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Making mobile gaming more accessible

The race is on to create better video games for blind and vision impaired players, using everyday technology and smart design.

What I've learned after using the Apple Watch for three days

It took me a good day to learn what all the buttons do, but now I'm used to it my favourite function is texting.

Mortal Kombat X: Brutal, bloody and brilliant

REVIEW: Mortal Kombat X builds on the best bits of the 2013 reboot and adds more characters, more depth and lots more gore.

Review: Getting your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it

Apple Watches have arrived to the first group of people who had ordered one two weeks ago.

The coming problem of smartphones more intelligent than us

Renowned futurist says by the time the iPhone 11 is out, it will be as computationally intelligent as we are.

Review: Grand Theft Auto V - Rockstar's reward for PC gamers

REVIEW: It's hard to put into words how much better Grand Theft Auto V's PC version looks.

Spark believes 'congestion' triggered fault after earthquake

Spark's mobile network is gradually returning to full operations after outage.

Evening broadband hit by 'Netflix effect'

Evening broadband performance is being hit by 'Netflix effect', research suggests.

iPhone 4 issues for Spark customers

Spark customers may think they have a faulty iPhone 4, but it could be a network problem affecting their phone.

Valve introduces paid mods to Skyrim

Gamers divided over Valve's move to paid Steam Workshop mods, starting with Skyrim.

Can gamers and geeks save the video store?

Video stores are a dying breed. But one man is leading a rebellion.

Comcast to end US$45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable

Comcast backs out of contentious US$45 billion merger of US's two largest cable operators.

'We have lift off'

Their rocket launch sees four Kristin School friends came out winners in the International Space Apps Challenge.

Five Android smartwatch alternatives to Apple Watch

Tech companies from Samsung to Sony and Motorola have been in the smartwatch game a lot longer than Apple.

Google first-quarter revenue jumps 12 per cent, shares rise

Shares in the world's No1 internet search engine rose 3.8 per cent in extended trading on Thursday.

How the movies are preparing us for our new robot overlords (spoiler)

Let's take a moment and think about how movies are teaching us to regard the bleeding edge of cybernetic research.

Review: Mortal Kombat X

The tenth game in the main series and it delivers on almost every front.

Google gives Dame Ngaio Marsh a doodle

 Google celebrates the 120th birthday of crime-writer Dame Ngaio Marsh.

Woman gets revenge on boyfriend by throwing Apple devices in bath

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ... or like an Apple lover whose devices have been soaked.

Tony Hawk on his new game: "THPS fans will rejoice"

Tony Hawk is continuing to tease his new game hints that "fans will rejoice."

Feeling safe? Try attending an internet security conference

Attending an internet security conference is not for the faint of heart.

Medical photos prove compelling viewing

New apps allow medical professionals to share images of patients' most fascinating ailments.

Boring office job goes viral

GoPros are used to capture some of the most breathtaking moments in life, but not this time.

Optometrist warns screen use may cause early macular degeneration

Palmerston North optometrist warns that light from screens could be causing eye problems.

How to be a better (and happier) person online

Are you a good person? Before you answer, let me add a word to that: Are you a good person online?

Guitar Hero Live behind the scenes video released

Get a behind the scenes look at Activision and Freestyle Games' Guitar Hero Live.

Japan eyes 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018.

EA Sports UFC now available on mobile

EA Sports UFC is now available as a free-to-play mobile game for iOS and Android.

Wairarapa councils' joint bid for digital funding

Wairarapa's district councils combine to lobby for some of the government's $350m digital networks fund.

Record-smashing atomic clock is the most accurate ever

A record-setting strontium atomic clock could "tick" for 15 billion years.

Lucky catch saves dying drone

A fleet-footed photographer has pulled off a miraculous catch to save his drone from a watery death.

Global Mode a stepping stone to a more entertaining future

OPINION: The fragmentation of television distribution will slide the industry towards revolution, with or without Global Mode.

Twitter's trying to muzzle its worst trolls with new rules on violent threats

Twitter is working on policies and tools to make its network a happier and safer place.

Sony Japan trademarks new PS Vita design

The trademarked PlayStation Vita design potentially indicates the new model is in development.

Happy birthday, Hubble! Here are some of the cosmic wonders it has revealed over 25 years

Check out some of the cosmic wonders the Hubble Telescope has captured in its 25 years.

How easy is it to hack an airplane?

Chris Roberts knows about hacking planes, but not because he's trying to make them fall out of the sky.

HBO clamps down on public screenings of Game of Thrones

War on Game of Thrones rights infringement as wide-ranging as the show itself.

New Halo 5 trailer shows Spartan Locke in action

The new trailer for Halo 5: Guardians shows Spartan Locke in action.

Where are your favourite memes now?

Where are your favourite memes now?

Digital court system E-Bench's failure leads to near $7 million write-off

It was meant to save 93,000 work-hours a year. Instead it cost $6.8m to taxpayers, with nothing to show.

Twitter makes it possible to send personal messages to anyone

You can now send personal messages to anyone on Twitter.

Humanoid robot starts work at Japanese department store

Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers.

Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile

Sony unveils the Xperia Z4 showing it's still in the smartphone race.

Facebook fugitive's ownership claims rejected on appeal

Paul Ceglia's last swing at a share of Facebook has, as expected, been unsuccessful.

HBO tracking down pirates who downloaded leaked Game of Thrones episodes

HBO is sending letters to those who downloaded leaked Game of Thrones episodes via BitTorrent.

Star Wars: Battlefront revealed at Star Wars celebration

The Star Wars Celebration released the new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront.

How computers got amazing: Moore's Law at 50

Gordon Moore, co-funder at Intel, pushed the computer industry to ever-greater heights.

Love in the age of Tinder: how users really feel about app dating

Love me tender Tinder… not. By all reports, people's interactions on Tinder are anything but tender.

Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones.
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