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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:33:08 GMT

Flaming phablet stockpile to be refurbished, resold, rented and/or broken up for parts

Samsung's revealed it will soon start selling the Galaxy Note 7 again.…

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:03:12 GMT

Snoopers get shotguns

An appeals court has snubbed a drone owner's demand for $1,500 compensation from a furious dad who blew the flying gizmo out of the sky when it hovered over his family.…

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:25:06 GMT

Watchdog proposes fines for everyday repairs, installations and appointments are missed

Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…

US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:23 GMT

Hear that? That's the sound of ringing tills, sorry, freedom

The US Senate has voted to kill privacy rules that would have prevented ISPs from selling your browser history, under the fantastic logic that mobile operators aren't under the same restriction.…

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00:07 GMT

Cheaper or more sophisticated? Cupertino does neither

Comment "The iPad is done," writes Europe's shrewdest hardware scribe Volker Weber in the aftermath of Apple's annual revamp of its tablet line.…

With Skype, Microsoft's messaging strategy looks coherent at last (almost)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:05:07 GMT

It'll probably change next week

Analysis In 2015 we compared, after many years' experience, Microsoft strategy to "a heavily armed octopus trying to shoot itself in the head". But relatively speaking, there's one product category where its hard work is beginning to appear coherent – at least compared to the competition.…

Speaking in Tech: Glassholes are COOL now Apple's doing it

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:04:10 GMT

Podcast Plus, Lego tape, the decline of Uber, Brexit for dummies and more!

New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:32:04 GMT

iPhone also now comes in charitable red and the iPhone SE doubles up on memory

Apple's best products succeed because they solve non-obvious problems.…

Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:28:08 GMT

Brace yourselves, netadmins, streamer's promising more and chunkier vids everywhere

If your Linux-using mates suddenly disappear for a day or two, we can explain why: Netflix has just revealed it's fully and formally available on the OS.…

Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:40:19 GMT

Will Google's operating system be an 'oh baby' or an 'oh dear' moment for programmers?

Google on Tuesday published a developer-oriented preview of Android O, which turns out to be a software sequel rather than softcore erotica.…

$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:55:10 GMT

Smartphone hardware school of hard knocks

A popular Indiegogo venture to build a secondary e-ink display for the iPhone has shut down after raising over $1m – and donors will not get their money back.…

Huawei's P10 breathing on Samsung's shoulder

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:25:07 GMT

Pocket powerhouse

Review Huawei began to make significant inroads into the premium phone business in the West last year with its heavily promoted P9 models, and the Chinese giant has got this year’s shot at the market in early: ahead of Samsung and HTC.…

Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:28:05 GMT

If it's cloud connected and has a mic, it'll run it, beams exec

Samsung has shed more light on its virtual personal assistant Bixby ahead of the March 29 launch of its flagship – and hopefully non-detonating – Galaxy S8 smartphone. The S8 will be a big user of Bixby.…

ARM's big.LITTLE now big.LITTLE.fat.SKINNY: CPU designer makes room for accelerators

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:19:00 GMT

AI. Check. Machine learning. Check. Brand name. Check

ARM is today touting a new way of organizing processor chips – one that will squeeze accelerators designed for AI and such tasks into phones, PCs, cars, and so on.…

Google Fiber goes full Wizard of Oz: We're not in Kansas any more

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:45:58 GMT

City wakes up to emails cancelling long-awaited 1Gbps broadband

Analysis Looking back, it should have been obvious: when Google announced in 2011 that it would roll out its own super-fast internet service for just $70 a month, offering 1Gbps over its own fiber, it started out in Kansas.…

Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:02:10 GMT

The PC doctor will see (in) you now...

