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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:04:12 GMT

World+dog: Oh no you haven't!

The world's best business self-publicist since Richard Branson reckons he has been given a "verbal contract" to build an unrealistic high-speed tube train system across America.…

Virgin broadband latency probs still not fixed 6 months on

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:13 GMT

Promises firmware fix for superhub 3/Intel's Puma 6 'shortly'

Latency issues with Intel's Puma 6, used in gigabit broadband modems, have yet to be resolved for Virgin Media customers using the UK company's superhub 3.…

This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:53:54 GMT

The Tale of the Left Behind

Thanks to Qualcomm, x86 support is coming to Windows 10 ARM phones and tablets - but not to older Lumia devices. In a webcast, Joe Belfiore, these days the corporate VP in the OS Group at Microsoft, has explained why.…

'We hold the high ground' says Qualcomm boss as profits crater

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:32:08 GMT

Apple's royalties and licensing boycott taking a heavy toll

Qualcomm is remaining optimistic despite another miserable financial quarter, worsened by the ongoing legal war with Apple.…

Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:12:56 GMT

iGiant bankrolls manufacturers' legal battle royale over patent license fees

Updated The four electronics factories sued by Qualcomm for not paying licensing fees have lodged their own countersuit with the backing of Apple.…

Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:04:17 GMT

More time to play Snake

The boss of HMD Global, the company reviving Nokia-branded phones, quit unexpectedly today.…

Guess who's here to tell us we're all totally wrong about net neutrality? Of course, it's Comcast

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:37:11 GMT

Cable giant shares its thoughts on costs, freedom

Analysis Comcast has barreled into the fight over net neutrality by arguing that the current rules impose "onerous" regulations and "substantial costs that undermine investment."…

Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:21:27 GMT

Lengthy filing by Internet Association highlights value of today's rules

The world's largest internet companies lambasted the FCC in a formal filing today, telling America's telecom regulator to kill its plans to ditch net neutrality rules.…

Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:25:36 GMT

Is there nowhere corps won't try and sell you stuff?

HTC, which needs all the love it can get these days, has enraged its customers by bunging adverts into the onscreen keyboard on its phones.…

The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:59:13 GMT

Here are some pictures. And, er, that's all we've got for you

Atari has continued its teaser-trailer approach to what is purported to be a retro version of its classic games console.…

Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:27:06 GMT

Unclear if code was first mistaken for avant garde instrumental

Rock deities Radiohead have snuck a program for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum into a re-release of their seminal 1997 album “OK Computer”.…

Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:34:06 GMT

Et tu, Vertu? Then fall, geezers

Vertu, the British smartphone maker known for its obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets, will shut down over an apparent lack of interest in obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets.…

All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:05:35 GMT

Also a bald-faced liar

When AT&T decided at the last minute it was going to join this week's "day of protest" over net neutrality, the reaction ranged from incredulity to bemusement.…

All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:26:08 GMT

You have no chance to survive make your time

Music hosting biz SoundCloud, having just axed 40 per cent of its staff, is now trying to ward off rumors that it will go broke in less than two months.…

Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:42:06 GMT

Great... if you could use it

The phone sleuths at XDA-Developers have unearthed a handy undocumented feature in the latest version of Android.…

€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:21:12 GMT

1941 German army crypto machine found in Romanian flea market

A cryptography professor wandering through a Romanian flea market has turned a nice ROI on his €100 investment: €45,000.…

Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:58:40 GMT

The good, the bad and the ugly parts of Redmond's white space internet

Analysis On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it will pay third-party ISPs in the US to offer wireless broadband on unused TV spectrum, or "white space."…

Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:07:43 GMT

Have we just reached Peak Register?

Snap Inc is being sued by its shareholders who claim that executives misled investors about the value of SnapChat app maker ahead of its IPO earlier this year.…

BlackBerry taking action to fix 'pop-out' screen – namely more glue

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:37:23 GMT

KEYone flagship crumbles under pressure

BlackBerry Mobile reps have confirmed the manufacturing process for its KEYone flagship will be tweaked so the display doesn't pop out so easily.…

The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:19:11 GMT

A hard-won hit at five

Difficult as it might be to comprehend, Microsoft has been shipping Surface for just under five years.…

Nokia inks wide-ranging deal with Xiaomi: Not just IP and handsets

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:01:12 GMT

Oh Mi goodness

Nokia may be a spent force in smartphones since selling its devices business to Microsoft, but it still aims to be the power behind the throne of other vendors via its technology licensing programme.…

Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:58:07 GMT

Or you could buy two of the cheaper battery-pack keyboards for less than the wireless kit

Dell has given the world its first wireless-charging laptop.…

Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:06:24 GMT

Microsoft pulls the plug on support for dedicated smartphone OS

Microsoft has formally ended support for its Windows Phone platform.…

The great phone squeeze wheeze: Getting squidgy with HTC's U11

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Glassy, glossy, sassy... but smudgy

Review Thank goodness HTC is still with us, for I haven’t enjoyed using an Android more all year than its flagship U11.…

His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:44:45 GMT

'Cut-price' car could be yours, in a year or more, for 'just' $35k

Elon Musk's Tesla has delivered its first Model 3 electric car – straight into the hands of Elon Musk.…

OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:30:10 GMT

Ripping teens leave the file sharing to Sad Old Dads

Fathers can now add "file sharing" to the list of things they do to embarrass their teenage children - alongside dancing badly in public.…

Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:58:20 GMT

Fitness band maker jogs off into the sunset for good

Gizmo maker Jawbone is shutting down operations and will liquidate its assets.…

Sniffing the scent of free publicity, Google and Facebook steamroll into net neutrality protest

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:16:53 GMT

Didn't talk to organizers, don't have any plans yet

Hark, ye internet peasants. Google and Facebook today trumpeted that they will join the day of protest against efforts to kill off America's net neutrality rules.…

Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:33:38 GMT

Licensing dispute explodes into all-out patent war with Apple

Qualcomm is upping the stakes in its legal war against Apple by accusing the Cupertino idiot-tax operation of infringing six patents.…

Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:20:16 GMT

White House warns corpos after President's Twitter fight

The very public war of words – and GIFs – between the President of the United States and CNN could pose a threat to the $85bn merger between AT&T and Time Warner.…

Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:35:34 GMT

원숭이도 나무에서 떨어진다.

Samsung is again delayed the Bixby voice assistant in the US because its English not so good with skills.…

PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:27:13 GMT

Vendors upping tags while consumers want better products

PCs should become more expensive this year but consumers will continue to buy them, Gartner has read in the tea leaves.…

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:29:08 GMT

Not that easy, is it? Apple, Samsung most locked-down of all kit

Out of 17 IT brands, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have taken the crown for devices that are the hardest to repair or upgrade – and their displays are the fiddliest bits of all.…

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:01:04 GMT

This app could have grave consequences etc

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I will be annoying when I am dead. In fact, I plan to be much more of an irritant after passing away than I am at the moment as the once-dicky ticker continues to clock up the artery miles.…

It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:02:08 GMT

More than one BEEEEELLION mobe sales to celebrate? Screw that twisted logic

A decade ago to the day, the Jesus Mobe went on sale in the US: bereft of 3G connectivity, the iPhone had a relatively crappy two megapixel camera and 4GB of storage, not to mention a hefty price of $499. It was destined to be a failure.…

'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:02:08 GMT

But the transport authority says that invalidates the card

Killjoys at the public transport authority in the Australian State of New South Wales are warning users of stored-value-for-public-transport "Opal Card" that turning them into implants invalidates the card.…

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:41:39 GMT

What could FE stand for? Fried Ears? Fearful Explosions? Flaming Emissions?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is about to make its comeback.…

Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:27:05 GMT

So, about that '1,000 games bundled with Vega+' boast, Retro Computers...

The owners of the rights to about 200 games to be bundled with the ZX Spectrum Vega+ is withdrawing permission for them to be included with the consoles unless its maker pays royalties for games on a previous device, The Register has learned.…

Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:01:12 GMT

It's 'Amazon' how far behind it is...

Opinion Apple has been promising to revolutionize TV for years but hasn't yet found the time to do so. Last week, Apple announced two new and likely expensive hires, former Sony Pictures Television presidents, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – who are known for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and other golden TV shows – to help it transform television.…

Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:32:06 GMT

Yahoo!,Tumblr users need to register new email addresses

Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! email accounts for login to some Yahoo! services.…

Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:15:14 GMT

Military comms developer says Android and iOS are trampling its patents

A software company that makes tracking tools for military and 911 crews says some of the biggest mobile phone makers on the planet are stealing its technology for their own security tools.…

OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:00:13 GMT

Benchmarks aren't useful anyway, says cofounder

On Tuesday OnePlus launched its latest smartphone with much hoopla, and the handset has already found notoriety.…

Google may follow Apple, design mobile chips in-house

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:39:00 GMT

Has anyone told Qualcomm, Intel and the gang?

Comment The smartphone chip market it dominates is nevertheless an increasingly challenging one for Qualcomm. Slowing growth, litigation and rising Chinese competition are among its problems, but also the trend for the largest, richest handset makers to design their own chips.…

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:01:09 GMT

Put down the screwdriver... we're going to need a knife

It appears as if Microsoft has been following the Apple playbook in creating another laptop whose components you can never replace.…

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:23:12 GMT

But will what looks like a mad scramble result in anything?

Atari confirmed on Friday that the reborn biz will indeed produce its own games console, understood to be built out of PC tech.…

Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:21:08 GMT

Imagine the spreadsheet you could view on a four-foot-wide 3840 x 1080 beast

The Register doesn't spare a glance for news of monitors but we made an exception when we learned of Samsung's new CHG90.…

Oh, wow, Canada: No more carrier-locked phones for Canucks

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:18:35 GMT

And no fees for unshackling mobes, either – all from December this year

Canada has ruled that cellphone networks may no longer charge fees for carrier-unlocking handsets nor sell new phones locked to their network.…

Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:34:11 GMT

Which bit is the half-million pounds of other people's money?

ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has filed unaudited accounts at Companies House – and they offer few clues as to where the £513,000 of crowdfunded cash for its Vega+ product has gone.…

Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:32:09 GMT

Sensible stuff from Wi-Fi Alliance guides AP placement, channel usage and more

Interoperability and certification outfit the Wi-Fi Alliance has taken on quite a challenge: getting the home-building industry to do WiFi right.…

Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:29:05 GMT

Euro Court of Justice decides infamous search engine does infringe copyright

Analysis Europe's highest court has ruled that notorious torrent search engine The Pirate Bay infringes copyright, opening the door for ISPs across the continent to be obliged to block access to it.…