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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.…

Brazilian whacks Intel over 'exploding' Atom smartphone chips

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:33:39 GMT

Mobe maker demands millions after SoFIA processors sparked thousands of complaints

Intel is being sued by a Brazilian phone maker that claims Chipzilla's smartphone Atom processors caused handsets to explode.…

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:02:07 GMT

Watchdog sinks gums into Dixons Carphone subsidiary

Currys PC World was today placed on the naughty step by toothless watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority over the way it misleadingly promoted savings to push laptops sales.…

PC, Ethernet and tablet computer pioneer 'Chuck' Thacker passes

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:32:06 GMT

Designed hardware for Xerox Alto, co-invented Ethernet and did formative work at Microsoft

Computer Science has lost a titan: Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker died on Monday, June 12th, aged 74.…

Essentially puzzling: Rubin's hype-phone ties up with… Sprint?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:29:20 GMT

Phone with no customers latches onto least popular major carrier

The much-anticipated Essential Phone has been inked into a deal with Sprint to be the sole endorsed carrier for the handset.…

You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:21:05 GMT

Paging Commissioner Pai: Your 'plan' is less popular than Trumpcare

It's a funny thing, but the ability to buy an internet connection and not have the company you buy it from control what you can see and at what speed you can see it is a popular thing in the Land of the FreeTM.…

I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:19:58 GMT

1,600 PG&E customers hit by gizmo prang

A wayward quadcopter is being blamed for a power outage in Google's back yard this week.…

Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:52:37 GMT

Chipzilla sends not-so-subtle threat to ARM crew

Intel used the 40th anniversary of its x86 architecture to warn chip rivals to mind their step when emulating its instruction set.…

My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:00:08 GMT

The sun really does shine out of my behind

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Nice t-shirt. Where did you get it?

Uh-Koh! Apple-Samsung judge to oversee buggy Intel modem chip fight

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:40:31 GMT

Class-action complaint against Arris Surfboard broadband boxes widens

A class-action lawsuit claiming Arris's gigabit Surfboard modems buckle under light pressure is gathering in size and pace – once again putting the spotlight on Intel's much-maligned Puma 6 chips.…

State senator sacked by broadband biz Frontier after voting in favor of broadband competition

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:18:46 GMT

Pro tip: Frontier is West Virginia's largest broadband ISP

"I bet you that cost me my job," West Virginia Senate president, Republican Mitch Carmichael, jokingly told colleagues in April when he voted for a new measure that would expand broadband competition in his state.…

When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:06:07 GMT

AR 'doesn't qualify' for free speech protection

Analysis In the blue corner: Candy Lab, a maker of augmented reality games, which doesn't want people banned from playing its distractions in public places.…

Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:49:06 GMT

What's a Do-Not-Call list?

An eight-year investigation into Dish Networks, a direct-broadcast satellite service provider, resulted Monday in the largest fine ever levied for privacy invasion, with Dish facing a $280m bill.…

Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:31:11 GMT

Minimalist makeovers for iPad, Mac, iOS and MacOS leave Cupertino perhaps looking iterative, not innovative

WWDC When Microsoft revealed its Surface Studio last year , more than a few observers looked at its 28” touch screen and accompanying Dial touch wheel and wondered whether Apple could offer something similarly startling for workstation-class users.…

Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:21:48 GMT

Yet another belated entry into the creepy interactive snooping speaker world

WWDC Apple has joined Amazon, Google, and Microsoft in the race to plant microphones in people's homes.…

Bixby bailout: Samsungers bailing on lame-duck assistant

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:10:20 GMT

Smartphone king already losing its only hope for a base

With its much-hyped Bixby Voice assistant still learning basic English, Samsung has to deal with a mass defection of its user base.…

Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:16:48 GMT

Just kidding, they'll have smart 'Snap' spectacles...

