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Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:30:33 GMT

US watchdog raps breach-of-contract brats for retracted transacts

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday.…

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:30:39 GMT

Kiss your Microsoft email goodbye, for now, if you update

Apple's latest version of iOS, namely version 11, may struggle or flat-out fail to connect to Microsoft Office and Exchange mailboxes. That's a rather annoying pain for anyone working in a typical Windows-based work environment.…

Android slingers tout mobes with customized baked-in big-biz configs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:01:05 GMT

Chocolate Factory pushing enterprises' corporate settings right out of the box

Google has said it will begin allowing its enterprise customers to purchase pre-configured Android smartphones and other devices that will ship with corporate policies and settings already in place.…

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:32:12 GMT

Kludge takes shine off ever-improving Watch

Analysis Just as the Apple Watch was set to go mainstream, bugs and poor design choices have taken the shine off the latest version of the hardware.…

Register Lectures tackle war and power... in the digital world at least

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:57:06 GMT

Mists? Mellowness? Not at these talks...

Lectures If mists and mellow fruitfulness aren't your thing, celebrate Autumn by joining us for a pair of hard-hitting Register lectures which examine some of the pricklier issues dogging the digital world.…

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:27:14 GMT

Librem 5 will run only open-source code, PureOS and feature radio kill switch

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software.…

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:02:05 GMT

Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute

Bill Gates has said that if he could decide again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.…

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:23:56 GMT

Plus: You can't switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iOS 11

The new LTE-enabled Apple Watch 3 appears to suffer from a bug that can keep the touch-screen wearable from connecting to cellular data networks.…

Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:01:14 GMT

Glasshole Bezos sees no shame

Something to quicken the pulses of middle-aged men in the shower, whose surname rhymes with "Noble"*.…

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:25:03 GMT

Apps are gonna break. Plus of course, Apple always screws up the first iteration

Apple's latest iOS version is out today – iOS 11 – but before you rush into updating, you'll want to check that it doesn't destroy any of your favorite apps.…

Sprint, T-Mobile US reignite mega-merger talks (again)

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:44:41 GMT

You want more competition, America? Here's another all-powerful telco monolith

Sprint and T‑Mobile US are in talks to create a third major US wireless carrier.…

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:31:34 GMT

It's stylish, but the stylus doesn't add a lot

First fondle Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is everything you'd expect in a premium handset, but the stylus doesn't appear to add huge value.…

What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:15:16 GMT

Screens-on-a-stalk and replaceable HDD and RAM may not a revolution make

All-in-one PCs look pretty and make for tidy desks but don't often feature in business settings because bonding a monitor and a computer reduces maintenance options.…

Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:48:57 GMT

Jabra's Evolve 80 will hush your office, but the red warning ring is mere bling

Ears-on test The Register's Sydney eyrie will soon be demolished, so Vulture South needs a new office and we're probably going to nestle into a shared workspace.…

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:51:59 GMT

'Free speech' Twitter alternative alleges antitrust foul

A social network that fancies itself a "free speech" competitor to Twitter is suing Google after its app was removed from the Play Store.…

Essential's Rubin coy on mysterious Plan to Take Over the Universe

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:07:13 GMT

One home at a time

With Apple playing catchup to Samsung, the big phone story of the year belongs to Essential. And the big story with Essential isn't really the phone.…

Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:25:13 GMT

Caveat emptor: It's not what you think

While Apple was making the iPhone less dependent on a Mac or PC, this week, it was tying its Watch even closer to the iPhone - contrary to what Apple's marketing material wants you to think.…

'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:02:06 GMT

Sounds like a good idea but looks can be deceptive

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Right. Right. Right. No, left. I said LEFT! Oh for the love of humanity, swipe left now! My eyes! Sorry, no, I mean "My EARS!"…

Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:44:53 GMT

Nope, not over the securities fraud, or the drug price hike

Martin Shkreli, the obnoxious smirking hedge fund manager nicknamed Pharma Bro, is going to jail after a series of Facebook posts convinced a judge that he's a menace to society.…

Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:49:12 GMT

Claims of sweat resistance and durability are lies, litigious customers contend

Apple pitches its Powerbeats headphones to the public with images of celebrated athletes and ad copy insisting that the devices are durable and sweat resistant.…

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:53:39 GMT

Samsung has little to fear

Comment You may or may not know that the phrase "industrial revolution" was coined by a Frenchman.…

Samsung mobile launches bug bounty program

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:58:06 GMT

Crack a Galaxy or bash Bixby and score US$20K to $200K

Samsung's mobile limb has become the latest major vendor to launch a bug bounty program, and within its tight rules, it offers a tasty maximum prize of US$200,000.…

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:42:18 GMT

Steve Jobs Theater fittingly opens with cult-like showcasing of overpriced gear

Apple has summoned friendly press to its new Cupertino campus to christen the Steve Jobs Theater with the introduction of a new set of products to hit the shelves this Fall.…

Mobile industry begrudgingly accepts impacts of Apple, Google et al

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:30:33 GMT

But holds out hope that self-driving cars, smart homes and VR can change that

Mobile World Congress It may not be happy about it, but the mobile industry has begrudgingly accepted that tech giants Apple, Google and Facebook are driving its industry.…

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:36:58 GMT

We've got a little listicle... of missing, must-have features

Apple's new iPhone will be packed with new features you didn't know you needed. It almost certainly won't be getting features it absolutely does need. We made a list of what Apple needs to do, but won't.…

Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:29:08 GMT

Any point turning up? Not now

Apple apparently deploys resources comparable to the security apparatus of a repressive Cold War Balkan state to try to prevent leaks. To very little effect. And with magnificent irony, it seems to have itself to blame for the biggest leak of all.…

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:00:09 GMT

Clamshell QWERTY has a few unique tricks

World Exclusive Last week Gemini, the venture that re-invents the Psion 5 design for the 21st century, took delivery of pre-production units. Planet Computing invited us to see how the project is progressing.…

RIP wireless laptop docks as Intel bins WiGig parts

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:31:11 GMT

Chipzilla thinks fast short-range wireless is good for VR, where desks are always tidy

Intel has issued “Product Change Notifications” for several WiGig products it used to make wireless laptop docks.…

London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 07:25:11 GMT

Fascinating detail on how people move around the system

The people in charge of the London Underground transport have released a report [PDF] in their month-long tracking trial of Tube users – and the results are fascinating.…

我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:58:13 GMT

Nothing at all wrong with this

China's version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, has warned its 340 million users they have until next Friday to verify their accounts using their real names.…

Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:11:07 GMT

If someone filmed it, it must be real

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I'm on deadline for two concurrent articles and another client has asked me to rebuild their app with a new welcome screen by tomorrow morning, which is also when I shall be training a classroom of delegates how to use spectrophotometers to create custom-calibrated ICC profiles.…

Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:01:58 GMT

Android 8.0 bug runs internet traffic over LTE rather than Wi-Fi

The latest version of Android, version 8.0 aka Oreo, contains an unfortunate bug that causes phones to burn through their monthly mobile data allowances.…

We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:21:13 GMT

All we want is life beyond the iPhoneDome…

Huawei surpassed Apple for two months running this summer to be the world’s no 2 phone brand by volume behind Samsung, according to box counters Counterpoint Research.…

FCC taps the brakes on fudging US broadband speed amid senator fury

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:24:35 GMT

Tell me again why slower internet is a good thing?

