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Cheapest Apple iPhone 7's flash memory is waaaaay slower than pricier model

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:03:03 GMT

Your donation is insufficient. Please buy again

Apple is silently stiffing customers who don't spend enough on the latest iPhones.…

China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:26:58 GMT

Phones, cars, VR goggles ... the Chinese are coming for your profit margins, America

Pics Chinese tech maker LeEco (pronounced Le Echo) has made its entrance into the US market – with a lavish press conference in San Francisco that showed the Middle Kingdom isn't afraid to take on some of the biggest names in technology.…

No shoes for little Timmy, Mama needs a new 10TB hard drive

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:43:09 GMT

Small, large, fast and slow – take your pick from Seagate's latest range

Seagate has announced six new Guardian Series disk drives for internal use in portables, desktops and gaming rigs, with BarraCuda and FireCuda branding and a variety of form factors.…

Microsoft keeps schtum as more battery woes hit Surface sufferers

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:41:11 GMT

Look on the bright side – at least they're not exploding, right Samsung?

Updated Microsoft loyalists are up in arms over yet more battery grief with the Surface Pro 3 and that Redmond is, we're told, breaking promises on repair costs.…

NFL is No Fondleslab League: Top coach says he'd rather use pen and paper than Surface tab

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:29:41 GMT

Belichick says he's done with the Microsoft slab

Microsoft's multi-year deal with the National Football League has lost some of its luster after one of the game's top coaches says he would rather use paper printouts than rely on the Surface Tablet.…

LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:28:04 GMT

Reluctant to cash in on Samsung’s calamity

For beleaguered Android phone makers, you might think a juicy prize has just appeared. For some of them, it could be a life-saver.…

Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:29:07 GMT

Zetta handsets might have been marked-up Chinese phones

An Android phone maker in Spain is facing allegations that its flagship product is just a rebranded Chinese model.…

Samsung to fab 10nm FinFET SoCs for next year's exploding phones

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:51:37 GMT


Pocket explosives maker Samsung claims it has started the "mass production" of the world's first 10nm FinFET system-on-chips.…

Galaxy Note 7 flameout: 2 in 5 Samsung fans say they'll never buy from the Korean giant again

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:31:45 GMT

Punters will vote with their wallets – before they're roasted

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 fiasco continues to erode the South Korean goliath's customer base.…

Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:02:07 GMT

From the HoloLens to the PlayStation VR, all VR kit is descended from the first iPhone

The world didn’t pay much attention to the fifth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, back on the 5th of October. Perhaps that’s because we believe we’ve all moved on. But that’s less true than we believe, in both some very obvious and very non-obvious ways.…

Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:13:42 GMT

That's nearly five Samsung-Apple patent lawsuits

The extraordinary cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and withdrawal has been revealed in the latest financial figures from Samsung.…

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:28:12 GMT

68 million units a quarter and falling as 'Some consumers may never upgrade a PC again'

New data from analyst outfits IDC and Gartner suggest the PC market continues to crater.…

Samsung puts out battery fire (no, not that one)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:15:40 GMT

Dell drops antitrust claims over power pack pricing

Samsung has received a welcome bit of news about its batteries that doesn't involve the words "fire" or "explosion."…

Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:31:33 GMT

The trouble doesn't stop here. It starts here

Analysis Samsung’s rivals in the cut-throat flagship phone market shouldn’t pop open the champagne just yet. While in the short term, Sony, HTC and Google could see some upside from Samsung’s now-deceased “Death Note”, in the long term the market and the consumer benefit from a high margin leader.…

There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:21:37 GMT

Cheap doesn't mean nasty

Review Not so long ago, the idea of buying an operator-branded phone would have filled most people with horror. For years these were typically budget feature phones for skint punters, too time-poor to do their own homework.…

Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:43:10 GMT

Phirebug phablet phreeze conphirmed as Samsung orders all sales and swaps stopped

Samsung has instructed all partners worldwide to stop both sales and exchange of its Galaxy Note 7 while it works out what went wrong.…

Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:31:10 GMT

And it’s … oh, a midrange Android

The “new Nokia” appears going for volume rather than margins as it makes a comeback into phones.…

Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:01:06 GMT

Reverse engineering turns 'Smarter AM' into brew-bot

Zimperium researcher Simone Margaritelli has hacked his coffee machine finding a way to brew coffee using the command line.…

Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 02:52:33 GMT

Stops throwing fuel on the fire

Korean newswire Yonhap reports that Samsung has ceased production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.…

T-Mobile and AT&T halt all Galaxy Note 7 sales

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 22:59:36 GMT

This fire is out of control ...

