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Microsoft launches 'budget' Surface tablet

The cheaper version of the Surface Pro 3 sells for $799.

Microsoft has rolled out a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. 

3D printing prosthetics

Seven-year-old California girl Faith Lennox has received a new left hand created by a 3D printer at Build It Workspace in Orange County.

Seven-year-old's 'robohand' only costs $50, and when she outgrows it can easily build a replacement.

Trade Me tests rescue drone

A Flirtey drone has been tested by Land Search and Rescue in a trial funded by Trade Me.

There's a lot of hype around using drones for commercial deliveries but they may have more important uses, Trade Me boss says.

Bionic ants - the future workforce video

FUTURE WORKFORCE: These Bionic Ants could be the future of the factory workforce.

Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems.

Crackdown on drones

Illustrarion of a drone flying over Saint-Cloud on Febuary 27, 2015 in Paris. One of three Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying a drone in Paris' Bois de Boulogne park on the western edge of the French capital, for the purposes of a television report, will appear in court next week after pleading guilty, a judicial source said on February 26, 2015. Flying drones over the capital is illegal under French law.  AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET

A move to toughen penalties for wayward drone operators is backed by a Hamilton man who breached drone rules.

Apple Watch has FDA attention

The FDA says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products.

Time machine obsession

Theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett pours dry ice into a ring laser at a laboratory at the University of Connecticut. Mallett has devoted his research to time travel.

Theoretical physicist has an equation and plans for a device that could put him in touch with his late father.

$60 to evade prohibition

A WAY AROUND THE CENSORS: A Chinese-made portable media player, which North Koreans call "Notel".

Portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite Govt efforts to ensure isolation.

Switching from smart to dumb phones

Nick Fuentes with his beloved Nokia 208 after breaking so many smartphones.

Abandoning your smartphone for an older-style mobile phone frees you to pay more attention to the world around you.

Eliminate phone envy - for a price

Eeny Meeny: Is it worth signing up to a smartphone trade-up deal?

Is it worth signing up to a smartphone trade-up deal? Blayne Slabbert checks them out.

Kiwis mobile data obsessed video

New calling: Are you addicted to your phone?

Survey shows half of young Kiwis would rather give up calls and texts than mobile data.

Intel takes aim at the mobile market again

TAKING AIM: Intel has been playing catch-up after falling behind in high-growth areas such as mobile chips, but it's taking aim at the mobile market again.

With a flurry of new chips and strategies, Intel is mounting its biggest push ever into a mobile computing market.

Samsung's new phones may edge out Apple

The Samsung S6 Edge 32GB version will cost $1349.

If you love smartphones and design, Samsung has a new object of desire for your look book.

Japanese robot giant leap for 'rabbit'-kind

ROBOT RACE: Takeshi Hakamada, 35, is leading a team that is racing to develop a robotic rover for moon exploration.

Japan is racing to put a robot on the moon.

Drone approval too little, too late

The US Federal Aviation Administration has given e-retailer Amazon approval to test fly its drone-to-door delivery service.

Amazon says its drone approved for testing by the Federal Aviation Administration is no longer being used.

Using servers to heat homes video

UNPUBLISHED:  Ethernet cords plugged into server for broadband on a network of computers.




Photographer Bradley Ambrose / Taranaki Daily News

Dutch company Nerdalize wants to use the excess heat generated by servers to warm European homes.

Racing: the sport of robot-kings

Vecna Robot Sprint Challenge

A hefty bot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival to face off in the debut Vecna Robot Sprint Challenge.

Microsoft apps for Samsung

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone on display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 phones will come with OneNote, One Drive storage, and Skype.

Man that refused a third of Apple video

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell appears on Australia's ABC News Breakfast program.

In 1976 Steve Jobs approached Nolan Bushnell asking for $50,000 in return for a third ownership of Apple Computer.

Durex wants couples turned off

Durex's new Connect app is aimed at people who may be too connected to their smart-devices in the bed-room, instead of their partner.

Condom-maker has released a smartphone app that will turn off lovers’ smartphones at agreed times.

Would you date a robot?

Science fiction: Alex Garland's <i>Ex Machina</i> is one of thousands of films to explore the idea of hostile AI.

The rise of artificial intelligence is changing attitudes on robot romance.

Silicon Valley meets Switzerland

Smartwatches have shaken up BaselWorld, one of the world's largest watch fairs, currently underway in Basel, Switzerland.

Google will team with Tag Heuer, Intel to create some fancy wrist candy.

Amazon okayed to test drones

The US Federal Aviation Administration has given e-retailer Amazon approval to test fly its drone-to-door delivery service.

US flight regulators give e-retailer approval to test fly its drone-to-door delivery service.

USB-C cables, ports coming soon video

NEW STANDARD: Type C USB connectors are markedly smaller than the Type A

Get ready to replace your computer cables and buy some new adapters - the ports and plugs you use are about to start changing.

Liquid Terminator printing

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T1000 FFXENT  CREDIT: Sky TV  Supplied image of Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The newest innovation in 3-D printing looks pretty similar to the villain of Terminator 2, and that's no mistake.

Are smartwatches worth it?

Smart looking: The Moto 360 looks like a conventional watch but is in fact a smartwatch, with a customisable fashion strap and digital face options.

Lee Suckling looks at whether people will swap their designer watches for a smartwatch.

Will the Apple Watch wean us off screens?

HAPTIC: Is it time to leave the screen behind and embrace other forms of interaction?

Screens have dominated the digital world for decades. Will wearables like the Apple Watch finally change that?

Google Glass 'overhyped'

MAD SCIENTISTS: Astro Teller, boss at Google's 'X' research division.

Google X research lab boss admits its Glass gadget was overhyped for an unfinished product.

Why I'm not excited about smartwatches

JUST NOT COOL ENOUGH? Apple watches on display, and looking a bit like a retro Casio given the 'futuristic' treatment for an early 90s sitcom.

Unlike James Bond's favourite Rolex, no smartwatch will keep its value – neither monetarily nor technologically.

BlackBerry's spy-proof tablet

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with the Blackberry logo as he pose with a Blackberry Q10 in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, in this file photo illustration taken on September 21, 2013. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recently approached BlackBerry Ltd about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry's current trading price, the source said.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TELECOMS)

Device lets govt and corporate users access YouTube and WhatsApp while keeping data secret.

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