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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:04:47 GMT

Just put it under the desk along with all the others

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It could get steamy in here. I have stripped off the layers and am now looking to turn up the heat. I’m looking forward to an afternoon of delightful tenderness with plenty of oohs and aahs.…

Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:19:07 GMT

Apple font code on iOS, macOS knackered by texted link

A specially crafted webpage will knacker Apple's Messages and Safari software on iOS and macOS, allowing miscreants to spread merry mischief by texting fans a link to the dastardly HTML.…

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:04:04 GMT

A smartphone that plucks at your heartstrings, not always in a good way

A top-end smartphone isn’t just for Christmas: it’s for 18 months, maybe two years, two-and-a-half at a push. So here at The Reg, we let the stardust settle around Apple's iPhone X launch before putting the product to test in the field for longer than an afternoon. Fanboi squeals written up just after you peel away the cellophane are no use to anyone.…

What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:54:31 GMT

Attorneys General go to court to rescue internet protections

Twenty-two US State Attorneys General filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to undo the Federal Communications Commission's rejection of net neutrality in America.…

Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:22:30 GMT

US House rep proposes govt ban on Chinese mobile tech

A law bill introduced into the US House of Representatives would, if passed, ban Uncle Sam's agencies from using stuff made by Chinese mobile giants ZTE and Huawei.…

Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:54:09 GMT

Why can't we have this in more places? Oh, right, lobbyists

A study in the US has found that, where they're still allowed, municipally-owned broadband networks are likely to deliver customers a better value than what the cable giants offer.…

OnePlus Android mobes' clipboard app caught phoning home to China

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:15:59 GMT

Sorry! that was a test feature for Chinese users, company claims

UPDATE OnePlus has admitted that the clipboard app in a beta build of its Android OS was beaming back mystery data to a cloud service in China.…

Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish...

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:06:24 GMT

If you sign up to be a tester

Microsoft has bunged end-to-end encrypted communications into beta versions of Skype using the open-source Signal protocol.…

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:58:08 GMT

Early contender emerges for 'least surprising story of 2018'

Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police.…

Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:31:35 GMT

Google-owned biz cancels Logan's run

YouTube has revealed where decency standards lie in the internet era: mocking suicide victims while standing next to a corpse.…

Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:37:10 GMT

Wait. Did you say 'insecure chips'?

Comment Let no one say that America's political elites are losing their talent for hypocrisy. Washington DC has welcomed the New Year with a display of selective Sinophobia – and it likely spoiled Huawei's CES.…

Swiss cheesed off after Apple store iPhone does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 impersonation

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:57:24 GMT

Hard to remain neutral on this one

In an inadvertent homage to Samsung's combustible Galaxy Note 7, an Apple iPhone battery overheated in an Apple Store in Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday morning, resulting in minor injury and prompting customers and employees to step outside while the smoke cleared.…

You. Apple. Get in here and explain these iOS slowdowns and batteries – US, French govt reps

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:36:53 GMT

Difference in opinion over what constitutes an 'update'

The chairman of the US Senate Commerce Committee and the French government want answers from Apple about its software "update" that slows older iPhones.…

Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:07:12 GMT

No need to Nikola cables, though

The inductive charging standards battle of the past few years is formally over, only weeks after Apple entered the fray. But don't be thinking the wireless charging war is over. Things might be just hotting up.…

US Congress seizes net neutrality, stuffs it into a bipartisan black hole

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:16:26 GMT

Is there anything Senators won't try to turn into votes?

The number of US senators supporting an effort to overturn the repeal of America net neutrality rules has jumped to 40, setting up a Congressional vote on the issue in early spring.…

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:08:12 GMT

How the era's films keep their enduring charm ...

2017 saw two major cinematic milestones of different extremes. One was the mega release of Blade Runner 2049, the originally unplanned sequel to, yes, Blade Runner. The other was the more overlooked anniversary of the vastly smaller Tron.…

Apple, quit milking tech-addicted fruit of our loins – shareholders

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:22:53 GMT

Oh, won't someone PLEASE think of the children!