US mobile carriers T-Mobile US and AT&T have decided the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is too great a risk and have stopped shipping replacements for the phirebug phablet.…

Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:34:31 GMT

Muni unexpectedly turns into self-driving ride

A trolley bus crash in San Francisco is being blamed on a "computer error" that left the vehicle without working brakes.…

Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:58:11 GMT

Go boutique, or get out of the way

Comment This year’s “Google phones” – now rebranded as Pixel – are just the latest step in Google seizing control of Android – and the biggest so far. If this process is like cooking the proverbial frog, then Google just turned up the heat so quickly, the OEMs cannot help but notice.…

Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:33:04 GMT

Relative of classic CPU gets the dirty job of Two-Phase Digital Power Factor Correction

Mostly-forgotten silicon-maker Zilog is alive and has just released a new product that shares a little DNA with the Z80 CPU that powered many of the earliest mass-market microcomputers.…

Reseller offered $$$ for old tech gear – then stiffed thousands with suddenly lower quotes

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:04:39 GMT

Vintage Apple II? Yeah, we can do a couple of bucks

US trade watchdog the FTC has terminated second-hand electronics reseller Laptop & Desktop Repair in Sparks, Nevada – after the biz shafted people out of millions of dollars.…

Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:24:37 GMT

$49 headphones. $79 sensor. $199 controller ... Bankrolling Trump trolls costs a lot, yo

Excited gamers are going to have to dig even deeper if they want to use the new Oculus Rift virtual reality system.…

'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:40:18 GMT

Flammable Sammy could bring about another recall

A replacement – and supposedly non-exploding – Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on a crowded aircraft today, we're told.…

Google's home tat falls flat as a soufflé – but look out Android makers

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:04:14 GMT

Pixel emerges as the One True 'Droid

Comment This year’s bid by Google to fill your home with its tat collapsed like a soufflé yesterday – but at least one part will have a huge impact. In the phone world, the impact of its Pixel brand on its partners will be huge.…

Simpsons creator Matt Groening once drew Mac heaven for Apple

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:01:11 GMT

We have the T-shirt. Plus Digital's 64-bit Alpha-powered pen

Conference Couture Welcome to another edition of Conference Couture, in which we relive odd moments of technology history through the branded tat given away at trade shows.…

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:02:06 GMT

Alphabet sub's lounge-room assault omitted fondleslab, amid falling sales

Google today announced new phones, VR kit and home gadgetry. But it didn't announce a tablet. And nobody cared.…

Google's hardware extravaganza: Ad giant takes on Sonos, Roku, Linksys, Amazon, Oculus... you name it

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:42:48 GMT

No market is safe from search engine monster

In just 90 minutes on Tuesday morning, Google took an enormous leap into the hardware market, offering new products to compete with Sonos in the music streaming market, Roku in video streaming, Linksys in routers, Amazon in voice assistants, Oculus in virtual reality, and Apple in phones.…

Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:02:21 GMT

Well, OK, Chromium's pretty nice – as is this new Android smartie

Hands-on Google is taking on the iPhone.…

Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:58:13 GMT

Campaign for Real Minerals, queue here

Apple claims its iPhone is the world’s most popular digital camera, but perhaps it isn’t as robust as it should be.…

Sudden explosion in reports of exploding phones

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:19:12 GMT

Is iPhone fire first sign of the Apocalypse?

