Gadgets

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.

Huawei P9 arrives in NZ

The P9 has curved edges and a slim alloy uni-body design which mean comparisons with the iPhone 6 are inevitable.

​Huawei's new flagship smartphone features dual rear-facing cameras.

Google reveals new products

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

The company has a new smart-home speaker and virtual reality system.

Apple loses iPhone case

Apple could not prove that iPhone was a well-known brand in China 2007.

OPINION: The loss of a four-year trademark case does not help Apple's cause.

PCs dead? Not for gaming

The Razer Blade Stealth is built for traditional PC users as well as gamers.

Razer is one PC company that is doing well while others struggle.

Moleskine notepad goes digital

The Smart Writing Set uses an infrared camera in the pen to track its movement on a pad covered in microscopic markings.

The company's digital offering is more profitable than classic paper notebooks.

Spraying from the sky

Cameron Baker from Yamaha Sky Division piloted the unmanned helicopter at a Omaka airfield.

The unmanned helicopter is designed to go into areas that are dirty, dark and dangerous. But it comes at a price.

Samsung's hybrid makes impressive debut

The Galaxy TabPro S costs about $1800.

 

Kindle Oasis aimed at avid readers

The Oasis features two batteries - one in the e-reader and another in its cover.

The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's sleekest yet - and at $599, unnecessary unless you're a die-hard reader.

Are phones doomed like PCs?

Apple recently reported its first quarterly sales decline in 13 years.

The industry has yet to identify and market the next big idea to take the place of smartphones.

Contact lens will record your life

A scene from the Black Mirror episode 'The Entire History of You'.

Sony is the latest company to put forward a plan for futuristic optical devices.

Tech to beat the burglars

The SwannOne video monitoring kit costs $799.

Are smarthome alarm systems better than the old-school variety?

'It's better than Game of Thrones'

After a bizarre adventure, Shelby Bonnie was finally reunited with his iPad.

An iPad misplaced at the airport went on its own vacation, as the internet sat back and watched.

Remotes: the most hated gadget

Several companies are trying to create the ultimate remote to put an end to both the endless fiddling and the need for ...

Remotes have managed to deliver more tech pain than any other gadget.

Hands on: Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Martian looks better than other movies because it was actually shot in 4K.

​One of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players delivers the goods but you'll want a top-shelf television.

Oculus Rift delays flatten fervour

Some longtime supporters of Oculus have defected to rival VR systems.

Some longtime supporters of Oculus have defected to rival VR systems.

Are Google smart lenses on the way?

The Google company has shown interest in eyeball technology.

Google has lodged a patent design in the US for a smart lens intended to correct poor vision.

Formless computers of the future

"Over time, the computer itself - whatever its form factor - will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your ...

You've heard of the internet of things. But what about computers that aren't things at all?

Check before you fly

Blenheim Electronics store manager Phillip Albrey operating a multi-propeller entry-level drone.

Letters about the new rules have been sent out to known drone operators in the area.

Kiwi tech attracts News Corp

Plattar has raised $1.2m in seed funding from investors which include News Corp.

Christchurch brothers are making real waves in the world of augmented reality.

Camera drone can follow you

The Hover Camera is a tiny drone that is designed to follow you while staying perfectly level.

Drones have long been used to take aerial photos, but now you can get one that follows you around.

Don't compare Watch to iPhone

IDC estimates about 11.6 million Apple Watches shipped in 2015.

It's too premature to declare the Apple Watch a knockout or a failure.

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