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Social

Social experiments are 'how websites work'

OkCupid opens up about the social experiments the dating site conducts on its members, and says such research is crucial.

The anonymous Opal option

Jacob Saulwick and Ben Grubb Unregistered cards are finally available for Sydney's public transport sytem, but will likely never be sold at stations.

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Turn any wall into an Android touchscreen

Facebook's Bolt faces challenges over its name

Patients who use health apps stay healthier

Aussies help fill big screens in Glasgow

Editor's picks

Security

iPhone process extracts data

Personal data including text messages and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicised techniques by Apple employees.

Social

Emoji win the battle of words

Jessica Bennett In their short life, emoji have managed to find an exceptional cultural range. Have we reached a tipping point?

Games

Battlefield series takes a risk

James 'DexX' Dominguez Cops-and-robbers is a big change from historical and modern day warfare that made the series successful.

Why kids need time to play

Miki Perkins New apps let 'helicopter parents' keep tabs 24/7.

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Phones

Are phones made to get slower?

Sendhil Mullainathan Many businesses would love auto-redundancy.

Internet

Writer fired after Twitter analysis

Adario Strange Buzzfeed confirms 41 instances of plagiarism.

Tech

Chubby Checker settles lawsuit

Singer accused HP of using his name on app for measuring penis size.

Gadgets on the go

Piracy crackdown misses real crime

Adam Turner Government jumps to defend rights of lobbyists.

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Tech

Spain brings in  'Google fee' law

Mariana Marcaletti  Aggregators to pay publishers a fee if they link to their content.

Banking

It's pens down, PINs in

Kim Arlington You risk being stranded at checkout if you sign.

Internet

Teens adept at hiding activity

Esther Han Report shows how young web users fool parents.

Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

Why do subscription services still suck?

Adam Turner   2:13 PM All-you-can-eat subscriptions sound great but they can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Imaging

Smart TVs provide new ways of viewing photography

Terry Lane The key to a ''smart'' TV is its ability to easily connect to the many forms of media pouring into our homes.

MacMan

Pop into The Pantry for a healthier lifestyle

Garry Barker The Whole Pantry app came out of 25-year-old Belle Gibson’s determination to not be crushed by her cancer and to find a way to help people like herself who needed support – with their health and their whole lives.

Astronomy

Kryptonite for the super moon

Perry Vlahos   11:45 PM The next full moon, on August 11, should be an ‘‘ultra super premium moon’’ because it will be 1362 kilometres closer than July’s.