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What happens when Apple launches an iPhone

Stephen Hutcheon   4:58 PM Apple iPhone launches are highly stage-managed events designed to fuel gadget-envy.

Killer robots 'a small step away'

Ben Farmer   3:27 PM Killer robots programmed to open fire without human control are just a “small step” from the battlefield and military powers should agree to outlaw them, a top United Nations official has said.

The geopolitics of Snowden whistle-blowing

Consumer group ridicules piracy crackdown

Chinese working on super-fast submarine

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Tech

How flakey is the internet?

Turns out the net is held together with chewing gum and string

German secret agents listened in on Clinton, Kerry

The German Foreign Intelligence Agency has admitted tapping "at least one" phone call each by Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton.

Hello Google...is anyone keeping an eye on Youtube?

Phillip Thomson YouTube yet to take down graphic stabbing footage taken in Canberra.

Telcos

Hanging up on payphones

Tom Cowie There used to be one on every street corner, now they're getting rarer. But payphones aren't dead yet, just endangered.

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Internet

Is the internet full? Major sites brought down by technical problems

Tom Brooks-Pollock Likely repeat of this week's technical problems affecting eBay would cost the economy millions as the internet runs out of space, experts fear

Courts

How Steve Jobs conspired with Google to limit the careers of Apple workers

Dan Levine US judge says there is "substantial and compelling evidence" that late Apple co-founder "was a, if not the, central figure" in an alleged conspiracy involving Google, Intel and Adobe.

Outage

Dodo and ClubTelco spark internet outage

Ben Grubb Customers of budget internet service providers Dodo and ClubTelco across Australia were left without a stable internet connection for at least 12 hours on Monday after technical issues caused intermittent or slow connectivity.

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Tech

Social media sites may face e-safety commissioner

Ben Grubb Overseas-based social media websites and apps can soon expect a knock on the door from an Australian government official if they don't comply with certain expectations.

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Tech

Flat-pack robots taking shape

Rachel Feltman Thanks to the ancient art of paper folding, a little scientific ingenuity, and a whole mess of Shrinky Dinks, researchers have designed flat paper robots that can fold themselves into 3-D shapes.

Banned drivers behind surge in electric bikes

Tom Cowie Sales of electric bicycles are surging thanks to their popularity with commuters including disqualified drivers.

Piracy

Sue mum and dad pirates, Turnbull tells film studios

Ben Grubb Film studios and other content creators should sue “mums and dads and students” who download pirated content online, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

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Blogs & Columns

Gadgets on the Go

Government low-balling us on second-rate NBN

Adam Turner   11:52 AM Justifications for the Multi-Technology Mix only add up when you ignore the inconvenient numbers.

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Imaging

Shadows made to give up their secrets

Terry Lane Some cameras have HDR controls built in and some need a little external help.

MacMan

Empires rise on apps boom

Garry Barker Entrepreneurs are born, not made. Looking around the world of technology, it’s clear that to succeed one has to be more than a bit different.

Astronomy

First living organ built inside an animal

Rebecca Smith British scientists have built a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.