos posted on social media.

Technology is everywhere on Kiwi mountain resorts from cameras to drones and social media.

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