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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:29:11 GMT

Also some security stuff, too

Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 release prides itself on keeping out those who want to meddle with your code, be they malicious hackers or lazy gamers looking for an easy leg up.…

Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:48:29 GMT

Cruz missile targets iPhone head honcho for pulling software from shelves at Middle KIngdom's behest

A pair of senior US Senators are calling out Apple CEO Tim Cook for what they call "enabling the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance of the internet."…

You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:04:54 GMT

Positioning it as 'World Series' of yachting

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison is reportedly launching his own world boat racing title – just months after his team was spanked at this year’s America’s Cup.…

Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:32:16 GMT

For now, consider the new Surface Book 2 with mere 17-hour life and Intels inside

Microsoft says testing of Qualcomm-powered laptops running Windows 10 is well advanced and suggest it will be possible to use the devices for multiple days without charging their batteries.…

BlackBerry Motion lurches into UK stores

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:01:07 GMT

Endurance test for the mobe brand that refuses to die

BlackBerry Mobile, which is TCL for all intents and purposes, is making its enterprise slab available in the UK.…

Fancy fone folks filched fast file flinging, filing fumes: Now Essential accused of slurping wireless chip secrets

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:28:23 GMT

It's Andy Rubin v Tony Fadell

Android phone maker Essential, which needs stronger sales, also needs a legal defense.…

Phab-u-lous, Mate: Huawei's business phabs go upmarket

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:07:09 GMT

Pricier but slimmer Mates

Huawei’s “phablet” line, the Mate series, has languished in relative obscurity, but that’s set to change. The three new Mate 10 models unveiled yesterday are set to push the business-focused niche to the forefront of the Chinese giant’s portfolio.…

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:05:08 GMT

One step forward, two steps back

Review At first, it wasn't entirely clear whether it would be worthwhile doing a review of the new Google Home Mini.…

Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:58:08 GMT

Chocolate Factory can pick pets from people, can't hold a photo right way round

Can't tell the difference between a photo of your partner and one of your pet? Good news, Google can now automatically sort photos of animals from pics of people.…

Apple slapped hard with $440m patent bill in VirnetX FaceTime spat

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:55:09 GMT

Cupertino iGiant vows to appeal after losing round in tedious infringement boxing match

An American patent-holding biz says it will bag a $440m windfall from Apple in a long-running infringement case that seems unlikely to end any time soon.…

Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:42:12 GMT

with ... oh, another very good iPhone, Pixel, S8 undercutter

Review You know where you are with a Sony - this year’s are much like last year’s. And the year before that.…

FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:56:13 GMT

Americans will not only foot bill for implementation but will also need to buy another telly

Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at America's broadcast watchdog the FCC, has criticized a proposed set of TV standards as a "household tax," due to its lack of backwards compatibility.…

GarageBanned: Apple's music app silenced in iOS 11 iCloud blunder

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:17:42 GMT

Cupertino iGiant scrambles to fix crash bug

Apple is working on a fix for a bug in iOS 11 that prevents some peeps from running GarageBand.…

Co-op Bank's users moan over online wobbles

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:48:14 GMT

Remember, folks, don't tweet your bank details

Updated The Co-op Bank's online service appears to be experiencing wobbles as customers complain they can't get in.…

Crappy upload speeds a thing of the past in fresh broadband 'net spec

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:51:09 GMT

Cable Labs goes full duplex for DOCSIS 3.1 – but can ISPs and modems keep up?

