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Hands on with Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch

Peter Wells   Samsung's latest smartwatch is a bold move on many levels, but it looks like it could pay off.


Is streaming the end of piracy?

Marc Moncrief   Research suggests Australians switching from stealing to streaming, putting our reputation as the world's most profligate pirates at risk.

Samsung wants to watch you eat and sleep

LG rethinks its fixation with curved screens

Lenovo's new tablet features 70-inch projector

World's first Ultra HD phone unveiled

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Z5 family is three sizes of the same powerful phone

Tim Biggs   The three phones all feature a tiny fingerprint sensor, powerful innards and a unique next-gen camera, although of course only one comes with a world-first 4K display.


Apple TV's 'must have' feature

Tim Biggs   Apple is leaking like a sieve, with rumours showing a nifty new feature in an updated Apple TV.



What you 'like' online reveals who you are

Caitlin Dewey   A vaguely disconcerting app from researchers at the University of Cambridge can guess how old you are, how smart you are and who you like to sleep with.


EzyFlix: first casualty in the streaming war

Adam Turner   Providers of online movies and TV programs continue to battle for business in the increasingly crowded and competitive market.

Nobody wants to pay money for podcasts

Josh Jennings   Podcasting is rising rapidly in the frantic world of digital communication and entertainment, but now the industry must discover how to make money doing it.



'Netflix for pirates' in Hollywood's sights

Ben Grubb   It allows pirating at a simple click of a button and is causing Hollywood a headache.


Home tech

Like 'hugging a warm cloud'

Tim Biggs   Meet the water-conserving shower with a fancy showerhead that atomises water into millions of tiny droplets.



Google dumps iconic logo in major revamp

Brian Womack   Google is changing its logo and identity, reflecting a digital world centred on mobile devices.


Car tech

Google's driverless cars have a people problem

Matt Richtel, Conor Dougherty   Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans.

Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

IFA 2015: Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray players coming to Australia in 2016

Adam Turner 7:12 AM   Berlin: With Hollywood finally agreeing on a new disc standard, Samsung will offer bandwidth-poor Australians their first taste of Ultra HD content early next year.


Social Radar

Teens choose 'real' friends over Facebook friends

Laura Demasi   Australian teens no longer live and breath Facebook, turning instead to messaging apps like WhatsApp and Kick to create micro networks of "real" friends where they can say what they want in private, away from the ever present eyes of hundreds of "friends" – including their parents.



For one school, from small things big things grew

Garry Barker   One school in Britain transformed itself and the lives of many people in its community by putting the right technology in the hands of its students.


The art of the image in politics

Terry Lane   The striking thing about the photos in Political Vision is that they are all taken by a photographer standing in exactly the right place at the right time.