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Sony's Z5 phones coming to Australia

The Xperia Z5 Premium has a 4K screen and a mirrored glass back.

Tim Biggs   Sony has announced that two of its new flagship phones — the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact — will be launching in Australia next week, with the bigger Xperia Z5 Premium following in November.

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Apple responds to iPhone 6s battery controversy

Apple says different iPhone 6s units only differ by 2 or 3 per cent when it comes to real-life battery duration.

Tim Biggs   Differences in real-life battery duration between different iPhones is just 2 to 3 per cent, Apple says.

Facebook is testing reaction emojis

Four of the six new Facebook reaction emojis.

Vindu Goel   Despite the billions of "likes" bestowed on Facebook posts every month, something has been missing: an option to express a different emotion.

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Twitter expected to begin layoffs

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An embarassed Twitter bird looking at an Indonesian angry bird

Take on video game app Angry Birds

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Mike Isaac 8:54 PM   Jack Dorsey is tightening Twitter's belt, with layoffs planned and halting of San Francisco headquarters expansion.

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Google announces service to speed loading of news articles

Google's AMP will give access to optimised, cached versions of news articles. This is how it will appear in Google search.

Ravi Somaiya   Google shows off initiative to ensure news articles load more quickly on the web, but one name was conspicuously absent from the presentation.

Sony may rethink smartphone business if no profit next year

Could the Xperia z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, launching this month, be some of Sony's last flagship phones?

Reiji Murai   ​Sony's chief executive flags next year as make-or-break for its smart but struggling phones.

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Life on Mars: NASA unveils plans for human colonies by 2030s

Colonising the planet Mars is on the agenda, according to NASA.

Sarah Knapton 5:04 PM   Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies independent of Earth by the 2030s, claims Nasa.

'Beyond disgusting': says journalist Matthew Keys of his hacking conspiracy conviction

Matthew Keys, right, may face 25 years in jail after being convicted of conspiring with hacking group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times' website.

Justin Moyer   Journalist Matthew Keys, who prosecutors say illegally leaked the username and password needed to hack into the Los Angeles Times to the hacking group Anonymous may serve 25 years in prison.

Southern lights dazzle penguins and people

The Aurora Australis captured by amateur photographer Claire Stribbles over Cape Patterson.

Neelima Choahan   Hanging out to visit some far off lands to witness the awe-inspiring Northern Lights?

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Gadgets on the Go

Online TV guide IceTV put into voluntary administration

Adam Turner   After ongoing delays in delivering its Skippa video recorder, Australian EPG provider IceTV has been forced to call in administrators – leaving hundreds of Skippa pre-order customers empty-handed.


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Grey nomads navigate Facebook land

John Elder   In her first week of taking an online course through the Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne woman Justine Raczkowski was challenged to name a social problem that needed solutions.


How my Apple Watch saved my life

Garry Barker   I woke up feeling a bit odd. I strapped on my Apple Watch, unlocked the iPhone, and then felt for my pulse on my right wrist. Soon I was in the hospital cardiac unit for observation and treatment.


Feline groovy

Terry Lane 9:15 AM   Cat pictures are wildly popular, but getting a great shot of your pet moggy is nowhere near as easy as you'd think.