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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:07:06 GMT

Scalded smoker wants injury damages, healthcare bills paid

Amazon, LG Electronics and KMG-Imports are being sued by a man in the US State of Rhode Island for selling a vaping box and batteries that allegedly burst into flames and set him on fire.…

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:08:04 GMT

UK mobe network ups charges for sunshine selfie-takers, just in time for their hols

Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services.…

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:44:04 GMT

And garners industry attention

Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.…

Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:39:50 GMT

'Shatterproof', Mod-tastic, speedier stock Android – there's lots to like

Released last autumn, and with this year’s range hoving into view, Motorola’s Z2 Force isn’t the newest kid on the block. But it still remains the only “shatterproof” phone on the market, and it has proved to be a great base from which to evaluate the latest Motorola Mods, which you’ll see in our forthcoming Mods roundup.…

Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:39:09 GMT

From vapourware to reality

Huawei has said its first 5G-capable phone will appear in a little over a year. The Chinese giant made the pledge at its annual global analyst summit in Shenzhen, southeastern China.…

Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:38:10 GMT

Punters wising up to expensive upgrade cycle

Sales of smartphones in Western Europe are expected to fall 7 per cent to 141 million this year, as consumers shun expensive upgrades on devices offering little more than an incremental updates.…

Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:55:14 GMT

We did what? Look again, it's not there

Google has inadvertently revealed a new way to use Android phones, to be revealed in its forthcoming Android P update. The new UI option makes a phone more "swipeable", lessening the reliance on navigation bar buttons.…

The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:25:38 GMT

SNES? Bless you! It's a bit smaller than it was 30 years ago

Veteran game maker Sega announced it was getting back into the hardware game at the Sega FES 2018 event over the weekend, with a shrunken version of its classic Megadrive (or Genesis) console.…

New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:58:11 GMT

Vox ‘n’ text only because Korean super-exam gives students one shot at life

Samsung has announced a phone that can’t go online.…

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:02:28 GMT

Pricey, but classy

There’s a lot to be said for not buggering up a winning formula. And there’s something to be said in 2018 for a premier brand. Samsung's Galaxy S9 is the best all-round Android phone you can buy.…

Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:12:31 GMT

Income, pregnancies, personal activities, all up for grabs

Facebook’s advertising platform is riddled with loopholes that can help miscreants obtain private information on individual users, according to a recent study.…

HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:06:06 GMT

Somewhere, a Windows Mixed Reality user is weeping silently

The inexplicably expensive HTC Vive Pro has arrived, and rather than spend a few hours in virtual world of rainbows and unicorns, the team at iFixit have taken the headset into the very real world of their workshop and taken the thing apart.…

PCs were more and less expensive in Q1 as shipments stalled

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:38:09 GMT

HP and Lenovo are kings of the ever-shrinking hills, but Dell’s made a move

PC shipments continue their slow slide, with analyst firms Gartner and IDC both releasing data for 2018’s first quarter showing further slippage.…

The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:01:09 GMT

Fantasy game ratchets up subscription price

The creators of the popular online game RuneScape are raising subscription prices, and putting the blame on Nigel Farage and his Brexit buddies.…

Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:04:39 GMT

Zuck shows curious amnesia about his own business

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used today’s grilling in Congress to point the finger at dodgy app developers and Cambridge academics – but appeared to expose huge holes in his knowledge of the way his own business works.…

Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:04:08 GMT

If it looks like, walks like and quacks like a Psion, is it actually a penguin?

