Gadgets

Facebook's drone takes flight

Aquila, Facebook's lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few hundred metres for 96 minutes.

Facebook hopes its drone will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet.

Phone screens to get stronger

Gorilla Glass has been used in 4.5 billion devices since 2007.

​Dropping your smartphone mid-selfie may soon be less traumatic with the latest iteration of Gorilla Glass.

The VCR is officially dead

The heyday came in the 1980s and and '90s, when VCRs exploded in popularity.

The VCR's demise may come as a shock, mostly because many thought it was already dead.

Where will our phones go next?

A "Pidgey" Pokemon is seen on the screen of the Pokemon Go mobile app.

After Pokemon Go the sky's the limit, says Kiwi games developer.

USB car charger maps where you parked

The Zus app helps you find your way back to the car, as well as set a timer so you don't overstay your welcome.

The in-car gadget charger and app which remembers where you parked.

Apple's iPhone 7 sneak peek?

The purported iPhone 7 unit on top of an iPhone 6s. Note the missing headphone jack and redesigned antenna stripes.

A video posted on Chinese social network Weibo appears to feature an extended look at Apple's iPhone 7, which is expected to be revealed in the coming months.

Tips for buying a big screen TV

All the jargon can be confusing but one important specification is the refresh rate. Aim for 120Hz.

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Review: Star Trek Communicator

The device needs to be paired with a Bluetooth-enabled phone to receive and make calls.

The Star Trek Communicator is a working replica of the prop used in the original 1960s series of Star Trek.

DNA may replace hard drives

Your data may one day be stored on synthetic DNA molecules instead of hard drives.

A team successfully encoded about 200 megabytes of data onto synthetic DNA molecules.

Acer gambles on virtual reality

Acer wants to sell VR headsets to IMAX theatres, theme parks and cinemas across the globe.

Acer's best chance of regaining relevance in the brutal arena of computing gadgets may be virtual reality.

Apple's computer sales slide

Analysts estimate Apple shipped 4.4 million to 4.6 million Macs in the quarter ending June 30.

Apple shipped 4 to 8 per cent fewer Mac computers during the second quarter of 2016.

Finally, a 32GB iPhone

The next iPhone may not be as spectacularly different, but it could come with more storage space.

The next iPhone may not be as spectacularly different, but it could come with more storage space.

Gadget can visualise thoughts

Researchers were able to pretty accurately sketch out the thoughts of participants simply by scanning their brains.

Researchers were able to pretty accurately sketch out the thoughts of participants simply by scanning their brains.

Device brings internet everywhere

Facebook's new OpenCellular device has a range of about 10km.

OpenCellular looks like a breadbox and can be mounted on trees, poles and other objects.

Fuji releases X-T2 camera

The X-T2 is due to go on sale in New Zealand on September 8.

The battle between mirrorless and DSLR cameras continues with the release of Fuji's latest product.

'Apple of drones' flies high

Paul Pan, a senior product manager at DJI, examines a Phantom 4 drone at a gallery in the company's Shenzhen ...

DJI owns 70 per cent of the market and the company essentially put recreational drone-flying on the map.

Drones keep an eye on stock

Sheep farmer Neil Gardyne and AbacusBio consultant Nadia Mclean discuss drones at the Deer Technology Expo in Gore.

Drones could potentially measure feed levels in paddocks in the future.

End of the BlackBerry Classic

The Blackberry Classic is styled after the phones that made the company's name.

BlackBerry will no longer manufacture the Classic, a beloved, updated model of the original that made the company a smartphone leader before Apple and Samsung dethroned it.

Girl's joy over Frozen printed arm

"It feels like I have a real hand," said an ecstatic  Karissa.

Karissa Miller, 9, born without a hand, received her own Frozen themed prosthetic.

'iPhone inventor' suing Apple

An image from the claim.

Thomas Ross of Florida launched the proceedings last week seeking $US10 billion in compensation.

3D-printed models get kickstart

Matt Barker is selling 3D-printable scenery for tabletop wargaming.

Intricate gaming designs can now be created on a 3D printer thanks to one entrepreneur.

Are phones the best travel gadget?

Equipped with GPS, the Xperia can get you from A to B anywhere in the world.

Pat Pilcher sees if Sony's latest smartphone makes the perfect travel companion.

Sony upbeat on games and robots

Sony was a pioneer in robotics, launching dog AIBO in 1999.

Sony aims to introduce a robot "capable of forming an emotional bond".

Page flipping coming to Kindles

The new feature will work on all Kindles including the flagship Oasis which was released this year.

The feature is coming to Amazon's own Kindle e-readers and its app on iOS and Android phones and tablets.

Mouse crossbred with iPhone video

The Z mouse includes the same chip that helps the iPhone count steps and control its compass.

Christchurch's Swiftpoint to ship super-high-tech mouse by Christmas.

Google may make own smartphone

Google has been signalling that it wants to exert more control over the Android world.

It may be working on its own high-end device and looking to compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone.

iPhone jack kerfuffle continues

The 3.5mm headphone plug, left, is hindering the iPhone from being thinner.

The furore continues over reports that Apple is doing away with its standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

NZ's first 4K player arrives

Panasonic has unveiled its DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player which costs $1199.

New Zealand's first 4K Blu-ray player goes on sale in the next few weeks and will cost $1199.

The next iPhone may be lame

Apple usually releases its new iPhone in September.

Rumour has it that Apple's going to seriously shake up the way it updates the iPhone.

The changes coming to smartwatches

Apple's watches are to get a software update later this year.

Apple and Android smartwatches are getting better as their makers sand off the rough edges that have frustrated many early adopters.

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