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Latest from Oculus brings the virtual closer to reality

Oculus headset

Vindu Goel 1:37 PM   Oculus is closer than any other company to creating a product consumers can use to explore computer-generated environments that seem so real that you almost forget they are fake.

Music app helps teens beat mood swings

Researchers from Queensland are using music to alter moods, say from sad to happy, upbeat to chilled.

Hannah Francis 1:23 PM   Australian researchers have designed an app to alter people's mood.

Why I might return my iPhone 6 Plus

This is how far my thumb can reach on the iPhone 5 (left) and on the iPhone 6 Plus (right).

Will Oremus 8:16 AM   Over the years, I've grown blithely accustomed to the notion that operating a smartphone is a single-handed endeavour. No more.

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Walled off: Google's issues in China deepen

A lot of companies are now asking whether they really need to be in China.

Keith Bradsher, Paul Mozur 1:38 PM   As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business.

Larry Ellison's legacy, mentorship: industry comments

End of an era: Larry Ellison's departure is one of the last exits of the tech industry's first generation of celebrity executives, who took computers from the back offices of a few big institutions and into everyday life.

Ian King 12:03 PM   As Larry Ellison steps down as chief executive officer of Oracle, he closes a chapter in a career filled with aggressive competition, flamboyant spending and spectacular profits.

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Iran prosecutor demands social media block

'Immoral': Messaging app Whatsapp.

7:42 AM   Judiciary gives one-year-old government a month to ban services which carry "immoral and un-Islamic" content, such as WhatsApp, Viber and Tango.

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NASA spacecraft slips into orbit around Mars

An artist's concept provided by NASA of the MAVEN spacecraft as it approaches Mars.

1:21 PM   A NASA robotic spacecraft has fired its braking rockets, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet's lost water and dramatic changes to its atmosphere.

The seagulls that ate Sydney

Out of control: Seagulls divebomb patrons at the Sydney Opera House.

Rachel Browne   They are the unwanted dining companions which have Sydney restaurateurs and their patrons in a flap.

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Gadgets on the Go

Coming to grips with Apple's iPhone 6

Adam Turner First impressions of Apple's latest iPhone depend on whether you've held Android rivals which paved the way.

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Get the picture with a good photo viewer

Terry Lane One thing missing from both Windows and Macs is a decent photo file viewer but fortunately there are several around and they're free.

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It's all linked in Appleworld

Garry Barker The connectivity built into the new Apple operating systems represents the most significant and far-reaching move in the company's history.

Astronomy

NASA spacecraft slips into orbit around Mars

1:21 PM A NASA robotic spacecraft has fired its braking rockets, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet's lost water and dramatic changes to its atmosphere.