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Last chance BlackBerry Classic

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone on display at the launch event in New York.

One more go for the traditional keyboard as BlackBerry bets on business workers.

Student has vision for robotics

EYE, ROBOT: The new algorithm allows a computer programme to pick out the most important objects in red and the least in blue from the picture of Wellington's cable car.

A PhD student is hoping he can get robots to see and recognise the world around them.

France moves to ban 'e-joint'

KanaVape's hemp vaporiser.

Health minister wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette.

Robot takes to the skies

Alexander Herzog, a doctoral student at Max Planck Society, pushes Athena, the first humanoid robot to fly as a passenger.

Athena becomes the first robot to travel human-style from the US to Germany.

Victory for Apple in music suit

iTunes

Jury finds Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold iPods and songs with copy-protection software.

Trouble in the bedroom

Bad habits: A recent survey found up to 45 per cent of people brought electronic devices into the bedroom.

A recent survey found up to 45 per cent of people brought electronic devices into the bedroom.

Rules may clip drone wings

Model airplane - NZ national champs near Kirwee and Darfield

New US rules may stop dangerous flyers, but toy plane owners aren't happy.

Kiwi's 3D-printed record player a hit video

3D printed DJ Turntable

A working vinyl record player made with a 3D printer by an innovative Kiwi is gaining worldwide attention.

'Smart' helmet response telling

The "smart hat" prototype, which is being touted as a road safety device.

Frenzied feedback about some untested drawings tells us a lot about attitudes to cycling.

Ditch the headphone port?

Could Apple really ditch the decades-old headphone port?

OPINION: If anyone is arrogant enough to kill off regular headphones, it's Apple.

iPod trial gets new plaintiff

Images of the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Touch are projected onscreen behind Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs in 2010.

Class-action lawsuit will likely continue as business consultant volunteers to represent consumers in suit.

Chromecast finally available

Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston in the true life story The Dark Horse, one of the new films available on Quickflix, now compatible with Google Chromecast.

Quickflix the first New Zealand service that can be used with Google's streaming device.

PowerbyProxi on way to $30m

Wireless charging does away with the need for charging cables for each device.

Kiwi firm committed to bringing the wireless charging revolution to New Zealand.

Tech ruining our memory

Is technology augmenting or altering human memory?

But should memorising information even still be a priority?

iPod Classics sell for thousands

iPod owners could earn thousands flogging off their old MP3 players.

That iPod Classic that's been gathering dust in your bedside cabinet could now be worth hundreds.

Apple executive jailed

About $47 billion of market value was wiped from Apple in 60 seconds, but it made back half the loss just as quickly.

Man who sold iPhone maker's secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and must repay US$4.5m.

'Garage a bit of a myth'

Re-writing history: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Steve Wozniak says the story about the Jobs family's Silicon Valley garage is 'overblown'.

Making a call on a Christmas phone

Pre-paid mobile fan Jared White and his work colleague Nadi Dilrukshi were spotted checking messages in Chews Lane.

Deciding which smartphone to buy is, to butcher a phrase, like comparing Apples with androids.

Apple: iPods not covered

Apple claims two women from class-action suit may not have actually bought the iPod models at the centre of the case.

Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit.

The Sims in real life

Omnipresenz is a new form of human avatar.

Spanish start-up will let you control a human 'avatar' remotely.

$1.1b damages appeal

Samsung, Apple in court again as Samsung says patent order akin to awarding entire profits on a car because of infringing cup holder.

Samsung, Apple in court again as Samsung asks court to reject billion dollar damages.

Shedding light on water invention

Eldon Tate will use his AMP scholarship win to develop a cheap water-purification method powered by sunlight.

The lives of almost 800 million people without access to clean drinking water could change.

Touching virtual reality

Ultrasonics may soon let you touch what you see in virtual reality.

Ultrasonics may soon let you touch what you see in virtual reality.

'Ferrari' of the robotics world

The face of the MIT cheetah-bot.

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors.

Jobs' iPod obsession

Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new iPod Nano after it introducing in September 2005.

Jurors in a class-action lawsuit against Apple shown emails from late CEO Steve Jobs and his top lieutenants.

Court to hear Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs iPod

Videotaped testimony from Apple's late founder to be heard in billion-dollar lawsuit over iPod.

Army of Amazon robots

Kiva robots transport goods at an Amazon Fulfillment Center, ahead of the Christmas rush, in Tracy, California.

This holiday season, Amazon's little helper is an orange, 320-pound robot called Kiva.

Tablets 'hold students back'

Occupied into silence: children's later literacy skills can be predicted by their oral language skills at aged two but more toddlers and small children, and their parents, are too busy to chat.

Increased smart device use at schools is hampering pupils' computer skills development, industry experts say.

The robots are coming

BURNING AMBITION: StretchSense chief executive Ben O'Brien describes the company's technology as "rubber bands with Bluetooth".

A robotic sensor firm hopes that returning to a campus lab to develop a bionic limb will give its technology international lift-off.

Sony planning e-paper watch

New Sony watch will be made of electronic paper and will emphasize style over the technological abilities of other smartwatches.

Watch made of electronic paper will emphasize style over the technological abilities of other smartwatches.

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