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I have taken it all off. Would you like to join me? Loosen those straps and let it all slip onto the floor. You might feel naked and not a little bit exposed but no one is watching, I assure you.…

Google borks Nexus 6 with screwy over-the-air Android 7.0 downgrade

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:25:47 GMT

A meltdown week for the Chocolate Factory

Google’s bad week continues with an emborkened Android update pushed to some Nexus 6 users.…

Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:20:38 GMT

£500,000 pledged by thousands on Indiegogo, yet still no product

Investigation Troubled Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computer Limited has missed multiple product delivery dates amid lawsuits and very public infighting. Perhaps these modern-day shenanigans cast light on why the UK's 1980s game coding scene collapsed. What happened, and how did a straightforward gaming console project go so far off piste?…

Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:02:04 GMT

Crew douses flaming 'phones in bucket of water, but passenger couldn't escape nasty singeing

Travellers who favour noise-cancelling headphones should watch vendor announcements for battery recalls, because a pair has caught fire on a China-to-Australia flight.…

Mini-VODAFAIL hits Australia

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:07:13 GMT

Vodafone's network wasn't talking for a few hours on Wednesday

In the year 2010, Vodafone Australia's networks suddenly became horribly unreliable. Dropped calls became common, outages semi-regular.…

Borked browser baked into Nintendo Switch

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:02:11 GMT

How about switching to a recent version that's actually secure, Nintendo?

A couple of console enthusiasts have run up a proof-of-concept showing a Nintendo's new games machine, the "Switch", being p0wned thanks to an old Webkit vulnerability.…

Oracle gives FCC a great big sloppy kiss: You're doing a great job axing net neutrality, privacy

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:30:29 GMT

But why?

In a bizarre, fawning letter, Oracle has given America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, the equivalent of a telco reach-around.…

BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:09:05 GMT

We're coming to America

Analysis In the end, after a year waiting for the service, BritFlix has become BritBox, an OTT service which the BBC promised a while back, as a follow-on to its failed global iPlayer initiative. This will have been stimulated by the relatively new relationship between AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide – effectively AMC said (to OTT): "Come on in, the water's fine".…

Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:04:13 GMT

And nobody noticed

One of the perils of launching a clever new feature at the zoo called Mobile World Congress is that clever new things get lost in the noise.…

Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:02:04 GMT

The world's big three PC vendors tell us what they expect you will buy this year

Yes, PC sales are now moribund. But someone's going to buy about 280 million of them this year. Lenovo, HP Inc and Dell look like being the ones to sell them to businesses, because all have rosy outlooks for PC sales despite the long sales slide across the industry. The Register therefore asked the three companies*, universally rated as the top three vendors by volume. what they've got in store for you this year.…

Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:54:37 GMT

Current-measuring circuits flawed, potentially over-charge homes, study finds

Some smart meters might more accurately be described as fake meters because they present false readings about energy consumption.…

YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:02:48 GMT

It is the world’s largest online vid-slinger, after all

When the world’s largest online silo of video content decides to come out and launch its own TV subscription service, including sought after live sports content, it’s not just the traditional pay TV industry which should be concerned, but the streaming giants too. YouTube TV is here and Apple has to return fire.…

Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:44:42 GMT

Seat-back systems deliberately cripple non-Pana code – lawsuit

Panasonic has been hit with a lawsuit accusing the electronics giant of monopolizing the market for in-flight entertainment (IFE) devices with a series of dirty tricks.…

Intel's dying Atom chips strike again: Netgear recalls four ReadyNAS, Wi-Fi management lines

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:05:39 GMT

Hardware maker offers to replace or repair at-risk kit

Netgear on Thursday said that four of its product lines may experience "higher-than-normal failure rates" and that it is contacting affected customers to assess whether replacement or repair is appropriate.…

Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:54:11 GMT

Thumb-twitchers will just have to go for a walk this weekend. Or read a book

Gamers desperate to play on their new Nintendo Switches this weekend may have to wait a bit longer, with many reporting their preorders have been delayed.…

Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:01:11 GMT

Pause, play, rewind, break… buy another pair

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Up and down, I’m up the wall, I’m up the bloody tree. Yup, this week finds me back on the trail in an unnecessary hunt for inessential portable kit I probably won’t use.…

Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:04:09 GMT

Batt inventor John is back – and says his latest design charges fast, holds more energy

A team led by John Goodenough, the man who played a key role in creating the lithium-ion battery, thinks it has cracked a replacement.…

Wearables aren't dead but apps on wearables might be

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:33:04 GMT

The only data you want on your wrist describes your pulse

Sales of wearables did okay in the Christmas quarter, but sales of apps for wearables are in the doldrums.…

Nokia 3310 'Supremo Putin' edition goes on sale in Russia

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:16:13 GMT

If you like retro tech, dictator chic and paying far too much for stuff, this is for you!

