Gadgets

The round speaker revolution

The Apple HomePod is due to go on sale later this year.

Round is all the rage - cylinder-shaped sound-makers that fire off good vibrations in all directions.

Review: Sony's latest TV

The Sony X93E comes in two sizes, a 55-inch ($5000) and a 65-inch ($7000).

The 65-inch X93 might cost $7000 but you do get a lot of TV for your money.

The rise of the robot pram

The pram's built-in cameras track your every move and hopefully avoid bumping into things and waking the baby.

Freeing up your hands to enjoy an organic soy latte, the pram follows you around.

Review: Sony A6500 camera

The A6500 costs $2400 for just the body. You can pair it with lenses ranging from $500 to several thousand.

This is camera to buy if you want it to last and not be overtaken by tech advances.

Bike lock blocks rider's phone

One in five bicycle accidents in the Netherlands involving children is caused by smartphone use.

A Netherlands telecom company developed the tech to protecting riders who regularly look at their phone.

Samsung plans Note 8 launch

Samsung is continuing the premium Note series despite the costly collapse of the Galaxy Note 7.

The company is continuing the premium Note series despite the costly collapse of the Galaxy Note 7.

Can Apple save the iPad?

IPad sales peaked in 2013, despite Tim Cook's assertion they would eventually make the laptop obsolete.

Predictions that the tablet would be a replacement for a desktop have not happened but its latest reboot may give it another chance.

Apple looks to iGlass

The Google Glass was launched with much fanfare but soon fizzled out. Can Apple do better?

The next iPhone could have a lot in common with Google Glass, but can Apple make the tech work this time?

Robots can now mimic snakes

A soft robot designed in the form of a salamander.

Some machines now have arms that curl and grip like an octopus, others wriggle like snakes.

Bid to ban kids buying phones

Anesthesiologist Tim Farnum  is not convinced smartphones are beneficial for children.

A father in the US trying to get his state to establish legal limits on smartphones sales to children.

Book tracks rise of the iPhone

The iPhone wasn't just Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' idea.

In the last 10 years, the Apple iPhone has changed our lives in more ways than we can imagine.

Copier erases what you've printed

To reuse a piece of paper, the printer essentially uses the same process as a normal printer, but in reverse.

The printer uses erasable toner - allowing a single piece of paper to be reused several times.

Keyboard for iPhone denied

Steve Jobs holds the original iPhone.

A new book claims that a top Apple executive pushed for a Blackberry-like physical keyboard on the original device.

Wireless charging for iPhone 8 video

IPhone owners can soon say goodbye to charging cables.

The rumours are confirmed by Taiwanese iPhone assembler Wistron, stealing a march on Apple.

A tale of two TVs

its sticker price of the DSE doesn't equate to a lack of features or compromises to picture quality.

How does a $549 budget LED television compare to the latest tech in a $9000 TV?

Typewriters boom amid 'burnout'

Renewed interest began around 10 years ago when small pockets of typewriter enthusiasts came together online.

In the age of smartphones, social media and hacking fears, vintage typewriters are attracting fans.

Orbi blankets a home with wi-fi

Netgear has three different Orbi systems that differ in the amount of area they can cover with wi-fi.

The Netgear device uses a wi-fi mesh network with multiple access points positioned around the house.

Review: Microsoft's new laptop

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

The Surface Laptop is not a perfect computer but it is light, attractive, secure and well made.

Review: Apple's iPad Pro

The new iPad Pro models are now available in New Zealand.

The bulk of the iPad's upgrade comes from the improvements of the bigger, brighter screen.

Tech that Kiwis miss out on

The Amazon Echo device was released two years ago but still isn't on sale in New Zealand.

Here are some of the cool gadgets and services that have completely bypassed New Zealand.

New iPhone may be slow

The new iPhones due later this year may not be able to take advantage of cellphone network upgrades around the world.

Apple's newest iPhones, due to go on sale later this year, may potentially lag behind the data performance of rival smartphones.

iPad is finally becoming a computer

Tim Cook holds an iPad Pro after his keynote address to Apple's annual world wide developer conference.

It's taken a while but Apple is finally following through on its leader's desire for iPads to replace computers.

Sony sells 1m VR headsets

The PlayStation VR headset is designed to work with the PlayStation 4 rather than requiring new equipment.

Sony is in a good position to build an early lead in the high-end VR headset race.

Review: Fitbit Alta HR

The Alta HR comes in three sizes and costs $269.

Fitbit's newest fitness tracker is everything most trackers aren't.

Apple ends support for iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 was released in 2012 and was the first to have a lightning connection.

Apple's new software update due later this year will not be available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. 

Mosque bans fidget spinners video

Irfan Baig has a go using his son Rehan's fidget spinner.

"We are there to pray not play," 9-year-old says after fidget spinners are banned at his mosque.

Apple unveils smart speaker video

Apple's HomePod will hopefully be available in New Zealand next year.

Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod, has been announced though Kiwis will have to wait a while to buy it.

Apple updates computers for pros

A prototype Apple iMac Pro is seen during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California.

Apple has upgraded most of its Mac computers, including a powerful new offering for professional users.

Price rise tipped for iPhone 8

The new phone, which is expected to be released later this year, is also referred to as the iPhone 7S, iPhone X, iPhone ...

Details about the new anniversary iPhone are starting to emerge, with prices expected to be about US$1000.

Apple readies Siri speaker

Chief executive Tim Cook has emphasised Apple's services businesses over the past 18 months as iPhone sales slowed.

The iPhone-maker has started manufacturing a long-in-the-works Siri-controlled smart speaker.

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