Gadgets

Apple protects crop of inventions

Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou, China.

A phone that rotates like a cat midair to avoid landing on its glass face might not hit the shelves soon but it's in Apple's patent portfolio.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Steve Jobs got it wrong

BAD CALL: Steve Jobs called the bigger-screen phones 'hummers'.

He was a genius and a visionary with an amazing track record of picking winners. But he got it wrong with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Watch available from April

The mysterious Apple Watch will be available in April 2015.

Apple's smartwatch will go on sale in April though it is still unclear when Kiwis will be able to buy one.

iPhone helps Apple smash sales records

'PRETTY AMAZING': The surge in sales of Apple's signature smartphones helped make up for an expected decline in sales of iPad tablets.

Apple had another blowout quarter, earning $100b in three months thanks to 'staggering' demand for its phones.

G Flex 2 release date announced

The new curved LG Flex 2.

LG said it will start selling its new curved smartphone next week - but only in South Korea.

Batteries still suck

Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, but that's nowhere near enough.

Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, but that's nowhere near enough.

iPad stylus on the way?

STYLUS: A third party iPad stylus in use.

A stylus would be out of character for Apple, but reliable sources indicate one could be coming.

School costs pile up for parents

BIG BILLS: Tracy Unger with son, Christian, 7, and daughter Emily, 10.

Parents shocked to find $500 laptop computers added to compulsory stationery lists.

Industry-specific tablets? HP's new push

PRO SLATE 2: One of HP's new tablets.

After failing to keep up with the boom in mobile and cloud computing, HP is fighting back with tablets designed for doctors, retailers and other professionals.

Jingle helps asthmatic kids

D'OH RE MI: A New Zealand study has found children with asthma are far more likely to take their medicine when their inhaler comes with a tune.

The theme song to The Simpsons has helped dramatically improve the lot of asthmatic children.

Drones a disaster in the making

EYE IN THE SKY: A drone films aerial coverage of the ground during the Black Caps' test match against Sri Lanka at Wellington's Basin Reserve earlier this month.

OPINION: What will happen when the sick, twisted and reckless get their hands on this technology?

Crowdfunding propels science

HI-TECH: David Eagleman's wearable vest that communicates sound to the brain using the sense of touch.

Scientists turning to online fundraising to help bring their hi-tech inventions, such as rocket thrusters and cancer cures, to life.

Device may catch cellphone drivers

ILLEGAL: A NZTA survey found 43 per cent of mobile use by drivers was going undetected.

Electronic detectors could be used to nab drivers on their phones, as nearly half of mobile use goes undetected.

Google halts Glass sales

GLASS: After less than a year of disappointing sales, Google are halting sales of their much-mocked wearable, but claim this isn't the end.

After less than a year of disappointing sales, Google are halting sales of their much-mocked wearable, but claim this isn't the end.

Xiaomi challenges the iPhone

NEW FLAGSHIP: Lei Jun shows off the Mi Note.

China's largest smartphone producer has unveiled a new flagship - the Mi Note, and they aren't shy about who they are challenging with it.

Is Ara the future of phones, or mere gimmickry?

The Ara Spiral 2 prototype.

Google announced a market trial in Puerto Rico later this year for a phone unlike any other.

How to smuggle 94 iPhones into China

APPLE ARMOUR: Just imagine them all ringing at once.

Well, we always knew Apple were getting into wearables.

Samsung want to buy Blackberry

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen attends the launch event for the new Blackberry Classic smartphone in New York.

Samsung are interested in purchasing the struggling smartphone maker - for patents.

Nine things from CES you may actually want to buy

The Withings Activite Pop.

A lot of the funnest stuff at CES will never make it to market. This stuff will.

Are Apple taking on GoPro?

WEARABLE CAMERA: Apple has just been granted a patent for a wearable camera similar to a GoPro.

Apple has just been granted a patent for a wearable camera similar to a GoPro.

Making wearable data useful

WEARABLES: The Fitbug Orb.

A lot of people buy wearables and then stop using them. Is that about to change?

Most ridiculous exhibits at gadget fest

Toshiba glasses

From giant props to free booze and dancers, vendors will do almost anything to stand out in the crowd.

Monster CEO: Beats Electronics 'duped' me

MARKET LEADER: Beats has about 60 per cent of the premium headphones market in the US.

Monster CEO Noel Lee accuses Beats Electronics, co-founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, of "corporate betrayal".

Three smartwatches, two wrists

UPDATED: The LG G Watch R smartwatch can track its wearer's health and fitness, display messages and, of course, tell the time.

Ian King takes up the challenge of wearing as many smartwatches as possible for the ultimate utility test.

Convenient or purely narcissi-stick?

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Lisa Gelz and Isabelle Horber, tourists from Switzerland, finding the best angles with their selfie stick.

Obnoxious symbols of self-absorption or an easy way to take your own wide-angled shots? We'll let you decide.

PowerbyProxi taking wireless charge

PowerbyProxi chief executive Greg Cross.

Auckland technology firm PowerbyProxi claims global leadership of wireless-charging industry at tech show.

Why the PC isn't quite dead yet

REVAMPED: PCs have some new tricks up their sleeves. Samsung's all-in-one ATIV One 7 features a curved 27-inch screen.

Manufacturers are crafting new features you can't get in a hand-held device, and laptop designs that mimic the tablet's appeal.

Sony's Walkman is back

UPDATED: Sony's new Walkman features high resolution audio playback.

Sony is bringing back the Walkman, with high-resolution playback and Bluetooth-connected headphones.

Review: Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast is a convenient way to watch internet services such as YouTube on your TV. Sky's Neon internet television app also looks likely to support it.

The Google Chromecast is a convenient way to watch internet services such as YouTube on your TV. Sky's Neon internet television app also looks likely to support it.

Hands-on with LG's G Flex 2

The LG G Flex 2 is an improvement in terms of specifications, but is still stubbornly different.

The latest version of LG's curved-screen smartphone remains stubbornly different, and difficult.

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