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Golden iPads, larger Nexus phone may come this month

Hype for Apple's next iPad grows with reports of a gold model, Google's Nexus 6 may stretch in size, and Microsoft adds Sway to the Office suite.

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Sweeping digital surveillance powers passed by parliament

Legislation allowing ASIO to monitor entire networks of devices under a single warrant has now passed into law, despite crossbench MPs calling it "flawed" and "rushed".

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Spending on mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels

A record third quarter sees 2014 on track to hit almost $500 billion in M&A spending, says a research firm, not far from 2000's nearly $600 billion.

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Windows 10 aims to blend best of 7 and 8

Skipping over Windows 9, Microsoft will combine elements of Windows 7 and 8 into the next operating system. In the world of smartwatches, Pebble drops prices, Basis beefs up its fitness watch and Pavlok shocks you into going to the gym.

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Head-up displays: Coming soon to a windshield near you (Next Big Thing, Episode 10)

Head-up displays are about to become mainstream; TV airwaves are about to make room for mobile data instead; and implanted wireless technology offers freedom from paralysis.

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EU: Apple gets tax advantage from Ireland

The European Commission's competition regulator says something looks fishy in "selective" treatment of Apple by Irish authorities, and he wants answers.

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TV airwaves: Moving TV out, mobile in

Brian Cooley discusses why wireless carriers are chomping at the bit to buy available TV broadcast spectrum in an auction set to happen mid-2015.

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Behind Ello hype, a Facebook rebellion brews

The new Ello social network sees a spike in sign-ups, Facebook copies Google's Auto Awesome Stories, and GoPro rolls out new Hero4 action cameras.

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Apple faces 'billions of euros' costs in tax avoidance probe, report says

European investigators are set to accuse Apple of receiving "illegal state aid" in Ireland for more than 20 years.

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Attention, wireless innovators: The 2015 Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards is now accepting submissions

Submissions are now open for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's 2015 Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards.

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SoftBank said to eye DreamWorks as way into Hollywood

CEO Masayoshi Son is reportedly in talks to acquire the studio behind animated films "Shrek" and "How to Train Your Dragon."

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Tech Retrospect: Apple's 'Bendgate' drama and BlackBerry's big return

Apple didn't exactly have a great week in the press, but was all the bad news really well-founded? Also, BlackBerry drops a major new phone, if only because it's huge.

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