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The best innovations of 2014

Dominic Basulto 11:18 AM   It was the year we landed on a comet and rapidly transitioned to wearable computing. Contains:


Ten great games for your phone

Brett Molina 12:45 PM   That smartphone or tablet you got for Christmas is more than just a tool for surfing the web. It's a great gaming machine.

Drone rules to be toughened

Uber's offices raided by NSW government

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Regulator urges drone safety ahead of holidays

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Facebook's Year in Review feature criticised for being insensitive

Hannah Francis   Facebook panned for forcing parent to relive the pain of losing his young daughter.



Apple makes 'The Interview' movie available on iTunes

Christina Farr and Liana B. Baker 7:06 AM   Apple said is iTunes store is now carrying Sony's The Interview, the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyber attack against the studio.



PlayStation Network still has problems, gradually coming back online

Jim Finkle and Liana B. Baker 8:50 AM   Sony's PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said that service was gradually being restored.

Facebook's popularity among teens dips again

Sarah Frier   Facebook is getting less and less cool, at least among teens.


Huge flaw that undermines privacy of mobile phone networks revealed by German researchers

Craig Timberg   German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale - even when mobile networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.


Ways to avoid email tracking

Kate Murphy   Did you know that you can be tracked simply by opening an email? Here's how to stop it.

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Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost

Terrence Petty   Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the internet has gotten them a little closer.

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YouTube challenger lets music fans call the shots

Ben Sisario   Five years ago Yoni Bloch, an Israeli rock star, wanted to make a music video that would let viewers choose what happened as the story unfolded. But the technology did not exist, so Bloch and his band members developed it themselves and shot the video for $US2000 (A$2465).

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Just say no to digital hoarding

Dominic Basulto   We have become a nation of digital hoarders. We save everything, even stuff that we know, deep down, we'll never need or be able to find.


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Summer tech projects for the holidays

Adam Turner   Do you have high-tech plans for the Christmas break? Adam Turner has some ideas.



2014 focuses on quality photos

Terry Lane   The camera in the phone has matured to the point where traditional compact cameras are almost irrelevant.


Sharp Mac leapfrogs competition

Garry Barker   It’s not cheap and probably aimed more at professional photographers and videographers. But I wanted it.


Clouds obstruct view of Geminids meteor shower in eastern Australia

Megan Levy and Marissa Calligeros   The year's strongest meteor shower streaked across the skies on Sunday night - not that Sydneysiders