Gadgets

One thing iPhone 6 will not have

A rendering of what the rumoured 4.7 (middle) and 5.5-inch (right) iPhones might look like next to the iPhone 5S.

Despite rumours, phones won't be covered in near-indestructible sapphire glass, analysts say.

Ready for blast off video

ENGAGE: Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck says the Kiwi company is revolutionising the global space industry.

NZ-made 10-tonne rocket capable of sending satellites into space at a fraction of current costs.

Sneak peek at Microsoft's 'selfie' phone

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Microsoft gives employees a sneak peek at a 'selfie' phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera.

Amazon opens 3D printing store

REMAKE YOURSELF: Amazon's new 3D printing service offers customisable earrings and bobble heads.

3D printing service offers customisable earrings, bobble heads and other items.

US 'neighbourhood watch' satellites

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Rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral with military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries' spacecraft.

Drones: more research needed

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University professors argue restrictions on drones are likely to hurt academic research.

Bose sues Beats over patent

A commuter uses Beats brand headphones while waiting for the subway in New York.

Headphone maker accuses Beats of infringing noise-cancellation patents.

'Dronies' take-off

Fly over: the NZ Tourism drone in the ski fields.

Next evolution in self-photography has arrived.

iPhones extract deep data

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Apple admits private texts, contact lists and pics can be extracted from iPhones.

Has the iPad passed its peak?

SHRINKING MARKET: Sales of the iPad are down  by 9 per cent compared with a year ago.

The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads.

Braille phone printed

OWNFONE: Australian team develops mobile phone with braille buttons.

Stripped-down handset has 3D-printed buttons labelled in braille.

Galaxy Tab S appeals to iPad users

The Galaxy Tab S.

For the first time you may use a non-Apple tablet and not wonder where all your favourite features are.

Device protects cars from hacking

OVERDRIVE: Experts who figured out how to hack the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape have developed technology keep cars safe from hackers.

Experts who exposed methods for hacking Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology keep cars safe from cyber attacks.

X-Men VR experience

James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

Apple orders 80m large iPhones

iPHONE ORDER: Apple reportedly orders its biggest initial production run of smartphones yet for its latest iPhone.

Report claims manufacturers given largest ever initial production run for 4.7-inch display iPhones.

Design now central to Microsoft

EXTREME THINKING: Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and the Windows Live Division at Microsoft, holds up a Surface tablet with skateboard wheels attached.

Microsoft is now trying to make its devices attractive, cool and desirable, top executives say.

Samsung supplier in labour probe

GATES CLOSED: Debt collectors gather outside Dongguan Shinyang Electronics factory in China.

Production indefinitely halted at Chinese supplier to Samsung after factory suspected of using child workers.

Android lawsuit plays to rivals

GREEN TEAM: Lawsuit claims Google requires handset manufacturers to restrict competing apps on its Android phones.

Lawsuit claims Google requires handset manufacturers to restrict competing apps on its Android phones.

Snowden to develop privacy tech

PRIVATE EYES: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden tells the Hackers on Planet Earth conference how he intends to spend his free time.

Ex-NSA contractor intends to devote his time to promoting technologies that allow people to communicate anonymously.

What went wrong with Nokia X?

The Nokia X at its unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Devised as a gateway to its pricier Lumia phones, device didn't become the runaway hit Nokia envisaged.

Smarts on a way to upgrade

LONG LASTING: The Sony Xperia M2 has excellent battery life.

Although there are many shiny, high-end smartphones to choose from, the more budget conscious may find it harder to find a device that fits their needs.

Cellphone lane experiment

KEEP LEFT: National Geographic conducted an experiment on cellphone lanes in Washington DC.

On one side of the footpath it said 'No cellphones'; on the other 'Cellphones: Walk at your own risk'.

The end of universal remotes

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OPINION: With the rise of smart TVs and clever gadgets, do you still need that one remote to rule them all?

Chromebooks return to NZ

CHROMEBOOK: Google's low cost laptops.

Google’s answer to Microsoft Windows computers should be back in New Zealand consumer electronics stores within weeks.

Modular phone takes shape

PROJECT ARA: Google's modular smartphone prototype.

Google's ambitious plan to create customisable modular smartphones, just moved one step closer to becoming reality.

Digital Nationz expands

JAEGER BOMB: Former world champion George Gillard checks out the Robot Wars competition at the 2013 Digital Nationz.

Auckland-based technology expo joining forces with the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show for second year.

Germany's antidote to espionage

REWRITING HISTORY: It seems the only way to get the NSA to butt out is to degrade your communications.

Politician in charge of a parliamentary inquiry into US spying says Germany is seriously considering a low-tech solution; typewriters.

Apple, IBM team up

Apple famously parodied IBM in its 1984 advert.

Former tech nemeses to work together on 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

Scientists create invisible black

ANY COLOUR AS LONG AS IT'S: Blacker-than-black Vantablack is so non-reflective it can make three-dimensional shapes seem non-existent.

There is a new black on the block. It’s darker and much more mysterious. But you’re unlikely to see it.

Google deal for 'smart' contacts

SMART CONTACT: Prototype for Google's computerised contact lens.

Drugmaker signs deal with Google to develop contact lenses that can restore the eye's ability to focus.