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Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:39:12 GMT

Claims bendy battery won't burn, is ideal for credit-card-sized gadgets

Panasonic says it's built a bendy Lithium-Ion battery safe enough to be built into “Card devices, devices attached to the human body, smart clothing [and] wristband wearable devices.”…

ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:02:04 GMT

Oi, where's my retro games console?

Retro Computers, the biz behind the Sinclair-compatible ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld console, is rebutting claims by critics that the gizmo will not be ready in time for its target launch date.…

Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:39:06 GMT

Why wait for North Korea to nuke Seoul? Sammy's gear will take care of the job at this rate

Samsung's bad month gets worse as the South Korean electronics giant warns that some of its washing machines may halt and catch fire.…

Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:03:04 GMT


An American hospital is behind one of 72 complaints lodged with a US watchdog over Pokémon Go – the game in which people with nothing better to do with their lives try to track down virtual animals using smartphones.…

4K-ing-A! Roku bangs out broad range of new streaming boom boxes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:59:09 GMT

From super cheap $30 to hefty $130

Roku has updated and expanded its line of streaming media boxes to cover both ends of the market.…

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:44:57 GMT

Firmware fix coming soon to clean up Inc's ink stink

HP Inc is trying to spin its way out of the mess it created when it decided it would be a fantastic idea to brick unofficial and refilled printer cartridges.…

‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:06:26 GMT

Switches to licensing 'secure Android' and apps

Here’s your chance to design your own BlackBerry. BlackBerry today ended its 17-year adventure as a phone-maker with CEO John Chen announcing “a new strategic direction focussed on licensing our secure device software and the BlackBerry brand.”…

HP Inc: No DRM in our 3D printers, we swear (unlike our 2D ones)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:02:07 GMT

Raw materials will be open and multi-source

While HP Inc is getting a lot of flack over its DRM lockdown on 2D printing consumables, in the 3D world the company wants to address that it won't be setting the prices on consumables.…

USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:28:31 GMT

3.5mm audio jacks are in big trouble now as one cable to rule them all standard signed off

The USB implementers forum has loosed “USB Audio Device Class 3.0” onto the breathlessly-waiting world.…

6-in-10 punters return their self-destructing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:57 GMT

Only one in ten demanding cash, we're told

Just over three weeks after announcing a global Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung says six out of ten owners in the US and South Korea have returned their potentially exploding phablets.…

New LITE working group takes up ARMs against the IoT

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:03:04 GMT

Another initiative targets developers of smart doorbells and other gizmos

Linaro, the collaborative engineering effort focused around Linux for ARM-based devices, has spawned a new working group to develop open reference platforms for connected products, with an inevitable eye on the Internet of Things (IoT).…

Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:01:12 GMT

Dead-flesh keyboard not included

Ageing fans of 1980s home computer games will soon be able to get their hands on Sir Clive Sinclair’s rebooted ZX Spectrum device, which is now set to be launched in October and available just in time for Christmas.…

Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:33:33 GMT

Founder's funding of Trump trolls sparks backlash

A number of game developers have decided to end their support of the Oculus virtual reality headset over reports that its founder Palmer Luckey is actively funding "Trump trolls."…

Brain plague or estate agents? I know which I'd prefer in Virtual Reality

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:32:15 GMT

Utopian dreams of the concept's creators blur into crappy reality

Life in a London firm is tough: it’s full of jewel heists, flying bullets and car chases. Well, this was the case during my last foray into Virtual Reality.…

Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:09:34 GMT

Fatality – wait, no, what? That's the other game

A fresh update for Capcom's Street Fighter V for PCs includes a knock-out move: a secret rootkit that gives any installed application kernel-level privileges.…

Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:03:04 GMT

An Apple user with muscular dystrophy writes

Opinion Apple describes their sexy new iPhone 7 and iOS 10 operating system as the most advanced yet. Well, they say that every year, don't they?…

‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:01:36 GMT

This is the end, beautiful friend, the end

Could BlackBerry be any less involved in the phone business that it is today? A year ago it designed its own phones that ran its own, home-grown platform. Today it rebadges other people’s designs and the phones run Android. Actually, yes, it could – see below for details*.…

WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:02:11 GMT

In the phablet, the silent phablet, the LiOn sleeps tonight

Explainer It has been a bad month for Samsung. Following the release of the dual-curved, 5.7 inch-screen, water-resistant Galaxy Note 7 phablet, the number of fires have increased thanks to its reportedly explosive battery.…

Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:58:13 GMT

Customised CPUs are doing things software just can't do on commodity kit

After being pronounced dead this past February - in Nature, no less - Moore’s Law seems to be having a very weird afterlife. Within the space of the last thirty days we've seen:…

EyePhones packing Iris-scanning authentication to go mainstream

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:53:12 GMT

Analyst says Galaxy Note 7 will fire up the mobile biometrics market

ABI Research analyst Marina Lu has picked iris scanning as "one of the safest" means to secure user identities on smartphones.…

TV industry gets its own 'dieselgate' over 'leccy consumption tests

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:24:38 GMT

Software that detects government tests, where have we heard that before?

The idiot box is smarter than it seems: a spat has broken out between America's Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Consumer Technology Association about the energy consumption of televisions.…

Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:52:11 GMT

Cupertino giant told to cough up equivalent of a rounding error on its financial sheets

Apple has been found guilty of patent infringement and told to pay $3m in damages.…

Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:18:18 GMT

It's a driver cockup, not a feature

Lenovo has denied locking its Signature Edition PCs exclusively to Windows 10 under orders from Microsoft.…

What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:38:29 GMT

We're not making this up, it's a real product

Someone with far more time and money than sense has developed a “real flame smart candle” that can be controlled over Bluetooth. No, really.…

World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:15:56 GMT

Here comes your fully-licenced street-legal retrogasm

German retro enthusiast Jens Schönfeld of Individual Computers is about to start manufacturing new Commodore 64 cases from the classic home computer company's original injection moulds.…

Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:58:06 GMT

Find yourself a Famicom and brush up on ancient syntax to finish the game in minutes

A 30-year-old bug in the iconic Nintendo game Legend of Zelda allows players to finish the game in minutes. A video posted to YouTube shows that, beneath what looks to be a fun game glitch, there is a fascinating bit of code manipulation in 6502 Assembly:…

HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:09:45 GMT

Software timebomb blasts ersatz Officejet Pro supplies

A Dutch ink seller is accusing HP Inc of deliberately programming its printers to reject refurbished cartridges with a covert firmware update.…

Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:13:31 GMT

Prickly car company has long history of lashing out

An increasingly bitter fight between Tesla and its former autopilot partner Mobileye is raising questions over the electric car company's honesty.…

Samsung wants your exploding Galaxy Note 7. Have a new one instead

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:31:12 GMT

Replacement programme for UK and Ireland

Got a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and live in the UK or Ireland? Not switched it on lately after reading those reports about exploding devices? Fret ye not, for Samsung today announced an exchange programme, whereby you get a replacement “phablet” courtesy of the provider you bought it from.…

iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:02:30 GMT

Teardown reveals chips in new iThings, confirms love struggle in Cupertino

Analysis Love rat Apple two-times its long-suffering squeeze Qualcomm with dishy Intel – and it's going to keep the baby but only let some of us see it.…

Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:05:04 GMT

El Reg gets nautical with ASV Global

RotM As the pace of automation gathers speed – from the Internet of Things to factory floors – there's a lot going on quietly but efficiently in robot boats, in particular, with Portchester-based ASV Global.…

Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:28:09 GMT

Buyers leave overnight lines as no Plus or Jet Black models on sale at the Sydney store we like to stalk

Peak Apple iPhone fanbois have iVaporated: The Register has visited the same suburban Apple Store we always stalk visit on iPhone launch day and found just thirty people queueing.…