Review Planet Computing’s Gemini is a middling Android phone integrated with a Psion Series 5-style keyboard and clamshell case. Since our exclusive hands-on with a real production device, I’ve spent a few weeks in its rattly, plasticky company. And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed. So what’s it like?…

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:34:02 GMT

Masshole 'targeted women, families, friends with abuse'

A US bloke accused of cyberstalking and harassing his former housemates has been hit with two dozen more criminal charges.…

'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:54:30 GMT

Warns six major companies, refuses to name names

America's Federal Trade Commission has told "six major companies" to cut it out when it comes to trying to force consumers to only use their replacement parts for repairs.…

All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:32:14 GMT

But it'd be tricky: Teardown folk give mobe 4/10 for repairability

Armed with tools to send most smartphone manufacturers into a cold sweat, the team at iFixit have found the Huawei P20 Pro is going to be a tricky beast to repair. So best not drop it, OK?…

In a sorry state again: Zuckerberg dusts off apology playbook in mea culpa to Congress

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:15:06 GMT

Facebook boss shamefaced (again) for flouting basic concepts of privacy (again)

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg will apologize to US Congress this week as his website tries to clean up yet another privacy scandal.…

Huawei P20 Pro: Triple Lens Shooter promises the Earth ...

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:17:08 GMT

... But our vulture's claws have found some flaws

Review Huawei has brought forward the release of its P20 Pro flagship to capitalise on the interest generated by its triple-lens shooter. This is the first Chinese phone that demands – well, screams – to be compared to the market leaders. With a price to match – £799.…

2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:02:12 GMT

All you'd expect from a premium laptop - except the stupid power brick

Hands-on review Lenovo has just-about nailed this year’s X1 Carbon laptop, which save for a couple of minor annoyances will impress.…

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:17:09 GMT

Maintained for 3 years since Brit supermarket quit the ISP game

Brit supermarket giant Tesco is killing off the free email services offered to customers who bought its broadband package.…

We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:20:11 GMT

Like having an AI toddler in your phone

Real-world test Huawei's new imaging hardware has caused as much excitement in the smartphone market as anything since Nokia's oversampling champ of 2013, the Lumia 1020. Benchmarker DxOMark puts both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro comfortably ahead of all rivals, including the Galaxy S9 Plus, Pixel 2 and iPhone X.…

Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:45:08 GMT

Teardown chaps give Apple's edu-slab 2/10 for repairability

Teardown show-offs iFixit have found few changes with the latest iPad – but it does have a larger battery than the more expensive "Pro" iPad.…

For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:03:06 GMT

We make sense of the range

For some Reg readers there's only One True Laptop, and it's the ThinkPad. Yes, still.…

Grindr: Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn't charge them!

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:19:42 GMT

Coitus collaboration code claims – THE TRUTH

Hookup fixer Grindr is on the defensive after it shared sensitive information, including HIV status and physical location, of its app's users with outside organizations.…

Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:31:19 GMT

Plus: Samsung overtakes in semiconductor revenues

Apple is once again reportedly working on switching out Intel processors for its own homegrown, presumably 64-bit Arm-compatible, CPUs in Macs.…

Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:03:36 GMT

Damage control needed for damage control

Facebook held a press conference on Thursday to provide details about its efforts to prevent electoral manipulation, only to have its damage control eclipsed by the publication of an executive's internal memo from 2016 suggesting growth mattered more than human life.…

Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:36:15 GMT

Jeff Bezos will do to your MP3s what he did to your bookstore

Amazon says subscribers to its moribund Music Storage Service have 30 days to claim any song files they have stored on the service or lose them forever.…

Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:20:11 GMT

Schools still underwhelmed by gaps in Cupertino's shiny slabs

For us crazed weirdos who work in education – that's primary schools for me – I'll admit it was mildly encouraging to find our world was the main thrust of an Apple event this week.…

Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 23:40:20 GMT

Privacy also a priority for Apple, unless you're Chinese

On Thursday Apple released iOS 11.3, a free update to its mobile operating system that, among other new features and fixes, attempts to ease iPhone battery management.…

'Tis the season: Verizon first in line to flog Palm phone resurrection

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:14:06 GMT

Battle of the botched brands set to heat up

Easter is a time for resurrections and so El Reg noted with interest that Palm, after an eight-year hiatus, has signed up Verizon as the first telco to stock the device when it launches this year.…

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:01:09 GMT

The Facebook Container add-on quarantines the social network to limit data harvesting

Sensing an opportunity in Facebook's squandering of public trust through its previously unrestrained giveaway of user data, Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled a defense against the social ad biz in the form of an add-on for Firefox called Facebook Container.…

Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 05:58:04 GMT

Chris Wylie makes explosive allegations in session with MPs

Working for Cambridge Analytica "felt very much like a privatised colonising operation," the former staffer at the centre of the scandal around Facebook data slurps and Vote Leave's alleged overspend has said.…

Apple turns hat around, sits backwards on chair, pitches iPad to schools

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:20:51 GMT

It comes with a pencil! You kids remember what a 'pencil' is?

