Tech

Astronaut snaps coolest selfie ever

Brett Molina   9:04 AM   Getting ready to take a selfie? Stop. Put down your smartphone. No other selfie can top the one taken by Steve Swanson.

Tech

Huge blow for 'net neutrality' proponents in US communications regulator turnaround

The US communications regulator is proposing to allow US ISPs to ask companies such as Twitter, Netflix and others to pay them money to get their services in a fast lane so consumers don't get a degraded service.

Edward Wyatt   1:36 AM   WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission will propose rules that would allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company was willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.

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Broadband

Australian internet access picks up pace

Average Australian connection speeds increased 27 per cent in 2013 to reach 5.8 megabits per second.

Paddy Wood   3:05 PM   Australia's internet access is speeding up - but not as fast as it is elsewhere, a report says.

Scam

CommBank warns customers to ignore 'refund' phone calls

Commonwealth Bank

Lia Timson   1:45 PM   The Commonwealth Bank and Australia's competition watchdog are warning consumers to disregard unsolicited phone calls purporting to be from the bank.

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Smartphones

Benzene, other chemicals killing smartphone factory workers: claims

In the film, 'Who pays the price?' a protester objects to the use of benzene in smartphone production.

Mahesh Sharma   11:00 AM   Dangerous chemicals are killing workers in factories that assemble smartphones for Apple and Samsung.

Taxis

Would you pay a random to taxi you around? I did and this is what happened

Uber Sydney general manager David Rohrsheim.

Ben Grubb   On Tuesday night a woman who usually delivers fast food to Sydney homes drove me from the Opera House to my apartment in Surry Hills for a measly $7.10. I didn't know this woman prior to her driving me home in the Suzuki Swift she owns - rather I used a new feature in the taxi and private hire car app Uber - due to be rolled out to others soon - to request she pick me up.

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Web

NYPD social media campaign backfires

NYPD.

New York police didn't quite get the response they were hoping for after asking users to post photos of themselves with officers as part of a PR campaign.

Tech

Apple mocks Samsung in Earth Day ads

Apple ad.

Salvador Rodriguez   Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals.

Mobiles

What to do when your phone is stolen

Touchscreen: Phones offer an easy target for thieves but there are steps you can take to the limit the damage.

Henry Cooke   Phones get stolen a lot, but victims aren't helpless. Henry Cooke explains what to do the moment your phone is missing.

App reviews: RealChords and TEDxSydney 2014

RealChords.

Cynthia Karena   We review the RealChords and TEDxSydney 2014 apps.

Mobiles

The features an Amazon smartphone might offer

Amazon.

Mae Anderson   Amazon is reportedly planning to release a smartphone, prompting analysts and bloggers to muse about the device.

Gadgets

Japan's digital eyes show your emotions

"Emotional labour": Hirotaka Osawa wearing AgencyGlass.

Can't be bothered to show anyone what you're thinking? A Japanese scientist has the answer - a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom.

Apps

Cortana v Siri: battle of the virtual assistants

Head-to-head: Apple's Siri (left) and Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistants.

Pete Pachal   Out of the gate, Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana is already a force to contend with. But can she beat Apple's Siri in our head-to-head battle?

Brands

General Mills backtracks on legal policy after angering Facebook users

"We're sorry we even started down this path": General Mills.

Seth Fiegerman   General Mills has reversed a controversial legal policy that claimed customers could not sue the company if they interacted with them online.

Games

Murdered: Soul Suspect game preview

A different twist to a crime-solving game in Murdered: Soul Suspect.

James "DexX" Dominguez   Soul Suspect is a hard-boiled detective story with a supernatural twist in which the central character must solve his own murder from beyond the grave.

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Games

Changing the world through video games

A view of Haiti as seen via the game Minecraft, left, and in an aerial photograph.

Laura Parker   A United Nations program is using the popular game Minecraft to develop a sports field in the slums of Kibera, Kenya.