T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:05:37 GMT

iPhone 6, 6+ and SE fans told to stay away from software update for now

Updated Don't install Apple's new iOS 10 on your iPhone 6, 6+ or SE, warns T-Mobile US, or you'll suffer knackered connectivity.…

'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:47:14 GMT

Animal rights group wants input into design of Farming Simulator 17

Protests about video games usually call for less violence. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called for more violence - and more graphic violence – in the forthcoming Farming Simulator 17.…

HP doorsteps Apple shoppers at the altar of dreams

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:44:13 GMT

Is our innovation stale, asks pres at PC giant? No 'f*****g way' says a shopper

HP Inc GPC '16 HP Inc has launched a new sales tactic to take on Apple - hijacking worshippers of expensive iThings as soon as they step outside the altar of dreams to compare Macs with its slim and light PCs.…

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:31:06 GMT

Google Play services need constant location info

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times.…

Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:33:10 GMT

Serious playtime for suits – but not you, gamers

Review At $3,000 Microsoft’s Hololens isn’t going to be in too many gamers’ Christmas stockings this year, being more of a chance for corporates to work out the business case for augmented reality.…

Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:02:06 GMT

Trolling or typo? Take a look-see

Microsoft may have just confirmed a Surface Phone via a cryptic tweet. Laura Janet Baker appeared to confirm the long-rumoured flagship via a double negative. It could be the end of the silly season; judge for yourself.…

The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:38:06 GMT

Europe's biggest consumer tech company is back and wants you to wear it

Interview Yesterday TomTom announced seven new consumer products (eight if you count the two SatNav units) with four fitness and three navigation products, its highest High Street profile for some years.…

Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:11:11 GMT

There is no place I can hide, there is no place I can go

Something for the Weekend, Sir? In the future, I will keep a vibrator in my shoes.…

No-fly zone suggested for Galaxy Note 7

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:21:06 GMT

Phlaming phablet should not be used in the sky says US Federal Aviation Administration

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning about Samsung's flaming phablet, the Galaxy Note 7.…

Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:01:07 GMT

As US watchdog warns: Don't fly with one of these in your pocket

Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 is once again being blamed for causing a serious fire.…

Microsoft wearable makes lazy lardies pay to play on the couch

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 02:30:06 GMT

Shake your tail feather or Redmond wrist-job will dip into your pocket

Microsoft-backed academics have developed a internet-of-things wristband that will send donations to charity when exercise runs are missed.…

World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:03:12 GMT

Humble Pi most successful British 'puter in history

Raspberry Pi has sold over 10 million units and has announced today a new Raspberry Pi Starter Kit to celebrate its achievements.…

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:06:25 GMT

Behold the ... er, most cat-friendly smartphone of all time

Analysis Analyst outfit CCS Insight issued a report about the innovation crisis in smartphones this week – and Apple has done little to address this with an iPhone update quickly labelled as incremental.…

Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:24:37 GMT

Whaddaya mean no new products? Colors are products too

Smart home poster child Nest has responded to criticism about a lack of new products by... releasing its thermostat in three new colors.…

Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:29:29 GMT

It's 'macOS' from now on. Oh and watch out for scratches on the Darth Vader Black iPhone 7

Amid all the glamour and excitement of the the iPhone 7 launch, Apple snuck out a few other nuggets, some of them a little unhappy.…

Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:39:58 GMT

Finally – an iPhone we can use, er, in the shower?

Apple held court in San Francisco on Tuesday to announce updates for the iPhone and Apple Watch lines.…

Intel Basis fans burned again: Refund checks for scalding smartwatches bounce

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:17:09 GMT

Too hot to handle, too rubbery for banks

Refund checks promised by Intel after recalling its ill-fated wrist-burning Basis smartwatches are bouncing for some unlucky punters.…

Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:37:09 GMT

Firemen were unable to approach the wreck due to electricity hazard

The driver of a Tesla Model S electric car has reportedly died in a crash in the Netherlands this morning – and firefighters on the scene were nervous about being electrocuted as they fought the fire.…