Review: Vodafone's budget phones

The Vodafone Smart V8 (left and centre) costs $349 while the Smart N8 costs $199.

Budget phones have come a long way in a short amount of time.

Student creates third thumb video

The thumb sits below the little finger, opposite its natural counterpart, and straps on a like a watch.

The thumb sits below the little finger, opposite its natural counterpart, and straps on a like a watch.

Banks stall over mobile payments

Apple Pay arrived in New Zealand last year, but only for ANZ customers.

The dream of a wallet-free life in New Zealand is getting fuzzy and in danger of turning into a nightmare.

Don't close apps to save battery

Former Apple technician Kyle Richter: "The very process of quitting an app will use up a measurable amount of battery life."

Closing unused apps on your iPhone won't improve its battery life - in fact, it may deplete it more.

Microsoft to kill Paint program

Paint allowed users to dream of being the digital Leonardo da Vinci by using their computer's mouse as the brush.

Paint was Microsoft's original Windows 1.0 program when the company launched in 1985.

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Death Squared

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Girl-only coding proves popular

Girl Code founders Alice and Matthew Gatland say there is a lack of women in the technology sector.

Auckland coding class aims to remedy under-representation of women in the tech sector.

Sky apps a viewing nightmare

No matter who wins the rugby rights for 2021 and beyond, millions of customers will want to view the games via streaming apps

OPINION: The future of TV is streaming, and Sky's apps don't look like the future.

Turn your favourite song in to a drink

A round of Pharrell's Happy and... one Adele?

The happier a song is, the sweeter your blend will be.

Hands off my stuff, NZ Media

A study commissioned by the Broadcasting Standards Authority looked at New Zealanders' attitude to social media.

News media using social media posts is a murky area. Has a new BSA report shed any light?

The Rock stars in ad for Siri

Dwayne Johnson uses Siri in the ad to set reminders, create to-do lists, read email and call a Lyft.

Everyone - it seems - likes Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Therefore, it makes sense to show the Rock liking Siri.

Fibre installation crawls

An Enable crew laying UFB cables in Hillmorton.

OPINION: I've felt like an unsuspecting passenger who boarded a wonky train for an off-the-rails ride through the funny farm of ultra-fast fibre.

Will technology kill fine dining?

How much does the restaurant experience add to the meal's cost? And are we actually prepared to pay for it?

OPINION: Will you still visit a fancy restaurant if it offers takeaway food delivered to your door?

Keeping up with your social media self

Perpetually perky, Amie Richardson's Bitmoji self rides a paper aeroplane.

OPINION: As her digital self emotes immaculately through cyberspace, Amie Richardson takes a break from virtual lifeā€¦ in real life.

Forget rugby, turn to robotics

Patolo and Valentino Taito from Mangere Bridge won the 2017 Mini Robot Rumble in Auckland.

Two South Auckland brothers who have won many-a-trophy for their tackling skills on the rugby field have now been crowned the winners of an Auckland robotics challenge.

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Hands off my stuff, NZ Media

A study commissioned by the Broadcasting Standards Authority looked at New Zealanders' attitude to social media.

News media using social media posts is a murky area. Has a new BSA report shed any light?

The Rock stars in ad for Siri

Everyone - it seems - likes Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Therefore, it makes sense to show the Rock liking Siri.

Will technology kill fine dining?

Live-streamer earns $134k a month

gadgets

Security robot drowns in fountain

The security robot met a sad end in Washington DC.

Watery death of US security robot seized upon by internet as metaphor for our times.

Samsung to reveal Note 8?

Samsung is set to unveil a brand-new Galaxy Note 8 at a New York City event in late August.

If the rumours are true, the big question is will anybody buy it, after the Note 7 disaster.

Louis Vuitton's new smartwatch

Louis Vuitton's Tambour Horizon starts at $3400, about eight times the price of an entry-level Apple Watch.

Louis Vuitton's Tambour Horizon starts at $3400, about eight times the price of an entry-level Apple Watch.

Review: Sony's small speaker

Small, cheap but - for a change - really good.

It's the size of a sawn-off drink can, it weighs 260g and it's been given the catchy name of SRS-XB10.

Games

Dad builds his girl a killer robot

Amanda Carambat's dad just built her the ultimate cosplay suit.

Doting American father arms his video game loving daughter with her very own robot.

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Death Squared

This Aussie-designed puzzler is a slick and stylish game that's right at home on the Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon No-Go

The world's first Pokemon Go Fest was not as happy-looking a place as this.

The crowd turns ugly at world's first Pokemon Go Fest in the US.

Eight-year-old gets her Rey

Rey has finally been added to Monopoly Star Wars sets sold in the US.

The Force and its director were strong with this one.

social networking

Putting a spark in social networking video

Amazon Spark similar to Pinterest, but is aimed at getting users to spend more money on Amazon.

Amazon's new social network is a little bit Pinterest and little bit Instagram, and its aim is to get users to spend more money.

Facebook ponders news paywall

FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on the company's website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, ...

The social network could soon start making you pay for your news.

The dark side of Snapchat

Hayley Sloane, 14, is speaking out after an anonymous page on social media mocked teenagers in Marlborough.

Hayley Sloane, 14, thought she was sharing a playful image with her friends using a Snapchat filter, but it was maliciously twisted.

Which Facebook user are you?

Researchers acknowledge that most of us will relate to characteristics from more than one category.

Researchers have identified four clear categories - and they'll have you nodding away in recognition.

apps

iPhone app helps the blind see

The app can recognise and locate the faces of people you're with, as well as identify facial characteristics and  emotions.

The new app from Microsoft, which relies on the iPhone camera, is now available in New Zealand.

Woebot, the chatbot therapist

Woebot is always ready to talk.

The app asks for a list of user's strengths, remembers responses, and offers encouragement.

Pandora users: the end is nigh

Music streaming service Pandora is quitting New Zealand.

Beleaguered music streaming service's last day in New Zealand will be July 31.

NZSO orchestrates virtual reality experience

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on VR

Move your way through the percussionists or stand next to the conductor, it's just like the real deal.

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Review: Death Squared

This Aussie-designed puzzler is a slick and stylish game that's right at home on the Nintendo Switch.

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