Memory monetisation has arrived in the UK today with the launch of Snap Spectacles.…

Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:31:43 GMT

The worst thing to happen to Samsung Mobile in at least a few months

Samsung has confirmed that it will be delaying the release of its Bixby voice assistant in the US, after the software showed problems with processing English-language requests.…

Qualcomm names its Windows 10 ARM PC partners

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:39:40 GMT

HP, Asus, Lenovo ring in brown trouser time for Intel

Qualcomm has named HP, Asus and Lenovo as its first partners to sell ARM-based Windows 10 PCs.…

German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:54:08 GMT

Berlin bench rules against parents' access to teen's account

A German appeals court has ruled that Facebook does not need to give the parents of a deceased teen access to the child's account.…

Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

Wed, 31 May 2017 02:15:12 GMT

Chipzilla's Compute Card also comes into focus in four models

Intel's Core range of CPUs now comes in a new "family" and has a new upper limit.…

Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

Tue, 30 May 2017 23:20:15 GMT

Andy Rubin's new project gets specs

Android founder Andy Rubin’s new hardware company Essential Products has unveiled the smartphone it hopes will discomfit the rest of the market.…

Qualcomm kicks out mesh network, Wi-Fi and RubinPhone win

Tue, 30 May 2017 20:04:38 GMT

Comms chip designer rolls out latest hardware lines in Taipei

Chip designer Qualcomm has rolled out a trio of new products for wireless networking and mobile devices.…

Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:07:11 GMT

Options - you have some

ISPs in the US have regained to power to snoop on your internet browsing and sell the results to the highest bidder. Congress has passed news rules under President Donald Trump rolling back earlier restrictions on internet service providers - Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and so on - from selling or otherwise sharing your web browsing history with other companies.…

Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:15:31 GMT

Is it a Tango? Is it a 360-camera? Or is it a let-down?

Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.…

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:36:08 GMT

Sports ready, LTE ready, but still a solution looking for a problem?

Real World Test Back when Captain Scarlet was still fresh, in the 1970s, I wanted a watch that made phone calls. I think I might have drawn one on my arm with a Biro. This has been a sci-fi staple since Dick Tracy in the 1950s. Now I’ve got one, I wonder why I ever wanted it.…

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:17:58 GMT

Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr".…

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:30:07 GMT

Analyst firm IDC just made one of these three improbable predictions for the year 2019

Analyst outfit IDC thinks the PC market will grow again, although things are going to get worse before they get better. And the growth will come because people like Windows 10.…

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:15:08 GMT

Study shows energy readings off over 90%

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.…

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:29:44 GMT

Customers offered Amazon vouchers or a full refund

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched.…

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:34:05 GMT

Streaming service argues it'll result in lower quality work

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed.…

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:29:06 GMT

People must really love Snake

If you blinked, you missed it.…

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:47:11 GMT

Chipzilla says USB standard will be open to the world

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs.…

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:33:12 GMT

Touchscreens? Who needs 'em?

Hands On Huawei this week launched three Intel devices running Windows 10: a slim notebook, a Surface-a-like 2-in-1, and a conventional 15.6" laptop.…

It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:02:12 GMT

Boutique fondleslab gains SIM slot... but not until later this year

Microsoft has revamped its Surface tablet, which at last includes a SIM card slot.…

DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:43:30 GMT

Firm will kill live in-flight streaming unless you hand over your details

Chinese drone maker DJI is forcing all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app - and is throttling flight performance if they don't comply.…

China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:04 GMT

Huawei breathing creepily down Apple's neck

Huawei is breathing over Apple's shoulder as Chinese brands make inroads into Western smartphone markets.…

Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:32:23 GMT

Too risky, too spammy, too smutty, say devs

Developers of the popular Kodi plug-in Navi-X have pulled the plug on further development, citing the "current legal climate" around its work.…

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:06:24 GMT

And it's under £500...

Review Towards the end of his long career as an expert summariser on Test Match Special, Fred Trueman would declare: "I just don't know what's going on out there," and light his pipe.…

Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:33:52 GMT

Meanwhile, Vine may have leaked your email, phone number – oops

Twitter has spent much of the day tackling gremlins in its systems that have left loads of users unable to access parts of the jibber-jabber service.…

Ur dumped lol: Folk may be able to leave mobile contracts via text

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:28:04 GMT

It's not me, it's you. Ofcom proposes new switching regime

It's considered a cold way to end most relationships, but customers may soon be able to consciously uncouple from their mobile providers by simply sending a text.…