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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:29:05 GMT

Google, you're doing a heck of a job

Comment YouTube is under fire again for promoting fake news, despite promising repeatedly in recent weeks that it is improving its systems to limit the exposure to false information.…

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:24:04 GMT

You still need two Google apps to do everything, though

“Android Pay” is no more, as Google attempts to unify its disparate transaction options under one brand. The redesigned, rebranded Google Pay app – which supersedes Android Pay – is already in the Google Play Store.…

Gemini is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:45:09 GMT

Hands on with the reborn Psion

Exclusive It's here. They've really gone and done it, made a modern Psion: a brand new computer that fits in your pocket and that you can touch-type on and everything.…

A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:41:04 GMT

Boffins' plan to prime the public against misinformation nice idea but misses mark

Separating fact from fiction is a very different challenge in the fake news age, and there’s no end of people ready to opine on how to do it. Now boffins from famed Brit university Cambridge have decided to get in on the action by launching a game to "vaccinate" the public against it.…

The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:08:47 GMT

Tech recycler fights prison term for handing out recovery CDs

A California electronics recycler is fighting to stay out of jail after he admitted copying thousands of Windows reinstallation discs for use with refurbished PCs.…

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:37:05 GMT

There are now 30 million X-shaped holes in Apple's estimates. Ouch

Samsung has provided confirmation that iPhone X sales are way below Apple's estimates for the much-hyped, tenth anniversary special. The miscalculation could end up benefitting Android owners.…

Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:35:08 GMT

The path to all-IP calls is not smooth. Just ask EE

EE has improved the reliability of its voice calls after a bumpy transition to an all-IP mobile network, according to network sleuth RootMetrics.…

Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:35:08 GMT

Webcam shields, security integration, USB-C and micro-desktops are the moderately hot spots for the PC industry

The PC market may be in decline but someone is going to buy about 300 million of them this year. And because The Register knows that plenty of our readers are responsible for PC purchasing, deployment and maintenance … here we are with our annual guide to what's new and notable among the new models from HP, Lenovo and Dell, the top three PC vendors.…

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:45:59 GMT

Sorry to spoil the fun for both of our readers still running them, but support's ended too

Microsoft's all-but-euthanized Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0.…

When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:00:27 GMT

Is there anything you don't already know?

There's rarely such a thing as a "genuine" phone leak in our experience – glimpses of unreleased models are carefully choreographed by professionals months in advance.…

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:04:03 GMT

Intimate photos somehow ended up on some other guy's mobe, lawsuit claims

A bloke is suing Verizon Wireless in the US because, he claims, personal pictures from his Verizon phone, including intimate snaps of his fiancée, turned up on the phone of another subscriber – who happened to know her.…

Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:04:37 GMT

Governor Phil Scott signs executive order as battle lines are drawn

Vermont has become the fifth US state to adopt net neutrality regulations, joining Montana, New Jersey, Hawaii, and New York.…

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:11:40 GMT

First Amendment bad, Second Amendment good?

The governor of the US state of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, has blamed violent video games for the Florida high-school shooting that left 17 people dead this week.…

A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:58:35 GMT

Alarm raised over APFS sparse disk images tossing documents into the void

Apple's recently revised file system, APFS, may lose data under specific circumstances, a maker of macOS backup software is warning.…

Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:40:54 GMT

Pick another 2FA method: Social network is having a What The Zuck moment

Forget fake news, Russian trolls and the gradual cruel destruction of journalism – now Facebook is taking heat for spamming a netizen's phone with text messages after he signed up for SMS-based two-factor authentication.…

Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:43:21 GMT

Watch out for text bomb that crashes apps and devices over and over and...

Apple last month fixed a flaw in macOS and iOS that allowed a text message to crash its chat software (CVE-2018-4100) – and now it has the opportunity to do so again.…

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:50:08 GMT

'Please don’t tell me to oil my wood,' journo begs

Apple HomePod owners say the $349 smart-speaker is prone to damaging wood surfaces.…

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:32:11 GMT

Think of it as a Version 1.0...

