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UNPUBLISHED:  Ethernet cords plugged into server for broadband on a network of computers.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

Would you want an emoji keyboard?

KEYBOARD OF THE FUTURE: A new Kickstarter campaign is trying to raise money to launch The Emoji Keyboard.

New Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $27k to launch a silicon cover that puts over 150 icons at your fingertips.

Swatch launches its own smartwatch

Models of the new connected watch 'Swatch Touch Zero One'.

World's largest watchmaker plans to put cheap programmable chips in watches.

Back to the future not for me

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone is shown during a display at the launch event in New York, December 17, 2014. BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

Blayne Slabbert goes back to his digital past with a BlackBerry.

One plug to end all fumbling

Phil Schiller, senior VP of worldwide marketing for Apple, speaks about Apple's new MacBook's connection cable during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)

Buried amid all the fanfare of the Apple Watch was a little piece of tech that could greatly improve your life.

Magnetic field probes launched video

Nasa launches an unmanned rocket carrying satellites to boost its mission to better understand the magnetosphere.

New satellites to map explosions triggered by criss-crossing magnetic fields around Earth.

Kiwi expertise helps Apple tick

Sitting pretty: Nic Gibbens, whose Wellington-based business PaperKite has developed two apps for the new Apple Watch.

A Wellington tech company has been selected to create apps for the new Apple Watch.

Taking magical shots on an iPhone

This iPhone photo by Sydney PhD candidate and lecturer Kim Goodwin has been selected by Apple to feature in it's 'World Gallery'. See below for the full image.

Mobile photography doesn't have to be solely about selfies and Instagram filters.

Attention deficit is coming

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco
, California March 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

"Glanceable content" on the Apple Watch is going to make Twitter look like long-form.

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