Apple is trying to reclaim its status as the cool kid in class with a fresh round of products aimed at the education market.…

Yo Google, I'mma let you finish, but China, I mean, Huawei's P20 is the best

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:23:11 GMT

To be fair, the camera will take some beating

It has been a long while since I heard some whalesong at ear-splitting volume. It takes me back to Nokia's final years as the world's No. 1. Back then you couldn't tell whether it was trying to be a New Age NGO or a phone company. The whalesong was deafening.…

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:30:09 GMT

P20 and P20 Pro: The Notch that wants to be a Nokia Lumia 1020

Hands On Over the years, very few phone makers other than Samsung have produced a phone that might tempt an iPhone stalwart to switch to Android, but Huawei may have just joined the elite.…

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:50:04 GMT

Checking in on how IMAP could help folk throw off Zuck's yoke

Once upon a time the internet ran on open protocols, and anyone could host servers that ran these protocols. Your first dial-up internet connection probably came with a bundle of tools for groups and chat. If you weren't happy with the service from your ISP you'd point the client at another. The internet was open and federated, with tons of innovation at the client end.…

First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 05:36:34 GMT

Acer turns Chrome OS into a fondleslab so you don’t give teacher an Apple

Google and Acer have given the world its first Chromebook Tablet.…

You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:46:33 GMT

'Non-public' FTC investigation a new headache for Zuckerberg

The US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed it is probing Facebook over privacy concerns, sending the social network's share price into a downward spiral.…

UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:42:56 GMT

After weeks of stalling and delays, ICO wastes no time kicking down the doors

Cambridge Analytica’s London offices will finally be searched by the UK's Information Commissioner’s Office, following a marathon week of arguing inside and outside court.…

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:41:11 GMT

Hark, dear reader, the echoes of Enron

Comment I've a special reason to remember Enron and the summers of 2000 and 2001. The mighty Enron was being lauded as a pioneer and an innovator. It was a Wall Street darling. IBM and AOL jumped into bed with Enron to create a new retail energy provider. The sun shone, and Californians had plenty of energy capacity.…

Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:11:09 GMT

Meanwhile, the company accounts are overdue

Yet more financial claims are piling up against failing ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm Retro Computers Ltd, with the company's former web fixer threatening to sue over allegedly unpaid invoices.…

Guns, audio and eye-tracking: VR nearly ready for prime time

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:04:08 GMT

The future is finally getting into gear

GDC Virtual reality reemerged in the past couple of years as a hot tech topic. However, the unfortunate truth – fiercely ignored by its passionate advocates – is that it hasn't been ready for primetime.…

Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:18:08 GMT

It's not all about speed

Vodafone is the mobile network with the best ping rate, according to network performance sleuth Tutela.…

We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:02:10 GMT

Things get surreal in suite 7088

GDC The Ataribox has been renamed the AtariVCS, and it is finally here!…

That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:58:37 GMT

The sound of stable door shutting years too late

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has broken his silence about his data gathering and advertising firm's unforeseen role in data gathering and advertising.…

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:04:04 GMT

Making the phone a touchpad for the desktop is a good idea

First fondle When Samsung gave the world its DeX dock last year, we rated the device a solid, thoughtful job for its feat of allowing a smartphone to deliver a decent desktop experience.…

US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:27:30 GMT

Police cyber-hunt reveals massive gap in legal protections

Efforts to track down criminals in the US state of North Carolina have laid bare a dangerous gap in the law over the use of location data.…