An American student's iPhone has exploded in his pocket - the latest in a global wave of smartphone combustions increasingly suggesting one of the seven signs of the modern Apocalypse is upon us.…

Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:59:00 GMT

Redmond snuffs out its only promising wearable

“Devices come and go,” mused Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this March, discussing the wearables market. Now Nadella can notch up another hardware kill. Microsoft, the only enterprise vendor with a wearable platform, has confirmed it has no plans to launch a third version of its activity wearable, the Microsoft Band.…

A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:03:36 GMT

The last of Google’s Nexus line

Comment It has been nearly a year since the Nexus 5X smartphone was launched. On Tuesday, October 4, Google is expected to announce new smartphones – and possibly more – at an event in San Francisco.…

Super Cali: Be realistic, 'autopilot' is bogus – even though the sound of it is something quite precocious

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:10:34 GMT

It's just fancy cruise control

The US state of California says that automakers may no longer label their deluxe cruise control systems as "autopilot" or "autonomous" driving modes.…

Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:13:09 GMT

Bit of a Dixons, terribly sorry

Google executives have been hyping tomorrow’s Android event as the most significant since the platform was first announced in 2008. But there’s little need to tune in for one part of it, thanks to British mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse.…

Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:39:12 GMT

Claims bendy battery won't burn, is ideal for credit-card-sized gadgets

Panasonic says it's built a bendy Lithium-Ion battery safe enough to be built into “Card devices, devices attached to the human body, smart clothing [and] wristband wearable devices.”…

ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:02:04 GMT

Oi, where's my retro games console?

Retro Computers, the biz behind the Sinclair-compatible ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld console, is rebutting claims by critics that the gizmo will not be ready in time for its target launch date.…

Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:39:06 GMT

Why wait for North Korea to nuke Seoul? Sammy's gear will take care of the job at this rate

Samsung's bad month gets worse as the South Korean electronics giant warns that some of its washing machines may halt and catch fire.…

Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:03:04 GMT


An American hospital is behind one of 72 complaints lodged with a US watchdog over Pokémon Go – the game in which people with nothing better to do with their lives try to track down virtual animals using smartphones.…

4K-ing-A! Roku bangs out broad range of new streaming boom boxes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:59:09 GMT

From super cheap $30 to hefty $130

Roku has updated and expanded its line of streaming media boxes to cover both ends of the market.…

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:44:57 GMT

Firmware fix coming soon to clean up Inc's ink stink

HP Inc is trying to spin its way out of the mess it created when it decided it would be a fantastic idea to brick unofficial and refilled printer cartridges.…

‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:06:26 GMT

Switches to licensing 'secure Android' and apps

Here’s your chance to design your own BlackBerry. BlackBerry today ended its 17-year adventure as a phone-maker with CEO John Chen announcing “a new strategic direction focussed on licensing our secure device software and the BlackBerry brand.”…

HP Inc: No DRM in our 3D printers, we swear (unlike our 2D ones)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:02:07 GMT

Raw materials will be open and multi-source

While HP Inc is getting a lot of flack over its DRM lockdown on 2D printing consumables, in the 3D world the company wants to address that it won't be setting the prices on consumables.…

USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:28:31 GMT

3.5mm audio jacks are in big trouble now as one cable to rule them all standard signed off

The USB implementers forum has loosed “USB Audio Device Class 3.0” onto the breathlessly-waiting world.…

6-in-10 punters return their self-destructing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:57 GMT

Only one in ten demanding cash, we're told

Just over three weeks after announcing a global Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung says six out of ten owners in the US and South Korea have returned their potentially exploding phablets.…

New LITE working group takes up ARMs against the IoT

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:03:04 GMT

Another initiative targets developers of smart doorbells and other gizmos

Linaro, the collaborative engineering effort focused around Linux for ARM-based devices, has spawned a new working group to develop open reference platforms for connected products, with an inevitable eye on the Internet of Things (IoT).…

Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:01:12 GMT

Dead-flesh keyboard not included

Ageing fans of 1980s home computer games will soon be able to get their hands on Sir Clive Sinclair’s rebooted ZX Spectrum device, which is now set to be launched in October and available just in time for Christmas.…

Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:33:33 GMT

Founder's funding of Trump trolls sparks backlash

A number of game developers have decided to end their support of the Oculus virtual reality headset over reports that its founder Palmer Luckey is actively funding "Trump trolls."…