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Taking 'super zoom' to a new level

The Nikon P900 produces images at 4,608 by 3,456 pixels.

REVIEW: The Nikon P900 is a "bridge camera" with a lens so long that you'll need to use a tripod or monopod.

$150 phone takes on $1000 rivals

The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 costs $150.

Deciding what new phone to buy can often be driven by brands and trends rather than what you need, or can afford.

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant

The delivery tower at German carmaker Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant. A worker at Volkswagen's Baunatal plant was accidentally crushed to death by an assembly robot.

It reads like the beginning of a robo-acocalypse sci-fi movie, but in this case the damage and the tragedy is all too real.

Dubai to 3D print building

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 17:  The Davis Cup Trophy is displayed at a unique location at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah helipad on September 17, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  As part of the 101 General Assembly Meeting of the International Tennis Federation, Tennis Emirates exposes a creative mosaic that will be a reproduction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE Vice President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai Logo "win-victory-love" in Jumeirah Beach Hotel.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Tennis Emirates)

World's first office building made using a 20-foot tall 3D printer to be added to eye-catching skyline.

Google car cuts off another driverless car

A Google self-driving car is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters March 15, 2015. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving ???pod??? cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. These prototypes, built in Detroit, will have ???removable??? steering wheels and pedals so that drivers can assume manual control if needed in sticky situations. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters

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One of Google's self-driving cars cuts off competitor's prototype about to change lanes.

Affordable 3D printing - finally

XYZ 3D printers can produce a range of items, including lampshades.

For less than $1000 you can be printing a range of items in your home.

New York tech expo has teeth

Play fetch with the MiPosaur robotic T-Rex.

How about a robot Tyrannosaurus Rex as a pet? Or using the charge in your fingers to clean your teeth?

Chewbacca the robotic car seat

The 4moms company's robotic infant car test automates the tricky task of installing a car seat, using motors and sensors to level and secure itself.

Do you trust a robot with your baby? The quest to invent a safer car seat poses the question.

A flying lawnmower, just because video

SPLASH

Lawnmowers and flight shouldn't go together. But one man had a dream to follow.

Space station gets its own HoloLens video

An astronaut tries out Microsoft's Hololens in zero-gravity as part of Project Sidekick.

A pair of Microsoft's augmented reality headsets to be delivered to the International Space Station this weekend.

iPhone slower than S6, LG G4

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the fastest phones on the market.

As Samsung and Apple vie for the top spot, one test shows the iPhone 6 actually places third in the speed races.

Hoverboard floats just out of reach

Luxury car-maker Lexus is going after the Marty McFly market with its own, supposedly working hoverboard.

Luxury car-maker Lexus is going after the Marty McFly market with its own, supposedly working hoverboard.

A fitness tracker with twist

The Talkband2 costs $279 for the gold/leather version.

REVIEW: Huawei's Talkband2 is both a Bluetooth headset and fitness tracker with some clever design tweaks.

Star Wars inspired Hoverbike

Daisy Ridley rides a speeder bike a little more like Malloy Aeronautic's Hoverbike in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The US military is again taking inspiration from the Galactic Empire.

No obstacles for cockroach robot video

The robotic cockroach developed at the University of California, Berkeley, was designed to roll out of tricky situations.

Robot learns how to use its shell to move through difficult terrain; is the future giant cockroach robots?

iPhone may ditch Home button

Apple is reportedly planning to drop the Home button from iPhones, replacing it with a fingerprint scanning chip.

Apple reportedly plans to replace iPhone Home button with fingerprint scanning chip.

Fuzzy bot teaches social cues video

Da' Vid Bey, 5, gets acquainted with Romibo at the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies in Pittsburgh, USA.

Romibo can follow faces and hold a person's gaze - and help autistic kids learn to socialise.

Betting on a walletless future

Apple Vice President of Worldwide Online Stores, Jennifer Bailey, speaks about Apple Pay during Apple WWDC earlier this month in San Francisco.

Mobile payments have failed before but Apple, Google and Samsung are hoping digital wallets have finally arrived.

Rogue drone lands on pub

This rogue drone crash landed on Craythorne's Public House in Christchurch on Saturday.

A rogue drone has crash-landed on a pub roof in Christchurch.

Text lane's one big problem

The texting lane's design was meant for people to laugh at, Utah Valley University's creative director Matt Bambrough claims.

Why not try and herd the distracted away from the determined? Because then they won't see each other.

Drone wars take off in New Zealand video

Drone racers Bruce Simpson, left,  and Gordon Hudson with their drones, POV video goggles and deck chairs are all ready for a bit racing in a forest area near Tokoroa.

Drone racing is exploding onto the sporting scene, not just internationally, but in New Zealand too.

Amazon drones to deliver next year

Amazon says its fleet will deliver to Americans within 30 minutes, will be ready to go as soon as the law catches up.

Fleet will deliver to Americans within 30 minutes and be ready to go as soon as the law catches up.

Stolen phone tracked, teen shot

"It wasn't the app that took away Jeremy's life, it was the individuals, which would be rare, who happened to be armed with a gun."

A Canadian teenager was shot to death after tracking down his lost smartphone.

Galaxy S6 hacking risk

A keyboard glitch may have left 600 million Samsung smartphones at risk of being hacked.

Glitch in word prediction software leaves 600 million Samsung smartphones at risk of being hacked.

Home security in HD video

The new Nest Cam is designed to watch out for your home and family - even when you can’t.

Keep one eye on your home constantly with the latest smart devices from Google's Nest Labs.

Virtual reality blew my mind video

Samsung's second generation virtual reality goggles went on sale in New Zealand last week.

REVIEW: I felt woozy the first few times I used Samsung's Gear. The experience is so much like reality your brain thinks it's real.

No one wants to pay for news

People are reading more and more news on their devices, but ad revenues are plummeting, leaving news organisations without a source of income.

People are reading more and more news on their devices, but ad revenues are plummeting.

Test track for futuristic Hyperloop

SpaceX has opened a competition to design and build the best Hyperloop pod.

SpaceX has opened a competition to design and build the best pod for Elon Musk's Hyperloop.

Mari/O shows how computers learn

Super Mario World.

A computer teaches itself to beat a level of Super Mario World.

Rise of the Chinese smartphones

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's vice president of international operations, speaks during the launch of the company's latest smartphone Mi 4i.

Competition is about to be kicked up a notch as the world's largest smartphone manufacturers enter Western markets.

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