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FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:26:34 GMT

Telco's TV biz accused of false advertising by trade watchdog

America's trade watchdog is seeking $3.95bn in damages from AT&T over allegations of dodgy ads by its DirecTV wing.…

Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:55:11 GMT

Gaming star strikes

Atari has sued Nestle, accusing it of "blatantly" impinging on its intellectual property by featuring the 1970s video game Breakout in a Kit Kat ad without its permission.…

So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:23:04 GMT

HMD chiefs explain their cunning comeback plan

Interview For over 20 years The Register has covered the rise and fall of Nokia phones. The story took a new turn this week with the arrival of a flagship, the first for three years, from the brand's custodians HMD. We spoke to the top executives behind the venture about their plans.

Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: Refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:55:39 GMT

Phablets sent to AT&T customers with batteries from FedEx are at risk

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.…

Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:19:16 GMT

Judge throws out lawsuit seeking to prevent rollout of broadband cables

AT&T's legal battle to stop Google rolling out broadband internet in Louisville, Kentucky, has been halted in its tracks.…

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:26:09 GMT

Anti-shrinkage policy could add millions to firm's wage bill

Apple may have to pay its employees extra for time it spends rifling through their personal belongings at work, if it loses a long-running lawsuit that is now in front of the Californian Supreme Court.…

Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', prays for IPO

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:00:04 GMT

Electric Jukebox has a dildo and wants £100m

The company behind what was dubbed the "most ridiculous digital music launch in history" is rebranding its product and hoping to raise $100m by selling shares to the public.…

Intel's 8th-gen CPUs are called Ice Lake. And so are the 9th-gen

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:38:50 GMT

Chipzilla in overlapping naming weirdness mess

Intel's leaked a little detail about its next-generation desktop chips.…

10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:43:21 GMT

Blank audio a handy workaround to in-car annoyance

A song that consists entirely of ten minutes of silence has cracked the top 50 on Apple's iTunes charts.…

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:45:13 GMT

Hopes rest on stock, OZO Audio

Hands On To understand the appeal of the first "Nokia flagship" in three years, the Nokia 8, think of what Google was doing with the Nexus line until it caught "Pixelitis"*. Stock Android, monthly updates, decent imaging, and competitively priced. And really no other frills or gimmicks.…

Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:27:09 GMT

How are we supposed to enjoy our holiday without streaming?

EE customers not on the firm's top-end data tariff have complained they are receiving sloth-like speeds of 2Mbps when using data abroad.…

Sigh. Big Cable execs dominate FCC panel overseeing Big Cable's broadband upgrades

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:35:28 GMT

Deployment committee stacked with industry bods, says report

In just the latest example of how far America's telecoms regulator is in the pockets of the cable giants, its panel scrutinizing US broadband rollouts has been heavily stacked with industry executives.…

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:25:08 GMT

Specs, lies and Skylake

Veteran Microsoft-watcher Paul Thurrott has made the sensational allegation that Microsoft's senior management "misled" their CEO about the cause of serious launch issues with its flagship Surface Pro 4 PC.…

Chinese stealth outfit reckons the smartwatch isn’t quite dead

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:26:11 GMT

Tic, tic, tic...

With fitness gadgets fading fast, and the smartwatch category gathering flies, it’s strange to report a blazing success in wearables. Even stranger, it hasn’t come from an established consumer electronics brand or even a “wearable company”.…

Alibaba: We're no haven for pirates – we'll yank fake goods from our web bazaars within 24 hours

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:29:41 GMT

China's Amazon steps up efforts after stinging criticism

Alibaba says it has taken significant steps to speed up how it cracks down on counterfeit goods sold on its online marketplaces.…

Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:27:35 GMT

But probably not in the way you'd hoped

Special report In the last week of January, America's internet is going to get a long-awaited boost. More Americans than ever are going to have access to fast internet as well as a greater choice of providers.…

Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:06:11 GMT

Reviewers retract up-turned thumbs

Consumer Reports has a message for its readers: one in four of your shiny Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets might not outlast their new computer smell.…

We'll deliver 'in a few weeks' says troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:34:03 GMT

New deadline for retro kit

Troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has promised to deliver its Vega+ product in “a few weeks”.…

Fire and fury in Korea: Samsung burns Note 7 owners in lawsuit

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:27:32 GMT

Class action from hot-and-bothered compensation-seekers flames out

Samsung has seen off a class action brought by Koreans burned-out by the need to return their flammable Galaxy Note 7 phablets.…

Uber bros kill car leasing program after losing nine grand per vehicle

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:44:04 GMT

Money-pit taxi app maker can't even rent out rides without burning bags of bucks

Uber is killing off its car leasing program after being whacked with huge losses in the division.…

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:28:11 GMT

... as in Veblen Good

Review Microsoft waited almost two years to update its boutique computer, the Surface Pro. In the meantime the line expanded to include a detachable tablet (Surface Book), a desktop (Surface Studio) and a proper laptop (Surface, er, Laptop), while the cheaper, Atom-powered POS (Plain Old Surface) fell into the bin and wasn't rescued. So do you want the tl;dr first?…

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:01:12 GMT

Adding fail to fail

Comment I feel the same way about my Apple Watch as I do about Twin Peaks – I love it, but I don’t go around recommending it. No, sir.…

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:26:08 GMT

Apollo Accelerators to let FPGA-powered 'Vampire V4' see the light of day

The world's getting a new Amiga for Christmas.…

Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:31:05 GMT

You can trivially DoS Puma 5 and 7-powered boxes, too

Intel says the performance issues that have dogged its Puma 6 gigabit broadband modem chipset also affect the Puma 5 and Puma 7 family.…

US trade watchdog puts down the phone to Qualcomm, reaches for probe, sticks it in Apple

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:30:08 GMT

Investigation may lead to iPhone, iPad ban in US

America's international trade watchdog is officially probing Apple over claims its iPhones and iPads infringe technology patents.…

US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:52:05 GMT

Meanwhile, DJI says it had no idea army was using its kit

The US Army issued guidance to its formations a few months ago allowing it to shoot down consumer drones buzzing its units, according to reports.…

Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:12:45 GMT

OTT Boxes are killing the Video Star - and about time too

A little-noticed but quite remarkable factoid emerged from the world of digital advertising last week.…

Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:27:07 GMT

How IT titans hijack manufacturing standards to put sales before planet

Analysis The makers of high-tech hardware have subverted green manufacturing standards to line their pockets while making their products look more environmentally responsible.…

Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:57:14 GMT

Core i7 users will tell you they're faster, but forget about the >$250 premium you'll pay

Intel's offered some more detail about the Core i9 range of desktop CPUs it announced in May.…

Dems fightin' words! FCC's net neutrality murder plot torn apart

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:39:03 GMT

Illegal, ill-conceived, flawed. You eejit, Ajit

A group of 11 Congressmen and women have torn into plans to get rid of America's net neutrality rules in a scathing letter [PDF] sent to US broadband watchdog the FCC.…

It's official: Outages are only the second-worst thing about Comcast

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:06:37 GMT

Customers gripe more about their bills than bad connections

Comcast subscribers say that the US cable giant's notorious billing system is the worst and most infuriating thing about the biz.…

Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:14:24 GMT

Quick-thinking preschool teacher clocks, reports fellow passenger's 'vile' messages

Two people have been charged with child molestation after their texts allegedly discussing sexually abusing kids were spotted and reported by a preschool teacher. Who was sitting behind one of them. On an airplane. And the messages were in a huge font.…

Canadian ISPs do not Canuck around: Bloke accused of piracy grilled in his home for hours

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:03:09 GMT

And not by the cops – but by pushy company reps

If you thought American or British copyright fights were petty, consider the case of Canadian Adam Lackman – who had a bailiff, lawyers, and computer experts burst into his home, seize his gear, and grill him for hours.…

Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:29:11 GMT

Get it? Put the drinks on my tab? Haha, ah. What a wild ride life is

Apple is crediting a resurgence in its education programs and school sales in helping to drive up iPad sales to its first gains since 2014.…

Charter sprints from rinky-dink Sprint hints

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:44:42 GMT

US comms giant denies buyout rumors, says it prefers Verizon for the time being

US cable monster Charter Communications says it has no interest in acquiring mobile carrier Sprint – at least for the time being.…

Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:02:12 GMT

Jailbreak it the official way, kids...

Review Student debt in the United States now stands at $1.2 trillion. In the UK outstanding student loans top £100 billion. Microsoft has made an fascinating contribution to the student debt crisis, by attempting to increase it.…

HP Inc reveals dockable, wearable VR workstation for the office

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:30:10 GMT

Backpack PC aimed at designers who move between metaphorical mice and VR

HP Inc has released a backpack PC for the office.…

New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:03:55 GMT

Facial recognition? Amazing. Edge screen? How is that even possible?

Eagle-eyed code-jockeys have dug out some intriguing details about the new Apple iPhone – most notably that the company is still desperately chasing Samsung.…

Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:32:09 GMT

Or just wait and buy it when it's ready

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Good Afternoon, Alistair Dabbs. Do you still write in the direction of Hi-Tech, didn't you? Perhaps you will find fascinating the following information.

Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 03:58:07 GMT

The iPod Touch is all that remains now and it's had two models axed

Apple has exited the standalone music player business by discontinuing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.…

Cellphone kill switches kill cellphone snatchers

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:31:49 GMT

Mobes no longer worth stealing, San Francisco DA declares

Smartphone thefts have declined by 50 per cent in San Francisco since 2013, and by 22 per cent since last year, a decline that District Attorney George Gascón attributes to the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act.…

Big Cable falls into wormhole to alternate universe, sends back blog post about USA's amazing broadband

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:18:50 GMT

You are wrong about internet speeds. Love, NCTA

Analysis In a striking example of corporate gaslighting, the US cable industry's trade association, the NCTA, claims that the defining characteristic of the US broadband market is competition.…

OnePlus cash equals 5: Rebel flagship joins upmarket Android crew

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:02:06 GMT

All the details on the less cheap-as-chips device

Review In a little over three years, the Chinese giant BBK Electronics has made a big impact on the market using OnePlus as a guerilla operation.…

Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:36:38 GMT

Uni in line for a lot of cheddar from Cook and Co

Analysis Apple has been hit with a $506m bill for infringing CPU design patents belonging to the University of Wisconsin.…

Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:39:04 GMT

Customers whinge it's 'roaming at home like 2012'

Three has said it has yet to fix a date for customers to have access to 4G when using its data roaming service.…

AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:13:25 GMT

Ryzen gets desktops back in the black

AMD wasn't able to turn a profit this quarter, but analysts are bullish on the chipmaker's solid Ryzen CPU sales.…

For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:35:09 GMT

Move over, Mayweather and McGregor

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle.…

The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:13:07 GMT

On 20,000 changes a day, its public task and beautiful, beautiful maps

Interview The UK’s mapping agency has brought in Vodafone’s director of business intelligence Caroline Bellamy to help define and drive its data offering.…

Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:54 GMT

Leaks point to pricey behemoth

Samsung’s Note 8, due to be unveiled in a month, will burst through the $1,000 (c. £920) price point, and may well become the first mass market phone in that price bracket in the UK. It’s also likely to be a monster, with a 6.3 inch diagonal display.…

Virgin Mobile has in-continent data roaming problems – peeved customers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:42:08 GMT

Users forced to sightsee, look up from their phones

Virgin Mobile customers enjoying their summer hols have been perturbed to discover their data roaming isn't working on the continent.…