Gadgets

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

Star Trek Phaser

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.

Allergic to your iPad?

UNEXPLAINED RASH? Turns out the iPad may contain one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

Unexplained rash? Turns out tablet may contain one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

A cage to block out the waves

ZAP: Faraday cages come in all shapes and sizes. A microwave oven has one (you can see the mesh across the door) to keep the radiation in.

Hayden Walles explores ways of finding safe harbour from radio waves.

Lean, mean, new-gen screen

LOOKING GOOD: A transparent touchscreen operates as a fridge door.

Henry Cooke gets a glimpse into the factory where most of the world's screens are made.

LG's 18-inch bendable screen

ROLL WITH IT: An LG employee demonstrates the flexibility of its new 18-inch display screen.

Screen that can be rolled up a step toward making large flexible TVs.

iPhone a danger to China's security

SNOWDEN EFFECT: Chinese media label the iPhone a threat.

Chinese state media brands Apple iPhone a threat because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations.

Sponsored: TV buying tips

BUYING RIGHT: It is recommended to choose a TV in the next size up to what you think is right because you get used to the new screen size very quickly.

Buying the right TV is about as crucial as picking a comfy couch. Here are some tips for getting it right.

Robots take the field

A humanoid robot of the Rhoban project's team is seen at the LaBRI workshop in Talence, southwestern France.

Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.

Smart bulbs exposes passwords

BRIGHT IDEA: What the LIFX light-bulb looks like.

Thought your wirelessly connected smart light bulbs were safe from hackers? Think again.

Google picks charities for Glass

GLASS CEILING: Five nonprofits chosen to develop ideas to enhance their work using web-connected Google Glass.

Five nonprofits chosen to develop ideas to enhance their work using web-connected Google Glass.