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Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:31:02 GMT

Here we go again

On Wednesday, Ajit Pai, the boss of America's broadband watchdog, decided to reopen the decade-long debate over net neutrality, despite rules having been finally decided back in 2015 and held up by the court last year.…

What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:01:06 GMT

Go wild, the KEYone is here

BlackBerry Mobile has begun shipping its first post-BlackBerry phone in the UK today, although fans will need to cross their fingers and pop into Selfridges' Oxford Street store in London to find one.…

FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:01:14 GMT

All too easy to choke enemies' gateways, it seems

Broadband modems using Intel's bungled Puma 6 chipset can be overloaded and virtually knocked offline by a trivial trickle of packets, it is claimed.…

FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:50:52 GMT

Watchdog boss opens can of worms, sticks partisan head in

The head of America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, has vowed to kill off his nation's net neutrality safeguards.…

Try to sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace and get locked out for 72 hours – nice one, Zuck

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:50:48 GMT

Bug of the week, perhaps?

Netizens trying to sell items in Facebook Marketplace for the first time were completely locked out of the social network for 72 hours this week.…

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:27:05 GMT

And that's good because apps can handle codecs that broadcasters abandon

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels - out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal - failed to display.…

Spotify seeks hardware boffins

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:16:12 GMT

For something you never knew you wanted

Spotify is seeking experienced hardware engineers to create “a category-defining product”, according to a (now removed) job ad.…

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:02:18 GMT

FPGA-based project has scored £290k so far

Yet another crowdfunded ZX Spectrum reboot project has emerged – and this one has raised more than £290,000 from backers.…

Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:02:08 GMT

Weighty S8 bait, trait by trait

Review The P10 Plus is the big brother of Huawei’s 2017 flagship the P10. And as you’d expect, it's beefier, heavier and packing a bigger battery, a better camera and display, better antennas for faster LTE, and infrared.…

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:06:10 GMT

Reasonable, fair, no-nonsense. Typical Canucks

Analysis Canadians are so reasonable. As far as we're aware there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins below them – quite an achievement given the endless efforts by Americans to cajole and rile them at every opportunity.…

Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:01:09 GMT

Law-flouting ride service challenged for alleged privacy, wiretap, and business law violations

A former Lyft driver is suing Uber alleging the ride-summoning biz spied on his movements and violated privacy, competition, and communications laws.…

PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:04:13 GMT

Laptops lead EMEA sales revival, but Brexit-blown Blighty misses out

Sales of personal computers - boring old-school desktop and laptops – are up across Europe.…

Qualcomm's Windows-capable silicon will land later rather than sooner

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:57:10 GMT

'Second half of 2017' becomes 'Q4 2017' and there's only 245 shopping days until Christmas

Qualcomm's plan to kick Intel in the soft underbelly that is the PC market will come later rather than sooner.…

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:17:05 GMT

Time to look back on those halcyon days of bad ideas, mindlessly hyped

If you work in Silicon Valley, you might want to look away now. Because one day your work may well feature in the Museum of Failure.…

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:57:05 GMT

New rules wil lower requirements to build wireless cells

America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks.…

Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:55:28 GMT

And ahead of mystery launch event in May

The base tech specs for Microsoft's Windows 10 Cloud laptops have leaked out ahead of a rumored launch next month, giving you an idea of their target market. Clue: Google-powered Chromebooks in education.…

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:30:06 GMT

Six months later and you've lost 70 per cent of the RRP

iPhones maintain their resale value much better than Androids. That much you probably already know – but which are the worst droids to resell?…

For the first time ever, Verizon sheds subs: 300,000 punters walk out

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:08:30 GMT

Don't worry guys, Yahoo! is coming to the rescue

Verizon today turned in financial results of a nightmare first quarter of 2017 that saw the nation's top wireless carrier shed more than 300,000 postpaid subscribers.…

HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:02:13 GMT

OK... that's a new one

Former critics' darling HTC will unveil its 2017 flagship on 16 May, hoping that a squeezy case will win back buyers.…

Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:32:17 GMT

It's all about how you spend that sweet R&D dollar

Steve Jobs once said that "innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have" – it's all about how you spend it.…

SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:01:07 GMT

Oh no, don't let data slurpers know we love Coldplay

A chap in Chicago is suing headphone maker Bose after discovering how much personal information its app was phoning home to base – this slurped data includes songs listened to, for how long, and when.…

So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:00:38 GMT

Redmond-powered mobes don't deserve latest sign-in tool

Microsoft has introduced a new authentication method for logging into its online accounts: rather than remember and type in a complex password, use an app on your smartphone to confirm it's really you logging in and not some miscreant.…

Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:20:11 GMT

No cash, slow answers, firm still blames man who quit a year ago

Suppliers of Retro Computers Ltd are calling for the company to pay the royalties they claim it owes for bundling their games with its ZX Spectrum Vega console.…

Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:26:38 GMT

Voice version won't even ship until spring

It's not entirely clear why Samsung hyped up its new digital assistant earlier this year.…

No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:08 GMT

Not yet anyway

Microsoft has scotched reports that it has "abandoned" Windows Mobile.…

Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:41:09 GMT

Welcome (back) to Macintosh!