Updated A group of Apple shareholders are asking the Cupertino idiot-tax collector to do more about getting kids to put down their iThings.…

US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:01:34 GMT

Comes just days after final details published by FCC

The controversial repeal of net neutrality rules in America will go to a formal vote in Congress after sufficient lawmakers backed an effort to scrap it.…

Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:12:14 GMT

Thinks ain't what they used to be

Analysis For some professionals and enterprises there's only one name in laptops: Thinkpad, and there are hardcore Register writers who will agree. Now Lenovo has given three key business lines – the T, X and L series – their first major overhaul in four years. But there's good news and bad for traditionalists.…

US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:31:23 GMT

Customs officials will at least need 'reasonable suspicion' to slurp device contents

With device searches at American border crossings reaching an all-time high, the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) this week tightened its rules for when agents can pull data from phones and computers.…

Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:26:07 GMT

New year, new recall – like the one in 2017, 2016, 2013, 20...

HP Inc has issued a "worldwide voluntary safety recall" of its laptop models due to potentially fiery batteries, with over 50,000 affected machines in the US and Canada alone.…

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:48:13 GMT

Full report obtained by El Reg casts doubt on public test conclusions

Exclusive A British drone collision study used as evidence for the government’s flagship drone pilot registration law found UAVs pose less of a risk to airliners than government officials and trade unions have claimed.…

SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:15:08 GMT

In America, at least

The US government's trade watchdog, the FTC, has finalized its settlement deal with Lenovo on charges the PC builder sold Americans machines crammed with intrusive adware.…

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:53:10 GMT

And the Archangel appeared and said: 'Pssst, someone's making a new Psion'

Exclusive Production begins in January on the first new computer form-factor since the iPad – Planet Computing's "modern Psion", Gemini.…

Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:09:12 GMT

Got £3k to burn? You could do worse

Hands On You have £3,000 burning a hole in your pocket. You're also an engineer, developer or manipulate visual images. You also absolutely must have a touchscreen portable workstation, preferably with a display that detaches so you can go home and watch Netflix.…

That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:15:27 GMT

Admission of deliberate battery-saving CPU speed limiting in iOS chums water for sharks

One day after Apple acknowledged that it has been downclocking the CPUs in older iPhones to prevent sudden shutdowns from battery exhaustion, the first lawsuit has arrived.…

BlackBerry grabs trolley for spot of tech shopping

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:58:07 GMT

Got cash, must buy

BlackBerry's stock rose to a 2017 high despite widening losses and lower revenues than a year ago. This indicates that against a backdrop of pain from shedding those lovely handset sales, the market is betting the sickly Canadian business has turned a corner.…

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:53:24 GMT

You're not going crazy – Apple really does this (and wants you to upgrade)

Analysis When Apple's iOS 11.2 update arrived on December 2, the release notes touted faster wireless charging support, among other enhancements, but made no mention of a necessary but less appealing augmentation: retarded apps for aging iPhone models.…

HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:41:21 GMT

Life. Oh life. Oh lii-yi-yi-iife... oh life. Doo, doot doot doo

Review We rarely single out midrange phones for special attention here. Most are me-too models that don’t bring anything new to the marketplace.…

Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:19:04 GMT

All Greek Orthodox church halls to me

Bizarre happenings are heaping extra controversy on a conference that will discuss the pros, cons and ethical conundrums of sex with robots.…

UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:26:08 GMT

Ahead of only Nigeria when it comes to fibre

Blighty is one of the top countries when it comes to superfast broadband but one of the worst for full-fibre connections, according to an in-depth report by Ofcom comparing the UK with 16 other nations.…

Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:56:07 GMT

A grand for an animated poo emoji, and a NOTCH?

