Technology

Cyberattacks: Perpetual state of siege for US companies

ELIZABETH WEISE

The financial industry - indeed, most of the business world - works within a state of almost perpetual cybersiege at a level few consumers grasp.

This week's 10 most addictive internet sensations

LIAM MARTIN - Stuff

Sitting at your desk and dreaming of the weekend? Here's 10 weird and addictive picks to keep you going.

Google drones tested in Queensland

CAMERON ATFIELD

A farm is the unlikely testing ground of one Google's most technologically advanced projects.

New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

ANICK JESDANUN

Samsung's new Gear S will have a curved screen and 3G cellular connectivity built in.

Gamers raided in 'swatting' prank

CHELSEA STARK - Mashable.com

Video shows SWAT team bursting through doors of a Colorado office after a malicious hoaxer called police.

What will Apple unveil at September 9 event?

MICHAEL LIEDTKE

Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signalling how big this event is for the company.

Social media users shy from controversy

ANNE FLAHERTY

A surprising study finds that people who use social media are less likely than others to share their views on controversial issues, even while offline.

Review: All Blacks iPhone app

BLAYNE SLABBERT - Stuff

IPhone app by Wellington company lets fans keep up to date with the season.

Months later, Heartbleed hack still a threat

CHRIS STROHM AND JORDAN ROBERTSON

More than half of the world's 2000 most profitable companies still aren't fully protected from the Heartbleed security flaw, experts say.

PC sales rebound, up 5.6% in 2014

A post-PC era? Apparently people didn't get the memo. Sales in developed markets are up 5.6 per cent this year.

TV venture could be a game-changer

If you like quality television, then it might be time to cut the cable and get onboard the internet TV train with Lightbox.

Stuffed dog auction pulled by eBay

An eBay listing for a taxidermy dog was initially banned for breaching the online auction site's animal and wildlife guidelines - because it had fur.

Pirate series among flagships on Lightbox

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER - Fairfax Media

Spark hopes pirates will boost the popularity of its Lightbox internet television service, which was launched at midnight.

Orcon move ups stakes with broadcasters

CallPlus' decision to help another 60,000 customers access overseas internet TV services such as Netflix gets prickly reaction.

Government won't pay for rural UFB

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER - Fairfax Media

Rural communities not able to use $150 million top-up of Rural Broadband Initiative to upgrade to ultrafast broadband, Communications Minister says.

New iPhone 6 leak 'confirms' release date

A new leak appears to confirm the launch date of September 9 for the long-awaited iPhone 6.

Best deals to stay connected while travelling

BLAYNE SLABBERT - Fairfax Media

Using your phone overseas can be expensive. Blayne Slabbert looks at how to how to bring those costs down.

Apple's largest iPad expected soon

Apple's suppliers are reportedly preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad.

Instagram app claims 'jitter-free' timelapse

Instagram launches new app that mimics the complex technique of timelapse photography to create smooth-looking videos.

Website woes haunt business owners

Tangled websites have left dozens of businesses fuming that they can't catch customers online.

Humans happier with robot overlords: study

Researchers at MIT discovered that humans prefer increased autonomy for robots.

Facebook wages war on click-bait

LISA VISENTIN

Facebook has identitifed click-baiting as a problem, and you'll never guess what happened next. 

Student's spelling app proves a winner

The Southland Times

Some teenagers dream of being All Blacks, others of recording a hit album. Benjamin McIntyre wants to run Apple.

Cops freeze big Mega shareholding

Police have frozen an 18.8 per cent shareholding in Kim Dotcom's Mega, according to Mega chief executive Graham Gaylard.

Sony exec in bomb scare amid PlayStation hack attack

Sony's PlayStation Network brought down by hackers as a flight carrying a top Sony executive was diverted after a bomb threat.

Dr Who? Teen builds K-9 between cello practice and final-year exams

KATIE CINCOTTA - The Age

As Dr Who fans await the debut of the 13th doctor, a young fan is regenerating an old character.

LG teases a circular smart watch

Stuff

Technology companies are thinking outside the square when it comes to smart watches.

Fitbit could be your weight-loss promise to the boss

ADAM SATARIANO

To fight rising medical costs, offered Cory Slagle an unusual way to trim his annual insurance bill.

China targets own computer operating system

Reuters

China could have a new homegrown operating system soon to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple.

The coolest things on the internet this week

LIAM MARTIN - Stuff

Distracted by the internet on a Friday afternoon? Here are 10 top ways to round off the week.

Destroy the Empire - or crush the Rebel Alliance

BRETT MOLINA

Now you can destroy the Empire - or crush the Rebel Alliance - on your mobile in a new Star Wars game.

The internet is the express line for train spotters

Young train enthusiasts are reinventing the hobby of rail watching - and making some decent pocket money - online.

Parallels Desktop 10: run Windows on your Yosemite Mac

PETE PACHAL - Mashable.com

A new version of Parallels is almost here, too, and this time there's a big emphasis on speed.

Beervana app serves up the best brews

Beer and programming are seen as male-dominated industries, but two women are breaking the stereotype.

A billion loops later, Vine ripens and goes mainstream

PATRICK BEGLEY - Sydney Morning Herald

How a quirky little app that lets users share six-second videos found fans, fame and (possibly) a fortune.

Kim Dotcom kept from his millions

LAURA WALTERS - Stuff

Crown succeeds in keeping Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from his millions of dollars, cars, artwork and property.

Which social media platform rules for news?

SCOTT KLEINBERG

OPINION: If you want to keep up with the news on social media, every platform offers something different.

The giant tablet for the whole family

PARESH DAVE

One company reckons it's time for tablets to bring families together rather than isolate them. So they've gone big.

HTC One M8 reimagined as a Windows Phone battleship

PETE PACHAL - Mashable.com

When Microsoft approached HTC about making a new Windows Phone, it requested the M8 specifically.

Hands on: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

ADAM TURNER

OPINION: Microsoft's latest hybrid is part tablet, part notebook and all class.

Twitter sparks backlash with intrusive 'timeline' policy

Twitter has altered its "timeline" to allow "interesting" tweets from accounts users don't follow.

Kim Kardashian game a surprise hit

PARESH DAVE

Players climb the Hollywood food chain from starving no-name to A-lister.

Wellington added to Apple 3D maps

Wellington is the latest city to be added to Apple's three-dimensional flyover maps.

Kim Dotcom fights to keep fortune secret

LAURA WALTERS - Stuff

Internet mogul appeals a judgment ordering him to reveal his wealth to a group of Hollywood music and movie studios.

Your selfies are marketing gold

From this week, every photo of you online could be scanned for commercial clues about what you like.

Parents say no to facebooking their babies' lives

Behold the cascade of baby photos on Facebook. It's making more than a few parents uncomfortable.

Google may be eyeing kid-safe service

ADARIO STRANGE

Google is reportedly making some of its services child-friendly, giving kids access to their own accounts for the first time.

US health firm says data stolen in cyber attack from China

JIM FINKLE AND CAROLINE HUMER - Reuters

Big US hospital firm says information belonging to 4.5 million patients was taken by hacking group.

Body scanning: a hi-tech alternative to tailoring

JEREMY LOADMAN

Would you do a full-body scan if it was the key to confident online clothes shopping?

Why not make a game of the gym?

YOLANDA REDRUP - The Age

Wave goodbye to boring old treadmills and say hello to gamified exercise.
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