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Backup
Hands-on review: Acronis True Image - balancing act of usability & power
Acronis True Image is ideal for non-techies, but still more than powerful and flexible enough for power users wanting greater flexibility.
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Cybersecurity
Symantec’s cyber security predictions for 2017
security experts Symantec have compiled a list of 10 security threat predictions for 2017 as cybercriminals change tactics. Here's what can we expect.
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Huawei
Huawei announces graphene battery breakthrough
At the 57th Battery Symposium in Japan, telco giant Huawei unveiled a long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery.
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Smartphone
The latest Phablet from Huawei - Meet Mate 9
Like a decent chef’s knife, the Mate 9 is well balanced and sits comfortably in the hand thanks to clever design tweaks.
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Smartphone
67,000 Kiwis hunting free mobile data
This time those people wandering around with phones are not trying to catch cutesy fictional characters. They're after free 2degrees mobile data.
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Google
Grumpy tech guy: Google marketing
Okay, so I get that NZ is a pimple at the arse end of the world and that we're never going to be a priority for Google.
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Gadgets
The force gets IFTTT integration and it's very cool indeed
he cat is out of the bag – it turns out that the Forceband now has an IFTTT app that’ll let it work with and IFTTT connected devices and apps.
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Review
Hands-on review: The Dyson V8 absolute - it really 'sucks'
Innovation may cost, but with the V8 it is an all too rare case of you getting more than what you’ve paid for.
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Microsoft
Travel tips: The gadgets that I take on my overseas jaunts
Packing the right tech into your travelling bags can be a tricky undertaking - here is my advice.
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Apple
Apple admits that touch disease is real
Given Apples iPhone sales have been slow to flat for 3 straight quarters, the timing of this situation is bad news.
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Strike
Hands-on review: Strike Universal Phone Cradle
Until now, Strike had designed cradles for specific phone models. This is a universal cradle.
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Smartphone
Huawei has now shipped nine million P9 smartphones. What else could be next?
They’ve come such a long way in a short amount of time. They mightn’t have the same brand recognition as Apple or Samsung, but they've been busy.
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Apple
17 different types: Is this Apple's dongle bongle?
Apple fans are going online to vent their anger at the dongle bongle. They may have good reasons too. Apple now sells a staggering 17 different types.
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Schneider Electric
Hands-on review: APC M5 Mobile Power Pack - keep gadgets chugging
APC’s M5 does one job and it does it brilliantly. If you want to spend time away from a wall socket, the M5 is definitely worth a look.
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Smartphone
Vodafone Lights a fire under NZ’s prepay market with My Flex Prepaid
“We don’t all fit into a neat and tidy box when it comes to how we use our phones. Some of us prefer to TXT rather than call, others use apps.
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Apple
There's great news for Android, but not so good for Apple
The relentless march of Android continues, and it isn't good news for Apple. There is no Steve Jobs to ride in and turn things around this time.
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Philips
Hands-on review: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush
I went teeth-on to try out the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush. After using it, it felt like a full clean from the dentist.
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Artificial Intelligence
Hands-on review: Dino the Cognisaurus - this is the reptile you’re looking for
Dino the Cognisaurus is like catnip to kids who can’t put him down once they’ve sussed out how he works.
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Huawei
Rumours fly as Huawei about to launch new flagship hardware
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive. Hype is building around Huawei’s soon to launch flagship smartphone.
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D-Link
Hands on: D-Link DCS2630L 180 degree HD Wi-Fi camera
There’s a heap of tech tucked away inside the DCS2630 with a 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
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Gadgets
Hands-on review: Playstation 4 Universal Media Remote
The remote makes a huge difference to using the PS4 for media playback. Having a PS4 remote (at long last) is definitely a good thing.
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Ultrafast Fibre
Vodafone announces pricing for gigabit broadband plans
After spending $22 million & partnering with Huawei, much of the cable network Vodafone inherited by acquiring TelstraClear is now capable of gigabit.
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Smartphone
Hands-on review: Huawei P9 Lite - the perfect balance of price and features
Budget smartphones used to translate into Tupperware and poor performance. Not so with the P9 Lite.
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Call of Duty
What does it take to become a Call of Duty, Infinity Ward game developer?
Ever wondered what goes into designing the look & feel of a game? Curious to know what skills are needed to score a job as a game developer? Read on..