The Internet Archive has hooked up an Apple Mac emulator to its collection of vintage software so you can breeze through your afternoons reliving the 1980s – all from the comfort of your browser.…

'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:58:28 GMT

Jim Sensenbrenner long on bluster, short on thought

Faced with an angry citizen asking why he had voted away their online privacy rights, US House Rep Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) had a remarkable answer: you don't have to use the internet if you don't like it.…

Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:43:25 GMT

This app maker's policies are something quite atrocious

Updated California is probing Uber for allegedly failing to ditch more than 150 sloshed drivers who picked up passengers using its dial-a-ride app.…

Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:24:26 GMT

There's no escape muhaha

The recent explosion in people installing ad blockers for their browsers may have an ironic side effect: identifying them to advertisers.…

Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:45:16 GMT

Carmaker apparently convinced it has a found a low-mileage niche market

Honda's new electric car, the Clarity, is garnering a lot of attention – for all the wrong reasons.…

ZX Spectrum reboot project's Great Ormond Street charity cash questions

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:57:57 GMT

£20,000 donation received, but sales suggest more due

Exclusive Tens of thousands of pounds destined for Great Ormond Street Hospital from ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Limited appears not to have been paid.…

Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:58:11 GMT

Chap claims accounting cockup left a permanent black mark on his credit history

A bloke in the US is suing Verizon alleging that a billing blunder left him with bad credit.…

Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:38:41 GMT

Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, crappy ad meant to upset us

Updated Artery-attacking mega-chain Burger King has thrown up a new online advertisement designed to hijack nearby Google Home gizmos.…

ITU and IEEE fail to put technology flesh on fascinating 5G concepts

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:01:13 GMT

Could 'Frugal 5G' bring broadband Internet to half world's population?

Most work on 5G radio standards is driven by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project* (3GPP) with the IEEE and the Wi-Fi community remaining a separate, and even competing, wireless path.…

Official science we knew all along: Facebook makes you sad :-(

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:02:07 GMT

Academics find that no amount of Likes are ever enough

Researchers claim to have evidence of what many of us have long since suspected: Facebook makes you sad.…

Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:38:12 GMT

'Tick Different' is so confusing… to expensive lawyers with invoices ready to go

Apple's lawyers have got their knickers in a twist over an ad campaign by outdated watch company Swatch.…

Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:15:35 GMT

Punters paying an average £113/year once promo finishes

Sneaky broadband providers are enticing punters with cheap deals only to whack them with a 43 per cent hike once the offer runs out, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau.…

Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:35:12 GMT

How premium, you ask?

Analysis When YouTube announced its standalone TV subscription service last month, Faultline called for Apple to return fire, and last week there were rumours doing the rounds that Apple is preparing to rope in premium content providers to offer a bundled subscription package of its own.…

Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:00:10 GMT

Lazy millennials can't even be bothered to commit petty crime

Young artists are putting down their spray cans for smartphones, and causing graffiti art to die off as a result.…

Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:58:11 GMT

Damn. It's the next XBOX, not a Surface and it's going to 4k things up nicely

Microsoft's revealed the specs for some forthcoming hardware and the tale of the tape is impressive.…

Device spend will rise 2% to $600bn in 2017, say techno-seers

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:02:06 GMT

Chinese vendors' upgrades driving costs

Techno-seers Gartner have once again peered into the cosmic spreadsheet and found that global device spend will increase by 2 per cent this year to $600bn (£480bn) in its latest tech spend divination ritual.…

Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:02:15 GMT

This year's flagship ThinkPad for business feels a little underwhelming

Hands-on Lenovo's X1 Carbon ThinkPad is the company's flagship business laptop and has just been refreshed for 2017. But the new model may frustrate.…

Oz regulator hauls Apple to court over iBricks

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:03:10 GMT

Third party repair doesn't void consumer warranty rights

Apple's “error 53” i-Thing bricking bug has landed it in court again, this time in Australia.…

Amazon looks between the couch cushions for US$70m for kids' in-app spending spree refunds

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:05:08 GMT

Lawyers stand down, bosses get checkbooks out

Amazon is going to refund as much as US$70m of in-app charges racked up by American children, after reaching agreement with US trade watchdog the FTC.…

Do not insert coin: Uni of Utah to dish out scholarships to ace video game players

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:19:52 GMT

Major sports school levels up with esports program

The University of Utah on Wednesday said it will offer scholarships to students who excel at esports – meaning they can play, say, League of Legends for the US college to pay their way through an engineering degree.…

Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:42:19 GMT

Sort it out or get a slap, warns High Court judge

Huawei may be barred from flogging its smartphones in the UK after Unwired Planet International chalked up a convincing win in a long-running patent infringement lawsuit.…

Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:05:06 GMT

Confused by the new Huawei? You should be

Huawei launched its Honor brand to sell good value phones in the UK after experts at this sort of thing predicted Westerners would never be able to pronounce "Huawei". The experts at this sort of thing turned out to be wrong.…

OK... Red wire or black... *Clickety* You've emailed the schematic? Yes, got it! It's opening. And... WHAT? NO!

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:22:06 GMT

Survey: 6 in 10 have 'experienced' crap connectivity

Perennial complaints about crap internet connectivity feel like the digital equivalent of people grumbling about potholes. So it's no surprise that six in 10 of us have moaned to Which? of problems in the last year.…

Ha ha, OK, fun's over. Time to drop that FTC antitrust thing, like, now – Qualcomm begs court

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:03:43 GMT

Us? Screw over Apple? Pffft!

Qualcomm has urged a US judge to throw out claims it massively and illegally overcharged Apple and others for its chip technology.…

Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:13:51 GMT

Trash can trash machine from 2013 was design dead-end

Promising today that a new Mac Pro is being developed, Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller admitted the tech giant rather disappointed the workstation world by making its "most radical Mac ever" insufficiently expandable.…