Gadgets

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.

The lure of old-school tech

Disposable cameras are making a comeback.

The use of analog-to-digital conversion in photography and music reproduction is increasingly popular.

Review: Samsung's new tablet

The Tab Pro S looks a lot like a Samsung smartphone with a growth hormone addiction.

The Tab Pro S looks a lot like a Samsung smartphone with a growth hormone addiction.

China wins 7th supercomputer title

This year's champion is the Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi, west of Shanghai

The announcement is a further erosion of past US dominance of the field.

BlackBerry diehards fight on

BlackBerry has committed to updating the BB10 operating system only through the end of the year.

They are a shrinking tribe of fans dedicated to what most people consider an obsolete appliance.

Star Wars comes to life video

Bringing the galaxy far, far away into your home could soon be made possible.

Technology means bringing the galaxy from far, far away into your home could soon be made possible.

Duo invent 'perfect' headphones

Kyle Slater and Luke Campbell with the Nura.

The headphones can detect your personal hearing signature and customise the sound of the music you play.

Apple opens its walled garden video

Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC on Tuesday morning. Apple are promising to open up core components of the iPhone to developers.

ANALYSIS: Apple is opening up some of the deepest functions of the iPhone to others - including its direct competitors. Here's why.

Microsoft touts smaller, faster Xbox

Other changes include moving the USB ports to the front of the console.

The company says the white Xbox One S is 40 per cent smaller than the original black Xbox One.

Live: What now for Apple?

Outside of WWDC, Apple's gigantic software conference.

Apple unveils new and revamped software at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Add-ons latest smartphone trend

Motorola's new phones accommodate so-called Moto Mods, an array of magnetic connectors along the lower back of the phone ...

Is a phone design that lets you add new features and functions by snapping in accessory modules the future?

Phones can now 'sense things'

Tango uses software and sensors to track motions and size up the contours of rooms, empowering Lenovo's new phone to map ...

Lenovo will give consumers their first chance to buy a phone featuring Google's 3-year-old Project Tango.

Iconic rubber duck goes digital

You can have Edwin tell a story or play a song by launching a free iPhone or Android app.

Billed as the world's first "smart duck", the Edwin the Duck is yellow, cute and waterproof.

Samsung tests bendable phone

This is a bendable concept phone from Samsung.

The next smartphones from electronics giant Samsung could feature a foldable screen.

Hoverboards tipped for comeback

Few consumer products have zoomed in from nowhere, only to literally crash and burn, as quickly as hoverboards did.

Segway and other manufacturers want consumers to give hoverboards a second chance.

The end of the 16GB iPhone

​Apple's new iPhone 7 will come with minimum 32GB storage, according to a report.

Apple is rumoured to be ditching one of the most complained-about features of the modern iPhone.

iPhone product cycle may change

Apple may only revamp the iPhone every three years instead of two years.

Apple may only revamp the iPhone every three years instead of two years.

The ones to watch

Hunter Safety Lab are bringing their IRIS technology to work sites.

'Groundbreaking' technology often feels a world away. Here's 5 Kiwi start-ups with tech you'll actually see.

Are always-on home speakers creepy?

Mario Queiroz, vice president of product services at Google, introduces Google Home.

How do you feel about buying a connected speaker for the kitchen that could listen to every word you're saying?

7 must-have gadgets

Put some fun back into winter exercise with functional gadgets.

Winter might be dragging it's heels, but it's coming - grab a gizmo and spice things up.

Is your Fitbit telling fibs?

Close up of guy using wearable fitness gear (fitbit)

Some fitness trackers are out of step by more than 30pc, a researcher says.

Four rival phones compared

The iPhone SE was released in New Zealand on April 1.

When it comes to the latest crop of smartphones, there's good news and bad news.

Apple working on Echo-like device

Apple is preparing to release a software developer kit that would allow app-makers to allow their products to integrate ...

Apple is planning to make Siri smarter and eventually will deploy the digital assistant on a standalone device.

The Fitbit for your liver

The new Fitbit for your liver, will help you know when to stop before you become a liability.

Was that your second glass of wine, or your third? BACtrack Skyn can take care of that.

Bendable smartphones are coming

The touchscreens work when curled up, or can be unfurled into rectangles to use just like any other smartphone.

A little-known startup is gunning to be the first to sell bendable smartphones this year.

iPhone 7 designs leaked

An image posted online in March (L) could depict the iPhone 7 Plus. A Feld & Volk rendering (R) based on the image shows ...

Reports of a huge Apple order indicate the iPhone 7 could deliver the biggest shake-up to the line in years.

Microsoft cautious with HoloLens

A model wears the Microsoft HoloLens as he scrolls through a virtual Windows menu.

While Google took a flashy approach to it augmented reality glasses, Microsoft is treading carefully.

Google reveals modular smartphone

The idea behind a phone made of removable modules is intriguing and potentially disruptive.

If all goes smoothly, you'll be able to buy a Google modular smartphone next year.

Minority Report tech arrives

Minority Report was set in 2054.

While coarser gesture detection has been around for a bit, the new chips are more precise.

Look who's back, back again

The comeback effort is a bet that shoppers will remember and embrace a brand that almost disappeared with the sale of ...

Two years after walking away, iconic cellphone brand Nokia returns to smartphones.

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