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Next phone revolution is coming

Samsung and Apple both feature digital assistants for their phones.

Digital assistants are getting untethered from smartphone makers. Soon, they will supersede them.

HTC unveils 'squeezable' phone

The HTC U11 is the tech giant's challenger to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7.

The HTC U11 is the tech giant's challenger to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7.

Google finds hardware is hard

Hardware is hard because Google's success, in large part, is dependent on others.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has referred to hardware as "our next big bet".

DJI unveils new mini drone

The new Spark drone weighs 300g, has a 1080-pixel video camera and can land in the palm of a hand.

The new Spark drone weighs 300g, has a 1080-pixel video camera and can land in the palm of a hand.

Surface Pro returns as Microsoft unveils a third option in its laptop lineup

Surface Pro returns

Microsoft has reintroduced its Surface Pro hybrid device, unveiling a brand new portable machine the company insists is no longer a tablet that can act as a laptop, but is instead "the most versatile laptop we've ever built".

Huawei enters PC market

The Chinese telecoms giant is posing a fresh challenge to established PC players.

Chinese telecoms giant is posing a fresh challenge to established PC players in a market that has suffered two years of falling sales volumes and pressure on margins.

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

Microsoft Surface gets a battery boost.

The new, fifth-generation device won't look or feel drastically different from its predecessor. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids.

Google VR headset teased

Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016.

Google's next-generation virtual reality headset will reportedly not require a PC or phone to run games.

Pet cam comforts

Alfie the cat puts the spy camera to the test at Springlands Veterinary Centre.

The gadget-like technology enables on-call vets to check on, and talk to, pets without having to leave the house.

Review: HP's convertible laptop

The Spectre x360 is available in New Zealand and costs $2600 with an Intel Core i7 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, and 1TB hard drive.

The second generation HP Spectre x360 has dethroned Microsoft's Surface Book as the best convertible PC.

Amazon's device makes video calls

Like Amazon's other speaker devices, the Echo Show won't be available in New Zealand.

Like Amazon's other speaker devices, the Echo Show won't be available in New Zealand.

Apple's rumoured smart speaker

It's likely Siri that will play the central role in any Apple smart speaker.

Rumours are swirling that Apple is secretly building a smart speaker of its own to take on its rivals.

Death of graphing calculators

Functionality for models like the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus hasn't significantly increased in pace with virtually all ...

Remember those old complicated calculators from school? They're finally being replaced.

Review: Jabra's sport headphones

At $399 the Jabra Elite Sport headphones are top-of-the-range.

Finding the perfect sports headphones takes some persistence.

Review: Blackberry's latest phone video

TCL Communcation's chief executive Nicolas Zibell presents the new BlackBerry Key One.

The KeyOne is an impressive throwback that measures up to vintage BlackBerry strengths.

Quest for the perfect laptop

Apple lost the high ground by effectively stripping the "pro" out of its pro lineup.

There have been a lot of attempts to reimagine laptops over the last few years.

Car device blocks mobile signals

The Signal Shield works on the principle of the Faraday cage.

The Signal Shield will eliminate distractions caused by incoming calls, messages and notifications.

Apple may reveal wi-fi charging

Long-range wireless charging isn't a new concept - Apple has been working on different ways to achieve it for several years.

Apple is investigating ways to charge iPhones and iPads wirelessly and without contact.

Tech guru's bulletproof battery

Bill Joy: "It's really a breakthrough in cost, safety and performance."

Bill Joy, the Sun Microsystems co-founder, sees the future of energy in a battery that can take a bullet.

Microsoft's laptop misses the point

The new Surface Laptop is aimed at students and features a new version of Windows.

The company's new laptop is too flash and will struggle to be more popular than Chromebooks at schools.

Surprise fall in iPhone sales

Apple typically launches its new iPhones in September.

The drop indicates that customers are holding back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary iPhone.

Microsoft releases new laptop

The Surface Laptop's affordable price, portability and features could appeal to a far broader audience-including Mac ...

The Surface Laptop is aimed at students and features a new version of Windows and long battery life.

Has Sony killed DSLR cameras?

The Sony A9 was released at an event in New York last month.

Sony has revealed the A9, a new camera that could prove a turning point in camera technology.

Has tech lost its mind?

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is the personal project from Google co-founder Larry Page.

It'll be hard to top last week for wild, crazy technology unveilings. And some may even end up in your hands.

Huawei may be 'cutting corners'

Consumers took to online forums to counter that speed testing for the P10 showed varying performances.

The smartphone maker has come under fire after using less advanced chips in its flagship P10 model.

Surface loses, Windows wins

Sales of Surface products are suffering while Microsoft's own Windows licensing customers prosper.

Sales of Surface products are suffering while Microsoft's own Windows licensing customers prosper.

Amazon gadget picks your outfit

The US$199.99 Echo Look is not yet available to the general public.

The Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera that uses fashion advice and trends to pick clothes for you.

Samsung S8 hit by glitch

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available in shops in New Zealand on May 5.

The company is releasing software updates after some users faced red-tinted screens and spotty wi-fi connections.

Another TV format war coming

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was mastered in Dolby Vision HDR.

Samsung and Amazon Video are taking on LG and Netflix over High Dynamic Range in televisions.

How to cope with 'ringxiety'

One way to alleviate stress, is to prioritise alerts into categories. For example, your coworkers could have a different ...

The average person checks their cellphone about 60 times per day, whether they hear a sound or not.

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