It's become so common that it virtually defines current internet usage: fast download speeds and relatively slow uploads.…

Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:43:25 GMT

Apple upgrade made my year-old wireless hi-fi 'useless', says Reg reader

Wireless speaker maker Pure appears to be more the first casualties in Apple's war on 32-bit iOS apps.…

OnePlus privacy shock: So, the cool Chinese smartphones slurp an alarming amount of data

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:28:14 GMT

Are we shocked? *Cough* Google, Apple *Cough*

OnePlus mobiles are phoning home rather detailed information about handsets without any obvious permission or warnings, setting off another debate about what information our smartphones are emitting.…

Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:30:12 GMT

Whatever's going on, overall sales are down leaving HP Inc and Lenovo lords of a shrinking land

Analyst outfits Gartner and IDC have reached opposing conclusions on the same set of events.…

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:44:07 GMT

El Reg comes to the rescue of reader unable to control gear from smartphone

In August, when wireless speaker maker Sonos decided to update its privacy policy to allow it to gather more data on its customers from their devices, it characterized the consequences of refusing to accept the change as being left out of future feature upgrades.…

Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:59:11 GMT

...says analyst who reckons Cupertino's next big iThing will fall short of its last big iThing

Apple's upcoming iPhone X will be its biggest in years, but will still fall short of sales expectations.…

Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:04:06 GMT

EE phone home

EE customers have been hit with a nationwide outage, with many unable to make calls this morning.…

BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:02:41 GMT

It's an Android with a few frills and BBM. Fine

First Fondle BlackBerry's new "Motion" handset is a solid Android with some nice touches that, if it lives up to its battery life promises, will be a solid contender for mid-to-premium handset buyers.…

How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:31:15 GMT

Belfiore's done it again

"Without the end points you aren't going to have the impact in the world and people's lives so you have to think about this next generation of computing as mobile-first, cloud-first," said Microsoft's CEO three years ago.…

Shhh! There's a new BlackBerry and... no, we've said too much

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:33:05 GMT

Stealth launch in Gulf, no sign when to expect it in US/EU

Enterprise-focussed phones are vanishingly rare, and that's unlikely to change after BlackBerry Mobile gave its newest model the stealthiest launch possible.…

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:02:12 GMT

Why Redmond's CEO offloaded the business in an instant

Steve Ballmer as Microsoft chief executive bought the handset business of Finnish former smartphone giant Nokia in 2013. Satya Nadella, who took over from Ballmer in 2014, sold what Ballmer had bought just two years later.…

What shocked Verizon more: The Yahoo! mega-hack or that it runs AIM (for not much longer)?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:50:38 GMT

AOL's instant chat app axed in time for Christmas

Your old ISP is finally going to kill off your old messaging software.…

Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:37:08 GMT

I fear big batts and I cannot lie. Y'all better duck and dive...

Apple has said it is looking into claims that the batteries in its new iPhone 8 Plus phones are swelling and cracking their cases.…

Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:06:05 GMT

Back to the primitive! F*** all your politics!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The Dawn of Man. Picture a pastoral scene of prehistoric arcadian bliss as our troglodyte ancestors sit about calmly picking fleas off each other's backs.…

Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:56:34 GMT

Philosopher, stoned

Mattel's Aristotle, a kid's-Alexa-only-more-creepy, won't get the chance to invade children's bedrooms after all: the company's cancelled it.…

Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:59:11 GMT

A look into Big Blue and Lenovo's forays into beloved black boxes

After teasing techies for months, Lenovo has finally unveiled the ThinkPad 25: a laptop designed to mimic the look and feel of the legendary IBM ThinkPad but with all modern components.…

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:06:20 GMT

On iOS and Android, cough

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Edge web browser for Apple iOS and Google Android devices.…

Power, Sex, Platform Wars... Register Autumn Lectures tackle them all

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:01:08 GMT

OK, the sex part not so much... this time

Lectures We've got a brace of cracking Register lectures coming up over the next two months that dive into digital culture past and present. And we really want you to be there.…

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:22:45 GMT

And a slightly creepy but well-intentioned robo-camera

Google today showed off some new Android phones, a laptop, two Home assistants, and a genuine surprise: a set of earbuds that attempt to emulate Douglas Adams’ legendary Babel Fish – a real-time language translator.…

Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:23:41 GMT

Mystery of disappearing photos solved, too

Apple has pushed out a software update to address the handful of bugs that were nagging its latest iPhone models and flavor of iOS.…

HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:41:05 GMT

And it's all Microsoft's fault 'cos 'we aren't an OS company' – PC giant

Canalys Channels Forum HP Inc has finally confirmed it is to kill off X3 device sales and support by the end of 2019, cutting short the proposed roadmap and hanging the blame on Microsoft's "change of strategy" with its mobile OS.…

Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:03:11 GMT

Early signs might be positive, but this is holy ground for some

1982 was a good year for sci-fi cinema. ET, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Tron, The Thing. All great in their own ways. It was also the year Blade Runner came out.…

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:30:12 GMT

The keyboard's cosmetic in this 'retro-games-baked-onto ROM' with HDMI and USB caper

The Commodore 64 is coming back, in a form that owes a debt to both Nintendo's shrunken Mini SNES and thee Vega+ Sinclair ZX Spectrum reboot.…

Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Ghost-of-Zune music subscription service retired, users shunted to Spotify

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's new book says the company has its groove back, yet the company has also decided to kill off the Zune-zombie by sending music subscription service "Groove" to its doom.…

Roku tweaks Apple's nose with telly-friendly vid-streaming boxes

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:37:02 GMT

Broadcast TV gets a big bear hug in upgraded operating system and gizmo line

Roku today responded to Apple with a new range of streaming boxes and an updated operating system that tightly integrates broadcast TV.…

China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:39:10 GMT

What now?

Readers and pundits like to compare Apple products to Veblen goods: the pricier they are, the stronger the demand. An iPhone is a status symbol and an aspirational good; it shows the world you have taste and money. When Apple tried a cut-price iPhone, it flopped.…

At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:13:13 GMT

But what of criticism of FCC boss over hurricanes?

Updated FCC boss Ajit Pai has publicly criticized Apple for not turning on the FM radio receivers in every iPhone – calling it a public safety issue.…

Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:04:10 GMT

Now with 3G

Only one phone from the "New Nokia" (aka HMD Global) has made any impact so far, and sadly for the startup's ambitions of returning the brand to market leadership, it's the remodelled classic, the 3310.…

Out, damned Spot! Amazon emits Echo ball with screen, inevitable ever-listening mic

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:44:03 GMT

Latest lodging for Alexa has clock radio aspirations

Amazon expanded its line of Echo cloud commerce intercoms on Wednesday with the introduction of Echo Spot, a spherical hodgepodge of screen, mics and speaker for communing with the company's Alexa software and demanding doorstep deliveries.…

Essentially invisible: Android big-daddy Andy Rubin's hypetastic mobe 'flops in first month'

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:05:16 GMT

Just 5,000 handsets have been shifted since release – pundits

Android co-inventor Andy Rubin's much-hyped Essential Phone has thus far been a flop with consumers in its first weeks on the market, it is estimated.…

FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:28:04 GMT

How about we define the thing we're supposedly deciding on, queries Rosenworcel

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel made her presence felt at her first meeting in a year at the US communications regulator on Wednesday – when she cited an infamous Supreme Court decision over pornography to slam a report claiming there was sufficient competition in the American mobile market.…

Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:07:45 GMT

Here's some code and Curl commands to get you on the path of milliblogging

Twitter's plan to limit public trials of 280-character tweets has been foiled by web devs, who discovered the feature could be enabled by twits on the client-side.…

'Alexa, play Charlie Bit My Finger.' I can't do that, Dave. No, really

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:33:10 GMT

Google and Amazon clash over YouTube on the Echo Show

Google's low-intensity rivalry with Amazon has just escalated. Amazon's Echo Show speaker has been barred from playing YouTube videos.…

Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:30:28 GMT

Broadcom sampling chipset that should let navigation apps tell you which lane to drive in

Broadcom is now sampling silicon it says will make smartphones' SatNav systems accurate to a centimeter in 2018.…

My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:33:04 GMT

Sir. Have you no, er, shame?

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has admitted to switching to an Android phone but he still won't entertain using the Jesus Mobe iPhone.…

HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:35:07 GMT

Expect multi-OS gear next year

HP Inc, the only phone vendor with a serious commitment to Windows 10 mobile, has refuted reports that it will kill off its HP Elite x3 enterprise phone this autumn.…