Real world test Last year Apple transformed the fortunes of its iPad. In the spring the iconic fondleslab looked so neglected, it was declared "done". Sales were half of what they had been at the iPad's peak.…

FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:24:12 GMT

US telco reveals bright idea in response to robberies, ID theft

Analysis An FCC commissioner has come under fire for seemingly suggesting that Verizon should be granted a legal waiver from his own agency's rules.…

World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:40:11 GMT

(In)Essential device shipped just 88,000 units last year

Essential's much-hyped debut phone failed to reach six-figure sales last year, despite heavy discounts.…

Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:02:05 GMT

Welcome to Planet Frustration, which sounds lovely but won't play nice with others

A teardown of Apple's HomePod, the company's answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google's Home devices, confirms suggestions that Cupertino was working on advanced audio technology before semi-sentient speakers took off.…

Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:44:38 GMT

Chocolate Factory overhauls picture portal to end legal brouhaha

Updated Google's deal this month with stock-photo agency Getty to end their legal spat carries one very noticeable provision: the "View image" button will be removed from Google Images search results.…

Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:37:24 GMT

Huge advertiser threatens to turn off Zuck's money tap

In a highly unusual public rebuke, monster-company Unilever gave Facebook both barrels over its "toxic content" – and threatened to pull its advertising from the antisocial network.…

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:18:13 GMT

Short-term greed risks long-term irrelevance

Analysis Rarely has a phone been as widely trailed as Samsung's 2018 Galaxy flagship. When the S9 is formally unveiled in Barcelona in a fortnight there will be few surprises – not only are the design and specs widely leaked but so are the carrier variants. But what does Samsung want from its phone range – and what does the world actually need?…

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:14:28 GMT

Bloke claims expensive audio kit detonated mid-workout

A Florida man claims one of his Apple AirPods blew up as he worked out at the gym.…

Jack in black: 12 years on, Twitter finally makes a profit from its firehose of memes and misery

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:15:20 GMT

139 months. How fitting for an originally 140-character blog biz

After 11 years and seven months in operation, and billions and billions of dollars in losses, Twitter today said it is, at long last, a profitable business.…

Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:02:06 GMT

Class-action seeks compo for crappy phone components

Google has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over hardware failures in its Pixel smartphones.…

Your day's going crap? Let's rap. Snapchat self-splat chat app chaps zap $350m, Wall St saps clap

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:49:44 GMT

A $3.45bn loss in a single year – buy buy buy, yell investors

Snapchat maker Snap's stock price is through the roof today after the self-destructing-image flinger managed to lose only slightly less money than analysts predicted.…

Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:31:13 GMT

Retro Computers: 'We have not been issued with an ultimatum'

Retro Computers Ltd, the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm, has been given until May by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to deliver its years-late product or expect a visit from a “third party collections agency”.…

Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:42:10 GMT

Ad giant billed subscribers for Wi-Fi data, punters claim

Google's mobile telecom service Project Fi is billing customers for internet data delivered over home and public Wi-Fi networks, according to a lawsuit filed in the US on Monday.…

Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:40:52 GMT

Fidelity wanted to 'tell the other side of the story' with astroturfing dot-com

Analysis Cable biz Fidelity Communications has been forced to admit it was behind an astroturfing campaign against a city-run fiber network in America's Midwest.…

Lenovo literally has a screw loose – so it's recalled flagship Carbon X1 ThinkPads

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:47:22 GMT

Part may be rattling inside 5th-gen machines, can cause fires

Lenovo has recalled its flagship Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptops because some may literally have a screw loose.…

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:28:12 GMT

Amazon and Huawei did okay, but overall shipments dipped between six and twelve per cent

The tablet computer market took a steep dip in 2017 according to analyst firms IDC and Strategy Analytics.…