Hot on the heels of the resurrected Nokia 3310 comes news of Russian outfit “Caviar” creating a Vladimir-Putin-Themed mod for the retro handset.…

Anyone for Virtual Monkey Tennis? Telco tries to sell us on 5G

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:32:05 GMT

Forget gigabit phones – what do we do with all that lovely bandwidth?

MWC Two "gigabit" phones are being shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.…

Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:40:38 GMT

Privacy warriors drag reluctant aviation watchdog to court

Privacy advocates are pressing the US Federal Aviation Administration to ground creepy peeping-tom drones.…

Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:54:43 GMT

Adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to Pi Zero, bumps price from thrifty $5 to slightly less thrifty $10

The Raspberry Pi turned five on Tuesday and the Foundation behind the computer has given us all a present: a new “Pi Zero W” model.…

Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:16:03 GMT

Them good ole ISPs are drinking whiskey and rye

MWC Ajit Pai – chairman of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – has outlined his vision of data networks in the United States. And it most definitely does not include net neutrality.…

The most l33t phone of MWC: DarkMatter's Katim

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:06:19 GMT

The secure, self destructing mobe for heads of state... and big enterprises

MWC There’s exclusive and then there’s exclusive. If you need to ask how much the DarkMatter Katim phone costs, you’re not a serious customer. The first handset to come from the UAE-based security company doesn’t have a price.…

TWO BILLION PCs to sell in next five years

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:58:05 GMT

Which sounds great! Shame annual sales will be less in 2021 than they were in 2016

More bad news for the PC and tablet market: analyst IDC says the five-year sales slump is set to extend to a decade of decline.…

You want a 4-SIM mobe? Never mind why – your wish might come true

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:39:25 GMT

Moto puts Mods on speed

MWC While recent modular phone experiments from Google and LG have crashed and burned, Motorola’s more sober effort is the one that’s paying off.…

Sony: Never mind the phones – look out at what our crazy lab scientists have done

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:32:07 GMT

Talking robots! My word, has science gone too far?

MWC Years ago, Sony was one of the first of the old tier-one electronics giants to get fully behind Android. With its multimedia prowess, its amazing R&D pipeline and its refined design aesthetic, Sony should have ruled the roost. But it was outfought by its vulgar South Korean rival Samsung, for that's what the public wanted.…

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:02:06 GMT

What's it like – and how did it happen?

MWC Bill Clinton was still US President when the last pocket computer that you could touch type on came out. Back then, almost everyone accessed the internet at home on a dialup modem, not broadband, and no phone yet sported a colour screen or a camera. It was a different era.…

Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:28:11 GMT

Surface Book rival costs north of two grand, certainly ain't a cheap trick

MWC Luxury brand Porsche Design has announced, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, its first 2-in-1 computer: a Windows 10 device that will be available in April 2017 for €2,795 or £2,395.…

So. 256GB. 3D NAND. MicroSD. SanDisk. $199. Any further questions?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:33:08 GMT

What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

MWC MWC SanDisk has slapped a price sticker and availability date on its 256GB A1-class microSDXC cards, as well as 256GB USB sticks and a 3D NAND-based embedded flash drive.…

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:29:10 GMT

Retro computing fans mod ancient Texas Instruments machines

Feature The retro computing and gaming scene is seeing no shortage of interest these days. Old fans and curious millennials are flocking to take nostalgia trips on the popular consoles of the 1980s.…

Alcatel wants to be Android, but different – and another crack at the Windows market

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:52:09 GMT

Smothers back panel in LEDs ... now do we stand out?

MWC Alcatel, a brand of Hong Kong-based TCL Communication, has announced the A5 LED at Mobile World Congress, which it claims is "the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone."…

The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:49:51 GMT

Psion, was a lion, in iron (Reg readers called it)

Exclusive The original Psion designers have returned to put the classic British pocket computer in a modern body.…

Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:54:06 GMT

You'll have to wait for Galaxy S8

MWC Samsung's press event at Mobile World Congress was subdued in comparison to recent years, reflecting a difficult year for the company, and the conspicuous absence of the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone.…

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:18:05 GMT

A quick grip of Huawei's latest flagship phones

Hands On Another year, another Huawei flagship phone. This time it is the 5.1" P10 (€649) and the 5.5" P10 Plus (from €699), following a similar pattern to the 2016 P9 and P9 Plus.…