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Wearables

LG's 4G watch is very smart, very large

Hannah Francis 8:36 AM   Urbane LTE is full of great functionality, but it's super-bulky and its less-smart basic variant is a touch prettier.

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Turnbull: Minister for Encryption

Ben Grubb 2:51 PM   When did Turnbull become a salesman for online encryption services? When the Abbott government moved to store metadata.

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Watchdog fines iiNet $204,000

Microsoft unveils Lumia 640, 640 XL smartphones

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Wearables

Smartwatch inspired by 'golden age' of design

Huawei stuns with a form-first smartwatch one week before Apple is expected to show off its more new-school rival device.

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Privacy

Brandis teased as data cost revealed

Ben Grubb   The Abbott government's new metadata retention laws may drive up the price of household internet and phone plans, experts say.

Tech

Smart ski helmet attracts global interest

Yolanda Redrup   Uni graduates are making waves with the next evolution in on-piste tech: a smart helmet that combines safety with live-streaming and communication.

MWC

HTC's One M9 improves, but is still the same

Hannah Francis   Taiwanese phone-maker adds some nice touches but drops one of the previous handset's best features.

MWC

Samsung on a course of 'relentless innovation'

Hannah Francis   South Korean electronics giant announces two new flagship smartphones at Mobile World Conference 2015.

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MWC

HTC dives into wearables and virtual reality

Hannah Francis   Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC has made its first foray into two of 2015's biggest device trends.

Plex aims to be in-house Netflix

Adam Turner   More than just flinging video around your home, the latest Plex updates help you make the most of your home entertainment library.

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Government moves to adopt data law reviews

Andrew Colley   The federal government is moving quickly to accept all the recommendations of a parliamentary committee reviewing its controversial data retention bill.

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Snapchat and the rise of the peep show

NICK BILTON   Porn is coming to your smartphone in a whole new way, thanks to a messaging app popularised by teenagers.

Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

Plex aims to be your in-house Netflix

Adam Turner   More than just flinging video around your home, the latest Plex updates help you make the most of your home entertainment library.

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Social Radar

Don’t blame Facebook – the narcissists have always been there

Laura Demasi   Laura Demasi looks at the me-media world and asks the questions worth pondering over.

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MacMan

User support a core issue

Garry Barker   Despite aiming for simplicity, our linked-in world of increasingly complex devices requires sophisticated help.

Imaging

Return to film smells like teen spirit

Terry Lane   The day we left the darkroom and closed it for good, rescued for all time from toxic fumes, our lungs breathed a sigh of relief.