App aims to curb phone addiction

The Thrive app aims to make it cool for a generation hooked on smartphones to occasionally detox.

If smartphones are the new cigarettes, Thrive is a new kind of nicotine patch.

The best from CES tech show

HTC announced a newly redesigned Vive Pro headset that has better screen resolution.

The tech show saw developments in voice assistants, virtual reality, and health tracking.

Time to kill 'like' button

Fun fact: The "like" button was initially called the "awesome" button inside Facebook.

OPINION: Clicking "like" is the opposite of meaningful or social. It's a superficial way to interact with people.

An Instagram feature to turn off

The new feature recently became available in the Instagram apps for iOS and Android.

The photo sharing site has a new feature that tells your friends when you were last checking the app.

iPhone at risk from 'text bomb'

Apple is aware of the issue and says "a fix is coming in a software update next week".

A bug that can crash an iPhone with a single message has been discovered by a British security researcher.

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Retro gadgets made modern

A customer plays a video game on the Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console.

Super 8 cameras and BlackBerrys are part of an "analog renaissance".

'Shopbot' gets the boot

Banished to an aisle where it was only allowed to offer samples of pulled pork, Fabio started to alarm customers.

Fabio was sacked after a week of confusing and scaring the customers.

Here's how you'll be shopping video

Janett Liriano, CEO of wearable tech company Loomia, says her technology can help companies learn how their products are ...

Soon, shop assistants will know what you posted on Facebook this morning.

Restoring faith in reviews

Kiwis (left to right) Mark Pascall, Mitchell Pham, and Leigh Flounders at the Lina soft launch event in Bangkok.

Rating things has always been a hobby ... soon it can be done for cryptocurrency.

How smart is 111 technology?

Technology is not yet available that allows emergency services to locate non-Android smartphones such as iPhones with ...

It still takes an agonisingly long time to verify an emergency caller's location.

Pittsburgh for Amazon HQ? video

Piittsburgh has about 9000 homes available for sale, compared with about 10,000 in Los Angeles, whose population is four ...

The tech giant's shortlisted 20 potential sites for its second North American HQ.

Mystery wake-up call video

Wendy and Jae Russell were among many woken by a mystery phone call on Tuesday morning.

The call history shows 'unknown caller', while for those who manage to answer in time, nothing.

AI is coming to TVs

LG is adding Google Assistant, the search giant's voice computing technology, to some of their TVs.

Your smart TV may soon get a little smarter, thanks to artificial intelligence.

App matches faces to artwork

The latest version of the Google Arts & Culture app allows users to match their selfies against celebrated portraits.

A Google app that matches people's selfies to famous works of art is raising privacy concerns.

Apple to build new US campus video

Apple Park, Apple's new campus in Cupertino which opened last year.

No news on where the new building will be, just as Apple puts final touches on US$5b HQ.

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'Shopbot' gets the boot

Banished to an aisle where it was only allowed to offer samples of pulled pork, Fabio started to alarm customers.

Fabio was sacked after a week of confusing and scaring the customers.

How smart is 111 technology?

It still takes an agonisingly long time to verify an emergency caller's location.

Take control of iPhone slowing video

AI beats humans in key test

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AI is coming to TVs

LG is adding Google Assistant, the search giant's voice computing technology, to some of their TVs.

Your smart TV may soon get a little smarter, thanks to artificial intelligence.

Tips on buying devices for school

While not as popular as laptops, a stationary desktop computer might still be best for younger students.

Choosing the right device to match your needs and budget can be an overwhelming task.

Wearables get smaller, smarter

L'Oreal's UV Sense is a wearable electronic UV sensor affixed to a user's thumbnail.

Some wearables are moving away from the wrist and becoming tiny and more useful.

'Greyscale' helps phone addiction

Looking at screen without colourful apps and notifications may block emotional attachments.

Turning the screen black and white to avoid attention-grabbing colours could curb your urge for devices.

Games

Mayweather's #MeToo means jets

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather got confused when asked about the #MeToo movement.

Former boxer Floyd Mayweather has confused the sexual assault campaign for a competition about who is the richest.

18 games to look forward to

The new God of War is set hundreds of years after Kratos killed the Greek gods and disappeared

As we leave behind the triumphs and disappointments of 2017, it's clear we have another absolutely packed year ahead of us.

Gaming addiction like 'Armageddon'

Gaming disorder is the 'elephant int the room' for many Kiwi families, says one concerned caregiver.

The WHO will classify gaming disorder as a metal health condition, but experts say Kiwis battling addiction are struggling to find help.

Friendship over word play

Spencer Sleyon meets Rosalind Guttman for the first time

She's an 81 year old retiree, he's a 22 year old rapper, but their friendship blossomed over P-H-A-T

social networking

Facebook's news feed is changing

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been laying the groundwork for making that fundamental shift in all of Facebook's ...

Facebook is radically altering the formula that determines what bubbles to the top of people's news feed.

Cavemen with keyboards

Why enjoy the sunshine when you can rage on social media?

OPINION: Social media is like something from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but there's so much more to throw sticks at now.

FB post costs Zuckerberg $4.5b video

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just lost NZ$4.5b.

With a single Facebook update, Mark Zuckerberg has managed to wipe billions off his personal fortune.

Garner: Off Twitter and loving it

Duncan Garner says banning himself from Twitter was the best decision he made in 2017.

OPINION: Duncan Garner says banning himself from Twitter was the best decision he made in 2017.

apps

App matches faces to artwork

The latest version of the Google Arts & Culture app allows users to match their selfies against celebrated portraits.

A Google app that matches people's selfies to famous works of art is raising privacy concerns.

App lets you see free wi-fi

World Wi-Fi is a new app that offers augmented reality to allow users to find free hotspots.

Users are able to spot hotspots in augmented reality through their smartphone's camera.

Facebook wants to care about you video

Mark Zuckerberg wants to make Facebook more about you.

Friends, not news - Mark Zuckerberg reveals Facebook in 2018 will see less of the business, more of the personal.

Apps may be spying on you

If you grant permission for apps to use your phone's microphone, they can listen to your life.

Some tips on how to stop apps from using your smartphone's microphone from spying on you.

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