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The era of the smartwatch is here

iWATCH: The mysterious Apple Watch will be available in April 2015.

OPINION: If you don't know much about smartwatches then expect that to change in the next wee while.

Microsoft unveils new Lumia phone

Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Microsoft's Devices and Services business unit, unveils the Lumia 640.

Microsoft launches two new affordable Windows phones and Windows 10.

HTC's One M9 improves on the M8

The HTC One M9 looks almost identical to its predecessor, but there are subtle updates.

Taiwanese phone-maker adds some nice touches but drops one of the previous handset's best features.

Powerbyproxi won't charge Samsung S6

FORWARD CHARGE: The Samsung S6  is unveiled amid fanfare at a mobile technology show in Barcelona.

Samsung's latest Galaxy S6 smartphones will not come with a wireless charger developed by Kiwi partner Powerbyproxi.

BlackBerry expands cross-platform strategy

The one-time smartphone sector pioneer's devices have waned in popularity in recent years, but in a bid to remain relevant, Blackberry is pivoting to focus more on its software business and core strengths like security.

BlackBerry will deliver its security, productivity and communication tools to any device running iOS, Android or Windows.

Samsung unveils two new phones gallery

LOOKING GOOD: The Galaxy 6 Edge is both sleek and tough.

Samsung has released two new smartphones as it faces stiff competition in a market it once dominated.

Statue for the digital age

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Sapper Moore Jones Staue.
Victoria St Hamilton.
L to r Matt Gauldie and Jan Kruse.

A traditional-style statue soon to arrive in a Hamilton street has a distinctively modern touch.

Apple Watch to replace car keys

Apple CEO Tim Cook wears the Apple Watch and shows the iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (United States - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)

The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs now used in many vehicles.

Think big with phones

Best mate: Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 is an affordable high-end phone.

REVIEW: Big phones are here to stay, with people flocking to devices for screens and longer battery life.

It's Pebble Time again

Pebble Time pulls app, notification and timeline information from an Android phone or iPhone.

New version of smartwatch immediately smashed its funding goal on Kickstarter.

'Smart' movement jumps to it

The smart jump rope, designed by Tangram Factory, displays the number of jumps on the rope itself thanks to a series of LED lights.

It was probably just a matter of time before the smart jump ropes arrived.

Apple to pay $705m over patent

iTunes

US jury finds Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash.

4G will fix NZ phone issues

Consumers should see big benefits when voice calls shift to 4G technology, telecommunications company Vodafone says.

Consumers should see big benefits when voice calls shift to 4G technology, Vodafone says.

DNA + tech = your face

Composite image of Ellen McRae Greytak, bioinformatics manager at Parabon Nanolabs, alongside computer-generated profile of her created from a sample of her DNA.

New technology uses tiny amounts of DNA to computer-generate illustration of a criminal suspect's face.

The virtual drum kit video

Stand aside air guitar champs, it's the world's first fully drumless drum set.

Are you ready to Whiplash the world's first fully drumless drum set?

Wearables now deliver tomatoes video

The Tomatan

Juice company has unveiled a wearable tomato machine at the Tokyo Marathon.

Robotic dog wins web sympathy video

Boston Dynamic's Spot robot is kicked to test its adaptability in a new video from the pioneering company.

Testing out Spot's durability results in humans asking "Is it time to start a robotic PETA?".

iPhone VR patent

Virtual reality headsets like this one from Samsung could transform the internet.

Patent granted showing Apple's interest in a VR headset powered by a smartphone.

SmartEyeglass not so smart

SONY SMARTEYEGLASS: Not the height of fashion.

The future of wearables is not here just yet - at least as far as consumers are concerned.

Modern Family's online episode

Claire Dunphy and Phil Dunphy, trying to find their daughter Haley.

Comedy to have an episode where characters only communicate via Apple products.

Your replacement almost ready

Eventually robots will put us all out of work.

Researchers speculate eventually there will be so much code robots could replace even code-writers.

Secondhand phones risky

MIXED BLESSING: Secondhand smartphones are certainly cheaper, but that's not the end of the story.

There are many pitfalls if you buy a secondhand smartphone. Be aware.

Heed the call of used smartphones

Watch out: In the past year, 32,000 devices were reported by customers as lost or stolen in New Zealand.

There are many pitfalls if you buy a secondhand smartphone.

Another classic gets remade

The View-Master reimagined as a virtual reality headset.

Google and Mattel have updated the iconic "View-Master" into a virtual reality headset.

Rio in all its 10k glory video

Rio Timelapse

Welcome to the world as seen by an incredibly high resolution camera.

Smart meter fears

Absolute power: Commissioner warns that power companies know when you're home thanks to smart meters.

Commissioner warns that power companies know when you're home.

Samsung TVs 'spying' on users

SHH: A Samsung TV.

Technology giant Samsung has warned customers against discussing personal or sensitive information in front of its voice-activated televisions.

Devices expose kids to new risks

Policy: Some school have adopted a NetSafe inspired contract in which pupils agree to be good digital citizens and adhere to digital safety guidelines while at the school.

Half the calls received by NetSafe about harmful online communications last year came from Kiwis under the age of 16.

Global praise for inventor

SUCCESS: StretchSense chief executive Dr Ben O’Brien.

Kiwi entrepreneur joins renowned US business incubator to develop revolutionary wearable camera.

Have we reached peak iPhones?

Mike O'Donnell

There's convincing evidence that the last three months of 2014 will be as good as it gets for iPhone sales.

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