America's comms watchdog has extended a comment period on a proposal to downgrade the definition of broadband to a slower speed.…

Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:44:31 GMT

Exciting new problem for microblogging giant to completely ignore

Updated Twitter has silently, and without warning, deleted reams of lists users have spent months curating. These lists are used by journalists, activists, and loads of other people, to organize and manage twits they follow and aggregate their tweets, links, photos, and videos.…

Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:37:10 GMT

Roach motel

Analysis A year ago, Facebook was denying that it was a media company. No way, not ever. Not us! Then it said it was "not a traditional media company". But quite soon, it could be the media company that you never leave.…

Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:57:08 GMT

That Windows-Store-apps-only plan doesn't seem to be going down well with Surface buyers

Microsoft has quietly extended a free upgrade offer that will allow some buyers of Windows 10 S to move to Windows 10 Pro, a move that suggests buyers aren't entirely happy with the cut-down version of Windows restriction on running apps sourced from beyond Microsoft's own Store.…

Stealth, lightweight Android breaks cover

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:15:07 GMT

Google's new landfill strategy

It's 16 months since Google declared Android One not dead, so it's time to declare it not dead all over again.…

It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:44:07 GMT

Anniversary special brings back much-loved features

The long-awaited "retro" Thinkpad will be based on the guts of a contemporary T470 laptop, Lenovo's business workhorse, according to a German certification site.…

Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:34:04 GMT

Just don’t call us cloners

IFA The mainstay of Microsoft's boutique Surface range faces tougher competition as rivals sharpen their act.…

Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:03:12 GMT

Blame SatNad, not NYPD, for the mobile blues

Comment Back in the day, the old IBM was famous for never breaking a promise to customers. For example, when IBM bought Lotus it was to honour a commitment to provide customers with office group productivity software that its own teams of programmers couldn't keep. IBM kept Token Ring and OS/2 customers happy long after the products were obsoleted.…

Samsung keeps the smartwatch alive. Just

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:01:12 GMT

'Don't think of it as a watch'

IFA Samsung has put its smartwatch on a diet in a bid to maintain dwindling market interest in the once-hot device category.…

Sony remembers it once made a great little phone

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:01:06 GMT

Compact revived with flagship CPU

IFA Sony has been saving its powder for the giant IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where it's finally updated its phone range. Having used March's MWC event as more of a demo showcase, it's been a long wait for punters loyal to the Sony brand.…

LG teases us with svelte V30 but refuses to say if it's coming to Blighty

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:33:11 GMT

'Key European markets'? C'mon, just tell us already

LG today duly unveiled the strongest contender this year to swipe Samsung's Android crown – but still won't say if it's committed to releasing the phone in the UK.…

Some positive news: LG, Hitachi, NEC charged $65m in li-ion battery price fixing shocker

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:41:06 GMT

L-ion kings to cough up profits – it's the circuit, er, circle of life

Three battery manufacturers agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed they conspired to fix the price of lithium-ion battery cells for more than a decade.…

Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:20:16 GMT

Android takes market share crown, but ~5% of buyers don't care for smartphones

Vendors shipped 2.16 million mobile phones in Australia during 2017's second quarter, 100,000 of which were feature phones.…

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:48:31 GMT

Bonkers buy-up by bungling billionairess

The New York Police Department will scrap 36,000 smartphones, thanks to a monumental purchasing cock-up by a billionaire's daughter.…

Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:40:07 GMT

If you can get it running and figure out the keyboard, it's impressive

Hands-on When my kids were very little, they'd do something a tiny bit naughty and I'd wiggle my index finger as if to threaten a tickle for their naughtiness. They'd then make a great show of running away shrieking. And now I've discovered that finger has another power, namely making a premium laptop look bad.…

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:38:04 GMT

We have the technology, we just don't use it

Ad blocking may prompt fearful publishers to seek help from consultancies, but it isn't actually interfering with the delivery of ads on mobile devices.…

FTC told to cough up informants' memos in Qualcomm antitrust row

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:28:10 GMT

Court rules chip designer has right to view letters behind royalties abuse claim

America's trade watchdog has been ordered to provide copies of the letters that led to its antitrust probe into California chip designer Qualcomm.…