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:21:03 GMT

There's a problem with America's internet? La la la can't hear you, la la la

Analysis Fifteen million Americans don't have access to broadband internet. For those that do, the United States has close to the slowest speeds among advanced economies. And for that, Americans pay more than almost anyone else.…

Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 23:05:21 GMT

Now we've cashed out, here's why everything is terrible

A group of ex-Facebook and Google workers, along with venture capital execs, are campaigning to stop their former employers from further screwing up humanity.…

As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:06:08 GMT

Hard to hear when you're buried under piles of $$$

Analysis If ever there was an argument for why journalism is not only important but a profession requiring a broad set of specific skills, then Facebook's seeming inability to do news is it.…

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 02:29:04 GMT

Mac also slips in Q1, but revenues don't feel a thing

Apple on Thursday touted its highest-grossing quarter ever, even as iPhone and Mac shipments were down.…

Super Cali's unrealistic net neutrality process – even though the sound of it is something quite... ferocious

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:21:19 GMT

Why draft law won't be enough to protect state's internet

California's attempt to retain net neutrality rules despite being repealed at the federal level, won't make it past a legal challenge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned.…

Crowdfunding refund judgment doesn't quite open the floodgates

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:38:36 GMT

It's a pointer – not a cast-iron legal precedent

Comment Yesterday's county court ruling that Indiegogo's Ts&Cs weren’t wholly relevant to the question "does a crowdfunding-backed company form a contract of sale with its customers?" won't quite open the floodgates for people who feel they've been ripped off.…

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 02:00:56 GMT

Frustrated fondleslab fans forced to stick kit in freezers

Updated Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over what they claim is an ongoing epidemic of screen failures blighting their expensive fondleslabs.…

Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:33:14 GMT

Contract of sale formed between company and backer, not Indiegogo, rules judge

A crowdfunding backer of Retro Computers Ltd has won his court claim for a refund against the Brit company for failing to deliver its promised product.…

In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:04:10 GMT

Cough up fat wad of cash – or be tagged for six months with jail hanging over you?

Two bogus technical support operations have been shut down over the past two days – but the punishment dished out highlights eyebrow-raising differences between the US and UK in how they deal with these scumbags.…

The Zuck promises to give you more local news – and so save the world

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:05:13 GMT

Techno Jesus posts latest Facebook teaching

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken another step on his path to enlightenment, informing the masses that henceforth the Holy Facebook will include more news from local sources.…

HP coughs up $6.5m to make dodgy laptop display lawsuit go away

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:59:05 GMT

Pavillion notebook screen died back in 2003? There might be a small check for you

HP has settled a class-action lawsuit in the US over the failing screens in some of its Pavillion notebooks.…

US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:33:30 GMT

What a Strava-palava

The American military has ordered a review of its grunts' personal electronics – after the Strava fitness app used by soldiers revealed base locations and other operational security gaffes.…

Can't login to Skype? You're not alone. Chat app's been a bit crap for five days now

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:46:06 GMT

Something something two-factor authentication – Microsoft

A bunch of Skype users are unhappy that they're been unable to sign into the VoIP service for several days.…

Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:10:24 GMT

You wanna hijack an ECU? It doesn't even have to be turned on, bruh

In 2015, infosec gurus Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated that they could take over and turn off a jeep from afar as it was being driven, a feat that magnified interest in car hacking.…

Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:56:48 GMT

Support plug will now be pulled in June

Fitbit says it will formally end support for Pebble hardware this summer.…

Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:10:07 GMT

Dem to be granted access to Twitter profile ‘in an emergency’

Red faces over Hawaii’s false nuke alert got even redder this week, as the governor admitted he knew it was a mistake – but couldn’t alert citizens because he didn't know his Twitter password.…

Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:03:14 GMT

Found to have paid billions to Apple to prevent it buying from rivals

Updated The European Commission today slapped a €997m (£872m) fine on Qualcomm for abusing its dominant market position - finding it paid billions to Apple to exclusively use its chips.…