Anyone hoping that the 10th anniversary iPhone hype – including the revolutionary 3D poo emoji – would reinvigorate consumer interest in the product line may be disappointed.…

Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:34:08 GMT

New hinge design looks back not forward

The handful of fans anticipating a Microsoft "Surface Phone" should brace themselves for disappointment.…

BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:10 GMT

Thank you for your support

BlackBerry has announced "continuing support" for the legacy BB10 OS phones it once made – but won't be updating its first Android phone, the Priv, regularly any more.…

Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:43:09 GMT

Under-glass fingerprint sensors are HERE

Apple is said to have made a virtue out of a necessity with its iPhone X – creating the notorious "Notch" to house a sophisticated facial-recognition system, Face ID.…

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:28:08 GMT

Roaming hike of £5 a day means more to exit required

Thousands of Vodafone customers have been given the green light by UK comms watchdog Ofcom to ditch their contracts, after the mobile phone provider hiked international roaming fees to £5 per day.…

No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:02:46 GMT

Paltry 50,000 sold, according to camera app download stats

Andy Rubin's ambitions to create a new consumer electronics ecosystem are floundering at base camp. Sales of Essential's phone, which forms a key part of the strategy, are tepid.…

Hey, we've toned down the 'destroying society' shtick, Facebook insists

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:56:11 GMT

The Social Network rises to criticism from former exec

Facebook has taken the unusual step of responding to comments by former VP Chamath Palihapitiya that the social media giant was "destroying how society works".…

Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:03:14 GMT

Vid biz's admission shows that no data is private

A tweet sent in jest from Netflix's official Twitter account on Sunday evening has called the company's data practices into question.…

Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:12:14 GMT

Pentium Silver, Celeron get gigabit WiFi update

Intel has released the successors to its low-power Pentium 'Silver' and Celeron lines.…

Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:26 GMT

Rep. Johnson shuns Kentucky sly clickin'

A state legislator in Kentucky, USA, wants to mandate porn filters on all PCs and mobile phones sold in the state.…

Sky regulators brace for millions of Xmas toy drone sales

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:08:11 GMT

Be safe out there, mmkay, says CAA

The Civil Aviation Authority reckons a million and a half consumer drones will be sold over Christmas – and the aviation regulator hopes new dronies will read and obey the law of the skies.…

Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:59:38 GMT

Specs, features summarized

Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip will include an isolated security core for handling sensitive personal information, among other new features.…

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:28:11 GMT

No surprises, just a well made modern mobe

Review HMD's efforts to put the Nokia brand over what we call the "Shenzhen generics" formula haven't exactly set the world on fire yet. But in all honesty, you'll struggle to find anything better for £399, the revised price of the Nokia 8.…

Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:07:48 GMT

Imagine a netbook with a SIM card. Bingo

Pics Qualcomm, Microsoft, Asus, HP Inc and Lenovo today talked up their upcoming Arm-compatible, Snapdragon-powered three-in-one Windows 10 PCs.…

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:32:12 GMT

You won't sell our stuff? We won't let you watch our vids

Google is trying to stop Amazon Echo Show devices from streaming YouTube videos – and from January, it will block Amazon’s Fire TVs from accessing the vid service, too.…

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:38:39 GMT

Snapdragon Win 10 PCs declaration of war on Intel

Analysis Qualcomm conquered the high-end smartphone world with its top-end Arm-compatible Snapdragon chips powering more than 120 smart mobes models globally.…

Vivaldi Arms onto Raspberry Pi

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:33:08 GMT

A power browser for the hobbyists

The power user’s browser Vivaldi has come to the Raspberry Pi and other Linux Arm boards.…

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:03:08 GMT

Note envy

Review The Mate is Huawei's phablet range, but Huawei has traditionally taken a different approach from Samsung with its Note. The Note was an upmarket Jag and the Mate was what Americans call a station wagon, and what we call an estate: a dependable, but never fashionable, workhorse.…

From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:30:11 GMT

Yeah, the WinMobe is somehow still a thing

WileyFox's Windows 10 Mobile – yes, you read that correctly – has been delayed again, and will now bump into Santa doing his rounds early.…