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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.

A look at Apple's laptops

Apple's laptops all look similar but there are some important differences to note if you're considering buying one.

The company makes three laptops, and while there is a little bit of crossover, each has a specific target audience.

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.

Retiree tries VR for first time video

Downie took to virtual reality like a moth to the flame, creating a tangle of vibrant paint strokes.

A 75-year-old designer swaps pencil and paper for virtual reality.

Next iPhone could cost $2000

Apple usually announces new iPhone models at a media event in September.

If you want one of the new iPhones, you might want to start saving up now.

Review: Samsung's new tablet

The Samsung Tab S3 ($1099) is comparably priced to a similarly specified iPad Pro.

Samsung's Tab S3 has a slim design, HDR capable display, bundled stylus, and optional keyboard.

Oculus Rift slashes prices

Oculus is not a flop by any means. But it remains unclear whether Oculus and virtual reality in general will become a ...

Winning fans for Oculus is far more important to Facebook's future than taking a revenue hit.

Breaking down iPhone rumours

Apple is expected to ditch the home button for the high-end iPhone in favour of an edge-to-edge screen.

Here's an analysis of what people are saying about the next iPhone and what we make of it all.

Kiwis create clever prosthetic video

Matt Jury from Taska, pictured with his new prosthetic hand that is able to be immersed into water.

The state of the art waterproof prosthetic hand can cut a steak and possibly disrupt a multi-billion dollar market.

Review: Samsung's high-end TV

The high-end Samsung Q8C comes in three sizes.

Samsung's newest television features all the latest tech, along with a high price.

Praise for the humble router

A router is like a post office for the internet: it acts as a dispatcher, choosing the fastest and most effective ...

It is important to understand how routers work and how to protect them from malicious attacks.

10 years of cracking open iPhones

Former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs holds the first iPhone.

A decade ago, Bill Detwiler cracked open the original iPhone. As Apple celebrates the phone's 10th anniversary, he celebrates 10 years of taking them apart.

How to fix iPhone battery woes

Having your iPhone's battery continuously die can be frustrating.

iPhone suffering from sudden shutdowns? Seem like it can't hold a charge? Does it feel like it's burning when charging?

Face unlocking for new iPhone

Apple's redesigned iPhone is set to go on sale later this year.

Apple is working on a feature that will let you unlock your iPhone using your face instead of a fingerprint.

Fitbit's smartwatch plan hits snags

Fitbit plans to release new versions the Blaze fitness tracker, which includes a large colour display, for next year.

​Fitbit, months away from the debut of its smartwatch, has lost several people working on the project and fallen behind on its app store - putting in peril the company's most important product in years.

Apple's iPhone turns 10 video

Apple has sold one billion iPhones since the devide debuted on June 29, 2007.

The device that did the most to start the smartphone revolution got off to a rocky start.

What I learned from a drone crash

The Karma drone costs $1949 and includes a Hero5 camera and a removable gimbal.

REVIEW: This is a warning for aspiring drone owners - trust in the tech and don't be impatient.

Appreciating the iPhone's genius

Former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs holds the original iPhone.

Ten years after the introduction of Apple's iPhone it's worth stepping back to see what we have learned.

Smartphones make you dumber

Research shows the mere presence of one's smartphone has a measurable impact on an individual's available cognitive capacity.

Though our phones are getting smarter, new research suggests they're actually making us dumber.

iPhone 8 sales tipped to soar

Demand for the new iPhone could vault Apple to the top-selling spot of smartphone sellers worldwide.

Analysts are expecting record-setting sales, dwarfing the success of the wildly popular iPhone 6.

Choosing the perfect camera

The Panasonic G85 is a lot of camera for the price.

I was leaning toward a mirrorless model, something smaller than a traditional DSLR.

iPhone screen fixes get easier

Apple is putting its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in 25 countries.

Apple is putting its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in 25 countries.

Your iPhone storage is 'shrinking'

Apps have been adding new features regularly, to keep up with each other.

The reason your iPhone is filling up faster can be blamed on the growing size of apps.

The round speaker revolution

The Apple HomePod is due to go on sale later this year.

Round is all the rage - cylinder-shaped sound-makers that fire off good vibrations in all directions.

Review: Sony's latest TV

The Sony X93E comes in two sizes, a 55-inch ($5000) and a 65-inch ($7000).

The 65-inch X93 might cost $7000 but you do get a lot of TV for your money.

The rise of the robot pram

The pram's built-in cameras track your every move and hopefully avoid bumping into things and waking the baby.

Freeing up your hands to enjoy an organic soy latte, the pram follows you around.

Review: Sony A6500 camera

The A6500 costs $2400 for just the body. You can pair it with lenses ranging from $500 to several thousand.

This is camera to buy if you want it to last and not be overtaken by tech advances.

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